North-West Spain: Galicia
Discover Galicia: a different Spain. Away from the costas, away from mass tourism you will find silence in a beautiful mountain landscape. It is a land of rocks, stones, granite and mountains. Everywhere you see those typical granite granaries, hórreos in Spanish and crosses by the wayside.
The tour takes place in winter, which adds a very special flavour to it. There is likely to be snow, not too much, making for even more interesting driving than the trip is in other seasons. It’s still very doable, though, with a standard 4×4 as long as it’s got all terrain tyres (mud terrain tyres are less advisable).
Into the mountains
Our 4×4 journey starts in the province of Ourense, in the southern part of Galicia, close to the Portuguese border. For a long time this area was isolated from the rest of Galicia: the mountains made it hard to reach. With the construction of roads this has improved and both its standard of living and its liveliness have picked up substantially.
Its peace and quiet have been kept and those same mountains make it attractive for us to traverse with our 4x4s. Tracks not accessible for regular cars are open to us, making for stunning views and interesting driving.
Santiago de Compostela
Of course we also visit Santiago de Compostela, the end point of the famous pilgrim’s way. When we are there it’s the low season, meaning its streets are not overcrowded and we have plenty of time and to wander the streets and admire the cathedral.
Peace and quiet
The roads we travel, including those on tarmac, are invariably beautiful. We drive slowly, stop a lot and generally do no more than 100 kms per day. Sometimes, though, we have to do our best to get through the harder parts of the track: either by guiding each other or by removing trees that have fallen across the track.
The dates in the calendar are the days that you are on the trip. In the afternoon before day one, we get together in the neighbourhood of Xinzo de Limia, just north of the Portuguese border. We are updating the itinerary for 2021 and don’t know yet exactly where the trip will end on the afternoon of the last day. The time schedule is as follows:
- 26 February: everyone gets together in the hotel in our starting place.
- 27 February: first day of the trip.
- 5 March: final day of the trip, which ends in the afternoon.
If you wish to book the night of the 5th of March in a hotel, we can do that for you at cost price.
If you want to join this trip, but haven’t got a suitable 4×4, you can rent a Land Rover Defender 110 against an extra charge, if available. Contact us for more details.
- Seven overnight stays in comfortable hotels, including breakfast
- Seven day journey
- Welcome dinner
- Researched and prepared route
- Trip description
- Support car
- Walkie talkie in your car
- Other meals
- Overnight stays on your way to and from Galicia
The trip is approximately 600 kms long, with 70% on tracks. It is at times challenging, especially in winter. A low-range gearbox is a must, as are good all terain tyres. No special preparation of your vehicle is necessary.
About four weeks before the trip, you will receive extensive information with the route, the day-to-day itineraries, all the hotels and everything else that you need to prepare for a successful journey.
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