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From Santiago de Compostela: Guided Tour of Cies Islands

1. From Santiago de Compostela: Guided Tour of Cies Islands

Get out of the city and explore the stunning Cies Islands on a day trip from Santiago de Compostela. Visit the Playa de Rodas, go for a hike in the beautiful scenery, and learn about the island on a guided tour. Meet your guide in Santiago de Compostela and board a bus to Vigo. From there, hop on board a catamaran and sail to the Cies Islands. After arriving at the islands, join your guide for a 1-hour walking tour of the island. See the stunning beaches and learn about this sliver of paradise. Next, enjoy free time to explore the island. Relax on a beach, go for a swim, or explore one of the many hiking paths. Choose a local cafe or restaurant to enjoy a meal and a drink in before returning to the catamaran. Board the boat and head back to Vigo, where you'll disembark and board a bus to return to the starting point in Santiago.

Desde Santiago: Tour a Playa Catedrales+Asturias+Isla Pancha

2. Desde Santiago: Tour a Playa Catedrales+Asturias+Isla Pancha

Discover the beauty of the seaside on this tour from Santiago de Compostela. Visit Cathedral beach, the town of Tapia, the lighthouse on Pancha Island, and the fishing village of Rinlo. Meet your guide and depart from Santiago de Compostela at 9:30 sharp. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle. Take in the views of the countryside and coast on the way to Cathedral beach. Capture pictures of the arched rock formations at Cathedral beach. Admire this beach which was chosen by National Geographic magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. see the crystal water and sandy beach before making your way to the town of Tapia in Asturias. Arrive in the seaside town of Tapia at around 1:00 PM. Have some free time to take a stroll along the promenade, buy lunch at a local Asturian restaurant, or do some shopping in the boutique shops. Make your way to Pancha Island at 4:00 PM. Immerse yourself in the island's hibiscus-covered natural landscapes and see the old lighthouse which was built in 1857. Continue to the fishing village of Rinlo (Barnacles town) at 5:00 PM. Snap pictures of the medieval port and fishing houses before returning to the meeting point in Santiago.

Vigo: Bay of San Simón Mussel Farming Tour

3. Vigo: Bay of San Simón Mussel Farming Tour

Learn about mussel farming in the Vigo estuary on board a small boat with a local skipper. Sail through the Bay of San Simón to discover some of the approximately 800 farming rafts that cultivate this precious staple of Galician cuisine. Depart from the small fishing port of Cesantes, Redondela located just north of Vigo. Journey through the Bay San Simón, a space with a high ecological value and the great biodiversity of flora and fauna. Learn about the entire process of mussel cultivation, from the collection of the offspring, the unfolding, to the packaging and marketing process. On the route discover fishing techniques that are used locally, such as shellfishing afloat or the potting of famous Galician octopus and crab. Hear about significant historical events that took place in the area, such as the Battle of Rande in 1702. Pass under the majestic Rande bridge and disembark outside the old German canning factory, currently the Meirande Museum, where you will have a short guided visit.

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What an interesting a lovely tour! Pablo was a great guide who explained the area’s long history with seafood and protecting its coast. The boat ride was a lot of fun for us and the kids! It was very helpful to see the mussel farms in action, and seeing the underwater Jules Verne monument was a big bonus! Pablo even guided us to a place in Redondela for lunch after the tour, and helped us order. A great tour and helpful guide :)