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Portonovo: Ferry to Cies Islands & Rodas Beach

1. Portonovo: Ferry to Cies Islands & Rodas Beach

Discover the pristine shores of the protected Cíes Islands with this boat from Portonovo. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters and white sand of Rodas Beach. Admire views of the shore as you sail in a comfortable ship with plenty of space.  Meet at the activity provider's office and board the ship in Portonovo. Cut thorugh the water on a well-maintained boat with comfortable seats. Take in views of the Cíes Islands as your captain navigates you safely to shore.  Have the necessary authorization to access the islands taken care of before you reach your destination. End your trip at the Rodas beach where you can enjoy restaurants and self-service at the camping area, Bar Serafín, Bar Begoña and Restaurante Rodas.

Rías Baixas: Boat Trip, Mussels, Wine, and Winery Visit Tour

2. Rías Baixas: Boat Trip, Mussels, Wine, and Winery Visit Tour

Stop at the Natural Park “A Barosa,” an oasis of peace perfect for relaxing, spending time in tranquility, and experiencing the sensations of the real and genuine Galicia: rural, calm, and away from aggressive tourism. Take a walk through the vineyards of the very prestigious Albariño. Have the opportunity to learn about the production of this excellent wine as well as engage in a tasting of three wines of the denomination Rias Baixas in good company.  Next, stop at the shrine of “la Lanzada.” Get a full overview of this mystical place, established in the 9th century, and take a beautiful walk. Cross part of the bay of Poio, and see beauty contained on a giant rock upon which it is built. See the granaries that surround it, the houses overlooking the sea, and the several stone crosses typical of Galicia, called Cruceiros, which are on the site. Tour the characteristic streets and squares of this place, and have the possibility to take a real and authentic journey through time, as well as visit an area of great ecological value.  Next stop at the island of Toja, famous for the production of soap and for its hot springs, located in an area called Red Natura 2000. Discover a small museum of the old soap factory and a chapel completely covered with shells. End with a tour of the sea, during which you will admire and face directly the production of mussels, oysters, and scallops, making different stops to contemplate the watering holes.  Taste steamed mussels in great quantity accompanied by one of the best local Albariño wines (Condes de Albarei) and shots of Crema de Orujo. Pickup by bus at 9:15 AMArrive in Santiago at 7:00 PM

Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

3. Santiago de Compostela: Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

Skip the line and discover the Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with an expert guide. Explore the Cathedral and its museum and gain a greater insight into the final stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Admire the beautiful interiors of the Cathedral across four floors. See notable features of the Cathedral including the Chapel of the Relics, the Royal Pantheon, the Treasury, the Chapter Library, the Botafumeiro, and the Obradoiro balcony. Learn more about the construction and destruction of the Cathedral throughout the centuries. Hear of the legends and historical facts associates with the Cathedral with your official guides.

From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

4. From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

Visit the region of Rías Baixas on this day trip from A Coruña. Take a guided tour in the historic center of Pontevedra, visit the fishing village of Combarro, and see the natural landscapes of Illa da Toxa. Also, enjoy a boat trip with a tasting of mussels and wine. The first stop of your day trip is in Pontevedra, where you will have a walking tour of its historic center. Wander through the city's pedestrian-friendly streets and see the Church of the Pilgrim Virgin, the Ruins of San Domingo, and many more important sites. After your tour head to Combarro. Arrive at the fishing village of Combarro and be charmed as you tour its cobbled streets and see the facades of its buildings. After your tour, leave Combarro and head to Illa da Toxa. Illa da Toxa is a popular travel destination, known for the Chapel of the Shells, the soap factory, and its natural landscapes. Take another guided tour and then take a boat trip through the Ría de Arousa. During your boat trip see the mussel rafts and enjoy a tasting of local quality wine and mussels. Make a stop in O Grove and have the opportunity to taste local dishes during your free time for lunch. Afterward, head to Cambados, the capital of Albariño, and one of the most important points of the Rías Baixas. Finish your day with a visit to an Albariño wine cellar, where you will taste 3 different varieties of wine. Learn the entire process of wine elaboration, labeling, and production.

Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

5. Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

You’ll depart Santiago de Compostela at 09:15 AM by bus for a 9-hour excursion to Rias Baixas, returning at around 07:00 PM. Detailed Itinerary Pontevedra: Visit the old town of Pontevedra and discover one of the best-preserved historic centers in Galicia. Founded in Roman times it was the main engine of the region for centuries. See the ruins of Santo Domingo, the Church of the Peregrina, and other monuments on a tour of the most interesting parts of the monumental area. Combarro: Stop to admire this picturesque town that’s the perfect example of popular architecture, and features an abundance of granaries and stone crosses. Take a river boat ride with a visit to the mussel rafts and the island of Tambo. Enjoy mussels and wine onboard. Afterwards, you’ll have free time for lunch. A Lanzada Beach: This is one of the most famous beaches in Galicia. Its fine sand, 2.5 kilometers (about 1.5 miles) of open water, amenities, and cleanliness make it worthy of the Blue Flag year after year. Cambados: Visit the Plaza de Fefiñanes, a charming space that’s home to the 17th-century manor giving the square its name. See the arch bridge, the Church of San Benito, and a group of houses built in the popular architectural style.

From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

6. From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Santiago de Compostela and discover the best of Rías Baixas. Immerse yourself in Albariño wine and Galician seafood. Enjoy a scenic boat cruise along the estuary and learn about mussel, oyster and scallop growing at the best place of Europe for that. At the first stop, take a walk along local vines of Albariño grapes and learn about the production of this wonderful white wine from local guides of one of the most exclusive cellars in the region. After the visit, taste 3 amazing varieties of Albariño wine which can´t be found in normal markets or restaurants, wines which are sold at the best restaurants of Europe and the most exclusive markets of the world. Move onward to one of the most spectacular beaches in Galicia, the beach of La Lanzada. Travel back in time to the 10th century to get acquainted with its history and legends. Next, the island of La Toja waits for you with its thermal history and interesting industrial past in making Spain's best soap. Discover the world of shellfish breeding on a cruise. Sail on a route passing through countless "bateas" from where the best mussels, oysters and scallops come from. Eat as many mussels as you wish, freshly picked from the water and boiled in albariño wine. All this is accompanied by as much white local wine as you want, soft drinks, water and liqueur shots. Then make your way to the beautiful village of Combarro, built on a giant rock and dotted with "horreos", fishermen's houses and lots of stone crosses. Take a walk through tiny streets, squares, and an area of high ecological value. Centuries of history along stone streets, small shops and lots of beautiful bars and restaurants. Next, it's time to breathe in one of the only places of the Low Estuaries where we can find the native Galician forest. Enjoy the native nature of Galicia by a tiny river flowing through granite rocks and full of mills and small waterfalls.

Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

7. Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore the Granbazán Winery on a guided tour that includes a tasting of its fine wines paired with typical Galician foods and the opportunity to unwind as you stroll throughout the vineyard.  Discover the origins of viticulture in the Rias Baixas as your guide leads you around the complex. See the winery and vineyards and taste the wines accompanied by a traditional Galician aperitif. Enjoy a relaxing hike through the forest, past the rivers and mill routes, as well as numerous nearby points with great architectural and cultural value. Admire the beautiful landscapes that make this winery even more special.

Full-Day Tour & Boat Trip to Rías Baixas from Santiago

8. Full-Day Tour & Boat Trip to Rías Baixas from Santiago

Travel from Santiago de Compostela to the Rías Baixas on a full-day tour through the Galician region of Spain. Marked by the long seafaring traditions, get to know the Rías Baixas and O Salnés regions and understand a little more about the culture and customs of these towns bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the monumental city of Pontevedra and continue along the Pontevedra estuary towards Combarro, a picturesque town full of granaries and houses almost hanging over the sea. After getting lost in the streets of this fishing village, continue to O Grove, the seafood capital where a pleasant catamaran ride along the Arousa estuary combined with a mussels and Albariño wine tasting awaits. Learn about mussel production in the area and how the river is used as a hatchery. To end this pleasant trip you will arrive in Cambados, world famous for its Albariño wine, before arriving back in Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela: Walking Tour of the Old Town

9. Santiago de Compostela: Walking Tour of the Old Town

See the most important monuments and places in Santiago de Compostela with a local guide ensuring that you miss nothing. Discover the secrets of the traditional market, hidden squares and narrow streets on this exciting walking tour.  Stroll to the main squares surrounding the imposing Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Listen as your guide tells you fascinating stories that will help you to understand the significance of what you see.  Enjoy the bustle of a traditional market, and let your guide show you hidden squares and narrow streets. Listen as your guide fills you in on the best places to have tapas, shellfish, and octopus before finishing the tour at Fonseca's Palace, beside the Obradoiro square.

O Grove: Pescanova Biomarine Center Museum Tickets

10. O Grove: Pescanova Biomarine Center Museum Tickets

Dive into the world of aquaculture with this skip-the-line ticket to the Nueva Pescanova Biomarine Center Museum in O Grove. Experience interactive exhibits where you can hear what different underwater species sound like and view octopuses and turbot fish.  Learn about the main operations of the Nueva Pescanova Biomarine center. Board modern vessels to learn about the fishing, farming, processing, and marketing of seafood products. Find out how they guarantee sustainability on their vessels. Uncover the importance of marine ecosystems for life on earth and hear about the problems that the seas and oceans face in the future. See a self-contained and self-sufficient ecosystem invented by NASA. Walk thorugh the "Farming the Sea" exhibit to learn about the benefits of aquaculture and how to ensure a responsible and sustainable aquaculture practice. Step back in time as you find out the main milestones of more than 5,000 years of aquaculture history. Admire graphic murals that mix illustration with animation or an interactive aquarium that provides information on 580 farmed species. This interactive system even allows you to launch the fish into the water from the control station. Visit an underwater laboratory and be introduced to the different technologies used in aquaculture like hydrophones and aquatic drones. Select marine species that you want listen to. See how oxygen, temperature, and the PH balance of the water can be measured using different sensors. Answer your burning aquaculture questions as you find out how Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are used in aquaculture to ensure animal welfare. Enjoy a 360º virtual reality experience and head to the research center to see octopuses and turbot swim. Finally, delve into the health benefits of seafood consumption in an interactive way.

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What people are saying about Rías Baixas

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 253 reviews

Very interesting, beautiful places, little time in Combarro for my taste. There is hardly time to eat and see the town. The boat ride with wine tasting and mussels very well. Little to see in Cambados.

Great day - good agenda, lots to do and not at all rushed. Excellent value for money too. Guide very good and driver very safety conscious.

good trip, heard a lot of galician history, very nice tour guide, Sonia...good food and wine on catamaran...the best

It was a lovely excursion, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Very interesting, the guide very friendly and explained very well...