– Between Celts and Vikings (from Compostela)

Full day

Departure COMPOSTELA (Praza de Galicia bus stop/taxi rank, next to Santander bank) 9:00

 – Noia is our first stop, a medieval town overlooking a once hectic estuary, where fishing and sea trade meant prosperity and prosperity brought pride to its inhabitants. An important part of Galician history was written here as Noia provided the capital, Compostela, with everything the oceans had to offer. Lest we forget this is a land of poets and artists!

Baronha Celtic hillfort

Castro de Baronha peninsula

Castro de Baroña, and suddenly words are not enough… We’ll walk into legend, the remains of a true Celtic settlement amidst the most stunning scenery. The short walk through the wee forest to the beach and, then, to the ancient walls, will only add to the majesty of the experience. This is a favourite or ours, a place where we will try to understand who these people were, how they lived and how they built a civilisation, right at their doorstep. [Please note that access to this site requires walking on a natural uneven path for approximately 5 minutes]

– Corrubedo‘s got quite a few folk songs, but also a bird sanctuary and a beautiful natural park along the beach that will surely get your attention. This small fishing village is in fact surrounded by heritage and natural treasures, and we will indeed try to go all the way up to the Curota peak, weather permitting, for some panoramic views over the Galician coastline.

corrubedo_dune

The always shifting sand dunes of Corrubedo Natural Park

– We’ll proceed straight to Rianxo for lunch. This charming maritime location was the birthplace of a number of figureheads in Galician culture and history. This is where old and new Galicia meet, tradition and modernity, the echoes of old sailors and a literary past, and a confident and lively local community.

– The Catoira Towers of the West are in close proximity to Rianxo. Did you know that the Vikings tried to conquer Galicia on a number of occasions? (if you follow the TV series then you might be surprised to know that Björn Ironside came here himself). We’ll tell you the story next to the very ruins of the high towers built to stop them, on the shores of river Ulla. You may even see a drakkar (Viking boat) happily sailing by… (no joke!). What do think happened to the Vikings then?

towers of the west

Towers of the West, welcoming Vikings since the 9thC

Return to Compostela 18:30 (approx.)

PRICES:

€120 p.p. (5-9 people)

€65 p.p. (10-19 people)

€50 p.p. (20+ people)

Price includes: Transportation (with dedicated driver) in quality van/minibus, and official tour guide (full access) with extensive academic background.

Basic passenger insurance (“tourist insurance”).

Lunch in local establishment (typical Galician food).

Permits/Entrance to sites. All taxes.

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Add-ons to this route (please consult availability and prices):

Where river Xallas meets the ocean

Where river Xallas meets the ocean

  • FisterraCorcubiónFoz do Xallas (+3 hours): Going to the end of the world and back, really, as Fisterra was considered to be just that in ancient times. Pivoting around the town of Corcubión, we won’t miss the spectacular Foz do Xallas, or mouth of the Xallas river, a 100m waterfall pouring directly into the Atlantic Ocean. Needless to say, this is the only place in Europe where you’ll see such a thing.
  • Rosalia de Castro House-Museum (+1 hour): Rosalia (1837–1885) is considered to be one of the finest Galician poets and absolute icon of the Galician Rexurdimento (Renaissance) movement of the 19thC. Rosalia is also seen as a precursor of modern feminism, and still is one of most famous and recognisable Galician individuals worldwide. This visit will take us to the renewed museum dedicated to her life and work, right in the house where she spent her last years.

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