Please check the maps if you want to
locate Galicia in the world.
can arrive here:
foot: Yes, you are not going to believe it but if you are
a fitness fanatic Galiza has the biggest, oldest and longest
signalized route in the world: the way of the stars. Also called
the route of Santiago because during the middle ages there was
a commercial, strategic and even religious flux of people coming
to this end of the world having the city of Santiago de Compostela
as their main point of reference. Even in present times there
are plenty of people who do it remembering the old spiritual
feeling. In ancient times the line made by the Via Lactea in
the sky was the only guide for those travellers. Nowadays you
will find signs and assistance points in every few kilometres.
You can begin your trip from France going through the Basque
Country, interior Spain and finally arriving into Galicia. There
are places to stop and sleep by night and meet other walkers
from all around the world. In the hostals they all gather and
I, talk enjoy nature, art and health.
sea: This is the most common way to arrive to Galicia. Vigo,
Corunha and Ferrol are the main Galician cities due to their
sea-ports. Coruņa has a good port where transatlantics stop
and people enjoy the facilities of this pretty industrial and
maritime town: five star hotels, golf, sports, etc. are located
in Corunha's and Vigo's areas. There are plenty of small ports
all in the litoral of Galicia although it has to be mentioned
that this is very dangerous sea for sailing if you are not familiarized
with it and are a real expert. Most of the ports are also devoted
to fishing activities and only some of them offer facilities
for small ships travelling around the Atlantic ocean. YOU OUGHT
TO CONTACT THE GALICIAN OFFICIAL AUTHORITIES BEFORE PLANNING
ANY ARRIVAL BY SEA TO GALICIA. ANY UNAUTHORIZED ARRIVAL WILL
BE SERIOUSLY PERSECUTED AND IT IS STRICTLLY FORBIDDEN. COAST
IS CONTINUOUSLY MONITORED. YOU ALSO NEED TO BE SURE THAT YOUR
SHIP DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY ITEM, ARTICLE OR SUBSTANCE THAT IS
ILLEGAL WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. ALL PASSANGERS
MUST HAVE THEIR IDENTIFICATION AND AUTHORITAZION TO ENTER THE
EUROPEAN UNION, OTHERWISE THEY WILL BE INMEDIATELY REPATRIATED.
WHO TRY TO AVOID THESE LAWS WILL BE SERIOUSLY PERSECUTED.
you need technical, professional maritime support the best contact
point for a well planned visit are the local portuary authorities
of your base-port. Galician ports have relations with every
sea country in the world: we are a growing superpower as far
as the sea is concerned.
is the natural language when contacting other ships in the area,
although Spanish, basic English and standard international code
can be used.
you use predominant winds navigation note that your natural
next step will be Ireland, Great and continental Britany and
Northern Europe. Plan contacting points in both Galicia and
Ireland, U.K., France, Danemark, Netherlands or Norway before
arrival. For coastal navigation only small areas will fit your
contact us with your maritime official references, identification
according to your flag requirements and technical details of
your ship as well as desired time of arrival in order to help
you if your regional maritime association needs any assistance
to reach its Galician counterparts.
plane: As Irish or German residents who have had a strong
emigration movement towards the New World during the last centuries,
Galicians are spread all around the planet. With the arrival
of aeronautics and the beginning of a more eurocentric economic
system a big airport was built at Santiago de Compostela. A
large Galician private company is being created so best offers
and opportunities are expected to increase. But by now, regular,
direct flights with other parts of Europe are being done by
several international companies. From an international point
of view the best option is taking the direct flight from London
to Santiago de Compostela. If you are coming from a non european
country that is the easiest and best way: London - Santiago
de Compostela. Do not try to use other combinations in the peninsula
Barcelona - Madrid - Lisbone as it is just a waste of time and
money. Thus from any part of the world take a plane to London
and from there to Compostela. For the international traveller
this is the best, and quickest option. Much better than any
other scale: go directly to London and in less than 2 hours
you are in Galicia.
good option is Porto. This northern portuguese city is probably
the best way to arrive to Galicia by plane if you can not find
a direct flight to Santiago de Compostela or it looking for
more competitive offers. Usually air companies flying to Porto
offer free taxis from this portuguese town to your hotel in
Galicia. Tell your local booking office to ask for details (usually
they don't know but they can solve it with a phone call to the
airway company). Arrival at Porto is almost the same as arriving
in Santiago de Compostela as there are very good motorways which
run from northern to southern Galicia allowing very quick car
travels (in less than 2 hours you are in Vigo). Porto is as
good a option as Compostela.
you travel from South America you should consider using Madrid
or Lisbon as your reference instead of London or any other european
capitals. These airports have frequent flights to these areas
which can be more economic. Any other good scale airports for
Santiago de Compostela are: Frankfurt and Zurich-Geneve. From
North America and Oceania always take London-Santiago de Compostela-London.
From other countries of Europe take Paris, Frankfurt or Zurich,
if you haven't a direct flight to Santiago de Compostela or
Porto. Use optional routes if you have no other ways of booking.
good alternative to London is Switerzland. This country has
very good conections to other places of the world. There are
frequent charters from Zurich and Geneve to Santiago de Compostela.
Ask your booking office to plan a Zurich/Geneve-Santiago de
Compostela flight if you have a direct conection with Switerzland
from your country. Sometimes this option is even better than
By train: Are you sure you want to
come by train? Please take a map. See where Galicia is. That
is the last corner of Europe ! Yes, if you are a real adventurer,
enjoy looking at the landscapes while the train runs slowly,
or if you are a fanatic in playing cards with your friends (well,
if you travel alone you can always play solitaire with a dec
of 51) ... then the train is the best option for you. You must
the habit of eating sandwiches
and crisps or that kind of fast made food that trains usually
have. Ready? O.K. Go for it. Come by train.
point of reference if you want to come by train is Paris. From
the french capital you have good conections with any capital
of Europe you may choose as your starting point. From Paris
it takes a day (22 hours) to arrive to Galicia and there is
a train daily.
If you are under 25 it is a very reasonable option to take an
interail ticket and visit any of the biggest cultural towns
of Europe before or after arriving to Santiago de Compostela:
Berlin, Praga, Milano, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam...
bus: Hey, what is happening to you? Bus? Please take that
map again. Look at it. You are not going to be able to stand
up and take a look at other vagons. You have to sit in the same
place all the journey. You will pass the landscape very quickly
and it is always surrounded by the black colour of the motorway...
no views from a lonely bridge over a small river...
about it. Anyway if you need to come by bus, do it. If your
point of reference in Europe is London there is a bus from Victoria
Station to Santiago de Compostela. The only moment of pleasure
is when you take the ferry and cross the channel. After that...
France is a long country, the basque country is just a small
stop to eat something quickly and the interior of Spain is of
never ending plane land. As far as Paris is concerned, there
are regular buses to main Galician cities.
only advantage of taking a bus is that: it is a little bit quicker
than a train, and it is cheaper. If you travel alone it is very
easy to meet other people as it is a long journey and a small
even if you are used to hard, long travels or if you come by
bus you are going to loose one day in Santiago as you will need
at least another one to recover.
car: Oops! You've got a car, you've got a caravan. You want
to use it. Well, let me tell you that you will need plenty of
time. It is possible to arrive to Galicia in a day from Paris,
Germany or Switzerland making small stops. If you are travelling
from northern Italy or eastern countries take Switerzland as
your point of reference. From there it takes a day. Take that
map of Europe out again: a long journey. If you want to come
by car it is a very good and clever option to plan visiting
other places of Europe, from anywhere you had set up your starting
point you will have the chance of visiting France and Spain.
It is impossible to arrive to Galicia by land withouth crossing
these countries. The possibility of a direct ferry from England
is being studied by several companies, meanwhile, and if you
are coming from continental Europe, think of the beauties witch
Spain and France have to offer: relax, make small stops in a
rural tourism house in the lovely french
countryside, visit the Basque Country, go to the Pyrinees, enjoy
Spain. After a long journey of lonely, sunny plain land, you
will find round mountains and more green round mountains. Rivers,
woods, small stone houses, praderies, cows and horses will appear
before your eyes... you have arrived to Galicia.
you happen to travel from Africa you can enter via Andalousian
Spain. Controls are quite strict. There is not a good comunication
system or direct motorways yet as the comunication axis there
is the Mediterrenean coast. The best option will be 1 Cadiz
or Sevilla to 2. Madrid or Lisbon and from there 3. Corunha-Santiago-Vigo-Porto
motorway axis. As far as we know, we have no news of people
doing or even being able to do this route in a regular way.
If you do please contact us, we will be happy to hear from you.
note: Santiago de Compostela is a town considered world heritage
, therefore for those who use caravans it is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
to park in the city. You will need to make a reservation in
a camping. There are very good ones in the outkirts of Santiago:
Val do Dubra, Fisterra and Bergantinos. If you enjoy nature,
maritime landscapes, megalithic monuments, celtic setlements
and rural life, this is your best option. It takes an hour to
travel from these places to Santiago or Coruņa. There is at
least one bus a day from these villages to the main towns. If
you come during the summer there are thousands of festz-nos,
salsa and folk concerts, gastronomic events and fairies in the
countryside. People here speak Galician although in almost every
small village there is someone who can speak any international
language. Spanish is understood by everyone even if older people
and some young people do not speak it fluently or have problems
to express themselves in this language.
people speak English
fluently enough to maintain a basic conversations. Do not visit,
travel to places or events unless your hotel or camping manager
has allowed you to do so. If you need a guide, ask in the place
where you stay: ALL GUIDES MUST HAVE AN IDENTIFICATION CARD
FROM THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT OF GALICIA. Use only official guides
to make guided travels. Services of a guide range from 10.000
ptas half day to 20.000.ptas It is really worth the money.
note: one of the highest reasons of mortality in Europe is traffic
accidents. Although the car gives you some freedom to stop or
change routes as you want, an intelligent, careful designed,
tourism agency assisted plan combining train, buses, roural
houses, small hotels and campings will be much better. Talk
to your local agency, they will be able to find you a place
to stay even in the most remote place of Gascogne (southern
France) or Palencia (northern Spain). If they need any help,
please refer them to us.
any place you want to stop, either in France or in Spain or
while enjoying your stay in Galicia, there are rent-a-car or
rent a bike agencies that can offer you their services if you
really need them.
of it. You contribute to less pollution in this planet and you
will have a safer trip. Thank you.
By bike: A sports fanatic hem? Please read the on foot
option. All the facilities will work for you.
IS A VERY FRIENDLY, INEXPLORED AND UNKNOWN COUNTRY. IT IS FULLY
EQUIPPED TO MAKE YOUR TRIP A REAL EXPERIENCE THAT WILL CHANGE
COMING TO GALICIA PLEASE BE SURE THAT:
-You have legal papers (identification cards, passports and
authorization of entry if needed).
range from 5.000 ptas a cheap restaurant to 15.000 medium or
up to 75.000 in very selected ones. It is possible to eat small
tapas from 500 to 1.000 ptas in the traditional "tabernas".
You will need an average of 40.000 pesetas a day per person
for a medium quality stay. Provisions for sailors as well as
fuel or equipment for your ship follow the international standards.
have a plan of the places you want to visit, know how much you
are going to spend and how long you want to stay.
have talked with your local travel agency and have booked your
return flight. You have insurances, health assistance and car
assistance if needed to be in Galicia for the period of time
that you want to stay. If your local agency needs assistance
YOUR VISIT. THINK. LEARN. GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME. RELAX.