Gallicia walking vacation in Spain

“Guided walking along the dramatic Galician coast, fuelled by fresh local food and with a final day exploring Santiago de Compostela.”

Highlights

Five days guided walking | Costa da Morte | Cabo de Fisterra | fishing villages | clifftop trails | walk up to 18km a day | hotel accommodation in Laxe, Muxia and Santiago de Compostela | free day in Santiago de Compostela

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16 Jun 2018
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14 Jul 2018
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18 Aug 2018
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22 Sep 2018
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15 Jun 2019
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13 Jul 2019
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21 Sep 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Gallicia walking vacation in Spain

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend the week in three small, locally run hotels throughout the trip. By spreading our business to several different hotels that employ locally, we are providing more financial benefit to the local community along the Galician coast. The local hotels used are also conscious of their environmental impact and do a number of things to minimise their impact by having recycling and energy saving policies throughout the hotels. Food is a large focus in Spanish culture, so where meals are provided (all breakfasts), our local hotel staff are enthusiastic about showcasing fresh produce from the area. Your guide will ensure you’re acquainted with local restaurants and cafes, which is a great chance to both support the community and to get an authentic experience. Our itinerary throughout the week takes us through several traditional fishing villages of Galicia, where tourism is not as common as other parts of Spain and there will be several opportunities to try regional specialty dishes featuring fish and shellfish, beef, small green peppers and vegetable soups. Barnacles, cockles and mussels are also found along the coast and feature prominently in dishes and meals can be accompanied by the delicious local Albariño and Riveiro white wines from the region.

Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes, use small businesses to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of the region. We have the chance to explore several towns and villages and rural locations where our commerce has a really positive impact. On one morning your leader will also take you to see where fish comes in from the local fishing boats and will explain the legal and ecological implications of fishing in the area.

Local Craft and Culture:
There will be opportunities on the trip to buy local crafts and experience the Galician culture. The towns of Laxe and Muxia have craft shops which sell local products and in Santiago de Compostela we can visit the Mercado de Abastos de Santiagowhich is a typical Galician market selling local produce such as vegetables, fruit, regional delicacies and seafood that has been caught that very same day. There is a strong emphasis on Galician culture throughout the trip and this can be experienced in the gastronomy and restaurants visited as well as having the chance to visit the important cultural sights such as the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and the Museum of the German Man in the village of Camelle which is run by volunteers and set up as a local initiative to promote tourism. Other sights visited of historic and cultural importance is Cabo de Fisterra; which was believed to be the end of the known world during Roman times and throughout the week emphasis will be placed on discovering the Celtic influences and mystical legends that are richly entwined along this coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Our guides can advise where to fill them and where to recycle any litter.

UK Office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from big coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.

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