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Fonseca and Galicia Coastal Route: Salamanca to Santiago Bike Tour


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ProductID: 1658

Type: Scheduled Group Tour

Country: Spain

Theme: Biking Holidays

Region: Galicia

Group Size: 2 or more People

Start City: Madrid

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Lodging: Paradores & 4* Hotels or 4* & 3* Hotel

Fonseca and Galicia Coastal Route: Salamanca to Santiago Bike Tour

This route, rich in history, links the towns of Santiago and Salamanca both renowned for their human heritage. It was once the most important means of communication in the west of Spain (the Silver Trail), which later on was extended to connect the Mozarab route with Santiago de Compostela.

Fonseca and Galicia Coastal Route: Salamanca to Santiago Bike Tour

This is a route of contrasting beauty which runs through the provinces of Salamanca, Orense, Pontevedra and La Coruña . The Archbishop of Fonseca, a well-known figure of the Renaissance, was the main patron of archaeological and cultural projects, giving his name to several institutions such as the colleges in Santiago and Salamanca.

Fonseca and Galicia Coastal Route: Salamanca to Santiago Bike TourThis trip is varied in its beauty and geography with plenty of monuments along the way. The people are friendly and the villages are abundant in local architecture. Mediaeval buildings, such as castles and palaces, will be our lodgings for most of the time. At other times, we will be staying at Paradores de Turismo , which always offer first class. These are privileged sites with fortresses, convents and monasteries as well as ancestral homes, which give us all the newest technologies for the modern needs of today's guests and the chance to savour the rich Spanish gastronomy, offering traditional regional cuisine. We shall use the minibus to reach the starting point of each of the routes, facilitating cycling on just those parts of the itinerary which will give you the most enjoyment.

Day by Day Itinerary:
8 Days / 7 Nights


DAY 1:

- Pick up at Madrid Airport at the arranged time and transfer by minibus to the Parador of Avila. (Approximately 2 hours)
- Time to get acquainted and selection of the bicycle
- If you wish, there is also time to stroll around the town
- Dinner at the hotel
- Overnight in Avila
L, D

DAY 2:
City tour and 68 km/43 miles by bike

- Breakfast
- After breakfast, we go in our mini-bus to Salamanca where we will visit its monuments and will have lunch
- Then we will be cycling across the Castilian fields on the Silver route until we arrive in Zamora City. This town was once one of the strongholds along the course of the river Duero, claimed in disputes throughout history by both Christians and Arabs. The Parador is situated in one of the prettiest Palaces of the town.
- Dinner at the Parador
- Overnight in Zamora
B, L, D

DAY 3:
75 km/47 miles rolling terrain with some climbing

- Breakfast
- After breakfast we will start off towards the natural reserve of Sanabria
- Then we will have a long ten miles descent, and some more miles to the nice village of Puebla de Sanabria where we will have lunch
- In the afternoon, we will be cycling down hill on the old and now solitary road until we arrive in Verín
- Dinner and lodging will be at the Parador
- This town is situated on the slope of the Monterey hill, in a valley between Galicia and Portugal. The centre of the village is worth seeing. It is well known for its spas and its medicinal waters, and its castle was once an important mediaeval fortress.
- Overnight in Verin
B, L, D

DAY 4:
56 km/35 miles
- Breakfast
- We start on our way by minibus towards Orense and Ribadavia -the land of the Ribeiro wine- to continue until we arrive in Valenca, Portugal, where we will begin a route along the river Miño.
- Passing through Tui and Guarda we will arrive at Mount Santa Tegra where we enjoy a splendid view of the Atlantic Ocean, we then continue, either by bike or minibus, along the coast up towards Baiona. This town is the port where the first news of the discovery of America was carried, on board a ship called La Pinta. The Parador is at the Montreal castle overlooking the bay.
- Here we will have dinner and spend the night at the Parador
- Overnight in Baiona
B, L, D

DAY 5:
45 km Rolly terrain.

- Breakfast
- We go by minibus to the island of La Toja , to start a nice riding around this nice island, seeing small fisherman harbours, small and lonely beaches, seafood warehouse, seagulls and farms
- After lunching at a seaside restaurant, we head for the village of Cambados. A small fishing village in the bay of Arosa and the Parador recently renewed was a XVII century Palace.
- Enjoy the next Parador where we will have dinner.
- Overnight in Cambados
B, L, D

DAY 6:
45 km/28 mi rolling terrain

- Breakfast
- We travel by minibus to take the "Portuguese Saint James way" in Caldas del Rey. On route we go through many small farms, villages and churches until we arrive in Santiago.  This was one of the most important towns in the middle ages. Nowadays, it attracts a multitude of people every year and its cathedral is a universally renowned marvel of architecture.
- In the same square, (Plaza del Obradoiro), and opposite the Cathedral, we will be spending the night and will have supper in this five star and very luxurious Parador. The Parador was once a hospital built by the Catholic Kings in 1501
-Overnight in Santiago de Compostela
B, L, D

DAY 7:

- Breakfast
- In the morning we will be setting off for Madrid where we will arrive in the evening after 6 hours journey (NOTE: Flying back at at your own expense is also a possibility)
- We will stop for a lunch break on the way
- Overnight in Madrid
B, L

DAY 8:

- Breakfast
- Transfer to the airport
- ¡Hasta pronto y buen viaje!


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