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Glorious landscapes and ancient treasures

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North west Spain is relaxed and welcoming, from Galicia's rugged coast and stunning riverine landscapes to the ancient treasures of the region's medieval towns and cities. Take it all in on an ultra-scenic driving holiday, linking verdant national parks with quiet gold-sand beaches. Or, follow the Camino de Santiago – The Way of St James – the ancient pilgrimage route which skirts Spain's northern coast, from the foot of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela's iconic cathedral.


The province of Galicia is remotely nestled between Portugal and the Spanish regions of Castilla y León and Asturias, as well as the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean. It's a Celtic state, with its own distinctive language (Galician) and a fascinating heritage.

Galicia, Spain

The landscape here is one of rolling green hills and dense forests, which extend to the coast, where high cliffs tower above the rough waves of the Atlantic. And, indeed, Galicia's coastline is one of its biggest selling points, with miles of rugged, beautiful coastline, dotted with small fishing villages and long sandy beaches. Enjoy some of southern Europe's best surf breaks before sampling fabulous, ultra-fresh seafood such as pulpo (octopus), a particular delicacy of this part of Spain.

Santiago de Compostela

Away from the coast is one of Spain's most wonderful cities, the historic Santiago de Compostela. As the end point of the Camino de Santiago - the Way of St. James - this city of quaint cobbled streets, spectacular churches and old crumbling buildings has drawn pilgrims for centuries and remains a hugely popular place for travellers to this day.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain


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Top itineraries in Northwest Spain

El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo‬ train on an arched bridge over Spanish river

El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo: San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela

10-day tailor-made rail journey from £9,310 pp incl. flights

Travelling aboard one of Spain’s most luxurious trains, you’ll enjoy gourmet dining and cocktail evenings as you explore the coastal route between San Sebastián’s golden beaches and Santiago’s medieval wonders.

Local food in Galicia, Spain

Gastronomy of Galicia

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,335 pp incl. flights

Uncover the rich past and gourmet delights of Spain’s northwest with everything from winery tastings and seafood dinners to tapas-tavern indulgences hidden among medieval laneways. It's all linked by gorgeous drives and half-board stays in historic paradors.

Camino de Santiago Walking Trail

Walking the Camino de Santiago‬

9-day escorted walking tour from £2,105 pp incl. flights

Led by an expert guide, this small group tour will see you stay in charming villages as you hike ‘The Way of St. James’. Passing through delightfully rural scenery, you’ll uncover the region’s fascinating past and unique cuisine.

Santiago de Compostela

The Way of St James - Camino de Santiago Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,350 pp incl. flights

This gorgeous road trip links together the medieval wonders and historic charms of northern Spain, following the centuries-old Way of St James. Along the way, you’ll stay in converted monasteries and castles as you call into pretty coastal towns and some of the region's famed wineries.

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Top places to stay in Northwest Spain

Hacienda Zorita, Salamanca

Hacienda Zorita, Salamanca

Historic hacienda

Set among the vineyards of the Duero Valley, this is Spain’s first luxury wine hotel. It’s a 700-year-old Dominican hacienda set on hundreds of acres of farmland that serve its gourmet restaurant.

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca, Spain

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca

Historic hotel

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban is a beautiful historic hotel in Salamanca, Spain

A Quinta da Auga, Santiago de Compostella

A Quinta da Auga, Santiago de Compostela

Historic hotel

This is Relais & Châteaux at its relaxing best, featuring a superb spa, luxuriously appointed rooms and a delightful fine dining restaurant.

Where to go in Northwest Spain

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia and a focal point for holidays in North West Spain. It's easily one of the country's most magnificent cities, home to the shrine of St James the Apostle, the patron saint of Spain.

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