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Rías Baixas: Boat Trip, Mussels, Wine, and Winery Visit Tour

1. Rías Baixas: Boat Trip, Mussels, Wine, and Winery Visit Tour

Stop at the Natural Park “A Barosa,” an oasis of peace perfect for relaxing, spending time in tranquility, and experiencing the sensations of the real and genuine Galicia: rural, calm, and away from aggressive tourism. Take a walk through the vineyards of the very prestigious Albariño. Have the opportunity to learn about the production of this excellent wine as well as engage in a tasting of three wines of the denomination Rias Baixas in good company.  Next, stop at the shrine of “la Lanzada.” Get a full overview of this mystical place, established in the 9th century, and take a beautiful walk. Cross part of the bay of Poio, and see beauty contained on a giant rock upon which it is built. See the granaries that surround it, the houses overlooking the sea, and the several stone crosses typical of Galicia, called Cruceiros, which are on the site. Tour the characteristic streets and squares of this place, and have the possibility to take a real and authentic journey through time, as well as visit an area of great ecological value.  Next stop at the island of Toja, famous for the production of soap and for its hot springs, located in an area called Red Natura 2000. Discover a small museum of the old soap factory and a chapel completely covered with shells. End with a tour of the sea, during which you will admire and face directly the production of mussels, oysters, and scallops, making different stops to contemplate the watering holes.  Taste steamed mussels in great quantity accompanied by one of the best local Albariño wines (Condes de Albarei) and shots of Crema de Orujo. Pickup by bus at 9:15 AMArrive in Santiago at 7:00 PM

Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

2. Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

You’ll depart Santiago de Compostela at 09:15 AM by bus for a 9-hour excursion to Rias Baixas, returning at around 07:00 PM. Detailed Itinerary Pontevedra: Visit the old town of Pontevedra and discover one of the best-preserved historic centers in Galicia. Founded in Roman times it was the main engine of the region for centuries. See the ruins of Santo Domingo, the Church of the Peregrina, and other monuments on a tour of the most interesting parts of the monumental area. Combarro: Stop to admire this picturesque town that’s the perfect example of popular architecture, and features an abundance of granaries and stone crosses. Take a river boat ride with a visit to the mussel rafts and the island of Tambo. Enjoy mussels and wine onboard. Afterwards, you’ll have free time for lunch. A Lanzada Beach: This is one of the most famous beaches in Galicia. Its fine sand, 2.5 kilometers (about 1.5 miles) of open water, amenities, and cleanliness make it worthy of the Blue Flag year after year. Cambados: Visit the Plaza de Fefiñanes, a charming space that’s home to the 17th-century manor giving the square its name. See the arch bridge, the Church of San Benito, and a group of houses built in the popular architectural style.

From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

3. From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

Visit the region of Rías Baixas on this day trip from A Coruña. Take a guided tour in the historic center of Pontevedra, visit the fishing village of Combarro, and see the natural landscapes of Illa da Toxa. Also, enjoy a boat trip with a tasting of mussels and wine. The first stop of your day trip is in Pontevedra, where you will have a walking tour of its historic center. Wander through the city's pedestrian-friendly streets and see the Church of the Pilgrim Virgin, the Ruins of San Domingo, and many more important sites. After your tour head to Combarro. Arrive at the fishing village of Combarro and be charmed as you tour its cobbled streets and see the facades of its buildings. After your tour, leave Combarro and head to Illa da Toxa. Illa da Toxa is a popular travel destination, known for the Chapel of the Shells, the soap factory, and its natural landscapes. Take another guided tour and then take a boat trip through the Ría de Arousa. During your boat trip see the mussel rafts and enjoy a tasting of local quality wine and mussels. Make a stop in O Grove and have the opportunity to taste local dishes during your free time for lunch. Afterward, head to Cambados, the capital of Albariño, and one of the most important points of the Rías Baixas. Finish your day with a visit to an Albariño wine cellar, where you will taste 3 different varieties of wine. Learn the entire process of wine elaboration, labeling, and production.

From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

4. From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Santiago de Compostela and discover the best of Rías Baixas. Immerse yourself in Albariño wine and Galician seafood. Enjoy a scenic boat cruise along the estuary and learn about mussel, oyster and scallop growing at the best place of Europe for that. At the first stop, take a walk along local vines of Albariño grapes and learn about the production of this wonderful white wine from local guides of one of the most exclusive cellars in the region. After the visit, taste 3 amazing varieties of Albariño wine which can´t be found in normal markets or restaurants, wines which are sold at the best restaurants of Europe and the most exclusive markets of the world. Move onward to one of the most spectacular beaches in Galicia, the beach of La Lanzada. Travel back in time to the 10th century to get acquainted with its history and legends. Next, the island of La Toja waits for you with its thermal history and interesting industrial past in making Spain's best soap. Discover the world of shellfish breeding on a cruise. Sail on a route passing through countless "bateas" from where the best mussels, oysters and scallops come from. Eat as many mussels as you wish, freshly picked from the water and boiled in albariño wine. All this is accompanied by as much white local wine as you want, soft drinks, water and liqueur shots. Then make your way to the beautiful village of Combarro, built on a giant rock and dotted with "horreos", fishermen's houses and lots of stone crosses. Take a walk through tiny streets, squares, and an area of high ecological value. Centuries of history along stone streets, small shops and lots of beautiful bars and restaurants. Next, it's time to breathe in one of the only places of the Low Estuaries where we can find the native Galician forest. Enjoy the native nature of Galicia by a tiny river flowing through granite rocks and full of mills and small waterfalls.

Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

5. Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore the Granbazán Winery on a guided tour that includes a tasting of its fine wines paired with typical Galician foods and the opportunity to unwind as you stroll throughout the vineyard.  Discover the origins of viticulture in the Rias Baixas as your guide leads you around the complex. See the winery and vineyards and taste the wines accompanied by a traditional Galician aperitif. Enjoy a relaxing hike through the forest, past the rivers and mill routes, as well as numerous nearby points with great architectural and cultural value. Admire the beautiful landscapes that make this winery even more special.

Full-Day Tour & Boat Trip to Rías Baixas from Santiago

6. Full-Day Tour & Boat Trip to Rías Baixas from Santiago

Travel from Santiago de Compostela to the Rías Baixas on a full-day tour through the Galician region of Spain. Marked by the long seafaring traditions, get to know the Rías Baixas and O Salnés regions and understand a little more about the culture and customs of these towns bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the monumental city of Pontevedra and continue along the Pontevedra estuary towards Combarro, a picturesque town full of granaries and houses almost hanging over the sea. After getting lost in the streets of this fishing village, continue to O Grove, the seafood capital where a pleasant catamaran ride along the Arousa estuary combined with a mussels and Albariño wine tasting awaits. Learn about mussel production in the area and how the river is used as a hatchery. To end this pleasant trip you will arrive in Cambados, world famous for its Albariño wine, before arriving back in Santiago.

Pontevedra: Galician Cooking Class with Chef Instructor

7. Pontevedra: Galician Cooking Class with Chef Instructor

Enjoy a hands-on cooking class and cookery workshop at a local chef's kitchen in Pontevedra and savor the fruits of your labor over a 3-course lunch. Learn the secrets of local seafood recipes that the chef inherited from her grandmother. Meet your friendly chef in a beautiful quinta (Spanish estate) overlooking the sea. Enjoy a glass of wine paired with local cheese before starting the workshop. Select seasonal ingredients to prepare and cook an authentic Galician meal. Learn the history and curiosities of of the food produced. Prepare a starter, main dish and a dessert to enjoy at the end of your class. Enjoy a glass of Albariño wine while you prepare your delicious recipes. Finish your class by sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your hard work over lunch, served with plenty of wine. Typical menu: • Tuna pie • Clams with codium seaweed • Steamed mussels • Seafood soup rice • Santiago cake

Galicia: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

8. Galicia: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

Experience Albarino wines with this group tour in the southwest of the province of Pontevedra, in the lush O Rosal valley. Savor some distinct local wines and leave with a bottle from the winery and an official corkscrew. Tour a winery that produces white wines with noble varieties within the Denomination of Origin Rías Baixas and one of five offical D.O of Galicia. See how the winery combines and balances traditional methods with advanced scientific processes. Be welcomed by your sommelier and guide. Drive by van through the vineyards, and a visit the winery. Sip two of the the finest wines produced by the winery paired with breadcrumbs.

Rias Baixas Tour from Santiago de Compostela

9. Rias Baixas Tour from Santiago de Compostela

Visit Rias Baixas, known for its winemaking traditions and stunning natural landscapes. On this 9-hour excursion, enjoy the area's art, history, wine, and succulent seafood. Stop in Pontevedra, and explore this ancient town with an official guide. Visit Combarro, a picturesque place known for its unique architecture, Galician hórreos, and charming streets. Continue to Cambados, which was designated European City of Wine 2017.

Pontevedra: Bodegas Granbazán Winery Tour and Tasting

10. Pontevedra: Bodegas Granbazán Winery Tour and Tasting

Walk through the rolling vineyards at Bodegas Granbazán with this small group tour in Pontevedra. Try a carefully selected variety of wines with a guide who will help you to fully appreciate the range of flavors you are experiencing. Discover the origins of viticulture in the Rias Baixas, the history of albariño wines, and the relevance of Bodegas Granbazán winery as a pioneer in wine making. Stroll through the vineyards and see where the grapes ripen in the sea breeze. Let your guide help you to uncover hidden notes in the 4 wines you taste. Enjoy your wine with a fine Galician cheese and mussels.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 338 reviews

Fantastic, especially the guide Martín, who knows perfectly how to make the trip enjoyable and interesting at the same time. He cares about everything with extraordinary professionalism. The trip very interesting and with many different stimuli. The only thing to improve would be to give more time at the food stop, especially in times of so much tourism with full bars.

It was a great experience. I loved all the places where we were, the tour guide (Martin) was very friendly, helpful and we had a lot of laughs with him. A charm!! And the fantastic boat ride. We stuffed ourselves with mussels that were delicious and a little white wine that went to the finger. In short.... I had a great time. I would repeat again.

What an amazing trip . Fabulous itinerary and great locations to visit. Our Guide Martin was first class with his knowledge. We never felt like we missed anything other than a few jokes with the Spanish / English translations. Highly recommend this trip. Really well organised and won’t hesitate to join another in the future.

Wonderful experience and delighted with Combarros!! The rias are special and the boat trip is a pleasant surprise!! Our guide Mantin with great knowledge and excellent experience with all the details and information about the culture and always attentive and careful.

The excursion was a success. The wine was good and the mussels spectacular.