Knulps Reisen

Special tours in Galicia and Northern Spain
 
Trips with rental car/Hiking and Wine

When to go

You decide the date of this self-guided trip.

Recommended period: March to October

Number of participants:

min. 1 person

Price: for an 8-days trip

price for double room per person:               465,- € 
supplement for single room:                      175,- €

The prices indicated are for an eight-days trip. Your are welcome to shorten or extend your trip. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Hiking level

Easy to middle. For each base, we will provide you with different, optional hiking suggestions with different levels. It is possible to cut short or lengthen many hikes. The walks mostly follow marked hiking trails or footpaths. All altitudes given are for one hike's total altitude gain.

Suggested itinerary

Your daily itinerary is very flexible. Feel free to modify it from day to day as much as you like: leave out hikes or exchange them for others, reorganize day's itineraries, etc. All that has been prearranged are the four standard hotels.

Would you like to have this trip longer or shorter? With more, or maybe less standard hotels? Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Included services

• 7 nights at selected accommodations with double room and breakfast in a charming country house, one Parador Hotel**** and two wineries. We have visited all accommodations in person.

• comprehensive Knulps Reisen info package with an individual, versatile travel plan for the desired date

• detailed hiking maps and route descriptions with translated information panels about the walks

• insider tips on sights, wineries, good restaurants and bars, picnic areas, swimming, etc.

• hotel position maps and maps of the regions

• phone number where you can reach us every day around the clock

• You have the opportunity to visit wineries every day of the trip. If you wish to do so, we will be happy to make an appointment at the winery for you. 

• On request, we provide you with detailed GPS routes to hiking trails and scenic roads.

Not included services

• flight to/from Galicia
• rental car
• lunch, dinner

Your accomodations

1st-3rd day (3 nights):
Country house in the Ribeira Sacra wine region
The country house dates from the 18th century and has been restored completely in the typical Galician country house style. Ramiro, the friendly owner, cares lovingly for his guests. The house is located in the Ribeira Sacra wine region, near the adjacent Valdeorras wine region, and is an ideal starting point for trips to and hikes in both wine regions.

4th day (1 night):
Parador****
The Parador de Santo Estevo is a four-star hotel and located at the top of the Sil gorge in the heart of the Ribeira Sacra wine region. An overnight stay in the historic walls of the former Benedictine monastery is an experience to behold.

5th - 6th day (2 nights):
Country house and winery
You stay at an idyllic decorated winery, among Ribeiro vineyards. Enjoy the home-made wines on the beautiful, inviting wooden porch with sweeping views over the vineyards.

7th day (1 night):
Hotel and winery
The hotel is a 15th-century manor house with a lovely park in Cambados, a picturesque seaside town. Cambados is situated in the Rías Baixas wine region and offers excellent restaurants and wine stores with exquisite wines.

Rental cars

For this trip you need a rental car, which you can hire, e.g. from Santiago de Compostela airport with AVIS, ATESA, EUROPCAR or HERTZ. We'll be happy to help you choosing the right car for you. www.skyscanner.com gives a good overview of cheap offers.

Good to know

This trip is one of our specially crafted, unique journeys off the beaten track. The regions are only minimally adjusted to tourism, there are only a few refreshment and shopping locations and not every trail is signposted.

Only a few wineries are open to visitors without prior appointment. If interested, we are happy to make appointments for you. The Galician wines are just being discovered by the international market and are known among wine connoisseurs as a treat.

Ideally, you speak and understand a few words of Spanish and are not afraid to use them. The Galicians are extremely hospitable and helpful, but rarely speak foreign languages.

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Enjoy a beautiful historic landscape with enchanted canyons, forgotten monasteries, and magnificent views. Wander through ancient chestnut groves and vineyards first cultivated by the Romans. Bathe in thermal hot springs in the midst of nature and enjoy high-quality wines from selected grapes, which have recently come to international fame and have been highly praised by international wine magazines. Relax in charming country houses and excellent hotels.

Travel description (Example: 8 days)

Day 1  Individual arrival to Ribeira Sacra wine region

Terraced vineyards with up to 70 percent incline and vineyards carved-in deep within a canyon, that are only accessible by boat: The steep slopes of the Miño and Sil rivers are simply overwhelming. Explore the breath-taking scenery on one of our innumerous hikes through the vineyards. Let yourself be taken by the view on point "Cabo do Mundo" ("end of the world") high above a loop of the Miño river with its bright green vineyards.

Our suggestion for the day's itinerary:

Individual arrival to Santiago de Compostela. Drive from the airport to your first accommodation, a lovely country house, situated in the Ribeira Sacra wine region. (180 km, 2 hours drive). On your way to the country house follow a scenic route through the Ribeira Sacra steeply sloped vineyards. Stop at a spectacular viewpoint above the Miño River: “Cabo do Mundo”. Hike down from the “Cabo do Mundo” descending through terraced vineyards to the riverside (hiking distance: 9.5 km, total altitude gain: 460 m, time: approx. 3 hours). At a natural, sandy cove, the so-called “praia fluvial”, “beach by the river”, you have the chance to take a swim. Afterwards, visit and taste wine at the winery Abadía da Cova, which lies directly at the mystical viewpoint "Cabo do Mundo". Besides its prizewinning Mencía red wine with eighteen months barrel maturation, the winery Abadia da Cova is one of the first Galician wineries to produce gin. After your visit, continue to your accommodation and check in.

Day 2  Valleys of Gold: Valdeorras and Ribeira Sacra wine regions

The Romans were the first to recognize the advantages of the remote valleys in the southeast of Gallaecia, now called Galicia. Between the slate, they had found silver and gold, which they carried to Rome via the Roman cities of León and Astorga, a trade route, which later on became the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Soon, they also realized that the Mediterranean climate of the “golden valleys” was perfect for the cultivation of liquid gold: olive oil and wine. On your hikes you are going to trace the footsteps of the Romans and immerse into the lush greens of the surrounding nature reserves.

Our suggestion for the day's itinerary:

On ancient paths, walk through old chestnut groves and abandoned villages until you reach a viewpoint high above the Sil Canyon, where the Sil follows a 350-degree curve. The Sil River meandering through the deep green mountains provides a staggering view. A footpath at the riverside of the Sil leads you back to the trailhead. (hiking distance: 15km, total altitude gain: 550m, time: ca. 5h). After your hike you may want to have some tapas at one of the typical bars in San Clodio, a small town close to your country house. If you feel like doing a second, smaller hike in the afternoon, you can walk “On the Trail of Gold" (distance: 4.5 km, total altitude gain: 320m, time: 1.5 hours), a circular walk to a former Roman gold mine with beautiful views across the Sil Valley.

Day 3  At the hobbits – the wine caves of Valdeorras

Chimneys that protrude from green hills and low wooden doors reveal the location of the "bodegas cuevas", cavernous wine cellars which have been built into the hills. These private wine caves are the very symbol of the Valdeorras and fascinate visitors as well as locals over and over again. At family gatherings and wine festivals, the villagers open their caves, sit down with family and friends, and enjoy their home-made, young wines. You have the chance to discover some of these ancient wine cellars on your trip through the wine villages, and visit one of the "bodegas cuevas" at the winery Joaquín Rebolledo.

Our suggestion for the day's itinerary:

Hike on the “Blacksmiths' trail” deep into the Soldón gorge (distance: 11km, total altitude gain: 570m, time: approx. 5h). Ruins and wheel ruts can be seen as relics of the past. The Río Soldon Gorge used to teem with activity. People carried firewood and broom to blacksmiths and lime kilns, others carried iron and lime back on the same paths. Vines, olives, and honey were also grown in the valley. These days, it's quiet in the canyon. Only beehives are still in use, protected from brown bears by high stonewalls. Your trail traces these ancient trade routes. You will hardly meet a soul. On a panoramic drive (26 km, 26 min. drive) pass terraced olive plantations to reach the Joaquín Rebolledo winery. On the way stop for a photo at the "Boca do Monte". The “mountain's mouth" is a tunnel that had been carved into the rock by the Romans and continues to change the course of the River Sil today. Visit and taste at the winery Joaquín Rebolledo, D.O. Valdeorras. This family-run winery stores its wine barrels in a traditional wine cellar underground. The winery is a pioneer of manufacturing 100% Godello white wines. Later, go for an evening stroll through the alleys of Vilamartín to see its subterranean wineries.

Day 4  The Sil's holy riversides

On a stunning scenic drive along the Sil gorge, explore the hidden treasures of the Ribeira Sacra. In the heritage listed town of Monforte de Lemos, there are plenty of noble houses, two powerful monasteries, and a hilltop fort that await your visit! Along the Sil's "holy riversides" discover ornate churches, such as Santa Cristina church, a jewel of Romanesque architecture. High above the Sil gorge, finally reach the day's destination, the “Parador Santo Estevo Ribas de Sil”, where you will stay the night. The luxury hotel contains a remodeled former Benedictine monastery with three cloisters.

Our suggestion for the day's itinerary:

Drive to Monforte de Lemos and walk through the historic old town at the foot of Monte Pino with its hilltop Count's Palace and former 17th century Benedictine monastery, which house a Parador hotel these days. (35 km, 35 min. drive). Take a trip to visit and taste at Adega Algueira (D.O. Ribeira Sacra) winery. (15 km, 15 min. drive). With its white wines from almost forgotten, autochthonous varieties, Adega Algueira winery received repeatedly top scores in various wine magazines. Hike the circular trail (from Adega Algueira) to a vista point 600 m above the Sil gorge, with its steeply terraced vineyards (distance: 8.5 km, total altitude gain: 415m, time: 2h). Drive through the terraced vineyards down to the bottom of the Sil valley and up to the small town of Parada de Sil (50 km, 1 hour drive). Hike the circular trail from Parada de Sil on old villagers' trails, passing granite stone walls and gnarled old chestnut trees, to a viewpoint: "Balcones de Madrid". From here, there are sweeping views above the deep, wooded Sil gorge (distance: 3.5 km, total altitude gain: 240 Hm, time: 45min.). Stop for a photo at the ruins of Sta. Cristina monastery (10 km, 30 min. drive). Continue to the Parador Sto. Estevo****, where you stay the night. (20 km, 40 min. drive).

Day 5  Land of milk and honey - Ribeiro

Gently rolling vineyards, hot springs and manor houses. The Ribeiro wine region is a paradise: the fertile soil makes excellent white wines from Treixadura grapes, which you can taste in grand wineries. Thermal baths embedded in peaceful nature provide pure relaxation.

Our suggestion for the day's itinerary:

Drive to your accommodation, a beautiful country house with a family-run winery in the Ribeiro wine region, and check-in. (60 km, 55 min. drive). Visit the winery and do some wine tasting (D.O. Ribeiro). The fresh, full-bodied white wines are mainly produced from autochthonous Treixadura grapes. Drive the short trip to Melón, the starting point of your hike. (13 km, 20 min. drive). Hike to the natural pools of the Cerves river. Over the centuries, the water has washed round pools into the granite rocks, and attract bathers during the warm summer months. (distance: 5 - 16 km, total altitude gain: 180-535 m, time: 1.5-5h). Drive to the Prexigueiro spa. (15 km, 20 min. drive). Go for a hike from the Prexigueiro thermal baths. (distance: 6.5 - 17.5 km, total altitude gain: 210-685 m, time: 2-6h). Afterwards, bathe in the spa-water of the Prexigueiro hot springs, which heals muscular and rheumatic pain.

Day 6  Wine City Ribadavia - Gateway to the World

As early as the Middle Ages, Ribeiro wines had been a Europe-wide export hit! England and France, pilgrims and writers such as Cervantes and Loe de Vega raved about the fine wines from the Miño River. The successful international marketing is due to the skills of numerous Jewish wine merchants from Ribadavia. The peaceful town on the Avia river invites you to stroll through the old Jewish quarter with its narrow streets and arcades from the 12th century, one of the best preserved Jewish quarters of Spain. As a thousand years ago, the wine bars serve young white wine in traditional clay cups.

Our suggestion for the day's itinerary:

Walk from your country accommodation through vineyards and between huge granite-stone blocks up to Pena Corneira (distance: 5 - 20 km, total altitude gain: 150-600 Hm, time: 1.5 – 6h). From the summit of the highest mountain of the wine region enjoy expansive views of the Ribeiro Valley all the way to Ribadavia. On the way back, stop for lunch or coffee at the former Cistercian monastery Monasterio de San Clodio (12th century). Walk from the country house along the river Avia through vineyards and wine villages to reach Ribadavia, the "capital of Ribeiro" (distance: 12 - 24 km, total altitude gain: 100-150 m, time: 3-6h). Walk through the heritage listed medieval old town of Ribadavia and its beautiful Jewish quarter and castle ruins of Castillo de los Sarmiento.

Day 7  Rías Baixas – Vineyards at the sea

The Rías Baixas are known in Spain for two things: elegant Albariño white wines and excellent seafood. The proximity of the vineyards and seafood does not only make a good match geographically, but also on the dinner plate: The lively-fresh taste with aromas of pineapple, lemon or peach makes the Albariño an ideal companion to the domestic seafood. The charming town of Cambados makes for a stylish culinary delight to finish your trip on the wine route.

Our suggestion for the day's itinerary:

Drive to the Rias Baixas wine region (125 km, 1 hr 20 min. drive) and check-in at country hotel A Capitana, a manor house and estate from the 15th century with a beautiful park, situated in the picturesque coastal village of Cambados. Drive to Playa Lanzada (15 km, 20 min drive.) and hike the two-kilometer long beach. A Lanzada is ideal for a lengthy walk, with splendid views of the natural park islands Ons and Cíes (distance: up to 14 km, total altitude gain: 0 m, time: up to 4h). Drive through the vineyards to the winery Agro de Bazán. (30 km, 25 min. drive) and visit the Bodega Agro de Bazán with wine tasting (D.O. Rías Baixas). Return to Cambados. (4.5 km, 10 min. drive). Walk through the alleys of Cambados' old town and stop at one of the cozy taverns.

Day 8  Individual departure or extension of your stay

Drive to the airport of Santiago de Compostela for your individual departure (70 km, 55 min. drive). If you wish to extend your stay, we recommend “Casa do Torno”, a lovely country hotel at the Galician coast close to Santiago de Compostela. We will be happy to give you more hiking suggestions and tips on what to see and where to go.

 

Feedback of our guests

We were super satisfied with everything you organized. Especially the directions were incredibly detailed! You put a lot of effort in making this trip worthwhile. Alas, we could not do everything you suggested. The hotels were exceptional and we enjoyed our stay: the rooms very clean, the staff very friendly, and good breakfast in the mornings. We do recommend them. If I'll ever plan a trip in this corner again, I will definitely get in touch with you. And hope you will take such good care of me again. Best wishes from Andalusia, Susi R. 09/22/2014

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Thank you very much for the great support during our wine trip in Galicia. You looked after us just wonderfully and your information package helped us discover many beautiful hidden gems. We can say it was the best care we have had so far. You are knowledgeable and very kind. Monika and Wolfgang 09/18/2013

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