Galicia, Spain: rugged Celtic wilderness

Why go there?

A coastal tour of the far northwestern tip of Galicia is an adventure into one of Europe’s little-known corners. Take narrow roads that cling to the winding coastline and you’ll find miles of empty sandy beaches, wild rocky islands, remote fishing harbours and quiet traditional villages.

What to do

You’ll wind around scenic fjord-like river estuaries discovering that Galicia has more coast and beaches than any other Spanish province. Highlights include some of Europe’s best seafood, Castro de Baroña Celtic village and massive sand dunes at Corrubedo. And look out for opportunities to bathe in local thermal springs near O Grove.

La Coruña to Vigo, Spain

Where to stay and eat

The spectacular Qunita de San Amaro in O Salnés (doubles from €90 per night) is the perfect spot to enjoy Galicia from, with everything from horseriding and fishing trips to cookery classes and wine tours organised from the hotel. There are scores of great Galician seafood restaurants but among the best is the Tira do Cordel on a sandy beach near Finisterre (set menu from €20).

The route