Spain is music | Galicia sounds
Galicia, celtic music, Santiago de Compostela, gaita, San Andres de Teixido, Padron, Herbon, Ortigueira, Espasante, pulpo, Ribeira sacra, Tui, A guarda, Ourense, Cambados,
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GALICIA SOUNDS

Spain’s north-western region Galicia, a magic land that opens its doors for us.
We propose you a trip to discover amazing landscapes, wild beaches and thousand flavours coming from the land and the sea directly to your mouth. All this accompanied by excellent wines and traditional music.

Be part of this land’s history and understand why the Celts chose to settle here hundred years ago. Walk the St James Way (Camino de Santiago) just like one of many pilgrims that pass by year after year.

Since the discovery of the tomb of St. James in the Middle Ages Galicia became a religious destination in Europe. Various religious orders stablished their Monasteries near the pilgrim`s route. We invite you to know and discover the sacred music in situ. Whatever your religious belief, Feel the Spirituality of El Camino..

Galicia holds an ancient musical tradition with bagpipes as the most iconic instruments.
We will learn how to produce and play them. Also, we will get to know different songs, traditional dances following the rhythms of the flutes, hurdy-gurdy and tambourines.

And most important, once you step into Galicia you will discover “Agarimo”. It is a peculiar feeling from Galicians to newcomers; a mix of friendship and tenderness.

Let yourself go……

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Day 1, Santiago de Compostela

Santiago is Unesco’s World Heritage Site since 1985. The reason: monuments, urban beauty, spiritual meaning in one of the most important religious and cultural destinations following the Way of St James, from the Middle Ages.

We will visit the city, taste its rich cuisine. At night we will have the chance to sing side by side with local musicians in an old tavern, next to a nice glass of wine.

Photo: Archive of Santiago de Compostela Tourism

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Day 2, Santiago de Compostela

In the morning, after a delicious breakfast, we will visit the Cathedral with a walk across the rooftops. We will learn about the medieval instruments that appear at Glory’s Gateway (Portico de la Gloria) and right after, a visit to the food market where we will have the chance to taste seasonal products.

We will approach the village of Padron to feel like pilgrims at the Franciscan Herbon’s Monastery. Enjoy an exclusive concert only for us and taste their home grown famous peppers and vegetables.

But if you’re an early riser we also have the option to go at 8 in the morning to enjoy the Gregorian chant of the nuns at the Benedictine monastery of San Paio

Photo: Xaime Cortizo. Festival As notas do pemento

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Day 3, North Coast and Fisterra

We leave Santiago towards San Andrés de Teixido church, passing by the tallest cliffs in Europe. We will reach Ortegal’s lighthouse where the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea meet.

After this impressive tour we will go to Ortigueira, a famous village, where every year takes place one of the most famous festivals for Celtic music around the world. There we will attend the Ortigueira bagpipe band, the oldest in Galicia.

Lunch in Espasante and join a local dance together with traditional music.

And finally, we will end the day in Fisterra, or the end of the world, as it was known back in ancient times by the romans. Also the very last stop for pilgrims where they used to burn their clothes before coming back home. There we will witness a fantastic sunset over the ocean.

Day 4, Local Festival

Galicia holds hundreds of local festivities; religious, folk or simply gastronomic.

Today we will join the locals in these traditional parties. Pure celebration¡

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Day 5, Cambados, Ons, Cies Islands

Today we will live as seamen. We will learn what is working by the sea, about fishing boats and the fish coming from the sea. We will be part of a group of women that collect shellfish from the sandy shores at low tide.

Cambados is worth a visit, as a sea port and also the capital city for Albariño wine. We will visit a wine cellar and learn about the production of this much appreciated wine.

After tasting these wonderful wines, keep your senses open and enjoy the fantastic and fresh seafood by the coast.

The fun is not over yet. We will catch a boat to visit the nearby Ons or Cies Islands with its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.

Day 6, Ourense, Ribadavia, Allariz

We leave the coast and go inland to Ourense. We will tour the old quarter to discover how full of history are their monuments. This city is well known because its medicinal hot springs.

Relaxed and happy we travel to the neighbour villages, Rivadavia and Allariz. Jews settled in this land back in 11th century. They were in control of the Ribeiro Wine business. Its worth seeing where they lived, music and rich gastronomy.

At night, tapas and wine at the lively Ourense.

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Day 7, Ribeira Sacra

Today we will be surrounded by mysticism in Ribeira Sacra.

We will sail Sil River going through its canyons and steep slopes where vineyards defy gravity. All grapes are picked manually by heroic men threatening their lives to obtain high quality wines.

Of course, we will visit an important wine cellar and have lunch between vineyards.

After lunch, time to experience the art of black pottery in the middle of green fields, all hand-made.

To end the day we will enjoy the most beautiful, unique and magic little Romanesque churches of the region. In one of them, we will have the chance, only for us, to listen sacred medieval songs that will take us back to 12th Century.

Tired but happy, time to go to bed in an exclusive hotel-monastery from the 12th Century at San Clodio.

Day 8, Santa Tegra, Tui.

We go back to the 1st Century b.c. as we visit a Celtic Settlement in Santa Tegra. This well preserved historic monument with an astonishing view of the Miño’s mouth river into the Atlantic Ocean. Here we will visit the houses where the Celts used to live and know more about their customs.

After a delicious lunch we will visit a bagpipe artisan in his atelier. He will show us the right materials to make them, how they sound and even try them.

We are in Tui and can not miss the opportunity to visit the gorgeous cathedral.

Then, back to Santiago for the last night in Galicia and the end of the Tour.

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When: All year.

Please ask for more details if you want to include Madrid in the itinerary.

Activities may be changed to different dates according to tides and festivities.