16 nights in North Spain

Dec 22nd, 2012, 05:59 AM
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Just to add a thought:

In August, I would want to be on an air-conditioned bus for the hottest part of the day. In Galicia (or Asturias), you don't have to worry that if you get into town at 7pm, you'll be missing much. It is very much worth going into the cathedral in Lugo, but you can do that first thing the next morning. Likewise, everything wonderful about Ourense or Pontevedra can be appreciaated in the cool of the evening.
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Dec 22nd, 2012, 06:07 AM
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On other thought:

I'm not sure that I would book a night on the islas. Even in August, weather is unpredictable. So make it a daytrip when you know the weather is favorable. It will obviously be more complicated if you do the day trip from Pontevedra rather than Vigo, and that is a tough call, because Vigo has great food and people often find it pleasant. Maybe 2 nights in Vigo and one in Pontevedra?
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Dec 23rd, 2012, 12:37 AM
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Living and working in Galicia, I can see you have received some very good tips of my adopted land. However occasionally I do wonder where some folks get some of their suggestions from. They seem a little off key.
Based on your itinerary. In SdC you can take trips out to costal area using tour buses.
Details can be found on this website: http://www.santiagoturismo.com/ Some of the translation into English is not so good.
I feel that you may need to spend a night in A Coruña. Even if it is just to see and feel something different. If not then take a train between SdC and A Coruña. The journey takes around 30mins each way.
Lugo is far more than the walls and the Cathedral. There is a load of Roman remains to be seen. Some under existing shops. The Museum is well worth a visit. It is free and you only have to show your passport to enter.
Ourense has a quite small nice old centre, and some thermal hot springs. Take the tourist train to get to them. You will need at least a swimming costume, things like flip flops and towels bay be hired at some of the baths. If not bring your own. The cathedral has polychromatic painted doorway.
Vigo is not a brilliant city. The old centre is very small, smaller than any other location you are planning on visiting. It is the largest and most industrial city in Galicia. Yes it is perhaps the best base for you to get to the Islas Cíes. If not try getting to a smallish village of Cangas. Again a good level of ferry service to the islands and a more authentic Galician village feel.
In Vigo try and make a visit to the border city of Tui. Again a small old centre with a fortified cathedral. There are not so many of them around.
I could tell you a loads more but will you have enough time to see it all??
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Dec 23rd, 2012, 02:33 AM
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hi ribierasacra,

I think your elaborations are good, but I want to add one of my own in case it wasn't clear. I wanted to emphasize that many things are lively in the evening in Galicia, so if one is going to Lugo for 2 nights, it is okay to arrive after 5pm the first night. You will still have a great experience of the town, and the next day a traveler will be able to see all the things you mentioned.

I am assuming that CdChi1 still wants to keep some experience of Asturias and the picos in his trip. (He has already dropped San Sebastian). He has a fixed number of days, and needs to fly in and out of Santiago de Compostela. As you can see above, I found A Coruna lovable, but I'm not sure he has time to see both A Coruna and the islas (let alone Tui), or take a bath in Ourense or do day trips to the coast from Santiago de Compostela.

It's true that we're all suggesting places based on what we like and don't like (and I don't think every trip to Europe should be about pre-modern "picturesque places"), and some folks will vote for Vigo over A Coruna, Pontevedra over Cangas, or Ourense over Tui (I loved Tui but it so hard to include if he's going to Asturias).

At least the original poster is cheerful about having "hard choices" and has a long time to make up his mind.
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Dec 23rd, 2012, 03:59 AM
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One other thought about A Coruna in the 2nd half of August

I didn't visit in that time frame but I am wondering if A Coruna is just slammed in August with holidaymakers and how much that affects the experience of the town. I realize that this is true of a lot of coastal destinations, but A Coruna seems to have a lot of infrastructure geared toward the package resort trade.

Since the train journey from Santiago de Compostela is only 30 minutes, and the sun sets so late in August, my strategy might be to head to A Coruna quite late one afternoon to do a walking tour of a few sights, enjoy tapas, and head back to Santiago de Compostela before midnight to sleep.
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Dec 23rd, 2012, 08:21 AM
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Slammed? The most touristy city in the whole of Galicia is SdC. Unless you get curses ships docking in either Vigo or A Coruña . Then most of the passengers head to SdC anyway.
Tapas is not a Galician thing either; these have been imported up north just for the tourists.
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