Spain Travel Guide 2013

Road Trip Guide Through Spain’s Lower Rias

Cape FinisterreAlthough I don’t have the exact numbers, I would venture to guess that most of the travelers in 2013 hit at least one of the big Spanish four: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and/or the incredible Andulacia Region. However, although these Spanish destinations are certainly well worth a visit, the country actually has quite a number of hidden gems that many tourists don’t get to see. Of course, some of these places are a little harder to get to, but if you like to, Spain has some fantastic options for off-the-beaten path exploration.

Take the Galicia region, for instance. This northwestern area of Spain certainly isn’t a secret due to the famed El Camino de Santiago.Corcubión nd unadventured areas: Las Rias Bajas (Lower Rias).

The Lower Rias are four estuarine inlets that start at the southern end of Galicia and run along the Atlantic Coast until meeting the Portuguese border.Combarro rise even the most seasoned of travelers.

Starting Point: Cape Finisterre

Cape Finisterre is about a one and a half hour drive to the west of Santiago de Compostela. For many years, it was thought to be the western most part of Europe. For road trippers starting out from Santiago, it’s well worth the drive just to see the glorious sunset from the top of Monte Facho, the very top tip of the cape. Once you’re ready to hit the road, the lower rias start just below Finisterre so just head south on the coast on your way towards some spectacular and off-the-beaten-path parts of Spain.

Corcubion's famous HorreosCorcubion

Traveling south, there are a number of options to stop for the night. As we drove down the coast, we choose to take the coastal road and stop at the fishing village of Corcubión. Although there isn’t a lot of specific things to see in this quaint little area, it did make for a great stop to stay the night once we left Finisterre.


From Corcubion, we made our way to Combarro, another small fishing village that is known for its Horreos, antique structures that were built to protect food and keep out little critters. This part of Spain is known for its seafood and although a lot of time has passed since we visited, I can still clearly remember the seafood paella I had here on an outdoor terrace overlooking the fishermen’s boats. Simply devine!

Baiona Coast Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela The Cies Islands The Cies Islands


by jupiter87

Here is the itinerary my wife and I did in September 2005. We actually got a car for a couple of days leaving Seville so that we could visit Gibraltar when were staying in Ronda. (Sentimental reasons, Gibraltar was a stop on our honeymoon cruise in 1999). I would advise you to take the night train from BCN to Granada, train to Ronda, then Seville. Or, drop Ronda and take the train straight from Granada to Seville. Granada is a must for the Alhambra, Seville is just magical. The reason why you want so much time in Madrid - great daytrips to El Escorial, Segovia, and Toledo (take the bus to those, trust me it's faster)

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