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Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

1. Excursion to Ribeira Sacra from Santiago de Compostela

Depart Santiago by bus at 8:30 AM and head north to the province of Orense, where your guided tour through the Ribeira Sacra will begin. Discover how the name of this region, which means Sacred Riverbank, comes from the Middle Ages when many monasteries were scattered across the slopes of these rugged landscapes. Upon arrival, board a catamaran that will take you through the River Sil canyons. For 1.5 hours, enjoy the characteristic landscape of the area, and see the enormous walls that rise up to almost 500 meters high. During the cruise, have the opportunity to sample some traditional wine. Then, disembark and continue towards some of the viewpoints in the northern part of the Ribeira Sacra. After admiring these views, visit the San Esteban de Ribas de Sil monastery. The monument is currently used as a Parador Nacional de Turismo, known as a luxury hotel located in a historic building, and still preserves several elements from the original building. Next, stop in Orense's historic center, which holds importance in Galicia for its thermal baths. Walk through its cobbled streets and discover the secrets of its famous bridges. Finally, end the day with return transport to Santiago by around 6:30 PM.

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Ourense: 2-Hour Private City Walking Tour

2. Ourense: 2-Hour Private City Walking Tour

Admire the most iconic monuments in Ourense and hear the fascinating history and city legends behind every turn from your expert guide. Start your walking adventure at the incredible Las Burgas. Marvel at the ancient Roman 'hot springs' where you can still bathe today. Explore the old town and the Plaza Mayor. Here, admire some of the most iconic buildings in Ourense, such as the Town Hall, the Episcopal Palace, and one of the first churches in the city: the Santa María Madre. Make a stop at the spectacular Cathedral of Ourense, famous for its dome and recognized as an outstanding example of Galician gothic architecture. Continue to the Mercado de Abastos to see local foods before heading to the Plaza del Padre Feijoo, home to several modernist buildings such as the Diputación. Finish your tour at the famous San Francisco Cemetery, and feel free to ask your guide for any recommendations.

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A well thought out way to see a beautiful region of Spain.