The Romans once considered Galicia, the rugged coastal region of northwestern Spain, the end of the world. Today, it remains one of Europe’s least-explored corners. The region’s Celtic heritage, seafaring tradition, and language—closer to Portuguese than Spanish—all contribute to a distinct Galician identity. Here, still-working fishing villages, monasteries, lighthouses, and ancient settlements punctuate panoramic views of the sea. For most visitors, the region’s allure is the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, the resting place and shrine of St. James, but it’s the seafood bounty of the Galician coast that has put it on the culinary map. On this week-long seafood pilgrimage, we’ll delve deep into the world of barnacle hunters, oyster fisherman, lobster trap builders, razor clam-diggers, and net menders, along with the local chefs who are harnessing the incredible offerings of their coast, transforming Galician cuisine into something new and exciting. Though our focus will be seafood and the traditional artisans along this coast, we’ll be exploring all facets of Galician identity—history, folklore, architecture, music, language, and religion—and gaining a deeper understanding of its unbreakable bond with the sea.
Our partner, Culinary Backstreets: In order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.
Note that the trip begins in Vigo and ends in Santiago de Compostela. Vigo’s Peinador Airport has direct connections to Madrid, Barcelona, London, Paris, Lisbon, and other nearby cities, while its Guixar Railway Station has connections to Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Porto, and more. We recommend that you arrive in Vigo by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and depart from Santiago de Compostela anytime on Thursday, March 12. If you’d like to extend your stay on either end, we’re happy to arrange extra nights and provide suggestions for things to do and see on your own.
Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 5 miles over the course of each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Our last day includes a short scenic hike along the coastline, which will involve walking on a dirt path. Throughout the trip, we will be spending time on rocky shores, in small seaside villages, and while in Cambados, aboard a boat.
Due to the region’s seafood traditions, there will be a number of meals during the trip that are exclusively shellfish, and which won’t have vegetarian substitutes. While most of our trips can generally cater to vegetarian and vegan diets, this culinary itinerary has more limited options. If you are neither a pescatarians nor omnivore, it will be hard to fully participate in this trip; however, if you are still keen to join, let us know—if you pack enough back-up snacks and are willing to miss out on some of the group meals, then we’d be happy to work with you on that.
Visas are not required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain. If you’re not a U.S. citizen, please check the requirements or get in touch with us to ask.