Decanter travel guide: Galicia, Spain

Home to Santiago de Compostela, this region offers wine lovers their own pilgrimage through Ribeiro and Rías Baixas, finds Sue Style. Read her Galicia travel guide here.

My perfect day in Galicia


Morning

Tear yourself away from the comfort of Hotel A Quinta da Auga in Santiago de Compostela for a day in Rías Baixas. Exit the Pontevedra motorway at Padrón and continue on the country road along the pretty Ría de Arousa to Vilagarcía. Visit the house and gardens of Pazo de Rubiánes, where more than 4,000 camellias bloom through Galicia’s mild winter. Enjoy a tasting at Pazo Señorans (pazodesenorans.com), a gorgeous property with a superb hórreo (granary), private chapel and cypress trees.

Lunch

Be sure to book a table at Restaurante Yayo Daporta in Cambados, for stunningly creative food by one of Galicia’s rising stars. Select your wine(s) from the walk-in, glass-walled, air-conditioned cellar in a corner of the dining room or take advice from Yayo’s sister on wine pairings for your menu.

Afternoon

Stroll through the picturesque old town of Cambados, with a look in on Palacio de Fefiñanes on the eponymous square. Then pay an afternoon visit to Zárate, a small and welcoming family-owned winery.

Evening and overnight

Check in at Quinta de San Amaro in Meaño in time for a glass of Albariño in the glassed-in hórreo, now a sitting room/library, followed by light supper from locally sourced ingredients in the luminous dining room.

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