Galicia: CARNIVAL ENXEBRE

Colours and music that change everything. It's time to put on your costume and set out to enjoy the "Entroido" festival, the Galicia carnival. In Verín with its "cigarróns", in Laza with its "peliqueiros", or in Viana do Bolo with its "boteiro"... "Tanto da": Popular tradition in its pure state, "enxebre".  

A party and laughter in every corner before and after a good "lacón con grelos", combined with some delicious "filloas y orejas". 
Celebrate life in Galicia, dare to live like a Galician –"vivir como galego", for a few days.

This carnival,  or "Entroido" , is an essential festival to enjoy one of the oldest traditions of the Galician Community. This is a celebration of Celtic roots, stemming from fertility rites, which has been kept alive in different parts of the Iberian Peninsula.

The "Mascarada Ibérica" in Viana do Bolo, a small village in the province of Ourense, is a living example of these kinds of traditions 

almost lost to time.

Part of the winter festivities, masquerade balls are very common throughout Europe, and this one is amongst the most outstanding examples which are still celebrated in our country. We'll take advantage of this event to also visit Santiago de Compostela, Vigo and the most rural and endearing Galicia, and the protagonists of this story will show us the way. 

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - 17 MARCH: Point of Origin - Santiago de Compostela

Arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

Transfer to the hotel where we will leave our luggage and go to Franco street where we will take part in a tapas tasting tour. Next, we'll go on a guided touraround the city, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, and has been attracting visitors and pilgrims from all over the world for centuries. We will walk through the historic downtown area topped by the cathedral, with the imposing Portico of Glory.

We'll admire emblematic squares, such as Obradoiro, Quintana and O Toural, and dozens of churches, convents and palaces in Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles.

Tasting menu dinner in a benchmark restaurant, representative of the regional gastronomy.

Accommodation at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela.

(-/L/D)

DAY 2 - 18 MARCH: Santiago de Compostela - Ribeira Sacra - Viana do Bolo

After breakfast, we'll set out to Viana Do Bolo, where we will spend the following three nights.

Along the way, we will be met by a very special surrounding: the Ribeira Sacra, where we can find the largest concentration of Romanesque religious buildings in Europe.

We'll visit the monastery of San Pedro de Rocas, an extraordinary example of natural rock-cut architecture, and Castro Caldelas, a municipality on a hill overlooking the banks of the Edo watercourse.

We'll discover the most emblematic viewpoints of the Ribeira Sacra y we'll visit a vineyard located on a hillside , which will allow us to get to know how it works and enjoy its magnificent location. We'll visit the Adega Vella winery and take part in a tasting of Godello wine.

We’ll continue our journey to Monforte, where we'll visit the town and have lunch consisting on a tasting menu of local cuisine..

After that, we'll head to Viana do Bolo.

Accommodation in a newly renovated rural house which is exclusively used by our group.

Gourmet dinner offered by our hosts.

(B/L/D)

DAY 3 - 19 MARZO: Viana do Bolo - Mascarada

In the morning, after breakfast, we'll complete a guided tour of the town, which will be celebrating its festival during these days. We'll take a look at the local iconic architecture and balconies, impressive narrow streets and, above all, we’ll be delighted by the rural flavours of this unknown Galicia, where traditions are still present in everyday life.

For lunch: local gastronomy –pulpo da feria!

In the afternoon, we will enjoy the Masquerade festival , which starts around 5 p.m. and ends after midnight.

for dinner, we will enjoy local gastronomy and drinks: we'll take part in the preparation of the traditional "queimada".

We'll taste the best “orujo" made in the area, and the local confectionery. We'll learn to dance muñeiras... or at least we'll try, but, above all, we'll enjoy the atmosphere of this festival.

(B/L/D)

DAY 4- 20 MARZO: Visit to the countryside of Ourense - Culinary Experience - Starlight

After breakfast, we will tour the rural area in the province of Orense, surrounded by small villages.

We will start by visiting the Santuario das Ermidas, which façade is amongst the best works of Galician Baroque, and its interior is decorated by very interesting altarpieces. We will see the Castillo O Bolo, which dates back to the 12th century and has an interesting history of partial destruction and reconstruction. Today, fully restored, it has an interactive exhibition that shows what life was like in a 15th century castle.

We will have lunch in a very special location, enjoying spectacular, top class gastronomy.

We'll then travel to Trevinca, protected natural area covering almost 62,000 acres and with peaks of over 6,500 feet, crowned by glacial lakes. As the highest point in Galicia, it has Starlight certification, which endorses it as an astronomical tourist destination.

We will take part in a stargazing activity to enjoy this marvel.

After the visit, we'll indulge in a delicious dinner based on local products of the area: Galician empanada, cheeses and local wine, finishing with a few glasses of "orujo" and a gaze at the sky.

Return to the hotel in Viana do Bolo.

(B/L/D)

DAY 5 - 21 MARCH: Viana do Bolo - Vigo

Breakfast at the hotel and early departure by coach to Vigo.

Meeting with our local guide to visit the city of Vigo and nearby towns in the Rías Baixas. We will enjoy an aperitif in Pescadería street, popularly known as La Piedra, where we will taste some delicious oysters accompanied by a good wine..

Wrapping up.

(B/L/-)

* Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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Important notes

✔ One night at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela on bed and breakfast basis.
✔ Three nights at the Hotel Mirador da Ribera in Viana do Bolo on bed and breakfast basis.
✔ Full board throughout the tour with exquisite gastronomic experiences.
✔ Guided tours with local experts, as listed in the itinerary.
✔ Starlight experience in Trevinca.
✔ Participation in the Iberian Masquerade in Viana do Bolo.
✔ Entrance fees to all the monuments listed in the itinerary.
✔ 21/25-seater coach for the entire route.
✔ Drinking water during the coach tour.
✔ Tips.
✔ Tour guide during the whole trip.
✔ Travel assistance and cancellation insurance for justified causes.
✔ All services and arrangements as listed in the itinerary.

Not included:

✘ Beverages - except where otherwise stated.
✘ Dinner on the evening of 21 March.
✘ Any service not listed in the itinerary.

Nature

Visit to the Ribera Sacra. Nature walks. Visits to Nature Reserves. Contact with the local wildlife. Active tourism activities in natural environments. Rural tourism.

Culture, traditions and history

Visit to rural villages. Culture, folklore and ancestral traditions. Guided tours to discover the most iconic places in the region.

Local gastronomy and products

Gastronomic experiences, local products, family restaurants.

 

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