We meet on Saturday morning to catch the 8AM ferry from Portsmouth to Santander. We need to be at the check in for at least 1hr before, customers often book the Holiday Inn Express PO6 1UN, a few minutes from the ferry for the night before, it’s a chance to meet up and have chat about your holiday. Handout 2-way radios and run through the do’s and don’ts for the trek, first aid recovery and a good time to ask any questions. Fuel Station next to hotels please sail with a full tank of fuel saves time when off the ferry.
Saturday; Sail from Portsmouth to Santander on the Brittany Ferries Economy ship. We are on the ferry overnight, plenty of time to relax and enjoy the crossing,
Sunday; Arrive Santander regroup of the ferry and hit the road for our first night in the historic City of Leon where we overnight, the Hotel Riosol 3* very close to the City centre with good parking. We will have time to explore the historic centre and maybe enjoy your first tapas meal?
Monday; Its on the road after a good breakfast towards the Portuguese border town of Xino de Limia, taking time to full up with fuel, have a spot of lunch and hit the tracks just after lunch, tracks that start in the valley bottom and windup the mountain and quite possible into the snow line, the route takes you over rocky out crops, through rich forests of cork & eucalyptus trees, we then head to our hotel for the next 2 nights in Allariz just outside the Spa town of Ourense, our accommodation is Hotel Oca Vila de Allariz 4* Spa hotel.
Tuesday; We leave the hotel after breakfast and back into the mountains which wind there across towards the Canyon Sil, where we will walk out on to one of the viewing platforms if you dare!, again we are likely to run into snow and even maybe have to re route if to deep, this route has a terrific track that winds up the side of the mountain and is quite technical in parts, we guide you through it. The views are stunning, and we will lunch in the mountains having bought food at the beginning of the day, you will need a picnic set chairs/table & means to boil the kettle, also a good idea to have a cool box with you. We will then travel through the Canyon and towards Ourense and back to the hotel.
Wednesday; Its all about winding our way around the tracks nr Ourense, with views over the Ribadavia region famous for its wine growing, it’s also an area where there are few people the villages are empty the roads are very narrow through stone buildings. We travel through forests and over what looks like UK moorland! Again lunch in the mountains and we eventually finish the day down by a lake, before heading for our hotel Pazo de Esposende for 2 nights this family run hotel has only just been built from a medieval ruin, the rooms are excellent with a central courtyard , we are quite possibly going to be the only ones staying there, It does not have a restaurant so we grab a taxi into one of the local towns for the evening.
Thursday; we are up and off after an excellent breakfast into an area which was devastated by fires 3 years ago you will see how the land is rejuvenating and growing back, we will lunch on the tracks again. Today is a day where we start to see a different type of landscape more open and rocky moorland, with deep valleys and very remote. At the end of the day we will stop in the first town we arrive at, the local restaurant for a cuppa and maybe a Spanish omelette and watch the locals chilling out if only we could back home?
Friday; Its time to leave the sleepy village of small vineyards and stone houses and head off over the tops towards the coast, by some excellent high tracks that take your breath away, lunch is in a local family owned inn for some local cooked specialties and maybe a glass of un-labelled red wine for the passenger after lunch we head towards Pontevedra and Hotel Rias Bajas 3* in the centre of the city with underground parking, but not before some lovely tracks one taking us over a bridge built before Christopher Columbus sailed the America, we arrive in time to chill out explore the old town, usually it’s the fiesta weekend so there will be some amazing sights and sounds
Saturday; We leave the city of Pontevedra and head off into the hills, travelling through rich forests and ancient villages trapped in a time warp, we are heading for a town called Padron famous for the Padron peppers, although its not the pretties of towns it has some excellent restaurants as it is on the main route of the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrims route. Hotel for the night Scala 3*
Sunday; on leaving Pardon we hit the road up towards Santiago and then swing left towards the end of the World , well that’s where in the middle ages they thought the world ended at Faro de Fisterra, but before we get there we travel some fantastic tracks over the tops and then drop down on to the coast for lunch at a fish restaurant on the harbour where the fish are landed . after lunch we travel the coastal road to the town of Fisterra where we will have time to wander along the beach.
Monday; After breakfast we leave Fisterra and head to the lighthouse at Faro de Fisterra and hopefully for some great views out to sea, the first track starts on the headland and works its way back around the cliff’s we follow the coast line until we reach another headland which looks over one of the best beaches for miles around, if the tides out we will drop down and take a drive along the beach. Lunch time is at a locals restaurant with an amazing indoor BBQ, after the leisurely lunch its time to travel to A Coruna the capital of the region for our last night. Many of the streets are named after famous British officers from the Peninsular war, this is a superb place for our last night, In the evenings it is a live with tapas bars in fact one full street of them. It’s a place to remember your holiday for sure. Hotel Eurostars Atlantico 4* which is next to the beach, it’s a great place for our last night in Spain
Tuesday: after breakfast we are on the coastal road to Santander, it’s a motorway with tolls, and a easy journey, we should arrive in Santander by mid afternoon to caught the 5.45PM ferry home.
Wednesday: Relaxing on Brittany Ferries ship all the way to Portsmouth, where we should dock around 6.30PM
Price includes ferry and hotels b&b 1 vehicle 2 persons; we can arrange for extra rooms if required, costs not covered, hotel carpark charges, tolls, evening meals/food, fuel,
Please note we start the trek around 9.30 and finish the day around 5.30 to 6.00 because the Spanish eat late and some restaurants don’t open until 9PM
Budget around 20 euros per person per day food and drink it is very inexpensive
Technical driving 3 out of 5 depending on the weather
Total mileage in Spain 1,400 approx.
Vehicles; Suitable for vehicles such as Discovery 3/4/5, Defender, Range Rover, Shogun, Land Cruiser
Tyres: All-Terrain such as BFG KO2’s no low-profile tyres allowed, 5th full size tyre, we can hire tyres & wheels for Range Rover, RR Sport, Discovery 3/4/5 ask for a price
You need all weather clothing, drinks & nibbles for stops morning and afternoon, price includes 1 vehicle to persons including hotels B & B
We provide, guide vehicle with support equipment, first aid, recovery equipment, diagnostic, and tools, air jack, 2-way radios for comms, an experienced guide / first aider/ mechanical knowledge
1/ International Driving permit for Spain, you can get from your main post office
2/ European Assistance for your vehicle and holiday/medical insurance
3/ V5 & MOT Certificate originals
4/ Green card / Vehicle insurance
5/ European Travel kit