We travel to Galicia in February each year to take advantage of the truly challenging weather conditions that the north-western most part of Spain has to offer!
Galicia is a beautiful part of Spain to visit and has some fantastic scenery and awesome driving! We get to experience muddy trails, eucalyptus forests, possibly snow-covered tracks and some epic rock crawls.
There will be time to visit the famous city of Santiago de Compostela and admire the beautiful cathedral that is the final destination of the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that traverses Spain. Towards the end of the week we head to a beach near the most westerly point of the country for some fun dune bashing!
We meet in Portsmouth for a morning departure on the overnight ferry to Santander. During the crossing you will be able to relax and get to know your guides and fellow travellers - it's always nice to get everyone together for dinner and a few drinks in the bar.
As soon as we disembark, we head to Pontevedra, which is about a five-hour road drive, for the most part following the Atlantic coast. We stay in the centre of Pontevedra, near the famous old town, and take a stroll to one of the city's many fantastic restaurants for our evening meal. Here we will meet up with other adventurers who will have just completed the first week of their two-week Galicia Ultimate trip.
We head away from Pontevedra in the direction of Santiago de Compostela through the Eucalyptus forests of the region and their muddy tracks to arrive in Padron in the evening.
From Padron we continue our journey towards Santiago and the potentially most 'interesting' part of the trip - it's here that, when wet, our winch was called into action many times one year! We stop for lunch in Santiago and take time to visit the incredible cathedral.
We now head towards the Atlantic Coast, again high up into the mountains through small, and sometimes abandoned villages, before dropping down to a waterfall that ends in the sea. We spend the night in the coastal village of Cee.
Well, almost, as we drive towards Fisterra, the most western point in Europe, and from here head onto tracks around the cliffs as the Atlantic crashes against the rocks below. We emerge onto sand dunes and the beach for a bit of dune bashing before a late lunch at a restaurant we will never reveal the details of on our website!
Having spent the night in Pontecesco we head out for a day of epic rock crawls interspersed with muddy tracks before we drive to A Coruna for our last evening in Spain. Our guides have confirmed that they have undertaken thorough research of the best tapas bars in the city, so you won't be disappointed!
We take a leisurely drive back to Santander to catch the ferry. This is always a fun journey - we left the UK as a group of strangers but return as a real team with many friendships having been made along the way. Be prepared for lots of laughter as we revisit the highlights of the holiday over a few drinks! We arrive in the UK the following day in the evening.
“Loved every minute of this trip, even when I got stuck! (I was quickly recovered by the Ardent team). Also a highlight of this trip was the great local food we found that was incredible value for money.”
The weather can get chilly and it's not unusual for us to encounter snow so we'd advise being prepared for cold spells and winter weather. However, at the lower levels and towards the coast it will be milder.
Variety of terrain from lowland trails to rocky tracks in the peaks along with forests, wet ground and a drive on the beach on the Atlantic Coast! Galicia can be challenging at times, but under our expert guidance, all abilities will be able to safely navigate any obstacles!
Low-box, underbody protection and recovery points along with all terrain tyres.
We carry medical kits, our guides are all first-aid trained and we have emergency beacons to hasten location and evacuation in emergency situations. Lead vehicles have full recovery equipment which is tested before departure and we also carry a range of tools and spares.
A detailed requirements check-list will be sent to you six weeks before your departure date.
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