Rias Baixas Itinerary
Experience the beauty of Spain's Rias Baixas with a two-day road trip from Vigo to Noia. This 278 km journey provides a great opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes, beaches and towns along the route, including Pontevedra and Vilagarcia de Arousa. The best time of the year for this trip is during the spring and summer months when the weather is warm and the days are longer.
The roads throughout the journey are in good condition, with some parts being curvy and narrow in places. Nevertheless, the drive is enjoyable and the views are spectacular. The trip provides an opportunity to experience the culture, customs and gastronomy of the region, while being able to manage your budget with moderate expenses.
This road trip is suitable for all drivers, as it offers a high level of enjoyment and provides a great opportunity to create lasting memories. So come and explore the beauty of the Rias Baixas and make your own unforgettable journey.
Distance 278 km
Driving time 9.5 h
Vigo, the largest city in Spain's Galicia region, is the perfect starting point for a truly unique road trip – the "Rias Baixas Road Trip". Located right on the Atlantic coast, Vigo boasts a stunning waterfront that's lined with colorful buildings and attractions. From the majestic Castrelos Park to the vibrant nightlife in the old town, Vigo is full of interesting sights and activities to explore.
Take a stroll along the waterfront and visit the imposing Castrelos Park, with its ancient Roman remains and stunning gardens. From there, you can head to the old town and explore the many charming streets and squares, buzzing with life and culture. Enjoy a drink or two in one of the many lively bars and restaurants, or shop for souvenirs in the local stores.
For those arriving by air, the closest international airport is Vigo-Peinador Airport (VGO). Car rental is available at the airport, making it easy to get around and explore the region.
Vigo is the perfect starting point for a road trip through the stunning Rias Baixas region. Whether you're looking for a relaxing stroll along the waterfront, or an exciting night out in the old town, Vigo has something for everyone. So start your adventure in Vigo, and explore the beauty of Galicia's Rias Baixas.
Distance 78 km
Driving time 2.7 h
Embark on a thrilling 78km road trip from Vigo to Pontevedra and explore the best of both cities! Begin your journey in Vigo, the largest city in Galicia, and take in the sights of the Old Town and the charming fishing port. Next, drive through the winding roads of the countryside, admiring the luscious green hills and the quaint villages. Make sure to keep an eye out for the narrow sections of the road! As you make your way to Pontevedra, you'll be able to visit the 12th century Cathedral and the picturesque Plaza Mayor. Finish off your trip by exploring the cobbled streets of the historic center and the beautiful gardens of the Parque de Castrelos. This is one stage of a larger tour, and more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage. With a driving time of fewer than 3 hours, this is an ideal road trip for those looking for a quick and exciting escape!
- O Grove
Distance 52 km
Driving time 1.7 h
Welcome to the Pontevedra to O Grove road trip! This scenic route is 52km long and can be completed in under two hours. As you drive, you'll be able to take in the stunning views of the Galician countryside. In some sections, the road is very winding and narrow, so be sure to drive carefully. Along the way, you'll be able to visit some of the most interesting places in the region, including the Pontevedra city center, the beautiful beaches of O Grove, and the incredible A Lanzada beach. There's also plenty of great restaurants and accommodation options to choose from. Don't forget to take some time to explore the many trails and parks in the area. For more information about attractions, accommodation, restaurants, and campsites along this route, check out the Itinerary for this stage. Enjoy your road trip!
- Vilagarcia de Arousa
Distance 49 km
Driving time 1.7 h
Embark on an exciting road trip from O Grove to Vilagarcia de Arousa, only 49 km and a driving time of less than 2 hours. Follow the winding road through the stunning Galician countryside and admire the amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. As you drive, you'll be able to see the picturesque fishing villages and quiet beaches. Make sure to pay attention to the narrow sections of the road, but don't worry, you'll be able to take in the beautiful scenery. You'll also pass through some of the most beautiful towns in Galicia, such as Sanxenxo and Cambados. Once you reach Vilagarcia de Arousa, you'll be able to explore the charming fishing port and its quaint cobblestone streets. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage.
Vilagarcia de Arousa
Distance 50 km
Driving time 1.7 h
Welcome to the beautiful road trip stage from Vilagarcia de Arousa to Ribeira! This scenic 50km drive will take you less than 2 hours, and you will be able to explore some of the most interesting places in both of these locations.
In Vilagarcia de Arousa, you will find beautiful beaches, a picturesque harbor, and a historic old town. Ribeira is known for its stunning landscapes, and its ancient churches and monasteries.
As you drive, you will be able to admire the stunning views of the countryside and the small villages along the way. In some sections, the road will be narrow, so make sure to pay attention to the road and the scenery.
At the end of your journey, you will be able to explore the many attractions that Ribeira has to offer. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage.
We hope you enjoy your journey from Vilagarcia de Arousa to Ribeira!
Distance 48 km
Driving time 1.7 h
Welcome to the Ribeira - Noia road trip stage! This 48 km journey is an amazing opportunity to explore the stunning Galician landscape. The estimated driving time is less than 2 hours, so you can take your time and enjoy the scenic views.
Start your trip in the beautiful Ribeira, where you can visit the stunning Church of Santa Mariña do Campo, or take a walk around the old town. Then, you can drive to the nearby beaches of A Lanzada, or explore the Barbanza estuary.
Continue your journey by heading to the city of Noia. Here, you can visit the impressive Noia Castle and the nearby Church of San Martiño de Mondoñedo. You can also explore the old town, or take a stroll along the coastline.
This road trip stage is part of a larger tour, so be sure to check the itinerary for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Enjoy your journey!
Noia, located in the picturesque region of Galicia in Spain, is the perfect destination to end your Rias Baixas Road Trip. This charming city is full of history, culture and stunning scenery, making it a great place to explore and relax after a long drive.
Noia is a great place to explore, with plenty of attractions to keep you busy. You can take a stroll through the old town, admiring the architecture, or visit the Museo do Mar de Galicia, where you can learn about the region’s incredible maritime history. The city also has a number of lovely beaches, with crystal clear waters and golden sands.
Noia is also known for its wonderful cuisine. Sample some of the delicious local seafood dishes and Galician specialties, such as the famous ‘pulpo á feira’ (octopus with paprika). Or why not visit one of the many local wineries, where you can sample some of the region’s most celebrated wines?
For those arriving by air, the closest international airport is the Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ). From here, it’s just a short drive to Noia, making it the perfect place to end your Rias Baixas Road Trip. So why not take a drive and explore this stunning part of Spain? You won’t be disappointed.
Rias Baixas at a glance
Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ),
Vigo Airport (VGO)
When to drive:
May, June, July, August, September
More info you can find in the "Itinerary" section at each stage.