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Discover Galicia by motorhome or camper through 21 essential destinations

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Discover Galicia in a motorhome or camper, with the help of the great instagramer family @sausalita_ontheroad. Touring Galicia by camper will make you fall in love through the story of a trip to one of the tips of Europe and the westernmost point of Spain.

Without a doubt this family of 3 are one of my favorite instagramers in the world of caravanning and campering. Their publications add value to the world of motorhome and camper and help inspire us to plan and decide next routes. For me they are one of those instagramers who undoubtedly add value with their publications, so do not hesitate to follow them! What are you waiting for?

They are a family of 3, Nerea, Jhami and Noa, four legs, who love to travel and enjoy a thousand adventures.

Since 2009 they share their passion for knowing new places and living new experiences. In 2017 they put their dreams on wheels, thanks to Sausalita, a Benimar 246. There are already more than 30.000 km of dreams traveled.

In addition, Sausalita's family has grown this last year, adding a new adventurer to the family, Samuel, to whom they hope to infect this particular way of seeing the world, they will surely succeed!

And today this adventurous and traveling family are going to tell us about a great trip to a great destination and camper route through Spain: Galicia in a motorhome.

Practical guide to travel to Galicia by motorhome

Language

Language

Galicia has two official languages: Spanish and Galician. Due to the large influx of tourists in Galicia, a lot of the population speaks Portuguese and it is also very common for the staff of the tourist services to speak some English.

Population

Population

The census amounts to 2 701 743 inhabitants.

Currency and prices

Currency

Euro.

Prices

The prices in Galicia are similar to those that can be found in other Spanish tourist destinations. Probably, the greatest difference in price is seen in the hotel industry, which if we compare it with communities such as Catalonia or the Basque Country, the price is a little lower.

Some examples: coffee with milk: € 1,80; beer cane: € 1,50; loaf of bread: € 0,50; Menu of the day in a normal restaurant: € 10.

Typical Galician food

A delicious gastronomy

Galician gastronomy is an authentic delicacy forged in the middle of the Atlantic. You can find flavors of a great diversity and exquisite products top quality… all of them linked to the land and the sea. 

On your trip to Galicia in a motorhome you will find restaurants for all budgets. The usual thing among tourists is to take advantage of the mornings to visit the beaches and coves eating something light and reserve to indulge in the evening in a restaurant.

En Galicia eats well and in abundance, definitely.

The typical Galician dish is seafood. This rich delicacy has its origin in an abundant product of the area.

The skewers and tapas Galician octopus, Galician empanadas, pork shoulder with turnip greens, chorizo ​​with cachelos, padrón peppers or Galician tripe they cannot be missed in your visit.

Ah! do not forget to try their tasty Galician broths and stews, nor its cheeses (from Arzúa-Ulloa, San Simón da Costa or Cebrero) nor the Santiago cake or the Mondoñedo cake and the Allariz almond groves.

And to water the meals the spirits and the queimada they cannot be absent as typical Galician liquors.

Getting around Galicia: roads

Carreteras

In Galicia's road network, the highways and highways stand out, which as a curiosity are identified with AG- and with a blue background, unlike the rest of the autonomous communities that are usually AP-. AG stands for "Autoestrada Galega". There are many highways in Galicia and pejae, on the other hand, there are few highways, including the Costa de la Muerte highway or the Valle Miñor highway, the rest are generally very good quality highways.

Several of these main roads leave back roads towards the different populations and coastal area especiallyAll these roads are in good condition and also allow you to enjoy a dream landscape along the way, although some are curvy and narrow, but in general they are accessible to everyone.

Official tourism website

Galicia Tourism Website:

https://www.turismo.gal/

Galician legislation for motorhomes and campers: vigilance against camping on the coast and protection of natural landscapes

The legislation is the same as the Spanish state in Galicia.

If a municipality does not prohibit us by ordinance from parking and / or overnighting of motorhomes, we can park and spend the night without problem, as long as we do not leave the parking marks and do not camp (this is very important).

Bans on parking / spending the night in Galicia in a motorhome, sometimes, and always camping!

In some points of mainly coastal municipalities, they veto us parking and spend the night in their streets. Unfortunately, this is the result of the abuse of many who have camped where they should not. The most prohibitions are to spend the night in motorhomes, especially in parking lots on the coast, in the interior there is no problem as a general rule.

What is extremely forbidden, and this is by law for all of Spain, it is camping. We cannot camp in any public place.

And remember, that camping is spending more than 72 hours in the same place or going outside the perimeter of the vehicle (opening a simple window, taking out the awning or taking out the table and chairs is camping).

Advice to avoid camping with heat in Galicia in a motorhome or camper

That is why a tip if you come in summer, come with autonomous air conditioning or an autonomous Viesa-type refrigerator so as not to open windows or take anything out and thus avoid all kinds of fines while also being cool in your camper or motorhome. For us, God Viesa is everything 🙂 It should come standard and not be an extra, we always say it, so surely many would stop camping and stop us from banning unique places.

Where to spend the night, camp and do services in Galicia in a motorhome

Galicia dIt has many campsites and many motorhome areas, some public and many others private.

Campsites and private motorhome areas in Galicia

There are many options in Galicia in different destinations to find campsites and private motorhome areas at a good price. 

These two points are where we must go if we want to camp (take out a table, chairs, awning, open windows ...). Campsites and private areas are the only ones that allow us to camp.

Public motorhome areas

There are many municipalities that have also opted to establish public motorhome areas in Galicia. Most free areas.

But remember that in these public areas camping is generally prohibited. Here you can spend the night without disturbing anyone and you can do services, but not camp as a general rule.

Gas stations and supermarkets that offer services to motorhomes and campers in Galicia

There are some Galician gas stations and supermarkets that make emptying and filling water services available to motorhomes and campers. Some points even allow overnight stays.

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Galicia what to see: The 21 best essential plans on a route through Galicia in a motorhome or camper

Galicia what to see: 21 essential plans 

Finally, in this article, we tell you our 21 essential destinations if you travel to Galicia by motorhome after our trip through this beautiful community.

You will see that these places are arranged in chronological order and by visit during our route to help you in your planning of your trip. 

Finally remember to do click on SEE each of the destinations and you will discover what to see and do In that destination, where to sleep in a motorhome and some advice or tips that will help you on your trip through Galicia in a camper or motorhome!

MAP OF THE MAIN PLACES OF TOURIST INTEREST IN GALICIA BY MOTORHOME

Here we leave you a map with the different points of interest to visit on your route through Galicia on your own, these points are not car parks or places to spend the night, attention. To see where to park and spend the night in these places with your motorhome or camper, you will find the different places in the rest of the article, although always, remember, you must check the places before going in case any municipality regulations have changed.

BAIONA STARTING POINT OF OUR ROUTE

Our route through Galicia begins by visiting Baiona, south of the Rias Baixas, city with a lot of history. An example of this is its fortress, its historic center and its port, the first in Europe where the discovery of America was announced. 

Discover in the Baiona's post in a motorhome: what to see, what to do, with all points of interest on a map and where to park and spend the night in a camper in Baiona.

VIGO BY MOTORHOME

Just 30 minutes from Baiona, we are in Vigo. City that is worth knowing, savor its typical oysters and take a bath in the Samil urban beach and much more that we invite you to discover in the next post.

CIES ISLANDS BY MOTORHOME

In Vigo you can take the ferry to know the spectacular Cies Islands, yes, prior reservation of tickets here.

The Cies Islands are the Galician Caribbean, crystal clear waters and spectacular white sand. 

A unique place but with restrictions and proposals to see and do that we leave you in this complete post.

Cies Islands by motorhome. Ferry

RIA DE ALDÁN AND CABO UDRA BY MOTORHOME

On our tourist route through Galicia, between Vigo and Pontevedra we discover the Ría de Aldán, a great unknown.

You can spend the night in Cape Udra in the Ancoradouro beach car park, always with responsibility and without overcrowding the place, and from there make several routes over the sea, enjoying its acliffs, its spectacular views and its horses in semi-freedom. From there you have access to the beautiful Praia Mourisca. 

En Aldán we discovered a beautiful forest called "The Enchanted Forest", a small hiking trail where you can make a stop. You can park the motorhome near the entrance to the farm without problem.

PONTEVEDRA, TO THE NORTH OF GALICIA

Following our route to the North of Galicia, we recommend visiting the city of Pontevedra. Touring Galicia in a motorhome is being beautiful and touring the cobbled streets and enjoying the many terraces of Pontevedra makes us fall in love. You will love its squares and its great atmosphere.

Overnight in Pontevedra in a motorhome:

To spend the night we have the municipal motorhome area on Rúa Vial.

Pontevedra in a motorhome on the route through Galicia in a motorhome

COMBARRO IN MOTORHOME

A about 15 minutes from Pontevedra we have Combarro, obligatory stop. It is a picturesque sailor town more than 40 granarythey look at the sea. It is a very touristy town but with a lot of charm, where you can get lost in its cobbled streets and eat in its great restaurants with sea views. 

Overnight in Combarro in a motorhome:

You can spend the night in the Poio motorhome area, the Combarro motorhome area which is actually from another small town curiously. The area is next to a park overlooking the estuary, about 15 minutes walk from the town of Combarro and at the foot of a beautiful path. 

PORTONOVO, SANXENSO, THE ISLAND OF LA TOJA, COMBADOS AND NOIA

A short distance from Combarro we can find the tourist towns of Portonovo and Sanxenxo with his acquaintance Lanzada beach.

In this area, we also recommend visiting the Isla de la Toja accessed by crossing the bridge. You can relax in their hot springs, know your gardens and the chapel of the shells. You can spend the night in the marina.

As nearby points, you can also visit the towns of Cambados and Noia.  

LOURO, LARIÑO AND CARNOTA IN A MOTORHOME

Already in the province of A Coruña, in the region of Walls, we found the parishes of Louro, Lariño and Carnota, in which we recommend spending several days and getting lost for its spectacular Paradise beaches.

Specific Carnota has the longest sandy area in Galicia and two of the longest granaries in Spain.

In it you will find a curious beach, Boca do Rio, where at low tide spectacular pools are formed where you can enjoy bathing and its rock formations. You have several car parks where you can always spend the night with respect, without camping or taking anything out, and without overcrowding, remember. 

COSTA DA MORTE: WALLS AND CAPE DE FINESTERRE BY MOTORHOME

We recommend a stop in the pretty town of Walls, where you can park at the foot of its small beach on Avenida Castelao.

In the middle of the Costa da Morte you can visit the Ézaro waterfall, a spectacle of nature easily accessible under the Mount O Pindo. To visit it you have nearby parking lots.

You will not be able to leave the Costa de Morte, on your route through Galicia, without visiting Cape Finisterre, with its famous lighthouse known as the end of the world lighthouse. One of the best places from which to photograph the Atlantic and see its spectacular sunset.

Our suggestions: Visit the fishing village of Finisterre, with its food market and its rich gastronomy.

CORUÑA BY MOTORHOME

On your route through Galicia in a motorhome, no You can leave the province without visiting its capital: A Coruña.

City with its own and beautiful name.

You can visit the city by parking in the parking lot of the Tower of Hercules.

THE SPECTACULAR BEACH OF LAS CATEDRALES IN A MOTORHOME

We leave A Coruña, on our route through Galicia with children, as a couple or as we wish, to enter the province of Lugo where we can discover the spectacular and well-known pLaya de las Catedrales, in Ribadeo.

For your visit it is mandatory book ticket in advance and better visit it with Low tide, to appreciate its impressive natural arches sculpted by the sea.

A true spectacle of nature.

You have several car parks at the entrance to the beach, remember they are car parks not motorhome areas and camping is prohibited in all of Spain. Especially on the coast and these places that are crowded sBe responsible and do not remove any item from your vehicle, be invisible so that this will last us a long time, it is a privileged place.

Cathedrals beach by motorhome
Cathedrals beach by motorhome

LUGO BY MOTORHOME

Before leaving Galicia, on your route through Galicia in a motorhome with children or as a couple or as you wish, you can make a stop to visit the city of Lugo.

You will be surprised by their lively streets, its history and above all its gastronomy, with its typical tapas.

Overnight in Lugo in a motorhome

To spend the night you have the Lugo municipal motorhome area with all services and very close to the center, in the Castelo park.

Lugo by motorhome
Lugo by motorhome

EXTRA TIPS FOR SURFERS: OUR FAVORITE BEACHES IN GALICIA BY VAN OR MOTORHOM

And for surf lovers some of our favorite beaches:

  • Razo beach.
  • Doñinos beach.
  • Valdoviño beach.
  • Pantín beach.

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This entry has 6 comments

  1. Anonymous

    One thing, the capital of Galicia is Santiago de Compostela, not La Coruña

    1. Kucavanera family

      Hello. We do not see well where you mean about this error. It is surely in this paragraph «On your route through Galicia in a motorhome, you cannot leave the province without visiting its capital: A Coruña.» It refers to the capital of the province of La Coruña. It is this?

  2. Cristina

    Good night,
    Moltes gràcies for the info of the route through Galicia!
    Quants dies are necessary per fer the mateixa route? a month, nosaltres neighborhoods from Girona.

    gracies!

    1. Kucavanera family

      Good day Cristina, for this route for about 15 days of mitja anireu bé 🙂 always can vary -the one mica according to the days that tingueu, is the positiu of traveling by motorhome, the llibertat 🙂

  3. Bego

    Hello, we are 2 adults, 2 children (4 and 6 years old) and a dog (Golden Retriever). We would like to do this route at the end of August. Will we have problems visiting the beaches and others with the dog? Any solution besides not visiting them? Thanks.

    1. Kucavanera family

      Well, Bego depends on the beach and the area, each municipality makes its ordinances and they keep changing with this covid issue every day. If it is forbidden, we advise you to turn around but you will be fined. In addition, we always recommend that you go to specific motorhome areas and parking lots so it will always be easier and you will not find surprises.

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