This year, due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, we have had to change many holiday plans. The fact of having to leave the plans of international destinations “parked”, has made us rediscover our closest environment. This rediscovery has made us see that most of the time paradise is at home.

How much we have longed to be together with our family, partner or friends during the long months of confinement. Today we have been able to meet our loved ones again, but the way we relate to each other is still different, adapted to the “new normality”.

As we still give priority to meetings with few people and in places that are not overcrowded, we would like to present you with a series of proposals for weekend plans or escapes to get lost this autumn and winter. So, you know, take your group of friends and propose them an escape loaded with nature adventures. Dare to get lost in the heart of our forests.

All the routes of the Camino de Santiago

Weekend plans

Obviously, in winter we cannot do the same routes as in summer because of the climate. Sometimes, we discard routes because they are dangerous during bad weather and other times because they are too long to do with the hours of light we have at our disposal in this season. But don’t worry, the reality is that in Galicia we have a lot of good and varied plans for weekend breaks in nature, take note!

Ancares – Courel

Located in the heart of the mountains of Lugo, this natural paradise forms a Special Protection Zone of Natural Values. This magical place houses in its limits the oldest and best preserved forests of Galicia. The symbiosis between agricultural exploitation and natural conservation has given rise to beautiful landscapes in its valleys. Besides, we are sure you will love the typical architecture of its small villages. The perfect place to stay is the campsite of O Courel, which has beautiful small rural bungalows.

This natural reserve has an infinite number of routes to take at the weekend. One of the best short routes is Devesa da Rogueira (between 8 and 9 kilometres). This path will allow you to discover the beauty of the Atlantic forests. Simply fascinating.

devesa da rogueira

Pena Trevinca

Pena Trevinca with its 2,127 meters is the roof of Galicia. Located in the mountains of Ourense, its surroundings have been declared a starlight destination. You can take as a reference the small village of A Veiga, where you will find different rural mountain lodgings run by people who know the area well. You can even take a mountaineering course with your colleagues from Trisquel! The ascent to the peak of Pena Trevinca or to the glacial lake of Ocelo are some of its star routes. This destination is the perfect plan for the most adventurous groups of friends.

If you are fond of skiing, you can spend a day at the end visiting the resort of Cabeza de Manzaneda, very close to Trevinca.

pena Trevinca

The camellia route

Did you know that in Galicia there are almost 8000 different varieties of camellia? There are different routes to appreciate the varieties of this beautiful flower, located around the area of Santiago de Compostela, Padrón and Cambados, mainly. It is a perfect plan to take a weekend of disconnection, getting lost among endless gardens, and enjoying the tranquility and good food of this area of Galicia.

camelia rosa

Fragas do Eume

The Fragas do Eume Natural Park is one of the best Atlantic riverside forests in Europe. It has 4 points of access, being the most used the access from Pontedeume to the monastery of Caaveiro. After a walk through the idyllic forest of the Fragas, you can spend the night in Pontedeume to enjoy the unbeatable gastronomy of the fishing villages.

fragas do Eume

Thermal Baths of Ourense

What better plan for the cold than visiting the thermal baths of Ourense. It is one of the favourite winter getaways of the nearby population, especially the colder it gets. Without a doubt the perfect plan to take a weekend of disconnection with friends, of canes and glasses protected from the cold and of hot baths in the purest Roman style.

To give a touch of nature to this comfortable plan, you can come to know the Sil Canyon, located between the municipalities of Nogueira de Ramuín, Pantón, Parada de Sil and Sober, very close to Ourense.

Enjoying good company

As you can see, there are plans and escapes for all tastes. And what better idea now that the cold weather is beginning, than to choose a route through a natural environment to enjoy with friends. Besides, how good does it feel to enter a warm rural accommodation, with its wood-burning cooker lit, after spending a day walking in the mountains? It seems that I can almost perceive the characteristic smell of smoke from the chimneys of the rural villages, and you?

Tell us which plan fits best with your group of friends or who you would give such a getaway to. Enjoy good company, but always with care.

All the trips of the Camino de Santiago by bike