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fastest way to get to La Toja with a baby from Santiago?

Cosmogrrl

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Hi all,

We would like to visit O grove/la toja on Friday 22nd, but will be based in Santiago. I see that the bus takes about 2 hours, which isn't ideal. Any other ideas on how to get there quickly?

What we are really looking for is a place on the sea (not river) with great food/ambience that is easily accessible by public transport. La Coruna looks good, but perhaps a bit too much like a city. If you have any other suggestions for us, let us know!
 
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ivar

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I see that the bus takes about 2 hours, which isn't ideal. Any other ideas on how to get there quickly?

In a car it takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

La Coruña is a city like you say nothing especial really... has a nice long beach in the city center with a nice path to walk on along the beach.

What about Noia? It is just west of Santiago on the coast, about 45-60 minutes by car, should not be too long with a bus. It is on the sea, with a nice old town... I have never taken the bus out there, so you should check the schedule when you get here.

Ahhh... I just found something... check this out:
http://www.santiagoreservas.com/servici ... ?idserv=56
(Click English flag for English)

Stop by the tourist office in old town once here for more information on this tour, but it says they offer it on Fridays... so you should be ok.

Good luck and welcome to Santiago!

Ivar
 

William Marques

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Cosmogrrl said:
We would like to visit O grove/la toja on Friday 22nd, but will be based in Santiago. I see that the bus takes about 2 hours, which isn't ideal. Any other ideas on how to get there quickly?

What we are really looking for is a place on the sea (not river) with great food/ambience that is easily accessible by public transport. La Coruna looks good, but perhaps a bit too much like a city. If you have any other suggestions for us, let us know!

If you are looking for a place on the sea near there, La Lanzada is a great beach. From memory La Toja was a "millionaire's island" with one great hotel (where Franco used to take his summer holidays I think). O Grove used to be a quiet little town but is now somehing much larger something that has happened all down that coast. I can remember when Sanjenjo was a tiny town I went back there a couple of years ago and it was a traffic jammed tourist hot spot.

We have had a place on the Costa de la Luz for 30 years and until the last 5 years or so that coast had stayed unspoiled. It is now going the same way as the rest of the Spanish Costas. Is there anywhere still unspoilt on the Spanish coast.

Sorry about the rant.
 

ivar

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Your observation of La Toja is correct. A lot of expensive houses and two nice hotels/spas...

.. The Sanxenxo area is as you say becoming more and "Costa del Sol". But from Noia and up (Costa da Morte) you can still find small towns and beaches untouched. Let's see how long that lasts, they are in "Construction-mode" also in that area.

For example the beach at Carnota (between Muros and Cee if I don't remember incorrectly) is a 7 km long beach, untouched... have a look here:
http://noyaymuros.com/turismo-rural-gal ... 5-con5.htm

Un saludo,
Ivar
 
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