Arrival to Madrid & transfer on your own to hotel in the city.
Castle day. Bus transfer to the start of the tour in Peñaranda del Duero where we will stretch our legs with a wine walk, visit the castle and have an outdoor picnic and introduction and east D.O. tasting. In the afternoon check in at our Peñafiel hotel, village walk, museum visit & castle and regional wine museum with several appellations tasting. Dinner at the hotel.
From modernity to tradition. Our Ribera del Duero wine tour day 3 begins with an architecture view of Bodegas Protos in Peñafiel. Visit to two wineries with lunch. Dinner at the hotel.
Optional activities in the morning, walking or biking the Duero river route Senda del Duero or Balloon flight over the vineyards!
Winery visit with lunch. Check in 5***** hotel Valbuena and time to relax at the spa.
In the late afternoon walk to lookout spot, vineyard visit and activity followed by small winery and light dinner.
Visit to Finca Abadia de Retuerta Vino de Castilla y Leon walk, visit & tasting.
We continue to Valladolid with our selection of pinchos hopping.
On the way back we stop by an eco winery from Vino Tierra Castilla y León.
Spa time and farwell dinner.
Transfer to Madrid airport for home flight or extension stay in Madrid.
The weather is the only real negative when it comes to Galicia. The Spanish think of Galicia as the rainy region, but that needs to be put into the context of Southern Spain and their 12 month long summers. Galicia does have 4 seasons and they are clearly defined with winter temperatures getting close to and sometimes below freezing.
On my summer visits to Galicia I have generally had around 5 good days out of every 7, and a good day can be 80 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more with brilliant sun and a clear sky. Summers are however unreliable and you should expect some cloudy and wet days.
The months of May and June are variable when it comes to weather, but the most picturesque when it comes to scenery. Galicia’s flowers and blossom are out at this time of year and the hills and meadows are a blend of green and yellow from the daisies and wild broom. On a good day in late spring temperatures can easily reach 25 degrees centigrade, but the evenings are much cooler.
Many days can however start off dull with the sun burning through, what may look like an overcast sky, from around 11.00am. Humidity can also be high if you travel inland, but around the coastal areas there is nearly always a breeze and this is cooled by the Atlantic Ocean.
Provincial weather variances
Pontevedra has a micro-climate making it hot and (comparatively) dry in summer and mild in winter. Ourense has the most extreme of Galicia’s weather conditions with hot inland sunny days in summer, but cold and sometimes freezing days in winter. You can also see snow in Ourense. Lugo has a mix of weather with the north being cooler and the south (next to Ourense) being a few degrees hotter. La Coruna is in between the others. As a tip, if you are in la Coruna and have poor weather, check out the forecast in southern Pontevedra and especially Ourense. It may be worth spending an hour in the car and driving south to see some sun. Portugal is also close by.
Humidity can be very high, well over 80%, in summer, but the coastal areas will always offer a refreshing breeze. Spring (April to May) also has a high pollen count, mainly as a result of the pine forests. This can also catch out some “non” hay fever sufferers like my wife, so be warned.
It will remain light (even in August) up until around 10.00pm at night. The best time to visit Galicia is probably around late June through to mid August when you will benefit from the best weather and longest hours of daylight. You can also sun bathe until around 9.00pm and the busier beaches will stay that way through to around 8.00pm at night.
If sun is important to you, bear in mind that the weather varies significantly between coastal and inland towns.
As an example, Santiago de Compostela is reputed to have a least one drop of rain on over 300 days a year. If you visit Santiago, leave the sun cream behind and take an umbrella.
What you will also find however, is that on a dull and rainy day in Santiago, the sun may be out just 35km to 40km (27 miles) away at a coastal location like Noia or Muros. You will also find that there is frequently a weather difference between the towns and beaches inside the protected rias (coves and bays) and those facing open sea. As an example, if it is dull in the town of Noia, it may well be bright and sunny just half an hours ride away at “la praia de Queiruga” (beach) which faces open sea.
The mountains surrounding Rioja affect the wind and rainfall patterns and help to keep summer temperatures moderate. They also encourage the critical night-time temperature drops that preserve acidity in the ripening grapes. Thanks to the mountains, Rioja’s footprint resembles an inverted V, with the widest part facing the Mediterranean. As a result, Rioja’s vineyards are affected by three distinct climate zones: some vineyards are subject to cool, moist weather from the Atlantic; others, protected by the mountains, experience a more temperate Continental climate; and still others bask in Mediterranean warmth.
The average temperature in Logroño, La Rioja is mild at 14.4 °C (57.92 °F).
The weather in October is somewhat parched. A paltry 28.1mm (1.1in) of liquid is laid down.
The shortest day is 10:17 long and the longest day is 11:40 long with an average length of 10:58.
Castilla y Leon has a mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. The area within 40 km of this station is covered by croplands(88%), grasslands (8%), and shrublands (3%).
The month of September is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 25°C to 20°C over the course of the month, exceeding 29°C or dropping below 15°Conly one day in ten.
Over the course of September, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1:22 hours, implying an average day-over-day decrease of2.7 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is September 30 with 11:46 hours of daylight; the longest day isSeptember 1 with 13:09 hours of daylight.
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