19th February 2010 Finisterre to Santiago de Compostela

20 02 2010

We set off from Finisterre at around 10.30am planning to head all the way along the coastal road to Noia before heading inland to Santiago de Compostela. The weather was changeable to say the least, one minute it was sunny and the next we were driving through hail storms, but the scenery was still gorgeous along all of the route, the AC 550.

Just before getting into Carnota we noticed a small turn off to a beach and at that point the sun was out so we decided to go and have a look and give Jack a walk. We could still see the lighthouse at Finisterre where we were yesterday but now we were on the other side of the sea, backed by the mountains. The beach was small and was covered in rock formations which gave it a very special look.

Rock Formations

Whilst we were there I walked over to the one side of the beach and spotted what looked like a little otter with a fish in it’s mouth, it spotted me too and froze for a while before running off, further attempts to see it failed despite standing as still as possible, obviously a very shy animal. This would be a great wild camping spot too (N42*50.55 W09*08.03).

We carried on and had lunch in Muros, parked next to a French motorhome in a leisure area. We stopped and charted for a while before carrying on with our journey, it felt slightly comforting to be able to understand someone at last!

Getting into Santiago de Compstela was a bit of a nightmare, roadworks everywhere and it was very busy on the roads too, it also didn’t help that the GPS co-ordinates given to us by the campsite were wrong, sending us about 2km out of our way and plotting the campsite in the middle of some kind if college. We eventually managed to find it as luckily it was listed in my Tom Tom POI file anyway.

I have to say that Santiago de Compostela is not a nice place, tower blocks everywhere and buildings going up all over the place, hopefully we will see a different side of it when we go to the main part tomorrow.

Internet access at the site and finally I get contact from HP customer support in Spain, the standard ‘we have received your communication’ email but in Spanish. No reply from the UK people despite my email to them yesterday but I did get a message from someone who apparently works for them via Twitter. I have emailed them back with full details if my problem and possible solutions. Still no further forward though and it is now becoming extremely frustrating. Come on Hewlett Packard, get your act together! I am considering posting up all of my emails and their replies as a seperate blog post for all to see.




3 responses

20 02 2010

Great stuff, enjoying (vicariously) your trip around the lovely Galician coast, remember the first time we were there thinking how different from Southern Spain it is, the climate is similar to Ireland. Where are you off to generally, around the coast or back inland?

26 02 2010
Steve Green

Back along the coast until we hit Portugal Ian, I must say that the scenery around the Galician coast has been stunning, such a beautiful area.

22 02 2010

I think you should stop being naive when it comes to HP support. What makes you think that a global company would provide support for their product in a country other than the one it was sold in? Why would they support a portable device that’s not being used in a fixed location?


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