This exquisite corner of Spain is known as the land of a thousand rivers, and its huge coastline boasts 750 different beaches as well as producing a fabulous variety of seafood.
With its own language (Gallego), strong traditions, spectacular coastline and medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia not only holds a special place in Spanish hearts but is a great place to spend a holiday too. This peaceful, unspoilt region of Spain has been compared to Ireland - not just for its Celtic past but for its rugged, green landscape and air of rural peace.
The weather however is much better, allowing you to enjoy the wonderful beaches like the unspoilt and beautiful Playa de Carnota at Finisterre to the full. You'll also discover some of the best seafood in Europe which is farmed in the rocky, fjord-like water inlets (rias) where the small, colourful fi shing boats shelter from the Atlantic.
Places to visit in Galicia
This town has an aquarium, excellent museums, a charming old quarter, two Romanesque churches and the Torre de Hercules - the only working Roman lighthouse in the world (fabulous views from the top!).
Santiago de Compostela
For centuries Europe's most important pilgrim destination which must be visited whilst staying in Galicia. There is so much to see in the old town alone that a walking tour is the recommended way to explore this wonderful historic city.
This fine old town with its picturesque squares and streets is enclosed by magnificently preserved walls from Roman times. It is also renowned as a great place to eat and drink.
Things to do in Galicia
Monasteries of the Ribeira Sacra
This beautiful setting was a shelter for monks in the dramatic gorges of the rivers Sil and Miño from around the 6th century. A trip around the numerous abandoned monasteries in the area is a fascinating experience.
Ourense thermal springs
This city on the banks of the impressive river Miño was named by the Romans from the word oro (gold) because of its ancient gold mines and unusual steaming hot springs where you can take a relaxing soak.
Food and drink in Galicia
- All types of seafood especially mussels and pulpo (octopus).
- Empanadas, tasty savoury pies (very much like a Cornish pasty!)
- The parrillada is a very popular type of restaurant in this region. It uses a wood-fired grill for barbecuing fish and meat
- A chilled Albariño white or a purply red Ribeira Sacra.