Galicia Spain is one of the autonomous communities of this marvelous country, located on Spain’s northwest bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is Santiago de Compostela, with its awe inspiring cathedral where the apostle Saint James is buried and final destination of the “Camino de Santiago” pilgrimage trail.
They are proud of their Celtic heritage, their Galego language and their huge amount of treasures, beautiful beaches and above all their delicious Galician Cuisine.
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
This is a beautiful city with small streets many covered of granite with a history of over a thousand years ago. The medieval core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and most of it is pedestrian, to make easy the access by foot for locals and visitors.
The Cathedral dominates the whole city and is host to the celebrations of the Festival of St James, Santiago in Spanish, every July 25th. You cannot leave Galicia without visiting its fabulous capital city. People from all over the world venture to complete the pilgrimage route of “Camino de Santiago”, whether for spiritual reasons, or just for the adventure.
Beautiful city of A Coruña in Galicia Spain
It is not the capital, but the financial and business center of Galicia. It is located on a small peninsula on the shores of the Atlantic, surrounded by sea from all sides.
It is renowned port city with many yachts, small and large, and may cruise liners visiting it.
The city’s buildings are modern but the old town is well preserved focusing on the Town Hall and main square. It is known as a world famous fashion center, being the home of brands such as Zara, Caramelo and Massimo Dutti.
Also known as Illas Cíes, or Cies Islands, they are three islands, Monteagudo, Do Faro and San Martino, two of them are linked by a stretch of sand. They are located on the entrance to the Ria Vigo, looking as if they rise out of the sea when watched from far.
The third island is closed to the public because it is a bird sanctuary. But the other two are not only open to the general public, they are some of the best beaches in the world.
Often called the Marbella of the north, it is one of the best upscale resorts of Spain. In July and August, it is full to capacity, because visitors come from all over Spain and Europe for their holidays.
While here don’t miss nearby Portonovo, originally a fishing village, to eat the best shellfish in the area. And above all La Lanzada Beach, a paradise for swimmers and surfers.
This is another great Galician resort, at the open sea and surrounded by fishing vessels and luxury yachts. The claim to fame of this place is that in 1493 the Carabela La Pinta, one of the three that sailed with Columbus, came back here with the news of the discovery of the New World. There is a festival every year to commemorate this occasion.
The prominent site here is Monterreal Fort, over 2000 years old and covering over 18 hectares of walled fortifications.
The Walled City of Lugo in Galicia Spain
This is only European city which is totally surrounded by well-preserved roman walls with 71 towers reaching a height of 15 meters. The circuit along the walls is about 2 km and it is possible to walk along them. These walls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lugo is Galicia’s fourth city with a population of about 100,000 in the city but its province extends to the border with the Principality of Asturias.
Visit the amazing Cathedral of Lugo, where the Holy Sacrament is permanently displayed on the High Altar, by Papal Decree; and the Museo Provincial with a huge collection of Galician art.
It is located at the mouth of River Miño or Minho in front of the Atlantic Ocean, next to the border with Portugal. It is a popular seaport famous for its shellfish and lobster in particular. It is easy to find and inexpensive restaurant serving seafood caught from the sea this same morning.
Don’t miss the well preserved remains of a Celtic settlement called Santa Tecla, discovered in 1913, but originating about 500 years BC.
The Romans called it “The End of the World” because is at the end of the most westerly of all roads of Spain.
The most important place to visit is the lighthouse called Vista Monte do Facho, to catch fabulous views of the Atlantic Ocean, in peaceful silence.
It is known for its dangerous coasts and you may find many shipwrecks to serve as witnesses.
As Catedrais beach
This is one of the most spectacular of Spain’s beaches on the Atlantic. Its sands are golden.
It is named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Playa Las Catedrales has magnificent arches and unusual rock formations, crowning the amazing Cantabria coast of Galicia
This verdant Spanish corner is brimming with spectacular little coves and beaches.
Train station of Ourense in Galicia Spain
It is located inside Galicia on a mountain setting, in huge contrast to its coastal areas. It is an ideal place to travel by train or road and know the magnificent Galician mountains and green vegetation.
Crossing the 13th century Ponte Romano or Ponte Vella, by foot is a delightful visit which eventually leads into the restored and pedestrianized old town, and is one of the finest bridges in the whole of Spain.
The Cathedral, the second oldest in Galicia, dates to 572 and is built on a Romanesque-Gothic style.
Map of Galicia Spain and its provinces
images credits for Galicia Spain
santiago by rosita ramirez
a coruna by luis bugallo sanchez
islas cies by miriam aloni
sanxenxo by juan mejuto
baiona by user alma
lugo by adnnzo8
a guarda by henrique pereira
finistere by eduardo gitlin
as catedrais by nibash
ourense by jt curses
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