10 reasons to visit Galicia, Spain

Galicia is a little green corner in the northwest of Spain that will break your stereotypes about this country for many different reasons…

  1. Santiago de Compostela is the final destination of The Way of Saint James, which has been a pilgrimage route since medieval times. There are many different ways to get there but they all lead to its beautiful cathedral in the heart of the Old Town. 2013-10-30 18.07.13IMG_2895_1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsl371771
  2. Galicia has the most amazing coast, which the locals jokingly also refer to as “Galifornia”. I think the pictures speak by themselves! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA100_1727100_1729100_1742sl375437
  3. Its gastronomy is popular all over Spain. Some of the local specialties are the Padrón peppers, the octopus or “pulpo á feira” and goose barnacles (the most delicious but most expensive seafood ever!). The local beers and wines are also worth tasting.
  4. Galician music has nothing to do with the flamenco from the south. Bagpipes are the most traditional instruments here.
  5. Its nature is full of green forests, rocky hills, rivers and a beautiful countryside. 100_1673100_1791100_1800
  6. There are some incredible Celtic fortresses spread all over the region. My favourite ones are “Castro de Baroña” right by the coast in an incredible setting and “Castro de Santa Tecla”, set in a mountain with a lovely view of the sea too. 20140803_16343220140803_164712sl370675
  7. Galicia has its own official language, along with Spanish, known as Galician which gives this region a strong cultural and national identity. 106_2230
  8. The rain in Galicia is art, or so they say. The fact is that it rains a lot here which challenges the idea of a stereotypical sunny Spain once again. The good thing is that the rain creates beautiful reflections in the Galician old towns since they are made of granite. Many towns also have beautiful arcades for shelter. sl379051SL370134.JPG
  9. The architecture in Galicia is unique and impossible to see anywhere else in the world. Here you will find “horreos” which are used to store  grain, lots of galleries (because balconies are not good in the rain), many romanesque churches and pretty much a lot of granite buildings as I mentioned before. 100_1734100_1741100_1764100_1771100_1911100_1936100_2145100_2159
  10. It is well connected and you can fly there with airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet or Vueling.
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3 thoughts on “10 reasons to visit Galicia, Spain

  1. muy buenas

    ________________________________ De: weekend adventures Enviado: sábado, 1 de octubre de 2016 10:58 Para: mayucintron@hotmail.com Asunto: [New post] 10 reasons to visit Galicia, Spain

    Weekend Adventures posted: “Galicia is a little green corner in the northwest of Spain that will break your stereotypes about this country for many different reasons… Santiago de Compostela is the final destination of The Way of Saint James, which has been a pilgrimage route sin”

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  2. Are you from Galicia, then? It’s an area I’d love to visit. I’ve long wanted to take part in the walk to Santiago de Compostela. Your photos confirm that it’s a place I could love.
    Many thanks for the follow. 🙂

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