Galicia is located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by Portugal to the south, the Spanish autonomous communities of Castilla Leon and Asturias to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Cantabrian sea to the north. It comprises around 1,030 miles of coastline, including its offshore islands and islets. It is a well-hidden gem to explore and get lost in its great variety of landscapes.
Since the 9th century, pilgrims have travelled the different paths of Europe towards Santiago de Compostela, however, nowadays, the reasons for visiting Galicia are much varied and range from the spiritual to the artistic not forgetting the culinary and the excellent wines. The visitor can enjoy unrivalled destinations in this region that cannot fail to arouse their emotion in many different ways.
Getting to know Galicia’s heritage is the best way to come close to the treasures that this land so jealously guards. Well-known places include the Cathedral of Santiago, the Tower of Hércules or the Wall of Lugo. Galicia is a land of villages full or artistic and ethnographic wealth: small churches (many of them Romanesque jewels); fields and mills that seem to be frozen in time; fortified pre-Roman Iron Age villages and petroglyphs from our earliest ancestors; castles and fortresses – still standing – that take you to the magnificence of the past. Visit some of the largest groups of granaries in Galicia; fortified pre-Roman Iron Age villages or dolmens as impressive as those of Santa Trega or Dombate…
The coastline of Galicia is a reflection of its rough tides and nature, giving rise to wild beaches, estuaries and endless shores leaving you with the feeling you are in an uncharted land. Go for a stroll on the pale sand, dive into the seas or feel the breeze while you are surfing or sailing to reaching impressive places like Cies islands .Located in stunning enclaves, the lighthouses are the witness and protectors of this coastline being all of them worth a visit.
When it comes to the culinary scene, Galicia can satisfy the most discerning palates. Here, wine is regarded as culture and art that goes back in time thousands of years old. Rías Baixas, O Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Monterrei are the five D.O that are currently protecting some of the world’s finest wines. Embark of the secrets of Galician wines walking among the vines on steep hillsides, touring wineries or at the edge of the sea from the most cutting-edge to the most stately and those with the greatest family tradition. . Albariño, Mencía, Godello, Treixadura… more than twenty varieties of native grapes are the perfect accompaniment to the most exquisite of delicacies. Land of fish, seafood, meat, bread, cheese, traditional desserts and a wide variety of spirits, Galicia invites you to partake in wine and gastronomic experiences to enjoy all the flavors that it has to offer.
Visit the fresh produce market and let your sense of smell flooded with the aromas of fresh garden produce, seafood and fish from the markets of Ribeira and A Coruña, along with artisan breads and cheeses and the well-known pementeiras from Padrón. When trying some of the local restaurants, do not miss on the traditional pulpo á feira-style, meat ao caldeiro-style, seafood-based rice with lobster, tetilla cheese and pimientos de padron. For dessert, savour Santiago cake, a delicacy made of crushed almonds paired with some queimada or orujo, their local liquor.
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