The first thing that most people think of when you mention Spain is the “Costa’s”. The mental picture is of the coast line, lined with bars and hotels and there is nothing wrong with that. But as the Spanish already know, move away from the Mediterranean coast line and you enter a country of many diverse cultures with the most stunning and varied scenery.
Why visit Galicia.
It is often described, as green Spain or real Spain, this temperate northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, is simply beautiful. It has magnificent mountains and lakes with views that take the breath away and is also known to the rest of Spain as the land of a thousand rivers. It has an abundance of historic towns and cities like the famous pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela or the Roman walled city of Lugo, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as is the Camino Frances it’s self.
With a history and culture descending back well before the Celts and Romans, Galicia is a perfect place to visit for anyone with a love of the past and architecture. It is almost impossible to pass through any hamlet or village without discovering an ancient house or church.
The whole region is rich in the finest quality food and drink, and the seafood in Galicia is said to be amongst the best in world. You should try some locally caught fish with one of the fabulous local white wines. Possibly an Albarino, which is fast becoming one of the most sort after wines in the world. Food, drink and its traditions are very important in Galicia and what better occasion is there than to celebrate their importance than with a fiesta. It is very difficult not to find yourself caught up in one of the areas hundreds of fiestas, which seem to happen in the towns and villages at different times all over the region. Don’t be afraid to join in, we are sure you will always get a warm and friendly welcome from the locals who are intensely proud of their heritage and would love to share it with you.
With thousands of acres of woodland and countryside Galicia is an ideal place for those who like to walk or cycle, travel through wonderful natural countryside and of course there is always the world famous Camino de Santiago. The Camino is a pilgrimage across the region from points all over Europe. It has various starting points but always concludes at the incredible Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, though some hardy Peregrinos finish their camino on the Atlantic coast at Merca. The Cathedral in Santiago is the place where the ancient remains of St James are housed making this the third most important site to the Roman Catholic Church after Jerusalem and Rome. This visit is a must for every visitor to Galicia whatever your beliefs or religious background, the ancient city exudes history and culture from every pink granite block. In Lugo each year in the middle of June the entire city celebrates it’s Roman walls by going Roman or Celt at the Ardus Lucas Festival. They have an entire arena built for real chariot racing and the winning Gladiators roam the streets seeking praise and laurels. This event is a must see for anyone who enjoys history and having a really great party at the same time.