Looking for a vacation option? A place with beautiful landscapes, beaches, charming villages, monuments and a lot of history? It seems difficult to find an option that covers all those topics, but it is not.
To find that and much more, one of the most popular options for Spaniards, Europeans or, frankly, from anywhere in the world is to travel to Galicia. Entertainment and enjoyment is totally guaranteed.
Galicia is an autonomous community of Spain, qualified as a historical nationality by the Statute of Autonomy, located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.
It is made up of four provinces: Pontevedra, Orense, Lugo and La Coruña, which in turn comprise 335 municipalities grouped into 53 regions. The capital of Galicia is the city of Santiago de Compostela.
Galicia has the Cantabrian Sea to the north, Portugal to the south, Asturias, Castile and Leon to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
The most populated municipality of Galicia is Vigo. In addition to the mainland, Galicia also includes the archipelagos of the islands of Cíes, Sálvora and Ons, Arosa, Cortegada, Malveiras, Sisargas and other smaller islands.
According to the latest census of the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) from January 1, 2018, Galicia has a population of 2,071,743 inhabitants. Castilian and Galician are the main languages of the territory, although according to the Galician Statute of Autonomy, Galician is the "own language".
The main attractions
Travelling to Galicia (in spanish: viajar a Galicia) will become an unforgettable experience. Be sure to plan a stay of several days so you can discover the dozens of wonders that are within this Spanish territory.
Tui's historic centre should be a must see. It is located in front of Portugal, on the extreme side of the Miño river. Its narrow streets, stone houses and its cathedral combine Gothic and romantic styles.
Monte Santa Tecla is located in the south of the territory. Travelling to Galicia (viajar Galicia) and not visiting Monte Santa Tecla is like not having experienced anything. Are you willing to miss out on spectacular panoramic views? That is precisely what you will find there.
Its beautiful view of the mouth of the river Miño, right in the vicinity of Portugal, will leave you breathless. In addition, you can enjoy some interesting sites, such as the hermitage and the Celtic castro.
The Parador of Bayonne is another must when travelling to Galicia (viajar a Galicia). It is not just a simple hotel complex, it is a place that will offer you the best panoramic views of the coast. If you are not going to stay there, you can at least visit it to have a coffee on its beautiful terrace once you have walked along its walls.
Islas Cíes in Vigo is a natural paradise located at the exit of Ría de Vigo, which can be reached by a fast boat. This destination will offer you spectacular landscapes and beaches.
However, you should take precautions if you are going to travel to Galicia in the summer, high season or on a weekend. It has a limit of 2,200 visitors per day, and if you don't buy a ticket early enough, you'll still want to visit.
Vigo also offers another very interesting site. It is the Quiñones de León Mansion, a historical mansion in Galicia. It is currently one of the sites of the city's museum, noted for its artistic works and its garden that combines the English and French styles.
Looking for more panoramic views? If your answer is yes, then the Mirador del Castro Park in Vigo is another spectacular option. It is an old fort located at the top of Monte de Castro, which gives a view of the entire old town.
The Lanzada beach is one of the best that Galicia has to offer. It is located in the municipality of O Grove, on the southern side of the Sainés region.
On many occasions it has been awarded the Blue Flag, a prize given annually by the European Foundation for Environmental Education to the ports and beaches that fully comply with the stipulated environmental conditions.
La Lanzada is one of the most extensive spas in Galicia with 2.5 kilometers in length. It can be reached by boat, on foot or by car.