An In Depth Look at Galicia
Located in northwestern Spain on the border of Portugal, Galicia has a rich Celtic history. One of the highlights of a trip to Galicia would be to see authentic bagpipe players, known as gaiteiros. The topography is filled with rolling hills and rocky cliffs brushing up against the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is wet and unpredictable. Even in the midst of a summer day, it can be quite cool. This has worked to Galicia’s advantage in many ways, preventing it from becoming an overcrowded tourist hotspot. But if you have ever been to Galicia, you would be surprised more people do not travel there. With its picturesque landscape, gorgeous beaches, and historic landmarks, Galicia makes a great travel destination.
Galicia has some of the best seafood in Spain. The local shellfish option is percebe, or goose barnacle, a crustacean that is boiled in water and served plainly. Much of the food in Galicia is simply served with little seasoning but made from the freshest and best quality ingredients.
The capital of Galicia is Santiago de Compostela. It is home to Galicia’s most popular tourist attraction, a cathedral which is said to house the remains of the apostle James and is a major religious mecca. The cathedral is a visual wonder encompassing many artistic styles from throughout the centuries, such as Romanesque sculpture and Baroque architecture. The city retains its Medieval roots. Galicia has many dolmen or megalithic tombs. The region retains its Celtic roots with the Gates of the Iron Age oppidum of San Cibrao de Las. Galicia is home to two popular world heritage sites, the Tower of Hercules, a Roman lighthouse, and the Roman Walls of Lugo.
Places to Visit
For someplace more off the beaten path, go to Costa de la Muerte, a region known for its unforgiving waters and rough seaside that has caused a few shipwrecks in its day. The area is mostly devoid of travelers. Dotted with horreos, or granaries, the Coast of the Dead does not offer your typical luxury hotel stay but instead has casa rurales or small B&B type places that have much charm but few modern day amenities. The Rias Altas is home to some of the best beaches in Spain and some of Europe’s tallest seaside cliffs. This part of the coast is known for its superstition and medieval monasteries.
Galicia is a bit of a hidden gem in Spain. It offers much in the way of local culture, with many festivals each year. It is beginning to build itself up with more luxury hotels and is rapidly becoming a prime vacation spot, deservedly so.