Its capital, Santiago de Compostela is the final destination on the Way of Saint James, the famous pilgrim route. For this reason alone it is worth visiting this region in green Spain. You'll love the landscapes, wooded valleys and amazing beaches. All along the length of its coastline you'll find areas of spectacular cliffs like those on A Costa da Morte, or the incredible Islas Atlánticas National Park.
Visit the numerous charming villages both by the sea and inland, cities such as Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Ferrol, Lugo, Orense, Pontevedra and Vigo and marvel at the monuments - the Tower of Hercules and Lugo’s city walls both designated World Heritage sites by the UNESCO.
Galicia’s delicious gastronomy is one of its features with a variety of typical produce and dishes, including shellfish (Dublin Bay prawns, king prawns, king scallops, mussels, scallops, lobsters, crabs), veal, octopus “a feira” (with potatoes), gammon with turnip greens or the almond tart known as “tarta de Santiago”. To drink what could be better than two of its most famous wines, Ribeiro and Albariño (each have their own wine route) or the popular “queimada” (alcoholic spirits set alight in an earthenware bowl according to the typical ritual).
If you feel like relaxing, why not make the most of Galicia’s reputation as a land of spas and open-air hot springs. If you fancy a little sport, perhaps golf is your thing, marine resorts… there’s a whole world of options to choose from.
Its cuisine is one of the main tourist attractions of Galicia: the exquisite delicacies of this region based on the high quality and variety of local products used in the preparation of dishes. Country farm and sea products are unique in their characteristics and quality. One of the pillars of Galician cooking is the professionalism of its sought out chefs.
The importance of its gastronomy is evident with more than 300 gastronomic fiestas held in Galicia alone throughout the year. The origins of these exaltations to local produce arouse interest in visitors, lie in the many local and regional traditional fiestas held during harvest time or religious holidays, such as the "romerías", where promises are made to the patron saint and then completed with a traditional meal. Some of these fiestas attract great crowds and have been recognised as of national tourist interest.
Also worth seeing nearby is Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil (open to all). Enveloped by trees and shrubs, this 10th-century Benedictine monastery sits in the forest like an abandoned fairytale. It fell from being one of the most important monasteries in the area, when it was built, to being used as a cowshed in the late 19th century. Nonetheless, the mixture of renaissance, gothic and Romanesque styles, cast in ancient grey stone, and lost in the mysterious silence of the forest, is something worth experiencing.
Perhaps the oldest monastery in the area is San Pedro de Rocas. Thought to have been founded in the sixth century and excavated from the surrounding rock, San Pedro offers few of the architectural flourishes you will see in the region’s other monasteries, but its importance is greater than its primitive appearance suggests. The church, which forms part of the monastery, is said to be one of the oldest known Christian temples.