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GALICIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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GALICIA

 

Why Travel to Galicia?


The kingdom of Galicia is a magical land located on the north-west of Spain’s Atlantic coast. Formed by 1,300 kilometers of coastline, 772 beaches, five large rias (bays or long sea lakes that stretch inland) and over 1000 rivers. Local legends say the beautiful landscape has been blessed by God's right hand which he laid down creating the dramatically shaped coastline of the Rias Gallegas! This autonomous region of Spain is divided up into 4 provinces; A Coruña, Pontevedra, Ourense and Lugo. It has its own character and traditions, visitors from all over the world fall in love and wish to stay here forever enjoying the delicious food, best wine (Albariño wine, Ribeiro wine, Mencia wine, etc..). Galicia's unique culture and gastronomy combine so well together that it would be hard to find better anywhere else in the world!

Galician Gastronomy

In Galicia you can taste the best food, with a huge emphasis on fresh and abundant seafood such as pulpo (octopus), percebes (gooseneck barnacles), mussels, oysters, etc… Without a doubt, this region is one of the richest in Spain’s gastronomy that will not disappoint food lovers. To really understand the gastronomy of this land you must do it the Slow way! Immerse yourself into the local food culture by taking food tours, wine tours, foodie walking tours, etc... are only some suggested activities that you can do when touring Galicia.

Different cultural influences

Galicia differs from the rest of Spain as it has an imprint of Celtic and Gaelic origins, bringing a characteristically musical instrument, the Galician bagpipe (Gaita). You will not get bored listening to the traditional bagpipe music at one of the Celtic music festivals like the Festival Internacional do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira. Not forgetting to mention the roman influence that you can admire in Galicia’s historical landmarks such as La Muralla Romana de Lugo (Roman Wall of Lugo).

Best places to discover in Galicia

The best destinations to travel while you are visiting Galicia Spain are; Vigo, the largest city of Galicia with approximately 300,000 inhabitants and the second biggest (behind Tokyo) fishing port in the world! Protecting the mouth of Vigo bay are the popular and breathtaking Cíes Islands, a must-see on a day boat trip from Vigo. The Rande Bridge is another icon image of the city crossing over the Ria de Vigo, consider one of the world’s most beautiful natural estuaries. Santiago de Compostela, the historic capital of the region and the end of one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world, the Camino de Santiago (St James Pilgrimage or Way of Saint James). Other cities worth visiting in Galicia are; A Coruña, Ourense, Pontevedra and Lugo. Outside of the main cities get lost along the Rias Baixas or Rias Altas coastline stopping in fishing villages like Cangas, Burela, A Guarda, O Grove, Baiona, Combarro, etc...  these are only a few examples, there is so much more to explore in this beautiful region of Spain.

Our food experts have chosen the best tour operators offering tours with food, wine, and walking holidays in Galicia. You can check our full list of top food tours to Galicia and recommended boutique hotels in the sections of this Galicia travel destination guide.

Capital of Galicia: Santiago de Compostela
Population: 2,702 million (2018)

 
 
 
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RECOMMENDED TOURS, EXPERIENCES & TASTINGS

Our top 10 best tours, experiences & tastings in the destination selected by our experts. Slow Way Food Tours, Green Walking Holiday and Exclusive Food & Wine Tours/Tastings.

 
 
 
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Galician Seafood Cooking Class and Ferry Boat...

 

Visit Galicia starting from the wonderful city of Vigo on this Cooking like a Galician Tour combined with a ferry boat trip across Vigo Bay where you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and dramatic coastline. Get to know the Galician gastronomy and culture in a cooking class led by a local chef with fresh products from the area.

 

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195,00 euros  
 

A Fraga River Valley Trail, Goat Cheese Farm &...

 

Come to Moaña, Galicia, Spain to discover one of the most beautiful walking nature trails in this region, A Fraga nature trail, paired with tastings of prize-winning Galician goat cheese and exquisite premium beef. A great way to learn about -and taste- the Galician locally sourced products and culture.

 

  

 
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  105,00 euros 
 

Cangas Coastal Trail Walk & Food Tour, Rias...

 

Need some ideas for things to do in Vigo? How about a Cangas Coastal Trail Walk from Vigo with amazing views and the fresh sea air! Starting with a ferry boat ride, a coastal trail walk, then ending with a tasting of the best Galician food & wine for lunch with our expert foodie guide...

 

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95,00 euros  
 

Vigo Food Tour to Eat Your Way along the City...

 

On this Vigo food tour our foodie guide will take you on a food walk thru the street of the new and old parts of the city centre. There is no better way to discover vigo than walking and eating as the local Vigueses do!

 

  

 
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  45 mins....
  0,00 euros 
 

Night Fire Show at the Medieval Festival of...

 

Come with us on a virtual live experience in Moaña, at the Medieval Festival of Moaña Antiqua, we will see during the night an amazing fire show performed by a group of artists called "Troula Animacion". Professional actors dressed as Orcs, Vikings, and medieval knights specialized in doing Fire Torch Juggling Tricks and much more!

 

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45 mins....  
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Medieval Knights Jousting Competition at Moaña...

 

Experience the Middle Ages on a live virtual tour with Sean & Tiernan at the Moaña Antiqua Festival. You will enjoy watching the knights competing in different medieval disciplines such as jousting, sword fighting, archery and much more!

 

  

 
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  45 mins....
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Medieval Market, Galician Gaita (Bagpipe) Music...

 

Join a live virtual tour of the Medieval Festival of Moaña Antiqua, on this tour you will see a wide variety of stalls with different handicrafts, traditional Galician gastronomy, and the best Gaitas (Galician bagpipes) music on a live-streaming show.

 

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Galician Eco-Artisan Fair & Accordion Music (Part...

 

On this virtual tour, you will enjoy live online Galician accordion music of the accordion group Argonat Band and admire a variety of stands displaying ecological products, handicrafts, and sustainable agriculture from Moaña.

 

  

 
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Virtual Cooking Demo: St James Scallops The...

 

Enjoy a virtual cooking demo led by local food lovers and learn how to bake the St James Scallops the Galician Way. Discover the Galician culture and get an overview of the gastronomy, the tradition, and the capital of the region, Santiago de Compostela, as well as the history of the Way of Saint James.

 

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85,00 euros  
 

The Ribeiro Wine Tour & Nature Trail Walk in...

 

Dive into a world full of flavours on The Ribeiro Wine Tour, the perfect choice for those who are looking for a slow pace walking wine tour experience, getting to know the region's rich gastronomy, splendid wines and beautiful nature trails.

 

  

 
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TOP RESTAURANTS

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  Full Day...
  140,00 euros 
 

Galician Seafood Cooking Class and Ferry Boat...

 

Visit Galicia starting from the wonderful city of Vigo on this Cooking like a Galician Tour combined with a ferry boat trip across Vigo Bay where you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and dramatic coastline. Get to know the Galician gastronomy and culture in a cooking class led by a local chef with fresh products from the area.

 

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RECOMMENDED HOTELS

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