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GALICIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Recommended destinations to discover selected by highly-rated travel experts.

 
 
 

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

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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Online Cooking Class: Bake the Santiago Cake -...

 

On this online cooking class, you will get to know about the Galician culture and the city of Santiago de Compostela through one of the oldest recipes of the Galician cuisine, the Tarta de Santiago (Santiago Cake / St James Almond Cake).

 

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A Lost Camino de Santiago Trail of O Morrazo:...

 

On this live virtual walking tour, you will have the chance to walk one of the new routes that we have recently scouted here in O Morrazo peninsula of the Rias Baixas. We will talk about the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James) since this walking trail is believed to be one of the variants of the Coastal Way of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago ( Portuguese Way of Saint James)!

 

  

 
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  50 mins....
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A Fraga Nature Trail & Prize-winning Goat Cheese...

 

Visit with us A Fraga River valley in Moaña on this virtual tour. Starting off visiting a small humble farm that makes some of the best Goat cheese I have tried! We will walk along a beautiful green woodland trail that follows along the river Fraga. A very peaceful trail...

 

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50 mins....  
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Ferry Ride passing by Sustainable Mussel Beds to...

 

On this virtual tour of Moaña, we start off with a boat ride across the Bay of Vigo to Moaña. Plus see in the distance the Cies Islands, Cangas do Morrazo, and the Bridge of Rande before arriving in Moaña...

 

  

 
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  60 mins....
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Santiago de Compostela Virtual Walking Tour of...

 

Enjoy a virtual walking tour in the wonderful religious and spiritual city of Santiago de Compostela for the Holy Year! Get to know its history, legends, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the different routes that the pilgrims follow to reach the majestic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

 

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40 mins....  
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Virtual Hiking Tour of Facho de Donon: A Celtic...

 

A virtual hiking tour of O Facho de Donon in Galicia, Spain, an ancient Celtic settlement and Roman ruins. Enjoy a virtual hiking tour led by two local guides to one of the most magical places in the Peninsula of O Morrazo...

 

  

 
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  45 mins....
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Magical Legends of A Poza da Moura Waterfall in...

 

Do you like to hear stories about local legends, myths, and folklore when travelling to a new destination? In Galicia, there are so many, and we are going to take you to a place on this live virtual tour that comes to life when the legends are told by our guide!

 

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60 mins....  
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Live Virtual Walking Tour of Cangas do Morrazo:...

 

Join us on this live virtual walking tour of the fishing village & market of Cangas do Morrazo. Admire the beautiful scenery of the wonderful Bay of Vigo from the fishing port. The best way to understand the Way of life in Cangas do Morrazo is through its intriguing fishing culture!

 

  

 
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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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40 mins....  
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Live Cooking Demo: Leche Frita - Fried Milk...

 

On this live virtual cooking demo, we will show you how to make one of the traditional dessert recipes in Galicia, the Leche Frita Gallega, Fried Milk Fritter of Galicia!

 

  

 
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BEST TASTINGS & VISITS

Our Food & Wine Experts selected the following top wineries, farms, restaurants, etc.. for visits and tastings in our destinations.

 
 
 
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Private Saint James Baked Scallops the Galician...

 

Did you know that the scallop shell is the symbol of Saint James Pilgrimage Way? Learn the history behind why it is the symbol while baking this tasty Galician Seafood dish! Join our local food experts online who will show how to cook this amazing delicacy caught along the Galician Coast.

 

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RECOMMENDED HOTELS

Our travel experts have researched the best hotels in the destinations we cover. Stay in unique accommodations from modern city centre hotels to wine country manor house with amazing food & wine. If you can not find a suitable option just let our experts know and we will suggest something different for you.

 
 
 
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Eco Hotel Señorío de Nande

 

If you are looking for the perfect accommodation in a relaxing natural environment, Nande Hotel is what you have been looking for. Rest, unwind from the bustle of the city, enjoy outdoor activities in contact with nature, or explore through flavors the gastronomy that As Neves and the area has to offer.

 

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Rural Manor House Casa Pazo Almuiña

 

Enjoy a perfect stay at the spectacular Wine Country Manor House in O Condado de Tea, a wine region famous for producing some of the finest wines of D.O. Rias Baixas. A fully restored Pazo (Galicia manor house), surrounded by picturesque vineyards and mountain views of Portugal on the other side of the river Miño. A great base to take walks along the wine country roads and the Miño Riverside trails. Slow Tourism at its best in touch with nature!

 

  

 
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