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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.

 
 
 
  Half Day...
  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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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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  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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Half-Day...  
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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Baiona Old Town Food & Walking Tour with a Food...

 

On the this gastronomic tapas tour you will visit the best bars and restaurants in the Old Town of Baiona. Your Food & Wine Guide will meet you outside the new Tourist Office. An excellent option for those who would like a lunch or dinner tasting various Galician fine wines, craft beers and local cider paired with delicious,freshly made tapas.

 

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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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  1hr.30mins....
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Spa & Gourmet Flavors Experience at Hotel...

 

Unwind and taste the excellent Galician Gastronomy with a Spa & Gourmet Flavors Experience at Hotel Bienestar Moaña!

 

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50 mins....  
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The Christmas Lights of Vigo, largest city in...

 

Join a Virtual Live-Streaming Christmas Lights Online Event with two guides (father and son duo!) exploring the city of Vigo. Walk with us along the illuminated streets and admire different Christmas motifs, the Christmas Market, the important landmarks of the city, and much more. It will make you want to visit this splendid city during this time of year!

 

  

 
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  45 mins....
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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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75 mins.  
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Celtic Music Festival Event Featuring Artist:...

 

Celtic Music Festival Event Live Streaming Experience at the Galician fishing village of Moaña! Join two local guides on the final show of the incredible folk music event, The Interceltic Festival of Morrazo, featuring a Northumbrian bagpiper, Kathryn Tickell.

 

  

 
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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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Half-Day...  
On Request Best Rate euros 
 

Baiona Old Town Food & Walking Tour with a Food...

 

On the this gastronomic tapas tour you will visit the best bars and restaurants in the Old Town of Baiona. Your Food & Wine Guide will meet you outside the new Tourist Office. An excellent option for those who would like a lunch or dinner tasting various Galician fine wines, craft beers and local cider paired with delicious,freshly made tapas.

 

  

 
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  1hr.30mins....
On Request Best Rate euros 
 

Spa & Gourmet Flavors Experience at Hotel...

 

Unwind and taste the excellent Galician Gastronomy with a Spa & Gourmet Flavors Experience at Hotel Bienestar Moaña!

 

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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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Hotel Bienestar Moaña

 

Enjoy a memorable stay in the beautiful fishing village of Moaña, Galicia, Spain at the best hotel on the O Morrazo Peninsula, Hotel Bienestar Moaña! This 4* hotel is in the town centre, a great location for exploring the wonderful beaches, nature trails scattered around the hills, and popular places to taste the excellent local Galician gastronomy.

 

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