Galicia is an autonomous region in northwest Spain, governed by the Spanish – the name itself does sound pretty Spanish (or galactic). Forever proud of its individuality and autonomy, Galicia carries its own culture, blending it with Spanish, much like in the Basque region of Spain. In fact, Galicia is one of Spain’s best-kept secrets, and a place we feel it’s high time you discovered!
Choosing the right destination for your next vacay involves a lot of decision making, but we feel like there are a lot of reasons why you should be choosing Galicia. This undiscovered gem is untouched by the long arm of tourism – it has stunning beaches, unbelievable food, and Celtic links to boot! Check out our list of some of the best things you should do when you finally visit Galicia:
Tour the beaches
A beach is a beach, right? Well, that would be true were we not talking about Galicia. The beaches here are like something out of a new dimension. With 800 miles of untapped coastline to explore, there are so many stunningly beautiful beaches to check out. Make sure you spend some time checking out As Catedrais, recently named as one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Cies Island is another of the gorgeous secrets here, and we recommend you explore it as soon as you get the chance.
See the hot springs
Did you know that Galicia is the leading hot springs destination in the whole of Spain, and one of the best in the world? There are actually more than 300 hot springs in Galicia, and many of them were used by the Romans way back when. If you are going to visit this stunning Spanish region, you simply have to check out the awesome hot springs they have here. You should head to the famous Santiago de Compostela and check out the stone structures and hot springs here.
Sample the food
You’ve tried Spanish food, sure, but you’ve not tried Galician food before, that’s for sure. They claim to have the best seafood in Spain here, and it’s difficult to argue with that. Head to Vigo for some unbelievable tapas and seafood joints, and enjoy some unforgettable food. You can also choose to wash it all down with some delicious regional wines – there’s a big winemaking culture here don’t you know?!
The great wide open
Galicia has some of the most supreme natural beauty on Earth, and you can experience first hand now. The diverse and stunning landscapes here need to be discovered, along with sensational parks, and areas of protected wildlife. Head to Fragas do Eume, an iconic natural park, and then move on to Baixa Limia-Serra do Xures, another stunning natural park, this time in the Ourense area. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the natural beauty here.
As you can see, there are plenty of great things you can experience when you visit Galicia. You have to remember that this is an area largely unexplored by Spanish tourism, so it’s ideal for those who don’t like crowds. This is a beautiful and idyllic place; a genuine paradise on Earth, and one that so many people have yet to discover.