Galicia northern Spain
Galicia offers a friendly atmosphere and oldie worldly charm which is unique and endearing. It is known in Spain as the “land of the 1000 rivers”, they wind there way all over the region from the mountainous inland to the coast, where they form the characteristical “Rias”. The capital city is Santiago de Compostela and is made up of four urban provinces, A Coruna, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra, and also the cities of Vigo and Ferrol. The population, quite scattered, is around three million inhabitants, residing mostly along the coastal regions it has around 100 inhabitants per square kilometre, which is much higher than the Spanish average.
Galicia has everything to offer to travellers and holiday makers, it is clean, green, offers a pleasant climate throughout spring and summer, a spectacular coastline, picturesque villages and small quaint harbours. Lush meadows and orchards are abound in this idyllic part of Spain. Driving around the country side and coastline is a real pleasure with fantastic views from almost every corner of the province.
Top things to do and see in Galicia
» Enjoy delicious fresh fish sea food with over 90 varieties of fish to choose from
» Participate in the St James Walk, the most celebrated pilgrimage in Europe
» Visit the historic city of Santiago de Compostela
The coastal areas offer great contrasts with most of Spain’s best beaches to be found in this area. There are a staggering 105 blue flag beaches in Galicia almost the highest number anywhere in mainland Spain and the Islands. These outstanding beaches regularly win awards for there sheer natural beauty, cleanliness, sea and sand quality. There are too many of them to list here although some of the exceptional ones would be the Playa del Estorde, Playa de Longesteira with its smooth white sands and the famous San Francisco Beach located at the mouth of the River Muros and Noi.
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