These are the main cities you should know in Galicia
The variety of places to visit that Galicia offers is huge and the options offered by the 4 provinces of Galicia: Pontevedra, Lugo, Ourense and A Coruña are as different as like each other.
Galicia is a region of contrasts, and it shows both its landscapes and its economy which varies from the coast to the countryside. Galicia is associated with rural landscapes of permanent greenery that attracts the attention of visitors, along with its beaches ever earn more visitors. If you thinking of buying a property in Spain, Galicia is a great option.
The iconic Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a must for believers and pilgrims in the world, not having visited this site is almost like not having been in Galicia. Along with excellent cuisine based on seafood, make Galicia attractive for tourists from all countries locality. To this is added the number of small, very welcoming people who constantly have festivals of great tradition, giving an affectionate and welcoming atmosphere that meets its coast and evokes a permanent festive and beach atmosphere throughout the year.
Since most preferably foreigners seeking beaches, A Coruña has become one of the most desired destinations throughout Spain, especially in the spring and summer seasons, it is when there is more flow of tourists.
Tourism, 2015, in Galicia spent more than 4.1 million people which means an increase of 11.8% over the previous year, while foreign figures, there was an increase of 18.2% in the number of foreigners who passed through the region. The fastest growing provinces in tourist numbers were: Pontevedra, Ourense and A Coruña in that order.
For all this, this article will discuss some places of the cities that definitely should be visited either by its architecture, the beauty of its nature or extraordinary cuisine. Also these are great cities for investing in real estate market.
What are the cities and places you should visit Galicia?
- Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is considered a true relic in architectural and medieval terms, therefore, it stands between the cities of Spain as a tourist destination, especially historic, and that beyond the religious value that is related to the city, also has medieval buildings which they are of importance for Spain and the world. A clear example of this type of architecture is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, iconic place of the city and which many people around the world come to Santiago, as the cathedral represents the end point of the way of Santiago, making it on a site of pilgrimage for all Catholics and make this most important city for Christianity, to this is added here lies the apostle James.
To this is added the number of districts and neighborhoods that are also full of history, it is where do their life more than 100 thousand inhabitants of the city and also the city make a commercial focus of vital importance for the province .
For all this, Santiago de Compostela is one of the best cities to visit in Spain, with a lot of youth in the streets because universities there are, therefore, its bars and cafes are always lively, offering excellent meals, accompanied by good music, because in Santiago is common to hear traditional Celtic music, bagpipes.
- Cies Islands
On his trip to Galicia you cannot afford to miss a walk in the Cies Islands, where the beach is ranked as the world’s best beach, the beach of Rhodes. Despite being a bit far, as it must take a ferry from Vigo, which depart twice a day, but to reach these three islands, you will find that the trip is worthwhile, especially when walking in its white sands and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
- A Coruna
This province is synonymous with going to the beach in Galicia, with spectacular kilometers of coast of the Iberian Peninsula that make it a unique landscape. When visiting La Coruna is an opportunity to tour cities located along the coast and offer excellent beaches. For this reason it is becoming more common for cruise ships and ocean liners dock in their ports, A Coruña has made an effort to encourage international tourism, preparing everything necessary to facilitate travel to, for example, has a large number of hotels, villas, useful information for the traveler as maps sights and signs in other languages such as English, French and even German.
As for architecture, A Coruña has a good number of monuments which include the Tower of Hercules which is the heritage of humanity, the Castle of San Anton, the walls and the old town dating from the ninth and tenth centuries are only some of the sites to be visited in La Coruna. We should also note that perhaps the greatest attraction of the area are its beaches, preferred by tourists among them we found Riazor, Orzán, slaughterhouse, Las Lapas, just to name a few.
Since most preferably foreigners seeking beaches, A Coruña has become one of the most desired destinations throughout Spain, especially in the spring and summer seasons, it is when there is more flow of tourists. Therefore, the real estate market of A Coruña has always been on the move, with properties to be focusing beach houses or apartments with a pool that are favorites of foreign investors.
This town belongs to the province of Pontevedra, and is popular mainly among tourists from Spain, which even cataloged as Marbella North for its excellent beaches and a climate envied by the rest of the country. For this same reason, property prices are among the highest not only in Galicia and Spain but the world. For in addition to the excellent beaches, you will enjoy the exclusivity, you can have some of the best restaurants, nightclubs and bars throughout the region. One of the most visited beaches is the spear, a favorite for swimmers and surfers since the open sea-facing and has a constant wave.
This is another region which is also facing the Atlantic, with the distinction of being a peninsula surrounded by medieval walls that grant an aspect of gigantic castle. This city reached its fame after Columbus landed in this port the first time I arrived in America, this fame continues today, since the walls you can see the yachts and luxury yachts from where most bound for the Cies Islands which can also be seen from the fortifications that surround also the best hotel in Spain, the Parador Conde de Gondomar.
This is the westernmost point of Spain by the Romans and was known as the end of the world. Its main attraction are the views from the Atlantic Ocean, however, it is also possible to find very good beaches especially for the summer season where vacationers flock to enjoy large seafood that are common to find in the area. Other places also worth visiting are Muxia, Cee, Camarinas and Concubión.
Lugo is probably the most traditional region of Galicia, its economy is based largely on agriculture and livestock, therefore the houses that are so characteristic of the Galician region. Lugo Atlantic coast combines with bordered on the north, and countryside. Lugo has spectacular scenery, history and architectural heritage ranging from the Celts and Romans, note that Lugo is the only city in Europe that is surrounded by Roman walls, the neo-classical styles are also observed and gothic, along with a culture and cuisine of the region, all of which earned her the title of cultural heritage site.
For tourists, the area offers the opportunity to discover a town that, though full of treasures of excursions and picturesque beaches, is relatively unexplored by visitors from outside Spain.
Sometimes the best approach is simply to make a particular destination and enjoy everything that happens on the road. Many interesting stops are not even mentioned in most tourist guides, such as bars, cafes, snack bars, and incredible landscapes that present themselves as you travel from the coast and is entering the province with evergreen mountains. Additionally, this route is where you can enjoy the real Galicia to visit towns and villages. You can see the remains of ancient Celtic peoples called Castro, visiting ancient monasteries and convents, and see the mountain and desert views idyllic beaches in the area.
Above, the Episcopal Palace behind the cathedral in the old quarter. This is the point from which many tourists begin to explore the city. The people of this district are generally friendly and helpful, so do not be surprised if a car parking attendant gives you a free city map and marks a tourist route for you to follow.
It is the only landlocked province of Galicia and is probably the least known and least explored Gallego district by foreign tourists. Despite not being a popular destination visited, Ourense has a magnificent old town with many monumental buildings, both religious and civil, and an old bridge spanning the river Minho with sections dating back to the Roman occupation almost 2000 years ago. What makes it attractive if you want to make historical tourism. It ourense like Santiago de Compostela, is a provincial capital, and therefore has all the qualities that can be found in cities like this, that is, large avenues, buildings and perhaps the monument most iconic city is its cathedral. A good scan of the old town of Ourense can be easily done in one day, during which time its cathedral, other prominent religious buildings, Roman spa areas and shops can be visited. The province as a whole offers the opportunity to visit many small towns and see the monasteries and fortresses that characterize much of Galicia, however, most of the population of the whole province is grouped in the city of Ourense leaving the rest of the towns with few inhabitants, so the tourism in this part of the province focuses mostly in the city.
Where to enjoy a good meal in Galicia?
Another quality that characterizes the phenomenal Galicia is its cuisine, which is performed based on seafood, so it is internationally recognized and is one of the best in Spain. Now, we give some recommendations of places recognized for its excellent food for fans of culinary art.
- Domus (A Coruña)
Located within the complex Domus is a world class restaurant of the same name. As scientific exhibitions housed inside the building, the dishes here are also works of art in its own right. Michelin star places this restaurant as one of the best restaurants in town. Each plate in the Domus is laced with bold flavors and infused with high quality ingredients. It is the perfect place for those new Galician cuisine to try their essence.
- Campos (Lugo)
For more than 60 years, the Vazquez family has helped make Campos one of the best restaurants in Lugo. Its award-winning cuisine teamed with excellent hospitality and high quality seafood and game meats are sure you will be satisfied. Non-traditional menu items include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar.
- House Betanzia (Betanzos)
Betanzia house is just steps from the River Mendo. Diners can choose to sit in the cozy dining room or airy terrace. The owners born in Uruguay bring something special to the kitchen of Casa Betanzia mixing ingredients typical Spanish cooking styles in Latin America. Grilled meats or grilled, are the specialty of the house.
The number of places worth visiting in Galicia, many more than those listed in this article, however, presented here are very good references for a general tour of the province. So far, we showed you only the main cities that combine history, architecture and beautiful landscapes.
Written by: CAPD
Contribution to the reader: Knowing through a description to the most important cities of Galicia along with some of the restaurants in Galicia where it pays to sit and eat. However, there are many towns and villages that are worth seeing, and other restaurants perhaps not so appointed who are good to visit.