Any visitor coming to this land, the origin of what gets back to the ancient Celtic people, will have the opportunity to know a region in where the marine wildlife is the main interest. It has a coastline 1.500 kilometers long, which provides it with a very unique personality, due to an orography made out of plenty of creeks and little gulfs, tiny islands, dizzy cliffs, steep capes and, of course, the famous Rías, sea arms that get into the continent to make a precise silhouetted shoreline. Traditionally there are two kinds of them: Rías Altas and Rías Baixas. Rías Altas are much wider and lead to coast spots full of cliffs even though in the inland, there are breathtaking loose sand spaces. The other ones, Rías Baixas, much nearer to Pontevedra, are the main tourist interest of Galicia. In this region, the excellent seafood and the Albariño wineries has made really popular for visitors places that usually weren’t: cities like Vigo and towns such as Sanxenxo, O Grove or Cambados.
But Galicia is much more. It hides some unbelievable places like Santiago de Compostela, the finishing line to all European
pilgrimage and an old town that has been recognised as a World Heritage Site; also the Roman Wall in Lugo and the Thermae in Ourense.
Galician are, above all, hospitable, generous and faithful friends. Workers and adventurers are in love with their land, their coasts, their estuaries, their villages, and their traditions.
Of course the á feira octopus, and the seafood. Also you should try the Galician broth and stew, empanadas, lacón con grelos, pimientos del padrón, or the cake of Santiago. All washed down with Albariño and Ribeiro wines and a shot of coffee liqueur.
Galicia offers countless parties, fairs and pilgrimages. We should highlight the final part of the Camino de Santiago, Rapa das bestas, the Magosto, or the San Juan’s festivity. And you should not miss a good queimada to scare away evil spirits.