Just to discover Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the pilgrims of the famous Camino de Santiago, it is already worth visiting Galicia , an autonomous community full of landscapes of lush valleys and impressive beaches. As if this weren’t enough to travel to this northern region, it also hides charming inland and fishing villages, very interesting cities and an important historical and cultural heritage. And that’s not to mention its gastronomy and its wines.
Today at Vuela Viajes we move to Galicia to discover some of its most outstanding places. Logically, not all the places in this autonomous community that are worth discovering appear on our list, but we assure you that the ones we show you are almost a must-see. Can you come with us?
Atlantic Islands National Park
First of all, we want to talk about the Illas Atlánticas National Park, which is home to one of the best sandy areas in the world: Rodas beach, in the Cíes Islands. In addition to the Cíes , the park includes Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada.
Cathedral and Historic Center of Santiago
As we have mentioned before, just to see Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, visiting this autonomous community is already worth it. Its cathedral stands out, which remains splendid despite having turned 800 years old. Of course, you cannot miss its historic center, with its churches, cloistered convents, silver and jet jewelry shops, squares …
Roman Wall of Lugo
From the province of A Coruña we moved to the city of Lugo to tell you about the Roman wall that surrounds it, the only one in the world that is preserved in its entirety. For this reason, and also for its beauty, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tower of Hercules
In the city of A Coruna are the spectacular Tower of Hercules, which is situated on the waterfront. Built by the Romans, it has become the symbol of the city.
Cape Fisterra, also known as Cape Finisterre, could not be missing from this list. Here you will discover wild landscapes and spectacular beaches, as well as one of the best sunsets in the world.
We must also talk about the Rías Gallegas, long arms of the sea that penetrate the land and are home to great natural wealth . Of course, the best of the estuaries are its fishing villages, marinas, vineyards, pine forests, beaches with calm waters, cliffs and, of course, its gastronomy.
Ribeira Sacra and Canon do Sil
If you have the opportunity to visit Galicia, you will not be able to miss the impressive Sil and Miño Canyons, which you can tour by catamaran . Here is the so-called Ribeira Sacra, which houses the largest concentration of Romanesque-style religious buildings on the continent.
As Catedrais Beach
How could it be otherwise, As Catedrais Beach is also present on this list. Here you can walk among 30-meter-high flying buttresses, enter caves with domes topped by spiers, and contemplate arches within other arches.
City of Culture of Galicia
In Galicia you can also enjoy the Cidade da Cultura, a spectacular architectural proposal. Located in Santiago de Compuesta, it houses the Galician Library, Archive and Museum.
Hórreos, pazos y Cruceiros
We also want to talk about the granaries that can be found at every step. These are typical elements of the rural world that, despite their simplicity, are tremendously beautiful. Of course, we must highlight the cruzeiros and the great pazos.
Petroglyphs, dolmens and forts
Finally, we want to comment that in Galicia you can take a trip through exciting petroglyphs, rock carvings made in stone thousands of years ago; discover fabulous dolmens, large and surprising stone constructions from the Neolithic ; and discover prodigious forts, pre-Roman fortified towns.
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