The autonomous region of Galicia is located in the northwestern part of Spain and is washed by the Bay of Biscay in the north and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.
In the south is the border with Portugal, in the east – Castile and Leon.
It is a predominantly mountainous area with many shallow streams and deep valleys.
Galicia is known for its hurricanes and coastal waves that regularly hit the autonomy.
But despite this, the region is famous for its cordiality and hospitality.
Galicia is a place filled with legends, it boils with vitality and optimism.
Capital and major major cities
Traveling in Galicia begins from the capital – the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela, which has a very rich history, with a population of almost one hundred thousand people.
The autonomy includes four provinces:
- La Coruña.
The main large cities of the region:
- La Coruña;
Galicia is an unusually famous region for pilgrims who rush here to admire the unique historical monuments:
- the Animas chapel;
- hostal of the Catholic Kings;
- portico of Glory;
- the monastery of St. Martin Pinario;
- Rajoy Palace;
- St. Jerome’s College.
The majestic monumental cathedral, which is located in the capital of the autonomy, is a real work of art.
And also the Roman Wall in the city of Lugo, an iconic landmark and pride of Galicia.
Coasts and landscapes
One of the favorite places of travelers is the picturesque coast of the region – Costa da Morte. It is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and is famous for its gorgeous beaches, ancient lighthouses, rocky headlands and magnificent reefs.
Not far from the coast is the fishing village of Musia, with its thatched-roof national houses.
Also, tourists are attracted by the Belvedere observation deck , from where you can enjoy the amazing oceanic landscapes of the region, and Torre Hercules, a unique lighthouse with stunning views.
Airports and transport
Basically, travel in Galicia begins and ends at three main airports:
- The airport in A Coruña (15 km from the city center) operates international flights to Amsterdam, London and Lisbon.
- The airport in Santiago de Compostela (16 km from the city center) has regular flights to Zurich, Rome and Frankfurt.
- Vigo Airport (8 km from the city center) provides international flights to Paris.
In Galicia, rail and road connections are developed between the cities of the autonomy, the main routes are from the cities of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo. There are a lot of flights to Madrid.
Weather and climatic conditions
The climate in Galicia is oceanic, maritime (on the coast), and Mediterranean (in other areas).
Mostly moderately humid, there is practically no cold and heat here.
Galicia is the greenest autonomy of all regions of the country with warm summers (+ 25 ° C on average) and cool winters (+ 10 ° C).
It rains in the north of the region, but drought also happens in the south.
In general, the climatic conditions of Galicia are comfortable, thanks to which the region is famous for its clean ecology, vivid landscapes and rich vegetation.
The highest temperature is + 30 ° С, the lowest is + 5 ° С with variable precipitation.