Galicia is an indipendent area in the North of Spain.
Galicia is bordered to the North by the Cantabrico sea, to the West by the Atlantic ocean, to the South by Portugal and to the East by the indipendent areas of “Asturias” and “Castilla y Leon“.
This area is divided in 4 regions: La Coruña ( A Coruña in gallego language), Lugo, Orense, Pontevedra. The capital city of Galicia is Santiago de Compostela, main city of La Coruña.
Let’s discover this amazing land!
Santiago de Compostela is famous as the final destination of the road to Santiago.
In this city you must visit the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, with its suggestive gothic architecture. Santiago is so important for catholics due to the remains of Santiago el Mayor, the patron of Spain.
Another important attraction is the Muralla romana de Lugo, that encloses the city of Lugo, built in 13 A.C. for the emperor Augusto.
This is the last roman city wall still intact. In 2000, UNESCO declared it World Heritage.
If you go to La Coruña, visit the Torre de Hercules, the oldest working lighthouse from the roman period. Interestingly, we know the name of the architect who projected it (Caio Sevio Lupo), thanks to an inscription at the feet of the construction.
The Parque Natural Fragas do Eume is an awesome wood, that make you feel like you are in a fairy tale.
Hidden in the wood there is the monasterio de Caaveiro, reachable walking through the wood and enjoying the beauty of this place.
If you want to relax, you can go to Ourense and enjoy the thermal baths, after seeing the cathedral and the ancient roman bridge!
And, of course, if you go to Galicia, you have to try the traditional food!
The most typical dish is the “pulpo a feira“: the octopus is boiled in water, cut in slices and put on a bed of boiled potatos, adding salt, sweet paprika and olive oil on top.
If you prefer meat, you can try the “lacon con grelos“: a kind of ham cooked for long time, served with grelos (turnip), potatoes and chorizo.
At the end of the meal, try a local dessert: the “tarta de Santiago” is a cake with almonds, sugar, cinnamon and lemon, perfect with a glass of “aguardiente gallega“!
This trip sounds amazing! So when are you planning to go?
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