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The coastal region of Galicia is Spain's northwestern corner, flanked by the Cantabrian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Its coastline's rugged cliffs are the highest in Europe. It's exhilarating to drive along these coast roads, to stop for a plate of calamares in a pretty fishing village, and later to pause for a stroll along a windswept white beach.

Galicia's long coastline is punctuated by wide, flowing estuaries that teem with seafood. The wealth of its waters can be witnessed in any market or restaurant menu. Clams, lobster, hake, octopus, sea bass, sardines, and even barnacles - you'll find them all here.

Behind the sands, Galicia is potently green and the rain that makes it so regularly pours, so do remember to pack your waterproofs. Beyond the region's natural beauty, its greatest draw is the city of Santiago of Compostela, towards which thousands of weary pilgrims trudge each year following the Camino de Santiago which weaves across northern Spain from France. Most find the sensational cathedral that marks the end of their journey to be an inspirational climax.

Galicia is bordered to the south by Portugal and its language, Gallego blends Spanish, Portuguese and Celtic elements. Celtic traditions also infuse the folk music of Galicia: the best-known instrument is the gaita, or the Galician bagpipes.


» local specialities in Galicia

Why not sample some of the delicious local cuisine from the Galicia region?

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» places not to miss in galicia

We recommend you take the time to visit some well-known tourist destinations and hidden gems of the Galicia region.

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» things to do in galicia

There are plenty of activities on offer in Galaicia to give you that all important taste of Spain.

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