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things to do in galicia

Costa do Morta

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

If you really want to appreciate the sight of Santiago de Compostela's heavenly cathedral, walk the last section of the pilgrimage route that leads to it. Santiago is only 10 kilometres from Lavacolla, where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river. The Camino passes over the hill of Monte do Gozo before entering the holy city.

Drive the Costa do Morta. The name, which means Coast of Death, may be off-putting but this stretch of road in northeast Galicia is truly life-affirming. It starts in the town of Muros and heads north to the village of Caión passing pretty fishing villages, unspoilt beaches and incredible views.

If you're in Galicia in the summer months, ask if there are any 'curros' taking place. These are festivals in which villagers round up the semi-wild horses that graze on their pastures and bring them to a corral for mane-cutting and branding. They take place in one village or another most weekends, and are loud, boisterous events.