The land of a thousand rivers that flow into the sea along a huge and spectacular coastline, Galicia has a stunning 750 beaches and a wealth of delicious seafood, whilst inland is a dynamic landscape of dramatic canyons and steep hills that is often described as being like Ireland with better weather! It is also the home of the pilgrimage destination, Santiago de la Compostela, which has been visited by Catholics for over a millennium.

This exquisite corner of Spain is known as the land of a thousand rivers, and its huge coastline boasts 750 different beaches as well as producing a fabulous variety of seafood.

With its own language (Gallego), strong traditions, spectacular coastline and medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia not only holds a special place in Spanish hearts but is a great place to spend a holiday too. This peaceful, unspoilt region of Spain has been compared to Ireland - not just for its Celtic past but for its rugged, green landscape and air of rural peace.

The weather however is much better, allowing you to enjoy the wonderful beaches like the unspoilt and beautiful Playa de Carnota at Finisterre to the full. You'll also discover some of the best seafood in Europe which is farmed in the rocky, fjord-like water inlets (rias) where the small, colourful fishing boats shelter from the Atlantic.


Top places to visit

Vigo, in Galicia, is a fascinating port city with a vibrant maritime history, elegant architecture and incredible cuisine among many other delights.

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia is the destination of the famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, and a remarkable place of historic and religious importance.

A Coruña in Galicia is a busy port town and historical city, famous for the Battle of Corunna during the Peninsular Wars, which juts out on a pretty peninsula into the Atlantic.

Ourense in Galicia is the home of glorious hot springs, once beloved by the Romans, and a dynamic natural landscape of steep hills, rushing rivers and dramatic canyons. 

Top things to do

The oldest operating lighthouse in the world, the Tower of Hercules is a Roman lighthouse dating from the late 1st century AD. Standing 59m high, the tower has been remodelled several times, most significantly the Neoclassical...

The Aquarium Finisterrae, the 'aquarium at the end of the world' stands on the Atlantic coast below the Tower of Hercules lighthouse.

A visit to Santiago de Compostela cathedral is unmissable in order to admire the stunning architecture and to travel below the cathedral to the underground cemetery containing St James' tomb amongst other Roman, Swabian and...

One of the city's most interesting monuments, San Anton castle (Castillo de San Antón) in A Coruña was constructed during the 16th and 17th centuries.