Galicia

  • Capital: Santiago de Compostela.
  • Area: 29,575 km²
  • Provinces 4: La Coruña, Lugo, Pontevedra, Ourense
Galicia is frequently described as "Green Spain", a result of its temperate climate and elevated rain fall.
Galicia is frequently described as “Green Spain”, a result of its temperate climate and elevated rain fall.

Galicia is known in Spain as the “land of the 1000 rivers”. The people of Galicia are known as “Gallegos”.

Geographically situated just above Portugal in the north western corner of Spain and facing both the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian sea. This part of the country has an economy based on fishing, farming, agriculture and increasingly tourism.

Galicia is frequently described as “Green Spain”, a result of its temperate climate and elevated rain fall. The landscape is mountainous and peppered with forests of pine and eucalyptus.


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The culture which left its imprint in Galicia is Celtic, while Romans left the walls of Lugo, the bridge of Ourense, and the Tower of Hercules.

In the Middle Ages, the discovery of a tomb, that of the Apostle Santiago (Saint James), brought many people. Thousands of pilgrims made their way to the cathedral of the newly founded town named Santiago de Compostela, and the world-famous Way of Santiago was formed.

Natural Parks in Spain - Galicia
Natural Parks in Spain – Galicia

The way is flanked with numerous churches, monasteries and chapels of historical value.

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1 Fragas del Eume
2 Dunas de Corrubedo
3 Islas Atlanticas National Park
4 Monte Aloia
5 Baixa Limia Serra do Xures
6 Monte o Inverndeiro
7 Encina da Lastra


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