Galicia sits on the most northeasterly corner of Spain, next to the Rias Altas and Rias Baixas, and just above Northern Portugal, with the waves of the Atlantic breaking along its shores. The beautiful coastline is characterised by the many fjord-like rias, inlets formed after the last Ice Age, which are incredibly advantageous for fishing and surfing. The coastline is also known as the Seafood Coast because of the abundance of fishing opportunities and seafood available. Don't miss a trip to El Mercado, the impressive food market in Santiago with its 387 different stalls, where you can buy fresh seafood, vegetables and meat, then return back to your self catering rental property you can try your hand at cooking in the Galician style with the most authentic ingredients. Another location well known for its abundance of seafood is the Basque Country with its lovely capital Bilbao. When you travel to the coastline in Galicia, you will find a stunning view of the sea meeting the land against the rocky cliffs and outcroppings. Many towns are built directly onto the coast, and booking an idyllic, private Galicia holiday rentals near the beach provides you with superb views of the sun setting into the Atlantic Ocean at night.
Discover Santiago de Compostela and La Coruna
Further inland, visitors can explore from their villa in Galicia the unique region that is markedly different from the rest of Spain. There are several low mountain ranges with criss-crossing streams and rivers. The picturesque landscapes are full of rivers and canyons, which make Galicia villas an excellent destination for an adventure. There are plenty of landmarks to see located in Galicia as well, most notably the city of Santiago de Compostela. The city, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the goal of the Way of St James pilgrimage, as the city's cathedral was the burial site of the apostle St James. The cathedral is a truly bedazzling example of the late Spanish Baroque architectural style. Another city with a remarkable cathedral (which houses almost 1,500 pieces of sacred art!) is Léon, which is close by in the region of Casile and Léon. There is also the popular province of A Coruña and of Pontevedra with their many attractions and interesting sites, which can be visited during your stay in Galicia holiday rentals.
Dive into the culture of Galicia
The influence of religion on the culture of Galicia is also evident in the pedras de abalar, or rocking stones, found throughout Galicia. These stones were once used to proclaim the innocence or guilt of an individual accused of committing a wrong-doing. Plan your Galicia holiday and discover this fascinating location for yourself.