The 5 must-see towns in Galicia
Galicia is quite a popular region because of its green landscapes, that catch the eyes of all those travelers that come to visit it every year. Also, it is the final part of all the Camino de Santiago routes, leading to the beautiful town of Santiago de Compostela. Its gastronomy and also the kindness of the locals with all visitors, make it a very attractive tourist destination. There are many picturesque villages, both in the coast and in the mountains, where anyone will be welcome to enjoy the traditions, and the local festivals that take place all throughout the year (particularly in summer season).
But today, we would like to talk about the most interesting cities of Galicia. Here you have our top 5.
Top 5 cities of Galicia
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela can be considered as a jewel, particularly to all those who enjoy culture and architecture. It is a really well known tourist destination, not only for national tourist but also internationally. We must not forget about the religious value of the town, which is the destination of a pilgrimage that dates back from the Middle Ages.
The old quarter is the most popular part of the city, but there’s also a modern area, with different state-of-the-art architectural expressions (such as the City of Culture), the University… there are many hidden corners to be discovered around the town.
Santiago de Compostela was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; this fact contributed to make it an internationally-known destination.
The city of A Coruña means for a lot of people endless beaches, an elegant promenade, large avenues, and trendiness. There, we will be able to visit the oldest Romand lighthouse that is still active, the Tower of Hercules. Also, Maria Pita Square, Riazor Beach… for all these reasons, A Coruña is one of the most popular destinations of Galicia.
Pontevedra is located in the Southern part of Galicia, and it is one of the most iconic stops of the Portuguese Way. From a touristic point of view, it is becoming a really popular town, both for national and international visitors. The town is quite interesting because of its history, culture, architecture… The old quarter is really well preserved, and there are many nice squares around.
Vigo is the largest city of Galicia (close to 300,000 inhabitants) and is located in the Southern part of the region. Even tough this town has been traditionally linked to the industry, over the past few years there’s been a transformation, and it’s becoming a tourist destination. This is due to the popularity of the Cies Islands, the white sand beaches we can discover around, the gastronomy… And many other activities we can enjoy in this city.
Lugo is a really nice town to discover if you are planning a day tour from Santiago (it less than 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the capital of Galicia). The Roman wall, the parks, the churches… it is the perfect spot to get lost around its stone-made streets. Also, it is one of the most popular stops of the oldest route leading to Santiago: the Camino Primitivo (or Original Way).
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