Galicia

Located on the far north west corner of Spain on the Atlantic coast, next to Asturias to the east and Portugal to the south, Galicia has remained a secret delight to the lucky few outside of Spain who have discovered it. Now with direct budget flights from the UK, and much improved roads, the secret is out. With it's many fabulous blue flag white sandy beaches, large cosmopolitan cities and a beautiful countryside dotted with traditional stone house villages,and rivers, and incredible seafood, many more people are now discovering what this once 'hidden' corner of Spain has to offer.

Galicia is made up of 4 provinces, which are Lugo, Coruña, Ourense and Pontevedra. Inland there are plenty of large old stone rural houses with land, for renovation, or restored. Many have their own Horreo or Granary, which are quite different in style from the Asturian Horreo. For anyone looking for a new villa or beachside apartment, this area offers some of the best value around in coastal property.

There is plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts, including Walking, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, biking, sailing, and surfing.

Galicia has it's own language, Gallego, which is widely spoken throughout the region.


Lugo

The least populated province in Galicia, Lugo is for anyone looking for a quiet, but not isolated lifestyle.

There are attractive historic towns such as Monteñedo, Meira. and the lovely capital city of Lugo with it's 2 km long roman town walls, and cathedral.

On the coast is the town of Ribadeo, which has a good selection of shops and bars, and modern marina. Sitting on mouth of the river Eo it has spectacular views up the river towards Castropol, and the mountains of neighbouring Asturias.

Further west is the up and coming towns of Foz and Burela, both with beautiful blue flag beaches, and further west the large town of Viviero with stunning beaches and scenery.


Coruña

A Coruña is the largest city in Galicia, and has historic maritime links with England. With a spectacular harbour, and sprawling commercial centre, and airport.

Coruña boasts Galicia's most famous tourist and pilgrim destination Santiago Compestela with it's magnificent cathedral.


Ourense

Surrounded by mountains on all sides, and bordering Portugal to the west, Ourense has no coast line of it's own. This is one of main wine producing areas of Galicia, with the beautiful and fertile Miño Valley being perfect for grape growing, this area produces many fine wines, including the popular Ribeiro.


Pontevedra

Situated on the far western side of Spain, next to Portugal, Pontevedra generally enjoys the warmest climate of all the Galician provinces. It has long been a popular holiday destination for the Spanish and Portugese. Coastal Pontevedra probably has some of the highest property prices in Galicia, but with fabulous beaches and cosmopolitan cities such as Vigo, it's popularity is understandable.


Getting there.

There are 3 airports in Galicia with direct flights from the UK:

  • Santiago de Compestela has regular flights from Stansted and Liverpool with Ryanair.
  • A Coruña has daily flights from Heathrow with Iberia airlines and Vueling airlines.
  • Vigo in Pontevedra is served with flights by Vueling airlines from Heathrow.
  • For the most eastern part of coastal Lugo, Asturias airport in Aviles is closer, and served by EasyJet, with regular flights from Stansted.

Also see: Property for sale in Galicia.


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