If you’re still looking for a nice holiday destination and don’t want to leave Europe, Galicia is the perfect spot for you. Surrounded by the Atlantic, the green, wild Province is located in the north-west of Spain. Nature couldn’t be more diverse here – meagre mountains, deep cliffs and a wild coast. The region has also a lot to offer culturally – you will find bagpipes and many Roman churches. Unlike in the hot south, there are mild temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees in Galicia throughout the year. Therefore, the perfect location for the winter months too.
- Did you know? Galicia is a popular destination which has been included in the top 3 European destinations by Lonely Planet in 2017
- Journey! From Germany, take a direct flight from Munich or Frankfurt to Santiago de Compostela. More connections lead via Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, Barcelona to A Coruña or Vigo
CUISINE en point!
Galicia also delights the most refined palates – the Grupo Nove is a charitable organization of top chefs from the region, which has been existing since 2013. Most of them run their own restaurants successfully, where they can live it up creatively. In fact, of 17 of 24 members are chefs. They enrich the traditional kitchen of Galicia with modern influences. Of course, high-quality products of the region are the main components: seafood, fish and meat. A wine from the region, for example an Albariño – one of the most famous wines in Galica – goes very nicely with it.
- Here you can find a list of all chefs and their restaurants. Attention – make a reservation well in advance!!
Galicia TOP-DESTINATIONS & RESTAURANT-TIPS
The city offers a large selection of attractions, if you need a break, you can eat in one of the great restaurants. Don’t miss the fish market! Moreover, A Coruña has the longest promenade of Europe: 13 kilometers!
- Restaurant-Tip: BIDO, Rúa Marcial del Adalid, 2, 15005 A Coruña
Ferrolterra. Rías Altas
The Fragas do Eume Natural Park is one of the last Atlantic Forests in Europe. The flora is particularly dense in the ‚jungle’ and hardly any daylight reaches the ground. I recommend especially the Caaverio Monastery, which dates back to the 10th century.
The Cliffs of Loiba are 120 meters deep at its highest point. They are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
- Restaurant-Tip: A Gabeira, Valon, 172, 15593 Ferrol, La Coruña
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Pontevedra has been declared the most confortable city to live in by the UN because of its pedestrian streets and also has one of the most beautiful Galician old towns. Visit the Eirado da Leña, Pandemonium and the Bagos Restaurant.
Michelin restaurant recommendations:
- Casa Solla, Av. Sineiro, 7, 36005 San Salvador de Poio, Pontevedra
- Pepe Vieira, Camiño da Serpe, s/n, 36992 Poio, Pontevedra
- Culler de Pau, Calle Reboredo, 73, 36980 O Grove, Pontevedra
- Restaurante Silabario, Rúa Colón, 11, 36700 Tui, Pontevedra
- Yayo Daporta, Rúa do Hospital, 7, 36630 Cambados, Pontevedra
- Maruja Limón, Rúa Montero Ríos, 4, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra
Costa da Morte
It was once thought that the Costa da Morte was the end of the world. That’s why it’s called the coast of death. It is many kilometers long. In Touriñán and Vilán, you can see the most amazing sunsets.
- Michelin Restaurant-Tip: Retiro da Costiña, de Santiago, 12, 15840 Santa Comba, La Coruña
Santiago de Compostela
How could i not mention the famous Way of St. James? Thousands of people are going on pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela every year. The city is definitely worth a visit!
- Restaurant-Tip: A Tafona Casa de Xantar, Rúa da Virxe da Cerca, 7, 15703 Santiago de Compostela
O Balado Restaurant, Ardesende, 3, 15881 Boqueixón, La Coruña
The city is known for its Roman city wall of the 3rd century. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Lugo is one of the best places to eat tapas in Spain. I didn’t need to be told twice. I love Spanish Tapas!
- Restaurant-Tip: Restaurant Paprica, Calle de las Noreas, 10, 27001 Lugo
Restaurant España, Rúa Teatro, 10, 27001 Lugo
Don’t miss a walk through the old town of Ourense. Afterwards, go directly to the spa! Ourense is famous for its hot baths. BTW, you can find breathtaking canyons that are 500 meters deep near the Ribeira Sacra. There are also picturesque vineyards. You can also enjoy a boat tour on the Sil or Miño river.
- Restaurant-Tip: Nova Restaurante, Rúa Valle Inclán, 5, 32004 Ourense
How you have seen, the region Galicia offers an amazing variety. I definitely put it on my travel bucket list, especially because of the great cuisine. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and got to know a new destinations.