Galicia is located in the green northwestern part of Spain. If it was
As it is some os Galicia’s provinces are not even known to tourists, and
probably will never be. Unlike the rest of Spain, Galicia looks much like
lush and filled with pine and eucalyptus. Galicia also has some of the best
beaches in all of Spain.
entertainment. They don’t have any of the high-tech theatures, or the night
things and why they are the way that they are. They usually are not prejudice
of these traits came from the Celts who came in 1000 B.C. and ruled until A.D.
137. They seem to have many things in common with the Irish and the Scots
because of this. Including a bagpipe-like instrument called a Gaita.
The language of Galicia is different from the rest of Spain also, they
speak a variation of Castillian which has some French tones as well as
Portuguese. They have their own favorite foods also, which consist mainly of
seafood. Some of their specialty dishes are: merluza (hake), cigalas (prawns),
camarones (small shrimp). chipirones (little squid), langostines (crayfish),
vieiras (scallops), percebes (goose baracles), and trout and other local fish.
Most of their dishes are served either in casseroles or broiled, or steamed, or
served with meat instead of seafood. Usually the meat is rabbit, or game.
Although ham, pork, and sausages are also served. Cheese is also another
specialty of Galicia, a entire meal can be made up of just cheese, and not be
boring! Many Gallegos have cheese and peasant bread for their lunchtime meal
every day. For desserts, the Gallegos make excellant pastrys and sponge cakes,
which are not found in any other part of Spain.
Wine is probably the greatest thing that Galicia has to offer to the
probably the best wine from Galicia, it is said to be Spains long awaited white-
wine. It is one of the most interesting wines in Spain, and rapidly becoming
one of the most expensive. The growing area for Albarino is around the town of
cambados, on the Atlantic coast in the Pontevedra province. To be called
elegant, acidy wine, and has a very flowery smell. It is usually produced in
small lot by Gallego artisans, which causes it to be so expensive. Not long ago
it was limited to Galicia, but now a few businesses have begun to distribute it
to other parts of Spain.
Galicia is also known for its religious festivals and every parish has a
festival for its patron saint once evey year. Since their are almost 4,000
to live bands. Some of the more popular festivals are: Los Maios, celebrated in
May, and Magosto, celebrated in November.
The cathedral of Santiago is one of the major sites in Galicia, which is
located in the plaza de Obradoiro. It is a huge 17th century baroque cathedral
with two huge towers that seem to reach to heaven inself. In the afternoon sun,
top of the main altar at the front of the central nave. At the back of the
the staircase to touch the statue. Beneath the retable is a narrow passageway
that leads to the crypt which is built into the foundation of the 9th century
church that used to be there. The remains of the saint and his disciples are in
the main part of the the church, the high vaulted inside creates a sensational
feeling that is undescribable is felt. A gigantic censer hangs in front of the
altar, and on holidays it scents the entire church with incense. The censer was
built on such a large scale to try to cover up the horrible smell of all the
pilgrims after traveling to the cathedral. It is so heavy that eight full grown
located off the right name just inside the cathedral contains valuable urns, and
statues. The treasury contains silver, gold, and brinze crucufixes from various
centeries, statues of Saint James, and jewelery. Upstairs, ther are Flemish
tapestries from the 17th century and a dozen from the 19th century based on the
cartoons of Goya. Finally after exiting the cathedral, you’ll find many
beautiful doors, and archways. Be sure to see the Puerta de las Platerias, a
The Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos is a finely hotel furnished that would
make excellant accomidations if funds allow. It is located right on the Paza de
Obradoiro, double rooms are currently around 32,000 pesetas a night during high
season, and 25,000 pesetas off season, which isn’t too bad considering how
well as some of the bedrooms. Paintings decerate the hallways and rooms, which
have all been recently refurbished. Many of the rooms have casement windows
a beautiful place to take a early morning walk. There are two restaurants in
the hotel, one casual, one more expensive and more formal. The formal one has a
mideivel look to it and has high vaulted ceilings. The living room provides a
wonderful place to wait for a seat in one of the tow restaurants or a nice place
to have an after dinner drink. While there be sure to have the breakfast buffet.
It includes dishes from all over as well as local favorites. A good place to
end the day is on the stone bench that is in front of the Hotel, it provides a
can be found all over the area. There is a large bookstore that carries
If you would like to spend a day at the beach, the Isla De Arousa is an
Vilanova, and has many beautiful beaches and also excellant sportfishing. It is
the largest Island in Galicia and is also the closest.
Getting around Spain is fairly easy, the most expensive, but easiest way
of Spain starting at the Plaza Del Sol in the center of Madrid, which is also
another good alternative, Spain has a very good network of public bus systems
that go almost anywhere you would want to go. The train is also a very good way
he or she wants to go by train. Spains trains are fairly comfortable and travel
at reasonably fast speeds so you can get where you want to get quickly.