Galicia Tourist Information.
Galicia is known as “the green corner of Spain ” and it is famous for its beautiful landscapes, its tasty dishes and its original architecture
GALICIA: THE GREEN CORNER OF SPAIN
John O´Neill writes about the people and the province of Galicia where he and his wife have lived since moving there in the summer of 2006: humourously, knowledgeably, contentiously, and with no little respect for the people and customs of Spain’s largely forgotten region. Full of personal moments and incidents that the reader will relate to.
Galicia, or sometimes Galiza, is an autonomous community in northwest Spain, with the official status of a nationality
Area: 29,574 km²
Population: 2.781 million (2012)
Galicia is known in Spain as the “land of the 1000 rivers”
The Mogor labyrinth in Galicia, Spain is the oldest known of so far – 2000 BCE. Photo by Jeff Saward
Temperatures remain mild throughtout the whole year with a yearly average of 19ºC. They drop down to about 8ºC in January, the coldest month.
Banks are open form 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Hotels, restaurants and most shops accept credit cards.
|Galicia is known as “the green corner of Spain ” and it is famous for its beautiful landscapes, its tasty dishes and its original architecture.Galician architecture can be admired both on the monumental jewels and on the traditional rural buildings
Galicia´s inland is mainly mountainous and its coastline is indented by many deep estuaries called “rias”. The sea has a moderate influence on the weather of Galician coastline and that is why the Rias Baixas (Low Rias) are the warmest region in Northern Spain . Inland rivers are so numerous that a well known Galician writer said that Galicia was “the country of one thousand rivers
Ourense is the Capital of Galicia.
Fancy taking a dip in a large open-air thermal bath, daytime or nightime, any time of year, in water with a temperature of over 40 degrees centigrade, and right beside the Miño river.
Galicia is a huge, natural place where the nature is important. You can enjoy the beautiful well-preservated landscape. You can also find many cliffs and caverns which the sea and the time have worked into the rocks with beaches of thin and white sand.
Vigo is situated on one of the beautiful Rias Baixas and is sheltered from the Atlantic weather. It is the largest fishing port in Europe and home to the Pescanova fishing company – the largest fishing company in the world. It makes a pleasant base for exploring the region.
The old city has pleasant winding streets which open out into sunny plazas filled with lots of tapas bars. The fish tapas in particular are very good – not suprisingly given its important fishing fleet! Wander down the Rua Real and surrounding streets where there is an interesting mix of fishermen’s houses and much grander buildings. The Rua Real was once the main street of Vigo and runs from the port to the church of Maria. Some of the original fishermen’s houses on this street date back to the early 16th century.
So don’t waste time! We give you sharp facts and opinions that are accessible to you quickly when in Galicia. Like the best and most famous sightseeing attractions & fun activities (including Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Vigo, San Carlos Garden, Monte de San Pedro Park, Galicia Marine Museum, Vigo Municipal Museum, Vigo Zoo, Cies Island & Nature Reserve, Naval Museum and Exponav, Parque Natural Fragas do Eume, Fervenza do Toxa, Illa de Arousa, Aquapark de Cerceda), where to experience the local culture, great local restaurant choices and accommodation for the budget-minded. Where to shop until you drop, party the night away and then relax and recover!
Also included is information about the typical weather conditions in Galicia, Entry Requirements, Health Insurance, Travelling with Pets, Airports & Airlines in Spain, Currency, Banking & ATMs, Credit Cards, Reclaiming VAT, Tipping Policy, Mobile Phones, Dialling Code, Emergency numbers, Public Holidays in Spain, Time Zone, Daylight Savings Time, School Holidays, Trading Hours, Driving Laws, Smoking Laws, Drinking Laws, Electricity, Tourist Information (TI), Food & Drink Trends, and a list of useful travel websites.
The Praia Santa Baia Hotel at Vigo.
This friendly hotel is just a stone’s throw from the beach, it has spacious terraces overlooking the Vigo estuary where you can sit back and enjoy the stunning sunsets.. More
Yes, it is possible to receive BBC, ITV and Sky programmes from the Astra2 satellites, plus dozens of other free channels. But the size of your dish is critical and this will need to get bigger the further south you are. The LNB may also be important. And you need to buy a BBC/ITV card from Sky, for which they will require a UK address.
Here’s a very helpful site which will help those with a keen interest in this subject – http://www.astra2d.co.uk
In addition Spain info also covers Bowls Clubs Golf Go Karting fishing Caves and other sports here in the Mediterranean.
Finally Spain info also lists the Local Hot Water Spas many of them dating back to Roman times.