5 PLACES YOU HAVE TO VISIT IN GALICIA
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PLACES TO VISIT IN GALICIA
If you are in Santiago de Compostela, you have to know that, except for this one, there are 5 cities to visit in Galicia.
The truth is that Santiago has always fascinated thanks to its long tradition of pilgrims from all over the world and its Gothic architecture, but Galicia does not end there.
Indeed, there are a number of Galician cities that will offer you an unforgettable visit, let’s see them together!
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1. A CORUÑA
Lively city (day and night), A Coruña It is characterized by an extensive promenade and wide beaches. It is a port city (in fact, many people know and visit it precisely because many cruise ships dock there) but do not underestimate its historic center: it is located on a peninsula and contains small medieval streets and squares.
Spanish treasure and World Heritage Site, the Tower of Hercules and the rose of the winds they deserve a visit. It is a lighthouse of Roman origin still in operation. Watching the sunset here will take your breath away and also the meadow near the compass rose is very evocative.
After exploring the Cidade Vella, you can enjoy a healthy rest on one of the beaches that are located a short distance from the center. The most important is the Praia de Riazor.
Lugo It is a small Romanesque city surrounded by greenery. Everything is completely fortified and its historical and architectural heritage is indisputable.
The ancient walls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the most important attractions in Lugo is undoubtedly the Cathedral and its Virgin with Big Eyes, which is a statue famous for the particular expressiveness of its face.
Continuing with the wave of relaxation after the visit, you will be pleased to know that Lugo is also famous for its thermal baths. Lo interesante es que hay algunas partes que conservan la estructura original, como el vestuario y la sala destinada a los baños fríos.
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Here we come, with our classification, to the largest city in Galicia. Vigo will conquer with its combination of modernity and antiquity.
So, what is not to be missed in Vigo?
First stage: Oyster street and fish market: try the fresh oysters on sale! then go to Bouzas, a characteristic coastal neighborhood that can be reached on foot through the old streets of the historic center.
For a glimpse of modernity, go to Porta do Sol, an area full of museums and a large modern city center.
This lively corner, rich in history and tradition, will captivate you with its most famous attractions, such as the Cíes Islands (if you can link to viaggio magari), a little-known atoll on the Galician coast but with authentic scenic beauty.
Beach lovers and hikers: for once there is no fighting, there is something here for everyone!
From Vigo you can easily reach this paradise by ferry.
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Pontevedra It is a city with a rich maritime tradition. The first square to visit is, without a doubt, the Plaza de España, chaired by the City Council. This is not the main square but it is considered the center of the city.
Next, you can see the Plaza de la Herrería, which is the main square and if you are curious to learn more about history, stop by the Provincial Museum of Pontevedra.
Next to Pontevedra you can visit the Rías Baixas area.
Historic and elegant city 52 km from Coruña, Ferrol deserves a visit for the number of places to see.
We begin with the Maddalena neighborhood, interesting for its orthogonal layout, originated and created according to the rules of Enlightenment rationalism.
Next, a walk through el Ferrol Viejo, the historic center of the city,
It must be taken into account that in ancient times, Ferrol was always idealized as a naval base, given its status as a small coastal city (therefore with a decidedly strategic location).
That is why you will realize that its architectural heritage is closely linked to the naval and military sectors.
If you are interested in the sector, do not miss its naval museum and its military arsenal.
A delight for art lovers: strolling through the city, passing through the neighborhood of Canido, surely they notice the ladies drawn on the walls. They are the famous girls. The work of a local painter, Eduardo Hermida, as a sign of struggle against the state of degradation that this neighborhood has gone through (in the past).
In conclusion, these are the keys to get to know Galicia and, above all, a Galicia that has nothing to do with Santiago but absolutely deserves to be known by travellers.