15 most beautiful villages of Galicia, Spain

12 interesting places in Galicia

12 Points of Interest in Galicia

The only waterfall in Europe gushing into the ocean, a paradise on islands with beaches considered the best in the world, autumn with all the colors of the rainbow, a huge canyon, – this is not an exhaustive list of the amazing places in Galicia which we recommend you visit on your trip to the North of Spain.

Waterfall flowing into the ocean

In the province of La Coruña, on the Coast of Death you can find a unique waterfall whose waters fall directly into the Atlantic Ocean. You will not find such a geographical marvel anywhere else in Europe. So when you travel through Galicia, do not miss this opportunity to visit this unique place.

In addition, there is an observation deck above the waterfall that offers stunning views of the entire coastline of the “Coast of Death”.

Paradise in Galicia

There is a corner in Galicia that is little known outside of Spain. But it is its beaches that have been voted the best in the world by many prestigious travel magazines!

But the Galician paradise is not only famous for its beaches. Las Islas Atlánticas National Park boasts stunning landscapes, absolutely clean air and untouched nature. It is home to huge colonies of seagulls, cormorants. In the coastal zone among the real forests of algae, there are numerous mollusks and fish. From the coast you can watch packs of dolphins.

The National Park is located on the islands of Cíes, Ons, Sálvora y Cortegada, whose landscapes are recognized as the most attractive in Spain.

Traditional Galician villages

Piornedo is a small village in Galicia, in the mountains of Los Ancares, in the province of Lugo. Piornedo is located at an altitude of 1300 meters above sea level and has preserved its patriarchal way of life. A trip here is like a trip to pre-Roman Spain: a real one, with an archaic culture and architecture.

In Piornedo you can see how the Spaniards lived before the Roman Empire came to their land. In the village, houses are built just as their distant ancestors built them in these lands 2-4 thousand years ago: rounded shape, with roofs made of plant material.

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In Los Ancares County you can find several villages with well-preserved pre-Roman architecture. The most famous of these are Piornedo and O Cebreiro.

A picturesque autumn in the Sierra de O Corurel

In the eastern part of the province of Lugo, Galicia, are the Sierra de O Courel mountains. It is an area with a variety of interesting geological forms, fantastic hills, peaks over 1500 meters and lush vegetation.

But perhaps the main attraction of the Sierra de O Corurel is autumn! Yes, yes, exactly autumn, which paints the slopes of the mountains in all kinds of colors, turning them into a real work of art. Planning your trip to Galicia in October and November? Be sure to visit the Sierra de O Corurel.

Grand Canyon of Galicia.

The Muño River is one of the largest in Galicia, called the land of 1,000 rivers. The Muño originates in the mountains of the Cordillera Cantabria and carries its waters into the ocean. Over many millions of years, the river has rushed so fast toward the ocean that it has cut the mountains in half, forming the stunningly beautiful Cañon del Ciel.

To fully appreciate all the beauty of the canyon, we recommend you go through it by catamaran. The sheer cliffs approaching the river from both sides reach heights of up to 500 meters and in some sections are almost vertical.

The picturesque fishing village of Combarro in Galicia

Combarro is a typical Galician fishing village, included in the list of the 20 most interesting villages in Spain.

Combarro is interesting for its architecture, which you will not find anywhere else, authentic orreos – granaries on “chicken legs”. The stone piles on which the orreos stand protect the barns and their stock from rodents and damp.

If you want to feel the spirit of authentic Galicia and experience its unique culture, visit Combarro.

The fairytale forest of Fragas do Eume in Galicia

The natural park spreading on both sides of the River Eume in the province of La Coruña is one of the best examples of thermophilic Atlantic forests and the typical nature of Galicia.

The increased humidity, relative warmth and gloominess form the stunningly fantastic scenery of the Fairy Forest, which can be called one of the most beautiful forests in Spain.

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Galician Versailles Paso de Oca

The traditional Galician estates are called Paso (Pazo). They are the residences of Spanish and Galician nobility and important persons.

The Paso de Oca is one of the best examples of a well-preserved, well-maintained and visitable estate. For its beauty it is called the Versailles of Galicia. Here you can enjoy the gardens, the fountains, the vast areas of “wilderness” and the interesting architecture of the manor house and church.

The estate is included in the “Camellia Road” itinerary.

Las Catedrales Beach in Galicia

The beach of Las Catedrales is perhaps the most famous for its natural beauty in Galicia. Huge stone arches 30 meters high descending into the ocean are a unique and mesmerizing sight.

The beach of Las Catedrales we definitely recommend to everyone who travels in Galicia and Northern Spain. Such a natural wonder should not be missed! In Galician it is called Praia de Augas Santas and is located in the municipality of Ribadeo, in the province of Lugo.

Ruins of the Celtic settlement of Castro de Santa Tecla

The ruins of an ancient fortified settlement, called Castro in northern Spain, are believed to date back to the pre-Roman era.

Santa Tecla is the best preserved ruins of a Celtic settlement, the people who lived in what is now Galicia, before the arrival of the Roman Empire in the Iberian Peninsula in the 3rd century B.C.

Archaeological research has shown that in this settlement and in these houses the inhabitants continued to live even in Roman times and after the Roman conquest of the peninsula. The remains of huts, walls, and petroglyphs are well preserved in the Celtic settlement of Santa Tecla. All this is surrounded by magnificent scenery and is located in the district of La Guardia, in the province of Pontevedra.

The “desert” in Galicia

In the north of Galicia, in the province of La Coruña, is the Corrubedo Dunes Natural Park. The scenery of the sand dunes resembles pictures of a real desert. To meet this in one of the most humid regions of Spain is very funny. That is why this Park is one of the most visited in Galicia.

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The dune is about a kilometer long and is surrounded by beaches, lagoons and beautiful landscapes of wildlife.

Ponte Maceira, a corner frozen in time

Ponte Maceira is a unique corner of Galicia frozen in time and has a special charm. It is located in the district of Portor, on the bank of the river Tambre.

It is a small feudal estate with fascinating architecture, a small Roman bridge of the 13th century, authentic houses which give a special charm to this village.

There is incredible peace and quiet here, which is so necessary for people who live in big cities. It’s also a great training ground for photographers!

11 of the most beautiful villages of Galicia

Sightseeing in Galicia, Tours in Galicia, Guide in Galicia

Galicia is a large, diverse and little-known region of Spain for Russian tourists. But this is the place where you can see and get to know a completely different Spain at short distances. In order not to miss anything interesting, take note of this list of the most beautiful villages of Galicia and make the right itinerary for your trip!

Combarro

Combarro, a fishing village in Galicia, is probably the most famous outside the region. The well-preserved old town center reflects all the traditions of the fishing villages of southern Galicia, the Rias Baixas region. And the most important attraction, of course, is the large collection of traditional “orreos” barns nestled in the coastal area.

Alliris

A beautiful village in the province of Ourense, Galicia, inhabited in the pre-Roman period. In the Middle Ages there was a vibrant life here, leaving us with a great architectural heritage. The locals claim that the streets of their settlement are paved with stone from the now defunct fortress. Beautiful squares, monumental Romanesque churches, paths along the river bank, old water mills and tanneries… The medieval spirit is still present today… And Alliris is also known throughout Galicia for its almond cookies.

Ribadavia

Ribadavia is a charming town of Galicia, located at the confluence of 4 rivers in the wine region of Ribeiro. The cobbled Jewish quarter of Ribadavia, home to a large sefardi community, is a well-preserved medieval square with many of the covered porches common to Galician towns and the Sarmiento Counts Fortress is a key venue for the medieval theater. In the vicinity of the town is a real gem of architecture – the 9th-century Doromanian church of San Ces de Francelos.

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Cambados

The name of the town of Cambados is forever intertwined with the wines of Albariño, whose history can be explored in the local Wine Museum, which is located next to the ruins of the church of Santa Marinha Doso in the old cemetery. Cambados is part of all the famous wine routes of Galicia and is famous for the numerous ancestral homes of the noble families of Galicia and Spain.

San Andrés de Teixido

San Andrés de Teixido sits on the edge of the rocky cliffs of the northern coast of Galicia. The height of the cliffs above the Atlantic in this place reaches 613 meters, which is an absolute record in Europe.

It’s a great place for photography lovers! In addition to the picturesque coastline, the architecture of the village itself is interesting. The white walls of houses with black granite inlaid with green ferns and palm trees look very impressive! And the main attraction here is the chapel of San Andrés, a place that legend says every Celtic must visit in life….

Muros

Fishermen’s village in Galicia open to the ocean and all winds. Its promenade is adorned by houses with glazed white galleries, giving a special fragility and solemnity to this port town, once famous for its luxury, as evidenced by the presence of a large theater building, which is now a fish restaurant.

Be sure to take a walk along the pier, watch the fishermen at work, meet the boat arriving with the catch, and take a deep breath of the ocean!

About Sebreiro

O Cebreiro is called the “Gate of Galicia” on the French route of the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrims on their way to the relics of the Apostle James make sure to stop here after a difficult crossing of a mountain range.

Galicia is convinced that this is where the Miracle of the Holy Grail occurred and is kept in one of the local chapels. O Cebreiro is also famous for the traditional palosas structures preserved here, in which the Celts lived 2,500 years ago.

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Mondoniedo

The stained-glass rose of the Cathedral of Mondoniedo is the symbol of this Episcopal city, which was one of the 7 capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia. In 2015, the historic center of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its artistic and historical value.

Wander the streets of this noble town, discover its interesting history, visit the Cathedral and be sure to sit on the outdoor terrace with a glass of Galician wine.

Monforte de Lemos

Monforte de Lemos is the capital of the Ribeira Sacra wine region. This small town in central Galicia impresses with its monumental grandeur, largely inherited from medieval times, when Monforte was a unique example of a fortress town, sprawling around a monastery rising on a hill above the town.

The town’s central square is adorned by the Collegio de Our Lady de la Antigua, which houses works by El Greco and other famous painters.

Ortigueira

Ortigeira is one of the charming corners of the province of La Coruña in the north of Galicia. The town is famous for its narrow, winding streets with white glazed galleries. But the main attraction of Ortigueir is the scenery surrounding the city: cliffs, precipices and magnificent ocean beaches. The Ortigueira Estuary is a protected area that is home to 93 species of wildlife.

Since 1978, on the second weekend of July, the International Celtic Music Festival is held, the largest in Spain.

Viveiro

One of the most important towns on the coast of the province of Lugo in Galicia. The walls of this town have withstood numerous attacks first by the Vikings and then by pirates in later times. The local springs attract many pilgrims from all over Galicia to Viveiro.

The entire history of Galicia has passed through Viveiro, leaving a huge cultural and architectural heritage of both civil and religious construction: the Misericórdia Bridge, the Church of Our Lady of Campo and the Emperor Charles V Gate.

I hope that with this information, your new journey through Galicia will be interesting and fulfilling!

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