There are things to see and do year-round in Galicia, but remember that this climate isn’t too far off that of the UK, so summer is your best bet to get the most out of the region.
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Galicia’s beaches are not to be missed. Comprising over 1,500km of coastline, there is a huge variety of beaches and coastal feature to discover. Playa Carnota is a breathtaking stretch of sand backed by beautiful dunes and with mountains off in the distance.
The Cíes islands off the coast of Vigo are like a little slice of the Caribbean in Europe! A total haven for nature lovers, the impossibly blue water and white sand is well worth the day trip and ferry ride from Vigo.
Praia de Rodas - Cíes Islands
Galician cuisine is criminally underrated. Home to a bounty of the freshest seafood and acres of productive fields, you definitely hit up local markets to get a flavour for the local fare. Make sure to pick up some polba à feira – a market-style octopus dish served with potatoes and lashings of paprika that is typically cooked up in great copper cauldrons.
You’ll find fried padron peppers and queixo de tetilla - a creamy, dome-shaped cheese – on starter menus all over the region, and Caldo Gallego (or Galician stew) made with root vegetables, cabbage, chorizo and a salty cut of pork in delicious broth is an unmissable menu staple.
Not only that, but Galicia plays host to 16 Michelin Star restaurants offering innovative cuisine that is unique to the area and places a real focus on local produce. This secures the region’s status as a global gastronomic capital.
Galicia is home to a surprising selection of top-quality wines, such as Abariño, a refreshing white wine with distinct stone fruit notes, Mencia, a rich and floral red, and Ribeiro which Don Quixote famously gave the moniker of ‘Mother of wines’. What’s more, you absolutely must try a Licor café – a super sweet and dangerously moreish coffee liqueur made from orujo pomace brandy, sugar and coffee.
Don’t leave the region without sampling a slice of tarta de Santiago, a delicious almond cake made with sweet wine and lemon zest and dusted with icing sugar around an elaborate stencil of the cross of St. James.