Santiago de Compostela
The fantastic capital city of Galicia. The most visited city by tourists. Santiago is a very historic city. Especially the old part of the city. Many legends are connected to it. The famous pilgrimage located here, Camino de Santiago attracts visitors from all over the world.
The cathedral is the main highlight of the city. Santiago is the best base to travel along Galicia. The restaurants, shops and cafes are very interesting. It is hard to find somebody who visited Santiago and did not like it. Hence proved, Santiago de Compostela is a must visit place in Galicia.
Vigo is the largest city in Galicia and one of the most underrated cities in Spain. Vigo is a port city and is located right by the Atlantic Ocean. Vigo is packed with bars and has a blinding nightlife. The city also offers many shopping outlets and different attractions.
Vigo is very close to beaches, so you will have a fun filled day here. If you like seafood, you might just be in the best destination in the entire world. Vigo is an awesome city that I highly recommend to visit. It is close to the Portuguese cities of Porto, Braga and Guimarães – I recommend these too!
Tui can be called as the best travel destinations in Galicia. Located right by the Portuguese border, it is the first Galician city you will see if you are coming from Portugal. Tui is very old city that is said to be inhabited since the pre-historic times. Tui used to be a celtic city, then Romans came. After that, the city suffered several Viking raids and became an important spot for the Nordics. Today, it is a Spanish city but highly influenced by the Portuguese.
Why should you visit Tui?
The city is very Charming and you will defiantly fall in love. The city also offers amny beautiful views with all its splendid architecture. The Miño River runs through the city that is connected by bridges to the Portuguese city of Valença. A nice spot to click a perfect pic for the gram. Tui is very famous for its food. The city has inspired restaurants in whole of Spain. Tui is a must visit in Galicia.
A Coruna is a coastal city in north Galicia. This city is a blend of both modern and historic. Said to be the most expensive cities in the north of Spain, particularly in the central part. Coruna is very popular for its nightlife and some of its famous landmarks. It used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia.
Today it is a busy port with a lot of business activity. A Coruña has trams and city trains, but no metro. The city hall and the marina are few of the most famous landmarks here. You will also find Estadio Riazor, home of the football club, Deportivo La Coruña, one of the few Spanish clubs that have been crowned as champion.
If you are visiting Vigo or Santiago, you must take a trip to A Coruna. The city is bordered by lush greens which makes it the best place to stay in Galicia.
Ferrol is a port city which is very close to A Coruna. The city is known as being the birthplace of Spanish general and dictator, Francisco Franco. Yet another old Galician city with many delightful sights. The main highlight here is the centre of the city which is home to many major plazas. Ferrol has a typical Spanish vibe, compared to the other cities that are more Galician. The city streets are very beautiful and will beg all your attention.
You will be confused if you love the place or its streets. It has a castle at the harbor. It was also an important city for ship-building. It was also the main starting point of the English Camino, many English pilgrims would start their journey to Santiago from Ferrol. Defiantly a great city to visit. You can stay here in Ferrol or you can also do a day-trip to if you are visiting A Coruña.
Lugo is a very ancient and a very pretty city. Located at the inland of Galicia, Lugo gives out the best old school academia vibes. Lugo was first founded by the Celtics and then was taken over by the Romans. Lugo is entirely surrounded by Roman walls. In fact, it is the only city in the world that still has fully intact walls from the Roman times.
It is a great city for sightseeing as you will encounter many old buildings, dating back to thousands of years. Besides the Roman walls, you should also see the cathedral, the city hall, the palace of arts, and the interactive museum of Lugo. The city celebrates two great festivals each year, one in June and the other in October, which are perfect times to visit Lugo.
Ourense is a very important stop on the Camino route. It is also the third largest city of Galicia. The main attraction here is the hot springs. Ourense has the greatest amounts of geothermic water in Europe. Many of the ancient Roman baths are in Ourense. You must try one of them in your bucket list. Ourense is not a modern city by any way but it is nice to visit for a day or two, just to experience since its unique style.
A bucket list travel destination indeed! There is an ancient quarter with narrow streets and old buildings. You will also see many small plazas in Ourense. There are some great arcade shops in the centre of the city which makes it an interesting place to go shopping. If you love ancient Roman style, Ourense is the place. And speaking of Romans the Ponte Vella bridge is a sight to behold!
How to reach Galicia?
The most efficient way to get to Galicia is by plane via one of its 3 international airports: Lavacolla Airport in Santiago de Compostela, Alvedro Airport in A Coruña and Peinador Airport in Vigo from which you can easily reach any tourist destinations in Galicia.
Other option will be by train from the main Spanish cities using the railway transport company Renfe. You can also arrive at Galicia by car using the A-8 motorway which connects Galicia with Northern Spain and Europe and the A-6 and A-52 that connects Madrid and Southern Spain to the main Galician cities. It is also possible to reach Galicia by bus from the major Spanish cities that have a connectivity.