An Overview of the Region of Galicia:
One could be forgiven for comparing Galicia as being more like a Celtic destination such as Ireland, Wales or Brittany. The region of Galicia, breaks the mould, in terms of the Landscape and the less Mediterranean feel, born from the lush green meadows , indeed, Galicia is described by many as 'Green Spain'. This Northwest coastal region of Spain is met by a dramatic,1.200 KM, Atlantic coastline, it provides us with many Rias,bays, and tiny inlets with pretty fishing ports and sheltered harbours.'There is 750 KM of Beaches, 275 KM of which are beautiful white sandy beaches. From the most Southern reach of Portugal to the most Northern reach of the region of Asturias, inland to the East, bordering the region of Castilla y Leon. Galicia is one of Spain’s 17 Autonomous Communities of Spain.
Provinces and Destinations in Galicia:
There are four provinces, with many destinations in this region, La Coruña, Pontevedra, Lugo & Ourense, all being named after their capital cities. It is Europe’s westernmost region. West and north it faces the sea. (More information can be found on this region's individual destination pages). A good percentage of this coastline is flanked by some incredible theatrical cliffs. Inland, the region has a natural mountainous border which acts to separating it from its neighbouring regions, with only the river Miño separating it from Portugal. It is this expanse of mountain ranges that are attributed for the contrast in, not only the weather but the culture of the region. This diversity of mountains, valleys, and forests with more than a 1000 rivers flowing to the Atlantic Ocean, can only be created by the contrasting level of rainfall, here, in comparison with the more Southern regions of Spain.
Naturally, the region is a great producer, very fruit vegetables, and wine. Especially along the valleys where trees overlook lush meadows and orchards, not to mention the great fishing industry off its shores and notably the incredibly dangerous harvest of, Percebes, known as, 'goose barnades'. A rare seafood which can be gastronomically compared to the Iranian Caviar, which can cost about 162 euros per Kilo! This special region is one of a Scenic, Natural, Beauty, has Mild Temperatures, coupled with Historical and Gastronomical Delights!
Airports & transport connections:
Galicia has 3 international airports and they are Santiago de Compostela airport, la Coruña airport, and Vigo airport.The transfer time from A Coruna airport to the central destination in the Region of Galicia is approximately 1 hour and a distance of 70 KM and 45 minutes - 65 Km from Santiago de Compostela. The airline Iberia (bookable through Opodo) fly from London Heathrow to La Coruña. Ryanair fly from Stansted and Liverpool to Santiago de Compostela. Clickair will fly from London to Vigo. You have two flight options if you want to get to Santiago de Compostela from Britain. The first is to fly direct. You can fly directly to Santiago from two UK airports, namely Liverpool and Stansted. You can fly direct to La Coruña from Heathrow and you can fly directly to Vigo from a London airport (this is a new service). For direct flights to Galicia from the UK , the airlines Iberia, Ryanair, and Clickair. Ryanair flys to Santiago de Compostela from both Stansted and Liverpool, Iberia flys direct from London Heathrow to la Coruña, and Clickair fly from London to Vigo. A Coruña is situated 1 hour from the coast.
For the record, Galicia receives less rain than the UK, this because it is concentrated in fewer months. The coastline generally receives fewer weather extremes than inland locations. Galicia has never been a place for tourists looking for simple the Sun and Beaches, despite the fact that the average daily temperature is around 20 degrees.
However, since records began, Galicia, has been a place of pilgrimage and a popular destination for those who are seeking an environment that does not the extreme, summer temperatures of the Andalucian, Murcian or Valencian regions.
Buying a property in this region:
The coastal properties in Lugo and la Coruña provide the stereotypical beach style villas, apartments, and townhouses. Inland, in this Northern region of Sapin however, will, for the majority offer more traditional properties, that can be hundreds of years old, which are situated in sometimes, remote villages or even totally secluded locations If this is the type of retreat and lifestyle investment you are looking for, This Region will provide you with countless location and property opportunities.
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