Surely its notoriety reaches further back in history, but the events of the night of 10 November, 1890, have given the Coast of Death a singular event that encapsulates its infamy and danger.
Monte Pindo stands out. It is impossible to miss as you approach it, not only because the mountain is easily the highest geographical feature in the area. The topography of the mountain starkly contrasts the rolling, verdant hills of the surrounding Galician countryside. Stark is an apt word as Monte Pindo is a brooding, hulking,…
“Cambados, upon seeing you, I passed through the sea of Cambados and almost got lost.”
My favorites are the wild beaches of the Coast of Death and Rías Altas. However, all of Galicia’s majestic coastline is represented below in my top five Galician beaches.
There are so many festivals in Galicia that you could spend an entire year going to a different festival every day. Gastronomical, religious, traditional, historical, agricultural–you name it, they celebrate it. There are festivals celebrated only in a small village and ones that are celebrated in all of Galicia and Spain. These are my five favorite Galician festivals.
Galicia hides in its Entroido a symbolism and tradition which gives the holiday an almost religious meaning to its citizens and attract an increasing number of visitors every year.
Whichever Camino you walked, it has brought you to Santiago de Compostela, where you have embraced Saint James and received your Compostela from the Pilgrim’s Office. Now, you find yourself standing in Obradoiro Square wondering where to next.
The Camino Sanabrés is a variant of the Vía de la Plata (Silver Route), entering Galicia from the province of Zamora in Castile-León. The Galician portion of the Sanabrés has seven stages totaling nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles).
As you leave Madrid and traverse the Castilian meseta, dark-blue mountains rise slowly before you. John Barlow wrote in Everything But The Squeal that when you cross these mountains you cross not only a geographical boundary but also a cultural boundary. Beyond lies Galicia, a land of dualities. Sea and land. Coast and mountain. Village and city. Sun…