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Beaches in Ribadeo
Playa de las Catedrales
This beach is located in Dehesa, a little town that is part of Ribadeo and 12 km from the city. It is a spectacular beach when the tide is low. You can enjoy a wonderful walk between the arches that the sea has created through time. You can also find multiple caves that are quite deep. It is one of the clearest examples I have seen of the power of nature, when you are there you feel insignificant. Even if the tide is high, you can have a walk on the edge of the cliff or have a beer with fantastic views from the restaurant Las Catedrales. The prices are high, but it is worth it. The beach has two spacious parking lots, but it is complicated to find a spot on the summertime. If you decide to have a picnic, there is an area with tables and benches. If you like camping, it also has a few campings with different characteristics so that you can enjoy nature at its fullest. It is a place worth visiting. It is a lesson that teaches how nature always beats humans, creating gothic arches even before man discovered them.
Cathedrals in Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
The historical center of Santiago has great monuments that reflect its richness and the settlement of important people with great influence and power. The main axis is around the Cathedral, a building that was begun in 1075 over the remains that Almanzor left and finished in 1128, with sculptures by Mateo. The architectural complex that is formed by the Cathedal with its eclectic facades, the Plaza de Obradoiro with the buildings of the ancient hospital for pilgrims, the university, the archiepiscopal palace, the city hall and the Quintana square is considered to be one of the most beautiful complexes in the world. The Obradoiro facade was made by Casas Novoa in 1740, baroque style, like the Azabachería one, made by Ferro Caaveiro and Fernández Sarela, modified by Ventura Rodríguez. No less beautiful is the Platerías, made by Mateo in 1103 and, above all, the Pórtico de la Gloria, a masterpiece of Romanesque sculpture concluded by Mateo in 1188, a second facade behind the Obradoiro one, that protects it from the rain and humid weather of Santiago.
Islands in Cies
Cíes Islands
Last summer I went camping with some friends in Baiona (Galicia) and the Cies Islands, both places are spectacular! We spent the first four days in the camping in Baiona; it was quite complete, with a small supermarket and cafeteria, pool and clean bathrooms. In Baiona we visited the city Santa Tecla and went to Santiago one afternoon. I love Santiago, it is a capital full of life. The cathedral is beautiful, just like its square, which has millions of bars to drink a beer and eat something. Everyone seems to be on the streets, impressive! The area of the Rías Baixas has its own microclimate and our stay couldn’t have been better, we came back really tanned. The weather was great. By night we needed a light jacket. From Baiona we took a ferry to the Cies Islands…they left me speechless, they are wonderful, spectacular! The immense beach, a Caribbean sea (although colder). The Cies are a natural park, so everything is quite controlled, and they only allow 200 persons per day. There you can find a small supermarket (very expensive), a camping and three bars. When night comes there is no light…just a few lamps installed by the camping, and the moon’s reflection. I wouldn’t change it for anything. The Cies have a natural charm. The people that camp there are quite hippie in style, but everyone is quite charming. You can explore the island in two days, although some of the slopes are quite steep. But it is worth going to the top. All of the routes are well signaled. Overall, it was a trip where we had to work hard (that’s the thing with camping) but I would do it all over again in a jiffy.
Historical Monuments in A Coruña
Tower of Hercules
The Tower of Hercules is a Roman Lighthouse and UNESCO World Heritage Site in A Coruña, Spain. For history and architecture lovers, the structure itself is impressive, but for the rest of you, here's my recommendation: take the boardwalk path that circles the main beach and bay in A Coruña to the tower. It's gorgeous, with the fog, wildflowers, and little hidden beaches. When you get to the tower, skip the info center at the bottom and head straight for the top. The views are absolutely incredible and give you a birds-eye view of the massive compass and sculpture park. Perfect plan for a romantic morning: bundle up good against A Coruña's infamous weather, stroll along the bay and grab a coffee, then make your way to the tower.
Villages in Combarro
We actually bumped into it, as we had to stop with the car to buy some things and we finally spent 3 hour there! The village is just beautiful, very peaceful and with a really wonderful beach. I have no doubt I will be coming back specifically to that place. I fall in love with it!!
Cliffs in Finisterre
Cape Finisterre
At the end of the earth.. unforgetable experience.. breath taking views ♡
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Squares in Santiago de Compostela
Plaza del Obradoiro
One of the most beautiful places I've ever been, I must say I really enjoyed the road to Santiago, which I travelled along for 7 days, and the day I arrived was very special. I encourage you to visit it. CATHEDRAL EXCELLENT INSIDE AND OUT, facade of the Obradoiro Square. You can see St. James and in the tower on the right is Mary Salome. The tower on the left you can see the Zebedee. To the left, on the balustrade Santa Susana and San Juan can be seen. To the right, on the rail to Santa Barbara and James the Menor. Disciples. BEAUTIFUL This Parador is considered, along with the Parador de San Marcos (León), as one of the gems of the Paradores network. Without a doubt, both sites are definitely worth a visit at least once in your life. This building is located in one of the most symbolic places in Spain (and Europe), the Plaza del Obradoiro, it conforms with the cathedral and the university ... It deserves to be honoured in it's setting; no wonder it was built by Ferdinand as a pilgrim hospital (1499). For those ve do not want to go as a pilgrim and have the pleasure of staying for lunch / dinner...Here you have all the necessary information: Good Conservation Good Kitchen Good quality / affordable price, 180 euros Pl Obradoiro 1, Santiago de Compostela Tel 981 582 200 Fax: 981 563 094
Nature Reserves in Pontedeume
Fragas do Eume Natural park
These magical forests, declared natural park in the nineties, are the result of the equilibrium between the natural evolution and the mainteinance of the ground’s characteristics, the climate and orientation. They form the largest and most representative atlantic forest and they inspired “El bosque animado” by Wenceslao Fernández Florez. The Eume River, that has its source in the Serra do Xistral (Lugo) in the backbone of the park. The guides explained to us that, a long time ago, Galicia used to be covered by “fragas”. They are mixed forests, mainly with oak trees, but where you can also find maple trees, birch trees and holly trees. Its main threat is the eucalyptus tree plantations, which slowly displace the fragas. A very important factor of the fraga is that it joins various species that resisted the glaciations thanks to the ground’s orography. For example, the laurel is specie that is very resistant. It remained as a relict of the time of the Pangaea, where there existed only one continent that slowly separated. Another example is the fern, contemporary to the dinosaurs. This plant has no flowers, so it hasn’t received a lot of importance in decoration. But it reveals a special beauty in the humid brightness of the spaces where it is found. While walking through the park, you can see the remains of mills and old constructions used to the preservation of chestnuts because, before the potato was brought form America, it used to be the basic food of the people in Galicia.
Beaches in A Coruña
Playa de Riazor
Extraordinary beach that's clean with clear blue waters. You can surf, swim, or collect shells on the shore. The sand is very special, It's so shiny. On the rocks and barnacles and small mussels there. No crowds and the ideal temperature 25 ° C. You will enjoy seeing the many seagulls fly ...
Beaches in Vigo
Praia de Samil
Praia de Samil is just outside Vigo, but it's easily accessible by local bus or car. There is a promenade, with many children's play areas, cafes and public showers. I recommend you go there during the low season, because in summer it gets too full.
Of Cultural Interest in Finisterre
Beaches in O Grove
A Lanzada Beach
Located at the tip of the Pontevedra estuary, Lanzada is known as the beach which attract many women who have not had kids to celebrate the cult of the waters and be fertilized by the ocean. This means you follow an ancient ritual of fertility: The eve of San Juan, the infertile couple should go to the "cradle of the holy" and have sex in this area that form stones beachside . Then, she should go to the beach next to the chapel and get wet "water of 9 waves" so that each of them reach the womb. They symbolize the 9 months of pregnancy which the Virgin granted to aspiring parents.
Gardens in A Coruña
San Pedro Park
My name is David and I am going to show you all a really amazing part of ​​A Coruña. The first time I visited it I was stunned with its views of the sea and the city. It is a really special place to spend summer evenings with your partner and your family. If you get the chance, go! Players of the national soccer team went to visit it and were surprised by its spectacular views.
Islands in Bueu
Ons Island
This is a natural paradise where you can enjoy the beauty of the beaches, camping, hiking, and diving. You can also enjoy the typical restaurants of the island, with seafood specialties.
Of Cultural Interest in A Coruña
Menhires Pola Paz
Made a few years ago by Manolo Paz this tower represents Celtic culture, as far as Galicia, with dolmens and stones with ritual symbolism throughout the territory. Definitely a place to enjoy at any point throughout the year.
Villages in Allariz
The Arnoia river, young and crystalline, crosses the small and beautiful city of Allariz. Legend says that it was the Swabian king Alarico who chose this beautiful bend of the river to establish the city. After being a defensive landmark of the south of Orense –in the 11th century they built the castle and its walls, today in ruins– the town became famous for its literary court and it was the place the kings were educated and crowned. Allariz had then its moment of splendor. They built magnificent buildings, churches and monasteries and they established prosperous tanneries, workshops and factories that produced, with the water of Arnoia as its motor, excellent fabrics, leathers and cereals. At the end of the 15th century, Allariz lost its royal aura and it remained enclosed for centuries, buried in frequent wars with Portugal. Times passed and it had no mercy on the city. However, a few years ago, the people from the city started great projects that included reducing the river’s pollution and restoring the historical part of town. The hard work was rewarded: in 1994, Allariz received the European Price for Urbanism. Today, the small city is full of surprises. Its narrow streets, covered with churches and noble houses, maintain a sleepy air of another time; its amazing museums and old mills are very interesting and pleasant to see; its tapas bars, chocolate shops and pastry shops and a real temptation. For any time of the day, be it happy, romantic or melancholic, there is the bucolic “Paseo ribereño do Arnado”, with the magical medieval bridge emerging from between the willows.
Historical Monuments in Lugo
Roman Wall of Lugo
This wall was declared World Heritage in the year 2000 by UNESCO. This fortification with a circumference of more than 2 km, is the only one of Roman origin that fully preserves its route, and inside there is the historical center of the capital. This large and laborious fortification has several entrances to the center of the city; each door has a different name, generally named after saints, such as Santiago, San Pedro and San Fernando. So if you visit the capital, you must see the historical part of the city, with its buildings, churches such as the Santa María Cathedral, roman terms, the Casa del Mosaico, Provincial Museum, its gardens, etc.
Squares in A Coruña
Plaza de Maria Pita
This central square in A Coruña is dedicated to the heroine Maria Pita. It was built in the mid-19th century and is home to the City Council. It forms a large rectangle of more than 10,000 square meters, and one of the facades is the Municipal Palace, while the rest of the facades are aligned porticoes, under which there are several places for eating and drinking.