Galicia attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

The grand heart of Santiago, the cathedral soars above the city in a splendid jumble of spires and sculpture. Built piecemeal over several centuries, its beauty is a mix of the original Romanesque structure (constru…
Top Choice Lighthouse in A Coruña

Torre de Hércules

The World Heritage–listed Tower of Hercules sits near the windy northern tip of the city. Legend attributes its construction to one of the labours of Hercules, but it was actually the Romans who originally built thi…
Top Choice Area in Fisterra & Around

Cabo Fisterra

Panoramic Cabo Fisterra is a 3.5km drive or walk south of Fisterra town. It's crowned by a lighthouse, the Faro de Fisterra. Camino de Santiago pilgrims ending their journeys here ritually burn smelly socks, T-shirt…
Top Choice Plaza in Santiago de Compostela

Praza do Obradoiro

The grand square in front of the cathedral's western facade earned its name (Workshop Sq) from the stonemasons' workshops set up here while the cathedral was being built. It's free of both traffic and cafes, and has…
Top Choice Beach in Ribadeo

Praia As Catedrais

You won’t be disappointed with Praia As Catedrais, 10km west of Ribadeo by road. This spectacular 1.5km sandy stretch is strung with awesome Gothic-looking rock towers, and arches and chambers carved out by aeons of…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Cabo Ortegal & Around

Cabo Ortegal

Four kilometres north of the workaday fishing town of Cariño looms the mother of Spanish capes, Cabo Ortegal, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bay of Biscay. Great stone shafts drop sheer into the ocean from such …
Top Choice Walls in Lugo

Roman Walls

The path running right round the top of the World Heritage–listed Roman walls is to Lugo what a maritime promenade is to a seaside resort: a place to jog, take an evening stroll, see and be seen. The walls, erected …
Top Choice Area in Ría de Vigo

Cabo de Home

From the hamlet of Donón, 4km west of Hío, the windswept, rocky cape Cabo de Home stretches 2.5km south. The cape is strung with walking trails and a few driveable tracks, and has three lighthouses, a couple of beac…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Porto do Son & Around

Castro de Baroña

Galicia's most spectacularly sited prehistoric settlement is poised majestically on a wind-blasted headland overlooking the Atlantic waves, 4km southwest of Porto do Son. Park near Cafe-Bar Castro and take the rocky…
Top Choice Hill in A Guarda

Monte de Santa Trega

A Guarda's unique draw is the beautiful Monte de Santa Trega, whose 341m summit is a 4km drive or 2km uphill walk (the PRG122) from town. On the way up, stop to poke around the partly restored Iron Age Castro de San…