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ABOUT GALICIA

Galicia is formed by four provinces: La Coruña (A Coruña), Lugo, Orense (Ourense) and Pontevedra. In this region there are two offical languages, Gallego and Spanish. Historically the culture has a strong Celtic influence. Area of fishing and hills, with a humid rainy weather but with mild and enjoyable Summer.

A Coruña
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Tourism office:
Plaza de Mazarelos, 15. Santiago de Compostela.

General information: surface 7.950 Km2, It is the most western geographic location of the entire Iberian peninsula.
Highlights:
Ferrol, Finisterre, Ría de Arousa, Costa da Morte.
Monuments: 'Torre de Hércules' (Tower of Hercules).
Food: Fish and seafood at villages on the coastline. Villages at the inside offer beef of extrardinary quality. 'Pimientos del padrón' (little green peppers grilled with salt), 'repollos de Betanzos', 'Empanadas de lomo', 'queso de tetilla' in Arzúa, local liquors, and for desserts 'filloas', 'melindres' or almond cake of Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela is by far the most famous city in the region, It attracts thousands of pilgrims every year from all parts of the world. Its's famous cathedral of the 'obradoiro' is a religious landmark. The most celebrated day in this city is the day of the 'Apóstol Santiago', July 25th. Other monuments include: 'Casa de la Troya', cathedral including the 'Pórtico de la Gloria', 'Colegiata de Santa María de Sar', 'Hospital Real', 'Hostal de los Reyes Católicos', the 'Azabachería', 'Museo de las Peregrinaciones' (pilgrimage museum), 'Museo de Tierra Santa', Convent of 'San Francisco', Palace of 'Gelmírez'.

Lugo
Tourism office:
Plaza Maior, 27. Lugo.

Celebrations: 'San Froilán', October 4th to 12th.
Highlights:
2000 year old city located 465 metres over sea level. This is the province where most routes of Santiago meet on their way to Santiago de Compostela city (Coruña province). Open air suggestions: beach of the cathedrals in Ribadeo and the 'Sierra de los Ancares' a mountain range.
Monuments: Roman city walls, 'Santa Eulalia de Bóveda', cathedral, episcopal palace.
Food:
trout, salmon, 'bonito' (tuna), sardines, beef and pork. Typical dishes: 'caldo gallego', 'lacón con grelos', 'empanadas de papuxas', 'pulpo a feira' (octopuss) and 'capón de Villalba'. Many of the cheeses are excellent specially those from 'O Cebreiro', 'Ulloa' and 'San Simón'. On the plateau area are the vineyards of 'Ribeira Sacra', a certified wine. Among other local products, we suggest: chestnut, nuts and honey.

Ourense
Tourism office:
Curros Enriquez, 1, edificio Torre. Orense.

Celebrations: 'San Martín', November 11th. A celebration of 'Os Magostos' to the first wines and chestnuts of the year.
Highlights:
Natural Park of 'Baja Limia'. Jew neighbourhood of 'Ribadavia'
Food:
the popular 'pulpo á feira' with bread from Cea and potatoes from 'La Limia'. Stews, 'caldo gallego', the 'vitela' (beef meat with barely any fat), game meat with chestnuts, 'jarrete guisado', 'cabrito asado'. Good white wines like 'Godello de Guitiánlos', 'Treixadura' from Vilerma or 'Emilio Rojo' from Ribeiro and Valdeorras. Red wines like 'Mencía' from Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Monterrei, are young good value wines. Desserts: 'almendrados las cañas de Carballiño', the 'bica' from the highlands in the province.

Pontevedra
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Cíes Islands
Tourism office:
General Mola, 3. Pontevedra.

Surface 7.950 Km2, 1.097.511 inhabitants. Its the smallest of the four provinces but Vigo —Galicia's most populated city and the most relevant economic town— is here. It also has the best climate and the beaches are the most liked.
Highlights:
'La Toja' island, beaches in Samil, Canido, 'O Grove', Panxón, Baiona. Market of 'La Piedra' in Vigo. Fish market ('Lonja') in Baiona and Portonovo. Natural Park of the Cíes islands.
Celebrations : in Vigo city 'San Roque', August 16th. 'Santísimo Cristo de la Victoria', on the first Sunday of August. Seafood celebration of O Grove (of touristic interest), from October 6th to 14th.
Food: stews (cocido) in Lalín. The 'Rías Baixas' excellent white wines come from this area, from which the most famous is the 'Albariño'.

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