Although still rooted in the rural world, Galicia today is also cosmopolitan and modern. A land that surprises the world with its culture, landscapes, industries, food and design. A Galicia that gradually becomes known and propitiates its development, being, as it is, one of the most privileged regions of Europe.
The climate here is very variable. On the coast, the sea breeze moderates cold and hot. In the interior, the winters are hard and the summers warm due to the winds coming from the south. The orography is also varied and next to the elevated mountains, there are sometimes steep valleys, nuanced by terraces very suitable for the cultivation of the vine. These rise from the channels of the rivers, to the peaks. Also on gentle slopes of pastures and orchards. These ones seem to extend to the sea, forming estuaries, when in fact are “bites” of the sea, which travel all the Galician coastal geography, whether or not, river mouths. Sprinkled throughout is geography by charming seaside towns and inland, distributed in its four provinces, La Coruña, Lugo Orense and Pontevedra.
Galicia is a magical region. It is time to discover it:
From 1860 to 1936 and later in the hardest times in Spain this region has been marked by a recurrent emigration to other Spanish regions and abroad. Galician emigrants have left Galicia, as much for political reasons, as already in the 50’s for economic reasons or of work. This has motivated that nowadays, it is said with humor that there is a Galician in the moon, since it is difficult to find somewhere of the world where not to find one. This circumstance has given to Galicia a great potential in the diaspora, as much to transmit its culture as its gastronomy since there are galicians in countries such us Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba … and also in Central Europe in which Galician is almost synonymous of Spanish.
Galician is together with Spanish its official language and is part of the culture of Galicia, a region deeply rooted in Celtic culture.
Some of the most important Galicians in history are: Rosalía de Castro (1837-1885), writer and poetess; Ramón María del Valle Inclán (1866-1936) writer; Wenceslao Fernández Flórez (1885-1964), writer; Camilo José Cela (1916-2002), writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 1989 and the writer and politician, among others Daniel Manuel Rodríguez Castelao, father of Galician nationalism.
The 25th of July, Santiago The apostle, is its regional holiday.
POSTS: Routes from GALICIA
1-French Way of Santiago (O Cebreiro-Triacastela-Samos-Sarria-Portomarín-Palas de Rei-Melide-Arzúa-Santago de Compostela)
2-Costa da Morte (Ferrol-Mugardos-Ares-Pontedeume-Miño-Betanzos-Sada-A Coruña-Caión-malpica-Corme-Laxe-Camariñas)
3-Terra Cha (Ribadeo-Foz-Viveiro-Mondoñedo-Vilalba-Meira-Lugo)
4-South Entrance (The Boat-Quiroga-The Courel-Monforte de Lemos-Chantada-The Peares-Sober-Castro Caldelas-The Proba de Trives- The Rúa-O Bolo)
5-Rías Baixas (Pontevedra-Marín-Bueu-O Hío-Cangas-Arcade-Redondela-Vigo-Gondomar-O Rosal-Tuy-Arbo)
6-El Paraiso del Albariño (Pontecesures-Catoira-Vilagarcía de Arousa-Vilanova de Arousa-Illa de Arousa-Cambados-O Grove-Sanxenxo-Combarro-Poio)
7-From the heart of Ribeiro to the Valley of Monterrei (Orense-Leiro-Ribadavia-Entrimo-Verín)
8-El Ulla and O Barbanza (Ribadulla-A Estrada-Padrón-Rianxo-Ribeira-Porto do Son-Noia)