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    Hiking on the Thrilling Coast of Death

    by Marja35 Written Jun 1, 2013

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    Despite its ominous name, the Coast of Death (Costa da Morte) in Galicia offers magnificent experiences for the nature and culture lovers.
    Crosses and monuments perching on the cliffs remind of the shipwrecks that this breathtakingly wild coastline has witnessed over the centuries. Among the best known monuments is the English cemetery, resting place for the 172 British sailors, whose ship was wrecked in 1890. On this route, you encounter also beautiful lighthouses and capes.
    If you want to spot peaceful coves with white sand and crystal clear water, take a walk from Camelle to Laxe. Main part of this route runs on cliffs, but you go also through wetlands with bird-watching cottages and meet interesting rock formations.
    Another gorgeous walk starts from Muxia and goeas round a jagged peninsula bordered by sandy beaches in many places. Along this route you encounter also rivers, mills and centuries old warehouses (horreos), built in wood or stone and raised from the ground by pillars.
    The most famous coastal route takes you to the end point of the pilgrim route, which is called the Cape of the Edge of the Earth (Cabo Finisterre), but the sea views are much more stunning on a route which starts from Malpica and goes round several capes to the sanctuary of San Adrián del Mar.

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    San Ciprian

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    gorgeous little town full of life in summer with the best beach I saw on the trip. Cafes shops all over, and nice white sandy beach, plus getting together with old friends, cant best it.

    of course recommended to you and to me to return.

    You find here the Museo del Mar(marine museum),showing boat models and old engines of fishing boats. An old factory of salting meats from roman times. The old church of Sta María de Lieiro.

    Second Saturday of August you have the feast of "la Maruxaina" great party and seafood galore.The town of San cibrao or San Ciprian in Spanish is in the municipality of Cervo.

    The beaches are Rueta, O Torno, and Caosa , my photos will be from O Torno, right in city center and ovelooking the Roman salted pit.
    A great ceramic history in the Cerámica de Sargadelos (internationally known), and a rich history of old churches of great architecture.

    Some info on the lighthouse
    http://www.turgalicia.es/sit/ficha_datos.asp?ctre=122&crec=36836&cidi=I

    http://www.spain.info/en/disfruta/en_el_mar/playas/lugo/o_torno.html

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    Viveiro

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    it belongs to the rias altas or high bay water entries with beautiful scenary. It has a rich history known since 864AD, and sister city with old Havana,Cuba.
    The churches are an integral part such as Iglesia de Santa María del Campo, Iglesia de San Francisco, Monasterio de la Concepción,Capilla de la Misericordia, Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de Valdeflores, Iglesia de San Pedro plus an impressive inner city structures of rich historical value

    You must come here,,and the beaches are not far!!! I have in Spanish on beaches but with google you can translate all tourist info here
    http://www.viveiro.es/playas.asp

    better said by the Spanish tourist board in English
    http://www.spain.info/en/ven/otros-destinos/viveiro.html

    And Galicia tourist office in English
    http://www.turgalicia.es/sit/ficha_datos.asp?ctre=12212&crec=37589&cidi=I

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    See inner Xove

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    wonderful town with lovely people , friends of years whos friendship will endure.
    many beautiful parrish churches , a new municipal complex with indoor heated pool, and right on the Cantabrian side of surfing waters,and beautiful natural scenery

    a must to return,and recommended to check this area out
    http://www.xove.es/js/index.php

    http://www.spain.info/en/antes_del_viaje/informacion-practica/oficina-turismo/lugo/oficina_de_turismo_de_xove.html

    https://www.turgalicia.es/sit/ficha_datos.asp?ordRs=32&ctre=3411&crec=37067&idversion=1-49L774&refnumber2=01050102&cidi=I

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    Sada

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    the one closest to my place of visit and very nice small town away from tourist crowds, just the locals.
    It was my working site but plenty of beaches in the area, this is their municipal page with beaches shown=playas
    http://www.concellodesada.com/playas/

    sitting right in the ria de Betanzos you have beautiful beaches and great natural environment here, something to see more in detail on next visit,and of course recommended.

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    Cabanas

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    Only 37 kms from A Coruña, a great town in summer months, but very agriculture the rest of the year.
    The beaches in summer are full, and it is beautiful, I was passing by and the camera flick, but it is worth the detour on the E1 or N651 road along the Galician coast,

    The area is in the atlantic forest along the coast the biggest in Europe. You find it at As Fragas do Eume, a natural space with 20 species of trees, and animals such as the falcon.

    http://www.turgalicia.es/sit/ficha_datos.asp?ctre=3411&crec=271953540&cidi=I

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    Passing by Ferrol

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    another beautiful ria of ferrol on way towards the north from A Coruña and still in same province.

    The city links with the past as a shipbuilding center since the time of the Bourbons in the 18C. It is the birthplace of Spanish General Francisco Franco in 1892 and known as El Ferrol del Caudillo (dictator title) from 1938 to 1982. It is ,also, ironic, the birthplace of the founder of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) Pablo Iglesias in 1850.

    Lots of architectural ,prehistoric stones founding were done here and is a very interesting place to visit. I just past by it. Info on tourism and city is here in Spanish
    http://www.ferrol.es/turismo.aspx

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    Barqueiro

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    Another excellent town with a ria in A Coruña, driving the countryside was fantastic

    You have a wonderful lookout here towards the Cantabrian litoral that starts here, and a beautiful town.
    http://www.turgalicia.es/sit/ficha_datos.asp?crec=9775&ctre=1131&cidi=I

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    Oleiros

    by gwened Written Jul 28, 2012

    One of the cities in the province of A Coruña that I pass and did some shopping, it has a beautiful ria or river entrance from the ocean over a bridge and celtic cross. A nice stop for shopping and resto in the area.

    The official tourist office is from the city council site posted here and in contact
    http://www.oleiros.org/web/concello-oleiros/turismo

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    Redondela

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Redondela is a pleasant provincial town with about 30.000 inhabitants. The main landmarks of the town are the interesting railway bridges from the late 19th century. Of course you'll find some churches and other historical buildings here aswell. One being the Casa da Torre where pilgrims on the way to Santiago find shelter.

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    Pontevedra

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pontevedra is a provincial capital with about 77.000 inhabitants. It's situated at the mouth of the Lérez river in one of those rias which are a main geographical feature in Galicia.
    The old town is very beautiful, the main sight being a church (sanctuary Virxe Peregrina) with a groundplan of a scallop shell from the 18th century. Unfortunately it was in scaffolding when I passed through Pontevedra. But of course there are many more churches and monasteries to visit.
    The albergue for pilgrims is new and very well equipped and located 1,5 km out of town.

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    Santiago de Compostela

    by ncfg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Santiago de Compostela is an amazing town, a stony miracle which has been shaped around the Apostle St James's (Santiago) sepulchre along the centuries, and which has resulted in one of the most splendid and harmonic architectural ensembles in the world .
    It is considered one of the tree spiritual capitals of Christendom together with Rome and Jerusalem. Pilgrims come from every where.
    The most important building in the town is the Cathedral of Santiago, conceived as a small city of stone centred on holy relics and endowed with its own life.

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    Science Fiction Novel with Galicia as Back-drop

    by ZORKIE Written Dec 24, 2010

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    If you've hiked the Ribiera Sacra/Ribas de Sil, you'll really enjoy this new science fiction adventure novel that has Galicia as an unexpected back-drop. Chock full of references to Galician folklore -- The Spanish Gatekeeper by Bernard Dukas -- available from Barnes & Noble as a NOOKbook or Kaladar Books (San Francisco).

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    Mondoñedo

    by Aitana Written Sep 10, 2010

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    The Episcopal See of San Martiño de Mondoñedo was moved from Foz to Vilamaior do Val de Brea, or Vallibria, the previous name of Mondoñedo, by the queen Urraca in 1112. Since then, Mondoñedo has been Episcopal See except for the period 1182-1230, when Ribadeo was the See.

    The main sight is the cathedral, in the Plaza de España, but there are other buildings, especially churches and monasteries, that bear witness of the importance of Mondoñedo. The town was declared a national cultural-historical site in 1985.

    The Cathedral was built in Romanesque style. The construction begun around 1230. Different styles are present: Romanesque and Gothic in the nave and the aisles, and Baroque in the its 18th century towers. The polychrome statue in the high altar, called Nuestra Señora la Inglesa (the English Madonna) was rescued from the St. Paul Cathedral in London during the Protestant Reformation of Henry VIII of England. There is an impressive rose window from the 13th century. Below the organs there are wall paitings from the 14th century. There are guided visits to the Museum of the Cathedral. The Episcopal Palace is annexed to the cathedral.

    From the square you can see the Fuente Vieja (old fountain), built in 1548, with the coat of Carlos V. Following this direction, you will go to the quarter of the water or quarter of the mills. The Puente do Pasatempo dates back to the roman era. In this part of the town there used to be many mills. Today, some craftsmen still use the energy of water to operate their tools.

    On the other side of the town you will see the Alameda de los Remedios. This poplar grove was planted in 1594. At the end of the avenue is the Santuario de los Remedios, a church from the 16th century. The Hospital of San Pablo also faces the avenue. Built in the 16th century, is still used as a hospital.

    Other remarkable buildings are the Seminary of Santa Catalina, the Conceptiontists church, San Pedro church, Santiago church, the Old Town Hall and the New Town Hall.

    The Caves of King "Cintolo" ("Covas do Rei Cintolo") are located in the outskirts of the town.

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    Lugo

    by Aitana Updated Sep 10, 2010

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    Lugo is one of the cities of Galicia I most like.
    The city center is surrounded by the Roman Walls, built in the 3rd century. One can go up to the wall and walk all along the perimeter, about 2 km. There are ten gates and about seventy turrets.
    The Cathedral began to be built in 1129 in Romanesque style but also Gothic and Neoclassic styles are present. There are magnificent altarpieces. The Romanesque door facing north is wonderful and the Pantocrator is a masterpiece. The cloister was built in the 18th century and the west façade, facing the wall, at the end of that century.
    There are nice squares and churches within the wall:
    Praza de Santa Maria, a square between the cathedral and the Episcopal palace.
    The Praza Maior (Main Square) with the Baroque Town Hall.
    Praza do Campo, a small square near the cathedral. The square and the streets starting there are very busy at dinner time as there are plenty of bars, taverns and restaurants.
    Praza de Santo Domingo, with the nice Church of Santo Domingo. In this square is the central market, the best place to buy some typical products. In the center, a monument commemorates the second millennium of the foundation of Lugo, consisting on an imperial eagle on top of a Corinthian column.
    San Pedro church, that belonged to the Convent of San Francisco, built in the 15th century. Today, the convent houses the provincial museum. It’s said that San Francisco founded the first convent in Lugo when he went on pilgrimage to Santiago in 1214. Anyway, the presence of the Franciscan Order in Lugo is stated from 1230.

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