Galicia Things to Do

  • Casco Vella, Vigo
    Casco Vella, Vigo
    by maykal
  • Boat race, seen from Paseo de Alfonso XII, Vigo
    Boat race, seen from Paseo de Alfonso...
    by maykal
  • El Sireno de la Puerta del Sol
    El Sireno de la Puerta del Sol
    by maykal

Galicia Things to Do

  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    I've been just once in Santiago de Compostela, but I loved the city. Its main attraction is the huge cathedral that drags thousands of pilgrims each year, but I think that, arriving so tired they can't appreciate. the place. I did, and wish to return with more time. The cathedral is started in the 11th century, and it is today a very beautiful...

    more
  • Cathedral Museum

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    Gelmirez (or Xelmirez in Galician) Palace is the part of Cathedral Museum. Entrance to that part of museum is situated in the Northern Nave of Cathedral. So, just enter Cathedral through the gates of glory, then turn left and will easily find the entrance. The palace is the Romanesque civilian building attached to the Cathedral and named after...

    more
  • Church of San Martino Pinario

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    Monastery of San Martiño Pinario was the largest and most influential Benedictine monastery in Galicia and the second largest in all Spain after El Escorial. Its museum includes a visit to the church, which stands out among the city's churches due to its impressive baldachin and choir stalls (the Renaissance upper choir is from the 17th century and...

    more
  • Monasterio de San Paio de Antealtares

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    Monastery San Paio de Antealtares was founded here by Alfonso II El Casto the King of Asturia in 830 A.D. The local Benedictine monks supposed to look after recently discovered tomb and relics of Saint James the Apostle. Monastery was dedicated to Sant Paio the child martyr from the city of Cordoba. In 1499 Benedictines left that monastery. Ever...

    more
  • Praza do Obradoiro - Square of the...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    This Square (named after the workmen who toiled on the construction of the Cathedral, and the place where their tools and materials were stored) sits in front of the Northern Facade of the Cathedral - its main entrance. Facing the Cathedral, to your left is the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos - The luxury parador, which was originally a shelter for the...

    more
  • Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    This 5 star hotel was built in 1492 to shelter pilgrims. Today this building, in Plateresque and Renaissance styles, serves as Parador de Turismo, the best of Santiago de Compostela. From the outside it's also beautiful, hehehe.

    more
  • Alameda Park

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    This central park is a nice place to walk around, or eat a picnic etc. It was created in 1835, but the main work was completed in 1885. Ramon Otero Pedrayo - Galicias famous Geographer described it as ' the finest and perhaps most noble park and promenade in Spain' Alameda Park contains paths leading to gardens, with plants from around the...

    more
  • Colegio de San Jeronimo

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    The College of St. Jerome (in Galician: San Xerome Colexio) is situated at the southern end of Obradoiro Square in Santiago de Compostela. It is also known as the Artists Association. Golegio was founded by Archbishop of Santiago Compostela de Alonso III de Fonseca. It was the attempt to make the art education affordable for the poor youth. In...

    more
  • Convento de San Francisco de Valdedios

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    No information about it or on the list of places to visit but walking past it on our way up from the carpark to turn into Rua De San Francisco taking us down to the main square and the cathedral, it was an interesting introduction to dramatic or huge and impressive buildings around.

    more
  • Pazo de Raxoi

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    Arbishop Raxoi ordered to build this Palace (Pazo/Palacio) in 1.766 as residence of the children's choir, and now it houses the City Hall, Galician Culture Council and some offices of the Xunta de Galicia government, including the Galician President’s Office, so, it's not possible to visit.

    more
  • Colegio de Fonesca

    Santiago de Compostela Things to Do

    This early renaissance school was commissioned by Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela Alonso de Fonseca, converting the house where he was born and which belonged to his very influential family for educational purposes. It began its function in 1544 and was later used to house the University of Compostela, created with the patronage of his family...

    more
  • Hiking on the Thrilling Coast of Death

    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...

    more
  • San Ciprian

    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...

    more
  • Viveiro

    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...

    more
  • See inner Xove

    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 scenerya must to return,and recommended to check this area...

    more
  • Sada

    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=playashttp://www.concellodesada.com/playas/sitting right in the ria de Betanzos you have beautiful beaches and great natural environment...

    more
  • Cabanas

    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...

    more
  • Passing by Ferrol

    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,...

    more
  • Barqueiro

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

    more
  • Oleiros

    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...

    more
  • Redondela

    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.

    more
  • Pontevedra

    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...

    more
  • Santiago de Compostela

    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...

    more
  • Science Fiction Novel with Galicia as...

    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).

    more
  • Mondoñedo

    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...

    more
  • Lugo

    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...

    more
  • Ferrol

    Ferrol has been an important shipbuilding city. Now the activity has decayed but along the ria one can still see the dockyards with the big cranes and warehouses. It has been also the most important place for the Spanish Navy in the north. It was also the biggest arsenal in Europe.What to see in Ferrol?There are a series of Modernist houses along...

    more
  • Viveiro

    Viveiro is a coastal city, the third in population in the province of Lugo. Viveiro is a touristic center due to its beaches and its rich heritage. The economic development between the 12th and 13th centuries configured the town as we see it today. In the 19th century it was named city.Parts of the walls erected in the Middle Ages still surround...

    more
  • Betanzos

    Betanzos was a very important city in the 15th century. Under the rule of the Catholic Monarchs it was named capital of the province and a duty-free fair used to take place once a year. Two names are linked to Betanzos: Andrade and García Naveira.Andrade is the name of an aristocratic family who was very powerful in Galicia in the late Middle Ages....

    more
  • La Coruña

    When we visited La Coruña, there was a book fair and a handcraft fair on the Jardin de Mendez Nuñez. We continued walking along the seafront (Avenida de la Marina and Paseo Marítimo). The houses with their glass covered galleries with white wood frames make the most typical image of La Coruña. There are some Modernist buildings in La Coruña that...

    more
  • things to do in Galicia

    A really nice thing to do is enjoy the coast, I spent some days in two different years just going from Ribadeo(LUGO) to LA Guarda (Pontevedra). Public transport is not really good, but if you rent a car or find a nice person who likes to travel and show the country (I found her!!) it's the best thing to do. I enjoyed: Cies Islands in summer (it's a...

    more
  • Bayona

    Bayona or Baiona is at the mouth of Ria de Vigo, in the south bank. Arriving from the south, from Cabo Silleiro, the first that attracts the attention is the castle, Castillo de Monte Real. The walls and two of the towers are very well preserved. The castle is now a Parador Nacional (State-owned hotel). On March 1493, the caravel La Pinta arrived...

    more
  • Romanesque churches at Costa de la...

    There are beautiful Romanesque churches along the Costa de la Muerte:San Julián (San Xiao) de Moraime, 3 km from Muxia. Built in the 12th century with the shape of basilica, with three naves and three apses. It was part of a monastery.Santa María de Muxia: this church also has some gothic elements, but Romanesque dominates: the front, columns and...

    more
  • Noia

    The town is at the bottom of the ria of Noia. During the Middle Ages, Noia was one of the main cities in Galicia. It became the port of Compostela and thus developed. The church of San Martiño in Praza do Tapal was built in the 14th century in gothic style. Its façade is impressive with a big rose window. In the same square there is a nice stone...

    more
  • Lugo

    Lugo is a very lovely city in Central Galicia. It's old town is surrounded by intact Roman walls which are up to 15m high. You can walk on top of it for over 2km.The cathredral of St. Mary,which was begun in the 12th century, is another important sight. Of course there's also a nice central plaza there where you can sit and enjoy a drink in one of...

    more
  • Muxia, end of St. James Way

    Muxia is considered as the true end of St. James Way, since according to the legend, it is the place where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James to congratulate him on his success in the evangelization of the Iberian Peninsula. In front of the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de la Barca, among the big stones on the seashore, there are a few of them...

    more
  • Costa de la Muerte

    The Death Coast dues its name to the amount of shipwrecks that have taken place along the years. This part of the coast is directly exposed to the Atlantic Ocean. There are fantastic beaches between rocky capes. The roads traverse the mountains and hills covered in fern and eucalyptus forests.We run along the Costa da Morte in a rainy day, so it...

    more
  • Isla de Arousa

    This island, in the middle of the Ria de Arousa is connected to the mainland by a bridge, near Vilanova de Arousa. The island can be accessed by car, arriving at Punta do Bao; turn to the right to go to the village. The tourist office is in the narrowest part of the fanciful shaped island, between the two ports. Following to the west, you will find...

    more
  • Isla de Ons

    There are several islands in the Atlantic, very close to the coast, you can visit. We went to the island of Ons, in front of the Ría de Pontevedra. We took a catamaran at Portonovo (you can also go from Sangenjo). The crossing was 45 minutes, 14 € the return ticket (children 7 €). Check schedules at www.mardeons.com.Once in the island, there are...

    more
  • From Cabo Silleiro to A Guarda

    This is the southern part of the coast before the estuary of the Miño river. Cabo Silleiro is the south limit of the Ria de Vigo. In the cliff you can see old cannons aiming at the sea, vestiges of old times.In the village of Oia is the Monastery of Santa María. The church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries. To visit the church, you can ask...

    more
  • Tuy

    Tuy or Tui is a city in the banks of the Miño river, near its estuary, when it makes the border between Spain and Portugal.Due to its position as a frontier city, the cathedral looks like a fortress. The cathedral, dedicated to Santa María, was built in Romanesque style. The west façade is a nice example of a Romanesque portico finished in Gothic...

    more
  • Pontevedra

    Pontevedra is the capital of the province with the same name. It gives also its name to the ria at whose end the city is located.I read somewhere that Pontevedra is the “"definitive old Galician town". I completely agree. Walking along the old city is a pleasure. It is a pedestrian zone where you can follow an itinerary proposed in the brochures...

    more
  • Combarro

    Combarro is a small village in the Ria de Pontevedra, 7 km from the city. The old houses preserve the traditional architecture. You will see houses and hórreos at the shore of the ria, some nice cruceiros and the parish church.

    more
  • A Coruna

    La Coruna (A Coruna in Galician) is Galicia's second largest town an an important port. It's located on a peninsula at the Northwestern end of Spain. Apart from the busy port, La Coruna has a lively old town and a couple of other sights worth visiting. A vintage tram takes you around the peninsula for 1 Euro. It passes the most prominent landmarks...

    more
  • Padrón

    Padron is another lovely town, just about 20+ km South of Santiago. It's famous for being the town where the ship bearing the remains of St. James first came ashore in Spain.The most prominent buildings are the church Santiago de Padrón and a Carmelite convent.My favourite thing about Padrón where the delicious pimientos, grilled green peppers with...

    more

Galicia Hotels

See all 522 Hotels in Galicia

Top Galicia Hotels

Santiago de Compostela Hotels
717 Reviews - 2296 Photos
Vigo Hotels
80 Reviews - 212 Photos
San Agustín Hotels
1 Review
Coruña Hotels
138 Reviews - 363 Photos
Samieira Hotels
5 Hotels
Finisterre Hotels
14 Reviews - 62 Photos
Bayona Hotels
21 Reviews - 51 Photos
Isla de Toralla Hotels
See nearby hotels
Pontevedra Hotels
40 Reviews - 149 Photos
Lugo Hotels
13 Reviews - 51 Photos
Allariz Hotels
1 Hotel
Adigna Hotels
1 Hotel
Viveiro Hotels
3 Hotels
Vilela Hotels
1 Hotel
Verín Hotels
1 Hotel

Instant Answers: Galicia

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

71 travelers online now

Comments

Galicia Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Galicia things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Galicia sightseeing.
Map of Galicia