Galicia known as “the land of the thousand rivers”, land of mountains, land of the sea, unique, stunning, fantastic land. Galicia is part of Spain but one cannot compare it to any other part of Spain. Galicia is……………. Galicia!
Nature in Galicia
Located in the North West of Spain Galicia has 1.600 km of coastline and not just any coastline. This coastline is formed not only by great sandy grounds, steep cliffs and spectacular rock beaches but also by its exclusive geographic estuary-like formations called Rías. Countless beautiful sandy beaches often with the tree line all the way up to the beach but there are also many idyllic smaller beaches to discover.
Galicia is considered as the great green heart of Spain.
With rolling hills, high mountains, green valleys, many lakes and rivers the country side is something to behold. And all offer spectacular views. Flora and fauna is exuberant and versatile. In Spain Galicia is one of the most forested areas. There are several nature parks and it has the largest, protected coastal Atlantic forest in Europe (Fragas de Eume).
Wildlife is abundant, among the big animals like foxes, roe deer, wild boar, wild horses and cows also the Cantabrian brown bear (Sierra de Courel province of Lugo on the border with Cantabria and Leon) and the Iberian wolf are present. For a small fee you can fish in one of the many rivers on, among others, trout and salmon. There is a wide variety of flowers, plants and trees and at the coastal areas also palm trees, orange and lemon trees, figs etc., you can grow almost everything, here.
Galician Cities, towns, villages, hamlets
Various civilizations and cultures have left their mark here; this is reflected in the architecture and the artistic and cultural heritage. Our seven major cities, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Vigo, Ferrol, Ourense, Lugo and Pontevedra will enchant the visitor with its old buildings and city centers. But also a good infrastructure, the cleanliness, the friendliness of the people, the shops, restaurants and medical facilities will appeal to the visitor.
There are many traditional small towns and villages in the countryside all with their own churches, shops, bars / restaurants, weekly market and festivities. Most common are the many hamlets spread across Galicia. Here the older generation generally still lives in peace according to their old traditions. Due to the modern, well-maintained infrastructure, most rural places are easily accessible.
The weather in Galicia
In general the climate is surprisingly mild but this can vary significantly between coastal and inland areas. The closer to the coast, the more moderate the climate and the further into the interior of Galicia the higher the temperature. Here the temperature can rise to 40+ degrees (Ourense) in summer and falls to below freezing in winter. On the borders of Galicia in the mountains, more snow and fog.
It is possible that the temperatures are 4º warmer only 20 km further on. Most rainfall finds place in winter, December. At the coastal areas the temperature does not reaches below 7º in winter. A micro climate can be found in some parts of the coastal areas. Inland temperatures in winter can drop to average of -3 and colder with increasing altitude, in the mountains heavy snowfalls can occur. The average temperature in summer is at the coast around 24º , inland the temperatures are average 26º .
Two languages are official and widely used today in Galicia: the native Galician, a Romance language closely related to Portuguese, with which it shares Galician-Portuguese medieval literature, and the Spanish language.
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A useful link Xunta de Galicia Website from the Regional Government of Galicia in multiple languages.
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