Galicia is not just about Santiago de Compostela. We can find the most varied options to enjoy its art, culture, traditions, the landscape and the gastronomy throughout its four provinces ( A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra).
From Ribadeo to A Guarda there are 640 kms of coast which offer unique landscapes such as that of Playa de las Catedrales in Ribadeo (Beach of the Cathedrals), some of the tallest cliffs in Europe in San Andrés de Teixido, the sunniest coast in northern Spain in Rías Baixas or the National Park of the Atlantic Islands where Cies Islands stand out in the mouth of the Ría de Vigo.
The mountain as opposed to the sea. It is worth mentioning its natural areas such as Fragas do Eume and the Ancares, Courel and Peña Trevinca Mountains, not to mention, of course, the Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyons.
Any of the Galician provinces offer numerous varied examples of almost every artistic style from the Celt hill-forts in Baroña and Santa Tecla to the Roman monuments such as the Wall of Lugo or the Hércules Lighthouse as well as examples of the best Visigothic, Romanesque and Barroque arts and the Great Monasteries (Samos, Oseira, Sobrado dos Monxes, Oia, Monfero, Aciveiro…).
Galicia is a land of tradition, folklore: Carnival, Maios -May Festival-, Rapa das Bestas (loosely the Capture of the Beasts, where the most experienced stockbreeders, known as aloitadores -someone who fights-, grapple with the wild horse until they are able to control it enough to brand it and cut off its mane); pilgrimages (Milagros de Amil in Moraña, Virxe da Barca in Muxía, Corpus Christi in Ponteareas, Gondomar and Ares…).
The gastronomic festivals deserve to be in a category all their own. Throughout the year we have festivals where you can try the most varied dishes that become the centrepiece: Galician broth, seafood, peppers, salmon, cheese, wine, aguardiente (strong liqueur), lamprey, capon…