5 charming Galician villages to visit this vacation

Galicia is a unique land for the beauty of its landscapes, its culture, its rich gastronomy and the friendliness of its people. If you are passionate about rural tourism, you will find throughout its geography hundreds of magical places where nature, architecture and legends coexist in one place.

Today we suggest you take advantage of your vacation days to visit some of these five charming villages, some on the coast and others inland. They are small hidden treasures within the national heritage.

San Andrés de Teixido

Located in the parish of Régoa, east of the municipality of Cedeira. This village is known worldwide for its impressive cliffs, 140 meters above the sea, in a setting of incomparable beauty.

It is also a famous place of pilgrimage, since the Iron Age, in the midst of the castrense culture. The dead were worshiped as evidenced by the many pre-Roman burial sites scattered throughout the Sierra de la Capelada, where its sanctuary is located, a Gothic temple of seafaring typology reformed during the sixteenth century.

It is said of the chapel of San Andrés de Teixido that “he who is dead is dead who was not alive”. According to a legend, St. Andrew was very sad because his temple was very lonely and with very little devotion compared to that of St. James the Apostle where hundreds of pilgrims flocked. The Saint asked for help to the Lord, who, seeing him so discouraged, promised him that all mortals would visit his temple, and those who did not do so during his lifetime would do so after his death, reincarnated as an animal. Thus it became the second most important pilgrimage center in Galicia.

Another legend tells that St. Andrew’s boat got stranded on the cliffs, turning into a rock. God in compensation gave him this sanctuary.

Pilgrimage to San Andrés de Teixido is almost as exciting as pilgrimage to Santiago, especially if you do it walking. If you dare to try it, we encourage you to visit its viewpoints of incomparable beauty as the viewpoint of Chao de Monte or Os Carrís (400 meters above sea level), or A Garita da Herbeira (600 meters above sea level). From these places you will enjoy excellent views of Punta Candieira, Punta Robaliceira and the village of San Andrés. Another place not to be missed is Cape Ortegal, where the Cantabrian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

Muros

This small village, located in the municipality that bears his name and about 580 meters above sea level, is one of the most beautiful in Spain.

It is a privileged enclave, with a great variety of routes to enjoy the landscape and a rich historical heritage to discover. If you dare to visit it this summer, we recommend you to visit its historic center, its parish church in Gothic style (XV century), the neoclassical temple of Esteiro (dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries), the church of Torea (XVI century) or the old building of the Cine Paris.

Muros is a very representative example of the fishing villages in Galicia and has great tourist potential, especially in the summer months, when we can enjoy its beautiful beaches, its seascapes or the routes through the mountains. Come and visit it with us!

Mondoñedo

This small town in the north of the province of Lugo was once the capital of the kingdom of Galicia. It has an incredible historical and cultural legacy. Its old town was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1985 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015, which elevates its tourist attraction.

As you can imagine, there are many places of interest that we can visit in Mondoñedo. Its historical heritage brings together works of civil and religious architecture. It is one of the high points through which the Camino de Santiago passed in medieval times; but long before (specifically from the Neolithic period) there were already settlements in this region, as evidenced by the existence of archaeological remains: dolmens, forts such as Zoñán and petroglyphs.

Its Cathedral dates from the 13th century (it was built by Bishop Martiño between 1230 and 1248). From this period it preserves the ogival rose window. The stained glass windows are baroque and the towers and the pediment of the eighteenth century. The cathedral museum was built in 1969 and houses engravings, altarpieces, archaeological pieces from the Cathedral and neighboring parishes and various liturgical objects. In front of it is the Episcopal Palace and the arcades of the Plaza de España, where we see the seated statue of the Galician writer Álvaro Cunqueiro.

Other places of interest are the Sanctuary of Los Remedios (from the 18th century), the monastery of San Pablo (from the same period), the monastery of Alcántara (in restoration project) or the convent of La Concepción.

Mondoñedo is undoubtedly the perfect place to enjoy a nice walk and spectacular views. We recommend you to visit it.

Tui

Another Galician town with a special magic, this time in the province of Pontevedra.

Tui has a unique architectural heritage: a Romanesque cathedral with a fortified appearance, a Diocesan museum with valuable archaeological collections, the churches of San Bartolomé (Romanesque) and San Telmo (Baroque) and the convent of the Poor Clares dating from the seventeenth century.

Near Tui is also Mount Aloia, the first natural park in Galicia. It has a viewpoint from which you can see the Vigo estuary and the Louro river valley.

The proximity of the Miño river and the neighboring country, Portugal, make the town of Tui a unique and singular environment within the Galician geography. It is worth to know it.

Betanzos

We finish our tour in the province of La Coruña to talk about this beautiful village whose foundation is attributed to the Celtic leader Breogán. In fact, it sits on a hill on which once stood a castro.

As in the previous cases, the town of Betanzos has been declared a historic-artistic site. It has a genuinely medieval atmosphere that can be seen in its three Gothic churches: Santiago, Santa María del Azogue and San Francisco.

Other places we recommend you to visit are the pazos of Bendaña, Taboada and Lanzós, the municipal tower (clock tower) or the Gothic houses of the Rúa da Cerca.

The advantage of visiting Betanzos is that it can be seen in a full day and that it is very well connected to the city center, just 24 km. from La Coruña.

What do you think about these destinations? If you love rural tourism and you would like to know Galicia in a different way, do not hesitate to contact us. We will try to guide you to create an experience to your needs.

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