· Galicia ·

Located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, this beautiful land is surrounded by a halo of magical mystery that captures everyone who visits it.

Its steep coasts and deep estuaries have witnessed hundreds of shipwrecks throughout history, which has led to many other legends. Captain Nemo came here in his “Nautilus” to collect the gold from the sunken galleons from America in the famous work by Jules Verne.

And if we follow the historical facts, it was in the picturesque town of Baiona where the Pinta landed, the first caravel to reach the peninsula on Christopher Columbus’ expedition after discovering the New World.

Typically Celtic land, its famous forts and megalithic monuments contend for magnificence with the legacy left behind by the Romans, such as the city walls of Lugo and the Tower of Hercules, the oldest functioning lighthouse in the world.

The world-renowned city of Santiago de Compostela is a World Heritage Site and the finishing point of the Camino that thousands of pilgrims, of every nationality, travel to each year to reach the tomb of the Apostle.

With so much art around, it is not surprising that some of Spain’s best actors, writers and musicians are Galician.

Special mention must be made to its world-renowned fashion brands, such as Zara, Bimba&Lola and Roberto Verino, among others.

However, not only humanity has left some of its most notify works in Galicia, nature has done the same.

The healing powers of its medicinal mineral waters makes Galicia, and especially Ourense, the main thermal destination in Spain.

Beautiful rivers and mountains, upon whose slopes the vines of some of the most sought-after wines are cultivated, an obligatory accompaniment of their excellent seafood.

It also has some impressive beaches, such as Las Catedrales, (As Catadrais, in Galician), where the sea is the architect; or that of Rodas, in the Atlantic Islands National Park, elected the world’s best beach by the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

Not far from there, in Finisterre, is the westernmost cape of the ancient world according to the Romans. Scientist, Stephen Hawking, summarised his feelings when visiting this land: “I enjoyed my visit to the end of the world, what a beautiful place”.