Inma Gregorio is one of the best people you could ever meet on the road. She’s fun, pretty, likes to party, and she’s from Galicia – one of the most beautiful places in Europe as far as Fotostrasse is concerned. We’re dying to visit her there sooner than later!
Jose, her boyfriend and her runs the blog A World to Travel together. A World to Travel is a travel blog like Fotostrasse, but with more of a focus on the outdoors and festivals. If you don’t already follow them, it is about time to do so.
We met over 1 year ago in Sweden and since then we’ve kept in contact. They are some of the best bloggers we’ve had the pleasure to meet through Fotostrasse.
We’ve asked Inma to name her recommendation for the top 5 places to visit and things to do in the region of Galicia. Here are the 5 places to add to your bucket lists:
Road trip the Galician coastline
Almost one third of the Spanish shoreline belongs to this North West region and I can ensure you’d be missing out if you skip this one.
From Ribadeo (my hometown by the way!) all the way to Tui by the Portuguese border, you will find more EU blue flagged beaches than you could dream of: Cliffs, iconic capes and welcoming Galician fishermen villages to feed your wanderlust.
“Ortegal Cape. #Galicia”
Get a van or grab a tent and book yourself a 1-week-budget adventure. Thank me later!
Chill in Ourense’s termas
Choose between the fancy ‘Chavasqueira’ or ‘Outariz’ Spas (about EUR5 for a 1h 30min session) or head to the free public termas of Outariz (again) or Burgas de Canedo.
Probably one of the biggest assets to start a city right there from the Roman times 2000 years back, today locals and tourists enjoy the warm waters that pop out of the ground at different temperatures. Thermal properties and the accessibility of the same make them enjoyable day and night.
Eat (and drink) locally
Every restaurant, bar and deli – even the tiniest holes in the wall! – should have the following dishes on their menu. Do not hesitate here and order them all. Perfect size to share, that is how we do it every time we go out and play being social.
- First things first, your beer of choice should be ‘Estrella Galicia’ (blonde, you can’t go wrong with it) or, alternatively, ‘1906’ a bit darker and winner of every beer award out there.
- Padron peppers. Some will be hot, some won’t. An all-time favorite conversation of ours usually starts when someone explains which ones should be the chosen super hot ones and which ones are safe (and duller). Anyhow, they are tiny bits of deliciousness straight from our backyards, fried in olive oil and topped with thick salt.
- Potato omelettes. I don’t think this one needs a further description.
- ‘Raxo’. Small pork steaks, usually accompanied by fries.
- ‘Pulpo á feira’ or ‘octopus Galician style’. It might not be good looking, but it is one of our most internationally recognized signature dishes. Go for it!
- Empanada. As the Argentinians, but bigger. Oven baked pastry with pretty much anything seasonal inside.
Walk the latest 100km of the Camino
Maybe you are a super hiker and want to do it from the beginning (wherever that is, usually your own region if you are European or Roncesvalles – near the France/ Spain border if you fancy walking the ‘French Way’ BUT if you are like me, the last hundred km will do just fine).
I did the walk when I was 13 and I still have some vivid memories like how it was to sleep in a monastery or meet fellow pilgrims on The Way to Santiago de Compostela. I also recall the pain and exhaustion but that shouldn’t be a problem if you schedule your journeys according to how fit you are and your own comfortable pace.
Do not forget to collect your Camino passport on your first day as well as finding the buildings where it has to be stamped every time you pass by a marked town. Arriving at the end by foot and witnessing the impressive Santiago de Compostela’s cathedral in front of you – even if you aren’t into religion! – can’t be compared to anything else. It’s hands down a once in a lifetime experience!
Get lost in the Atlantic islands of Cies and Ons
In Galicia, there are several protected natural regions; but, if you need to choose the real deal, our most treasured jewels are within the ‘National Park of Atlantic Islands’: Ons and Cies. Already pretty known, Cies has one of the best beaches in the world which makes it into the papers every now and then: Rodas.
But you don’t have to necessarily head to the most touristy spot. Choose Ons instead for a more calm and off the beaten path experience and you’ll swim in the same turquoise – very cold – water, have a few hiking trails to keep you active, and witness the most amazing sunsets from their stunning viewpoints, usually by the lighthouses.
Oh boy, is Galicia a paradise on earth!
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