North west Spain is relaxed and welcoming, from Galicia's rugged coast and stunning riverine landscapes to the ancient treasures of the region's medieval towns and cities. Take it all in on an ultra-scenic driving holiday, linking verdant national parks with quiet gold-sand beaches. Or, follow the Camino de Santiago – The Way of St James – the ancient pilgrimage route which skirts Spain's northern coast, from the foot of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela's iconic cathedral.
The province of Galicia is remotely nestled between Portugal and the Spanish regions of Castilla y León and Asturias, as well as the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean. It's a Celtic state, with its own distinctive language (Galician) and a fascinating heritage.
The landscape here is one of rolling green hills and dense forests, which extend to the coast, where high cliffs tower above the rough waves of the Atlantic. And, indeed, Galicia's coastline is one of its biggest selling points, with miles of rugged, beautiful coastline, dotted with small fishing villages and long sandy beaches. Enjoy some of southern Europe's best surf breaks before sampling fabulous, ultra-fresh seafood such as pulpo (octopus), a particular delicacy of this part of Spain.
Santiago de Compostela
Away from the coast is one of Spain's most wonderful cities, the historic Santiago de Compostela. As the end point of the Camino de Santiago - the Way of St. James - this city of quaint cobbled streets, spectacular churches and old crumbling buildings has drawn pilgrims for centuries and remains a hugely popular place for travellers to this day.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain