North west Spain holidays are relaxed and welcoming, from Galicia's scenic, rugged coast to the historical heritage of Santiago de Compostela.
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.
Monastery of San Esteban Parador, Orense, Galicia
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.