Twelve dream destinations in Galicia
Rich in unusual traditions and semi-wild corners, Galicia is never fully known. Beyond the must-see places, these are some of the little known or tourist Galician wonders, but equally of great beauty.
Near Palas de Rei, it is currently in ruins. It is one of the best examples of medieval military architecture in Galicia. It was built around 1375. Square, and surrounded by an irregular wall that adapts to the terrain. In the interior a four-air granary is conserved partly placed on the outer wall. It is rectangular, with granite structure and wooden balustrade.
Monastery of San Pedro de Rocas
Unique for being dug in natural rock. The landscape, marked by isolation and loneliness, takes us to the remote times when the hermits and Anacoretas occupied the hidden places of the Ribera Sacra.
Pazo de Oca
Near Santiago and in the municipality of A Estrada, that of Oca is a true baroque fantasy because of its garden and one of the best and best preserved pazos in the 18th century Galicia. The Pazo de Oca is one of the best representatives of the stately architecture of Galicia in the 18th century. Located in the municipality of A Estrada, this palace has its origins in an 11th-century fortress, rebuilt in the 15th century.
Fervenza do Toxa
It is one of the highest in Spain and the most beautiful in Galicia, it is located deep in a beautiful forest, with pine trees, carballeiras (oak forests) and other native species, such as the xesta, to which locals say you have to tie a knot in its leaves so that life allows you to return in the future. The waterfall itself is impressive, and is located a few meters from the mouth of the Toxa in the Deza, which gives its name to this beautiful region, and which in turn will die in the Ulla. The water falls with such force that a kind of dense fog is formed that when it hits the granite wall that quasi-surrounds the fall zone it rises again, giving the sensation of "raining up". This detail must be taken into account, as the cameras may suffer from moisture.
Betanzos Hobby Park
"Old fashioned" falls short, its conception and construction belong to another time and another mentality, that one that needed to build reproductions of the wonders of the modern world at scale so that people who probably would never move from the place where they were born They could also meet them.
Ourense Hot Springs
It is not necessary to go to Iceland to enjoy the natural pools of steaming water, since Ourense is a land of thermal springs and mineral waters, and among the wide range of the entire province, these fundamentally stand out for two reasons: the situation, next to the city, perfectly communicated (there is also a tourist train that leads to them) and on the edge of the Miño River; also the price, since most of the hot springs are free.
Mouth of the Xallas River in Ézaro
A natural wonder that can only be seen rarely thanks to the always "timely" hand of man. The course of the only river in Europe that flows into the sea through a waterfall was altered to build a hydroelectric power station and the spectacular fall was once dry. Leaving aside considerations about this type of energy, it was clear that it was a decision, at least, questionable. The reservoir is currently opened on specific days of the year and at a previously stipulated time. It is worthwhile to find out in advance and move from the nearby Fisterra to see the spectacular waterfall from the viewpoint.
Mouth of the Miño River
From the top of the Mount of Santa Tecla in A Guarda we can find a privileged view of the mouth of the Miño River, border between Spain and Portugal from the north. Beautiful view especially at sunset that you can enjoy having a drink at the top bar. Access is done by car on a rough but well paved road, it requires virtually no physical effort. Halfway during the ascent we can find the Castro de Santa Tegra, accompanied by the remains of a large town with the base of well-preserved homes, drawing circular shapes that line the landscape.
Castro of Baroña
Although there are several castros in Galicia better preserved and researched (that of Santa Tegra is an example), the situation is special: from any corner you can hear (or see) the sea, the surrounding landscape has hardly changed (although one house on the adjacent beach breaks the harmony a bit) since the place was inhabited 2000 years ago, the ocean breaks against the rocks, and dolphins are often seen. Watching the sunset sitting on its rocks is a difficult experience to forget.
Cliffs of A Capelada
At 613 meters high, these almost vertical cliffs are the highest on the peninsular coast and one of the highest in Europe. They are located in the Sierra de la Capelada, between the estuaries of Cedeira and Ortigueira. The access is made through a road immersed in a forest, and then taking a kind of forest trail (it is marked) to the top, where there is a Mirador and an extensive wind farm.
Hidden in the heart of the wonderful and spectacular Fragas do Eume, there is an ancient and magical monastery. Magical for its situation, surrounded by the thicket of a true native forest, magical for its history, since its stones tell us more than 10 centuries of legendary and epic adventures.
Castles of San Felipe and La Palma
At the entrance of the Ferrol estuary these two castles are located, that of San Felipe can be visited inside, while the other can only be seen from the outside. The castle of La Palma is located near the Villa de Mugardos, typical and famous for its octopus and we can also enjoy a boat ride between the castles, the port and the dock.