Discovering Galicia – Natural Landscapes
Galicia is one of the most unknown regions of Spain. However, when you visit it for first time, you will remember it for its landscapes, people and gastronomy. Galicia is located in the north west of Spain and it has a total area of 11,418.7 sq m with 1,030 m of coastline. Galicia is the seventh largest autonomous community of Spain and has two official languages: Galician and Spanish.
In this article, we are going to present some of the most impressive natural landscapes to enjoy yourself and discover all the charm this autonomous community has to offer.
If something represents Galicia, it will be the natural beauty of its green landscapes and incredible natural formations. These are amongst the most noteworthy places:
CATHEDRALS BEACH (en) / PRAIA DAS CATEDRAIS (gal)
Located in Ribadeo in the north of Galicia, Cathedrals Beach is a natural monument with a supernatural dimension. Its most impressive features are the 30 meter tall natural arches and caves that only appear in low tide.
If you are interested in visiting the beach between July to September, you can download your free authorisation through the following link.
FRAGAS DO EUME (en) / FRAGAS DO EUME (gal)
Fraga is a Galician word for “natural woodland”. Located between the municipalities of As Pontes, Monfero and Pontedeume, Fragas do Eume is one of the best preserved Atlantic Natural Parks in Europe and one of six natural parks in Galicia. With 9,000 hectares, it’s hidden in the centre of Fragas, where we can find the Monastery of Saint John of Caaveiro, which is an ancient monastery with more than 10 centuries of history.
ATLANTIC ISLANDS OF GALICIA NATIONAL PARK (en) / PARQUE NACIONAL MARÍTIMO-TERRESTRE DAS ILLAS ATLÁNTICAS(gal)
Located in Rias Baixas, the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park includes Cies Islands, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada. In the Cies Islands is the beach of Rodas, the best beach in the world according to The Guardian. These islands are uninhabited and only open to the public in Summer to preserve it as a natural paradise.
EZARO WATERFALLS (en) / FERVENZA DO ÉZARO (gal)
Located in the municipality of Dumbría, the waterfall, or fervenza , is formed at the estuary of the river Xallas. It is the only waterfall in Europe that flows directly into the ocean. It has a vertical drop of 155 meters in the nearest stretch of its mouth and the water falls from 40 meters high.
DUNES OF CORRUBEDO NATURAL PARK (en) / PARQUE NATURAL DUNAS DE CORRUBEDO (gal)
Located on the western tip of the Barbanza peninsula, it covers an area of 996.25 hectares and includes the dunes and the beach. In addition to being a natural park, it is a RAMSAR, ZEPA and ZEPVN site.
SIL CANYON (en) / CANÓN DO SIL (gal)
Located in the Ribeira Sacra, Sil Canyon is a gorge that extends over the River Sil. On the slopes of the mountains numerous vineyards complete this spectacular landscape that has a total area of 5,961.49 hectares.
CRAG OF PASARELA AND TRABA (en) / PENEDOS DE PASARELA E TRABA (gal)
Located close to the Costa da Morte, the erosion has shaped the stones of the mountain and it is possible to observe shapes of human and animal figures. Stone upon stone, it rises up to 274 meters.
This is just a small selection of places of natural charm in Galicia, a land full of rich heritage that is well worth a visit. In subsequent articles we will discover Galicia through its cultural heritage offer.