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In Coruna, Lugo, Pontevedra, Ourense

Superficy 29.512 km2
Population 2.870.858 hab.
Capital Santiago de Compostela
Climate Temperatures
Winter : 12,5° Spring: 17,6°
Summer : 23,5° Autumn : 17,8°


carte régions espagneThe main cities are Vigo, A Coruña (Corunna in English), Pontevedra, Lugo, Ferrol, Ourense, and Santiago de Compostela, the region's capital and archiepiscopal seat, and home of the shrine which gave rise to medieval Europe's most famous pilgrimage route, The Way of St James.
Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Galicia
Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Galicia

Geographically, one of the most important features of Galicia is the presence of many fjord-like indentations on the coast, estuaries that were drowned with rising sea levels after the ice age. These are called rías and are divided into the Rías Altas, the Rías Medias, and the Rías Baixas. Most of the population live near the Rías Baixas, where several large urban centers including Vigo and Pontevedra are located. The rias are important for fishing, and make the coast of Galicia one of the most important fishing areas of the world. The spectacular landscapes and wildness of the coast attract great numbers of tourists.

The weather is Atlantic, with mild temperatures all over the year. Santiago de Compostela has an average 100 days of rain a year. The interior, specifically the more mountainous parts of Ourense and Lugo, receive significant freezes and snowfall during the winter months.

Galicia has preserved much of its dense Atlantic forests where wildlife is commonly found. It is scarcely polluted, and its landscape composed of green hills, cliffs and rias is very different to what is commonly understood as Spanish landscape.




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