Galicia, Spain, Is Full of Historic Sights Worth Planning Your Vacation Around
A perfect beach day at Isla Cíes.
Though the food and drink of Galicia, Spain, are obvious draws—hello, tetilla cheese, outrageously good octopus, and ribeiro wine—Joanna Bengoa, the jewelry designer behind the line Nishi who spent part of her childhood in the region and now visits every summer, has another sell. She makes a strong case for the natural earth formations and ancient churches being the biggest draw, and she gave us the lowdown on all the sights (and sites!) she likes to hit up whenever she’s there.
“This beautiful city is considered one of the most popular sites for people visiting Galicia in large part due to being the famous destination of the centuries-old pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago. The cathedral in the center of town exemplifies the beauty of the historic medieval city and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
“A beautiful beach with rock formations including magnificent archways jutting out of the coastline give this beach its name, which, in English, translates to the beach of cathedrals. It is located on the northern Cantábric Sea coast and is only accessible during low tide.”
A naturally wonderful window at Playa de Catedrales.
“The name of this place literally means end of the earth. It was long thought to be the westernmost point on continental Europe, and before the time of Columbus, it held a special significance of being the end of the known world for Europeans. It has dramatic cliffs facing a tumultuous Atlantic Ocean and has incredible views.”
Boats floating on the Vigo Estuary.
“Beautiful barrier islands protecting the Vigo Estuary and part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. They protect the city of Vigo from the open ocean waters and are a quick ferry ride from its port. It’s definitely worth a trip, especially if visiting in the summer. There is hiking and camping on the island as well as stunning beaches. Once you’re back in Vigo, you can explore one of the many restaurants in the area serving some of the freshest seafood you will ever eat.”