Galicia an autonomous community in north-west Spain which has its own language, culture and heritage.

It is a verdant region with an Atlantic coastline interspersed with rías or inlets. The cathedral of regional capital Santiago de Compostela is the reputed burial place of the biblical apostle Saint James the Great, and the destination for those following the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. The western cliffs of Cape Finisterre were considered by the Romans to be the end of the known world.

Economy: Europe’s largest fishing industry, as well as shipbuilding, dairying and timber.

Sub-regionsMonterrei DO. | Rias Baixas DO. | Ribeira Sacra DO. | Ribeiro DO. | Valdeorras DO.


‘Us Gallegos’, The Economist 7th November 2020, p.25