Galicia is an autonomous community of Spain, located in the northwest part of the country, bordered by Portugal to the South.
If you have never visited Galicia, or Pontevedra, or the Rias Bajas (Baixas in Galician), the white wine from this area alone makes it worth the trip.
The population of Galicia currently stands at 2.8 million inhabitants, whilst the total area of the region is approximately 30,000 square kilometres. Galicia is particularly famous for its vast coastlines and smaller offshore islands, including the Cies Islands and A Illa de Arousa.
It's easy to get to Galicia by plane, with three international airports within the region. The Lavacolla airport connects Galicia to various European cities, including London, Frankfurt, Rome and Liverpool. Galicia is easy to access by road, with motorways from either Spain or Portugal.
Galicia experiences a variety of weather conditions, with a climate that differs depending on the particular location. The northern coastal areas tend to experience milder summers as the weather is based around the Oceanic climate. Rural provinces further south can often experience hot summers with the occasional drought, due to the more influential Mediterranean climate.
There is a wealth of culture to experience in Galicia, including festivals, cuisine, music and architecture. Much Roman architecture is visible throughout the region, including city walls, villas and temples. The tower of Hercules is an ancient Roman lighthouse and also a World Heritage monument.
You could also visit a horreo, which is a traditional granary in Galicia. A visit the popular town square in Ribadavia is a great place to shop for some traditional Galician items or ornaments.
Due to the regions' coastline, seafood and shellfish are popular ingredients in Galician cuisine. Some of the most notable festivals to take place in the region include Entroido, Festa do Corpus Christi and Arde Lucas.
House prices in Galicia have fallen over the last seven years, with a significant drop from €209K in 2008 to around 123k in 2014.