why do people walk from france to galicia

Art: the capital city of Santiago de Compostela was declared  by UNESCO as a world heritage site, among other locations. Galician  fine arts and craftsmanship
have traditionally been among the best  in the world.    Cuisine: with specialities such as polvo (octopus),  empada (pie), caldo (broth), marisco  (seafood), filhoas (crepes), laco com grelos (stew),  alvarinho and ribeiro wines, queijos (cheese),  etc.    History: Recent theories argue that Atlantic Celtic culture  might have originated in the area that now occupies Galicia. Also,  Galicia is often considered to be "the first country in Europe", as  it was the first stable independent kingdom to emerge after the  fall of the Roman Empire (411 CE).    Landscape: with famed breath-taking scenery.    Language: Old Galician gave way to modern Galician and  Portuguese languages, considered by many still the same language.  In any case, Galicia is the cradle of a major world language.    Literature: Galicia has produced fine literature since  13thC, from Medieval Cantigas to modern authors such as  Rosalia de Castro, Castelao, Pedraio, Novoneira, Cunqueiro, Avils  de Taramancos, Celso Emilio Ferreiro, Rivas, etc.    Music and dance: from traditional melodies to rock.

Galician  folk music and dance is specially popular in some circuits.    International projection: Thanks to millions of emigrants,  and the outstanding expansion of the Galician fishing and merchant  fleet, the name of Galicia has been spread all over the globe. The  social, historical and cultural significance of the 'Way of St  James' (pilgrimage route) has also been crucial.    Sports: football (soccer) clubs have helped to put Galicia  on the map. Galician rowing, roller hockey, cycling, handball,  martial arts and sailing are also renowned. I am soon heading off to Galicia in mid-March so I wanted to share my top reasons to visit Galicia. It is thePnorthernmost region of Spain known for its mountainous terrain, word-class seafood, andPfor beingPthe home to one of the most frequented pilgrimage sites in the world- Santiago de Compostela. Also see our list ofP This city is the end point of the Camino de Santiago (walk of St. James). It is where the remains of the apostle St. James are said to be held. Each year, hundreds of people set out to walk the 500 miles (800 km) from St.

Jean de Pied, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. But because of the extensive distance many people begin their journey closer to the finish line, in Spain. Another reason to visit Galicia is that it isPjam-packed with history. Since the time of the Neanderthals, many societies have moved through the region like the Celts, Romans, Suevi (Germans), Visigoths and Moors (Arabs). Its past has undoubtedly influenced all facets of its modern culture, and this is why my 14-day trip through the region seems a bit short to me. Since Im always eager to explore every country in-depth, Im already thinking how it is going to be possible to cover so much ground in this distinct place many consider to be its own country. I cannot wait to explore this fascinating area. It will be a trip to remember and one I am excited to share with all of you. Here are just a few of my top reasons to visit Galicia andPwhyPitPmerits way more time than I have planned for it: 1. PP Galicia is home to five major cathedrals, one of which is located in Santiago de Compostela. 2. PP They speak Gallego, which is another form of Spanish that is the root for the Portuguese language. 3.

PP The ancient Romans ruled here over 2,000 years ago and their ruins are scattered throughout the region. There is even an ancient Roman lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules, still standing. It is located about 1 mile from A Corua. 4. PP The seafood is always fresh and they have the best octopus in the world. 5. PP Santiago de Compostela. This vibrant place is where people from all over the world come together after the daunting, but spiritual Camino de Santiago. 6. PP Because Im finally going back to Spain to visit the region that I have been dreaming about for years! I plan to drive from Madrid to Ourense, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela, A Corua, and Lugo, visiting several small towns and sites along the way. I am excited to finally visit the region that my brother in law has spoken so much about. Hopefully Ill be walking there next time when I complete the Camino de Santiago, which is solidified on the bucket list. Stay tuned for videos, posts, pictures and city guides of beautiful Galicia. Have you ever visited Galicia? What are your favorite places there? Leave us a comment below!

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