Find information, important data, and many recommendations if you plan to visit this country very soon. Everything to see in northern Spain can be found here. My expectations about the north of Spain were not very high before starting the trip. Like almost all adventurers, he considered that Europe was going to be boring, with an unimpressive nature and full of houses everywhere. With the latter, I was not wrong, but with the little shocking I was.
The route through the north of Spain captivated me to the point that I would return without hesitation to places like Somiedo or Orbajeja del Castillo. Pristine lakes, wild bears, cattle trails where you do not cross anyone … But also medieval villages with a unique charm that few times have caught me so much. Moving down well-groomed back roads, the people were always friendly and cheerful. They asked me what I was doing there, they explained the attractions of the area and they gave me much better advice than Mr. Google. They were the true architects of the trip. Today, I share it with you.
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What to see in the north of Spain
What not to get lost in Galicia
In the extreme northeast of Spain is Galicia, a region full of legends, pilgrimages, and spectacular landscapes. Throughout the journey, the colors alternate between green and blue while a Galician bagpipe sounds in the distance and its inhabitants speak a language that you only half understand. The gastronomy will also conquer your palate with the famous octopus a feira, the empanadas, and the tortilla cheese.
Town of O Pindo:
On the westernmost slope of Galicia, you will find the small town of O Pindo with a small cove of white sand and crystal clear water that reveals the seabed. The fort of Malloy and the ruined walls date back to the Celts who performed rituals on Mount Pindo among the thousands of pink granite rocks.
It is also an ideal site for caving since the mountain was formed 350 million years ago and has several caves. In the nooks and crannies of the Cova do Acivro remains of civilizations from the 4th century were found and even glass from 5000 years ago showing that in these hard-to-reach caves there were humans for millennia.
Finisterre or Fisterra lighthouse:
Continuing along the coast, you will find the famous Finisterre or Fisterra lighthouse, in the Galician language, where the Camino de Santiago ends. At the beginning of the 9th century, the tomb of the Apostle Santiago was discovered in the town of Santiago de Compostela. Since then, many people have traveled on foot what is known as ” the Camino de Santiago “. And many decided to conclude that journey in Finisterre was the end of a hard physical and spiritual journey.
In the past, pilgrims burned their clothes on their cliffs to return by boat to their country. Going back even further in time, for the Romans Cape Finisterre was the end of the world (Finis Terrae), the door to the Hereafter. This is because for centuries and until just over 500 years ago, the world was thought to be flat and that there was an end where you could fall off it. That end was in Finisterre. This place is not particularly beautiful, but it certainly has mystical energy because it has always been the end of something for millions of people.
It is impossible to remain immutable in front of the image of the sun hiding behind the Atlantic Ocean while the pilgrims arrive little by little, after days of walking, with a Galician bagpipe playing in the background.