An October 2004 trip
to Galicia by WeWillSurvive
Quote: One of the many breathtaking destinations to be found in Iberia (Spain and Portugal). A genuinely Celtic (yes, you heard me correctly) land like no other.
Clearly, when Spain and Portugal come to mind most Americans and many Europeans immediately think Romance Europe, however if you were to actually step foot in this region you would think that you were in a completely different country all together!
Unlike the Medish/Moorish architecture of Southern and Central Iberia, Galicia's amazing cathedrals, homes, buildings and other monuments fall easily into the Gothic and Celtic styles of Medieval Western Europe.
Bagpipes are very typical to hear when attending a parade or folkish festival. Beautiful highland mountains surround the landscape; many are found directly on the coast line leaving you under the impression that you are lost somewhere in Scotland or Ireland. Even the inhabitants of this region bare an uncanny resemblance to most Irish, Welsh and Scottish.
Historically, it is believed that Galicia was the initial staging point for the Celtic migration into Ireland. So, for all you Celtic culture lovers out there (like myself), don't let this experience pass you by.
For all those that travel to this region, do not try and speak Spanish to the locals if it can be avoided. In many instances even speaking English is viewed as more respectful. Remember, Galicians speak Galician (closer to modern day Portuguese), not Spanish.
Any area in this region is a fine place to check out, though I personally recommend venturing out of the urban areas of the major cities and check out the country side in order to get a genuine feel of the culture of this amazing land.