Cheap Galicia holidays

Get away to Galicia this year!


Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert



Playa de PatosOccupying the wild north-west corner of Spain, Galicia is as famous for its gloriously unspoiled coastline as its world-class cuisine, and makes a perfect destination for budget travellers. By and large, visitors to this windswept coast come to enjoy the finer things in life – those little pleasures that can be savoured on a shoestring. Whether getting close to nature on the world-famous St James pilgrim trail, sunbathing on La Coruna’s unforgettable Playa de Orzan beach, or taking in food festivals like the Vila de Cruces Chorizo, Galicia is a hotbed of simple attractions.

While you are not assured of the dawn-to-dusk sunshine that typifies much of the Spanish Med, visitors don’t flock to Galicia just to top up their tan. There is no end of things to see and do here, and the best way to uncover the region’s treasures is to rent a property for the duration of your stay. This will afford you the opportunity to relax, removed from the noise and bustle of a resort. With a range of villas and cottages located all over Galicia, HomeAway Holiday Rentals offers terrific value for money. Browse our extensive catalogue of Galicia accommodation, but first, here’s our rundown of the best destinations to head for.

 

Top hotspots on cheap Galicia holidays


   

Vigo Vigo

Popularly dubbed the ‘Gateway to the Atlantic’, the city of Vigo has risen up from the site of an old Roman settlement to become Galicia’s premier tourist destination. Scattered with beautiful beaches, its sights of interest spread out in every direction from its main bay, Ria de Vigo. Pay a visit to the charming old quarter around Rua Real, with its original fishermen’s houses dating back to the 16th century, or enjoy a picnic in the park at Candean-Vixiador. Elsewhere, there’s a world-class marina, more museums and galleries than you could shake a stick at, and, thanks to Vigo’s status as the world’s second largest fishing port, some of the best seafood restaurants on Earth.

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Ourense Ourense

The only land-locked province in all of Galicia, you could be forgiven for overlooking the city affectionately known as the ‘Golden City’ by its Roman forebears. Chock full of monumental buildings both religious and civic, there’s much to do here - head for one of the thermal spas for some pampering, before admiring the ancient bridges overlooking the tranquil Mino River. While the city is dense with quaint cafes and shops, in the wider province many small, idyllic towns are dotted around the verdant landscape. Don’t forget to take in the mountain ranges at the Monte O Invernadeiro national park, and drop in on the village of Ribadavia, famed for its wine production, for an albariño. Or two.

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Lugo Lugo

Like in many of Galicia’s regions, a Roman spirit is indelibly stamped on the land of Lugo. In fact, it is the only city in the world to be entirely surrounded by intact Roman walls! Enjoy a perfect vantage over the city by traversing the two-kilometre pedestrian walkway, before straying towards one of region’s the many beaches. The northernmost of Galicia’s provinces, Lugo has an impressive coastline. Opt for the beach at Esteiro if you crave tranquillity, or Catedrais if you like a crowd. The luscious Rosalia de Casto gardens also provide a restful setting in which to unwind.

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Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is Galicia’s illustrious capital, and home to many of the region’s most breathtaking sights. Take its old town, for instance, which has been declared a Unesco world heritage site, or the sheer architectural splendour of its baroque cathedral - which, as a bonus, is free to explore! A vibrant student population also ensures a lively atmosphere after hours, with many hip bars and clubs extending from Praza do Obradoiro, the main square. Whether sizing up Renaissance buildings, exploring the lakeside art gallery, or mingling with crowds at one of the innumerable summer festivals, you’re sure to have a smile on your face in smart Santiago.

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La Coruna La Coruna

Just the place to visit if you’ve a keen interest in beaches, culture and good food, the northern city of La Coruna is a dream for tourists - regardless of their budget. Paradoxically, it has the atmosphere of both a harbour city and a dynamic metropolis, and there’s plenty to see - from Torre e Hércules, the world’s only functioning Roman lighthouse, to the gardens of San Carlos, high above the city’s battlements. The capital also has a beguiling medieval quarter, a 9km long promenade studded with glass-fronted harbour buildings, and a beach - Playa de Orzan - considered one of the finest in all of Spain. Of an evening, head for the bars of Estrella and gorge on shellfish platters in the dirt-cheap tascas of Calle Barrera.

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