– Where and When?

Galicia is locatedGalicia_location in the green and lush North West corner of the Iberian Peninsula (Southern Europe) facing the Atlantic Ocean, just atop Portugal. It is an ‘historical nation’ (autonomous territory) within the Spanish State and is, therefore, part of the European Union.

With a population of some 2.7 million and a surface of approximately 30,000 km2 (11,583 mi2), Galicia is a manageable destination filled with hundreds of historical and sightseeing sites, natural parks, beaches, mountains, modern big cities and traditional villages alike.

When to visit is a very personal decision because each season definitely has its particular charm.

The climate is generally benign, but do note that Galicia is in Atlantic Europe, meaning that rain is no stranger any time of the year, as are cool temperatures and occasional storms in Winter. You can use the Pontevedra climate chart as a reference, the award-winning city where Galicia Unveiled is headquartered. If you are looking for mild conditions and nature sightseeing, Spring and Autumn are probably the best bet.

Then again, Summer concentrates most public holidays, festivities and celebrations, to the point where you’ll be spoilt for choice. Obviously, that also means it’s high season, so there will be more people everywhere and some days can get quite warm.

All in all the question you have to ask yourself is “what am I feeling like doing?” and then decide a time to visit, because whatever it is you are looking for you will be able to find it here.

As mentioned, Galicia Unveiled is based in the lovely Pontevedra. We offer walking tours in the city but we can also guide you through other locations if you’re interested; contact us for more information on that.

Don’t forget to check our intro for Visit Galicia and the section on practical information for further details, including travel information.

Visiting sites while enjoying a bit of sun is nice, but you might want to check some dates beforehand, just in case you go there in summer and there's some sort of local celebration going on there...
Visiting sites while enjoying a bit of sun is nice, but you might want to check the dates beforehand, just in case you go there and there’s some sort of local celebration taking place… [In the picture: Catoira “Viking” watchtowers, first Sunday of August “Viking” festivities]