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THE KINGS ARE BACK

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  A living and wild being that represents the quality, the life of those waters: the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). And it not only represents it, but is a perfect scientific indicator of the level of purity of the rivers by which it come up, coming from the sea to spawn. Including Galician rivers, like Eo River a natural border between Galicia and Asturias. This photograph, taken on last day of 2016, shows a dozen salmon going upstream in River Eo as it passes though Pontenova, Lugo.  This means that the kings of the river are back, as every year, in the most...

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HEROIC VITICULTURE, PLEASURE FOR THE GODS

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  Romans planted the vineyards thousands of years ago. Since then, the River Sil Canyon takes care of their green properties without rest. Since then, people of Ribeira Sacra, in the South of Galicia, practices an incredible way of producing wine: heroic viticulture is the official name in all the world. And in this area of Galicia it has the qualification of being the most risky of all. Working on more than 30% slopes. No machinery, not even animals to help. Hours of selecting grapes and carrying them on to top of the hill everyday. But the results deserve this effort....

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ARDE LUCUS, A CITY BURNS IN FIESTAS HALFWAY THROUGH JUNE EVERY YEAR SINCE IT GOT TO TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF AGE

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Lucus Augusti, which means “the grove of Augustus”, this is the name that the ancient Romans gave to the city of Lugo. A city that is proud of its past, of its culture and its history.  Every year just before summer comes it is transformed into a city of the Roman Empire. With its camps, its markets, parades, circus spectacles of all sorts. ARDE LUCUS lasts for a few days only but it is well worthwhile looking back twenty centuries into the past and to integrate oneself into the multitude of more than a million people who come to transform...

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Let’s go to the fair!

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  This is a country that still has strong agricultural and livestock producing roots, so the fair is the genuine market for the farmers. They existed long before the large commercial centers, the stock markets and the general stores. The markets are held in the open air and have old fashioned flavors, medieval, comparable to the most traditional fairground food pulpo a feira, that with a good glass of wine helps one to continue through the fair looking for opportunities, haggling prices and seeing natural life and people in front of your eyes. We have fairs in almost all the...

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SECONDARY ROADS

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Second to none in nature enjoyment. Full of surprises. Contrasts. The secret and natural life of Galicia, its genuine spirit, runs alongside these roads like veins in a living body made of earth and water. Use them as much as you can.

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Trout Fishing Time

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  Trout fishing season has just started in Galicia. It is not new: it happens every year. But every new season makes a difference in daily life of that who love rivers and their residents. And galicia is the country of rivers. In fact, almost all of them are trout rivers. Even some of them are trout, sea trout and salmon rivers... a grand slam not very frequent in Spain. It is good to enjoy a fishing journey: wake up early -if you like it- spend hour after hour pursuing that wild trout that, more and more, are released back alive...

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GOOD NEWS!

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  Welcome to the first blog post from our new website! We are very excited to bring you not just easy to access information about our wide range of houses, but also news and information about Galicia and the Galician way of life. We have a passion for Galicia – its unsurpassed natural beauty, the relaxed Galician lifestyle – close to nature but rich in tradition. Galicia offers something for everyone – gastronomy, fishing, sports, outdoor activities of all sorts, art, history, and of course, the world heritage routes of the Camino de Santiago. In our blog you can read about what is happening, what is new and if...

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“MAGOSTO”

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Chestnuts to celebrate the fall of the Autumn fruit At this time of the year, at almost every home, and at public schools throughout Galicia, MAGOSTO is the celebration. A season ends but its fruits are given to us as a present.The tender, chestnut delicate flavoured as fire toasts its peel and flesh. In Galicia, Nature is always present and any changes are good to celebrate. Chestnut gathering

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LIVE WATER

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View from Monte Branco (White Mountain) Water is an important part of Galician identity. You are never far from the coast. Here you will never walk far without finding a stream, a brook or a large river. They are live waters that irrigate 300 millions trees. That feed vegetables and pasture for the farm animals, famous for their meat since Roman times. And in the sea a generous biodiversity gives us fish and shellfish difficult to find with such high quality and variety in the rest of Europe. Let our live waters splash you. XIV century stone bridge over River...

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THERE ARE MANY WAYS

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Penas de Rodas, where the sun gets though the stones one single  day every year. There are many ways in Galicia to reach the spirit, or -if you want- the forgotten knowledge of the distant past. The most popular is Saint James's Way (Camino de Santiago), but it is a modern one: it only has some 1.000 years of age.  But before that, who did put this tremendous rocks on top of the other even bigger? What did they do around there? The Romans came later, but this rocks were there many years before Augustus founded Lucus Augusti (25 b.c.)....

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TURNING THE CORNER

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Gothic and flowers. It's any morning in any of the Galician cities . Walking down the street, just around any corner, you stumble upon a sight that you find unusual : almost millenary stone Gothic arches next to the fragrant , tender and colorful freshness of flowers. An everyday image, natural, eternal coexistence: something that does not change. And that other changing only in a few hours. Pure Galician lifestyle.

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A TAPA FOR ALL SEASONS

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Tosta de Otouno Photo © http://www.tabernadolabrego.com/ It is a combination of grelos cream (a bitter-sweet vegetable, very common in Galician cooking) and  pork knuckle cooked in Ribeira Sacra wine, all over a wheat bread toast. And above all, a roasted chestnut and different red and black forest fruit. It is called Tosta de Otouno, and it is served warm over a slate plate. This Autumn delight costs just 1,50€. You can find this kind of tapas in many bars and cafeterias all around Galicia. This one was enjoyed at Taberna do Labrego, just in the Camino de Santiago.

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