Investing in Galicia today is investing in a healthier future, life quality, tranquility and welfare. Galicia is booming, the climate has changed in recent years to the point that Galicia has no longer winters that it once had, and summers are warm without being too hot now. In Galicia it sometimes seems that time stops: lying in a field of green grass or in the shade of a huge chestnut tree, next to a trout river, watching the falling leaves, washed away by the gentle current.
Galicia still retains its Celtic roots and this is evident in its people, its customs, many of yesteryear come to us from a forgotten time in other places. A time in which man and nature hearts pulsed together, worked together and enjoyed healthy life together. In Galicia all these things still survive the passage of time, there may still be a symbiosis between you and nature in Galicia, where there is lush greenery everywhere. Why not mention about monuments, its cathedrals, its ports? Everyone knows about them, but you are always close to nature from anyone of them.
Situation and Climate
Galicia is situated above Portugal on the Atlantic coast, it has a benign climate.
The winter temperatures are never extreme, and the weather in Galicia in summer is pleasantly warm.
The valleys are green and wooded, and all rivers and streams hold wild brown trout, many also boast sea trout and salmon.
The Galician People
The Galician people are warm and welcoming and will do anything for you, they don’t care where you are from nor if you speak the language as long as you are outgoing and friendly. To them a smile is worth more than a thousand words. Here you will find people wanting to know you and all pulling together. This is what Europe used to be years ago.
Trout, sea trout and salmon fishing
The owner of Galician Country Homes, Mark, is a well known and respected catch and release fly fisherman who has collaborated for many years with the ecologist movements in Galicia.
He was a founder of the no kill fishing movement in Spain, and played an important role in getting the current fishing law passed through the Galician parliament 27 years ago which banned all sales of all but fish farm trout and salmon. He has been voted president of AEMS Galicia. There are 10,000 km of trout rivers, and all rivers close to the coast have important populations of sea trout and the local Government is working at recovering the salmon population.
There are now many and increasing no kill areas of rivers where the fishing can be excellent.
The sea fishing can be fabulous with large sea bass, mackerel, sea bream, wrasse, pollack, conger, etc. all along the coast, Galicia has some of the world’s best beaches for surfcasting.
Surfing and skin diving
The Rias of Galicia give you a chance to have fabulous skin diving opportunities to find yourself in the middle of a school of dolphins or in the centre of a bank of sardines so big you think you won’t find your way out of it. The surfing in Galicia is now getting to be a national sport with very good surf beaches in the Rias Altas or North coast and on the Costa de la Muerte or West coast.
Food and drink in Galicia
The shellfish or marisco, as it is called in Spanish, is world famous for it’s quality and abundance. The sea fish are excellent, and one of the local wines can turn any meal into a banquet.
Galicia is best known for the fabulous white wines, especially the Albariño; some of them are world gold medal winners, but nowadays some of the local bodegas are coming up with red wines that are quite as good as any Rioja and comparable to any wine in the world in value for money.
One can eat a good three-course meal in a restaurant with coffee and liquors for 8 to 10 euros. In the province of Lugo all bars give a tapa with each drink. Three wines and you have had a meal! Some of the wines are exceptionally cheap.
Jacobean routes and pilgrimages
Galicia has been famous for its Jacobean routes and pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela since the early ninth century.
Nowadays many thousands of pilgrims from all over the world travel the different routes to Santiago on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, by horse cart, and even in wheelchairs.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Galicia is much lower than in the rest of Spain. The Sunday Times recently rated Galicia the best value for money within Spain. Galician homes are excellent value for money.
The local language is Gallego (similar to Portugues) but here everybody speaks two languages and out of deference will always speak to you in Spanish.
Visit the official page of the Xunta de Galicia in English, click here.
All this adds up to a nice natural lifestyle that almost anybody can afford with no crowds, no hassle, a very low crime rate…
See Galicia in panoramic photos: www.galicia360.com