Destination guide

Galicia is unlike anywhere else in Spain

This autonomous north-west corner of Spain is unlike the rest of the country. It's got its own dialect and distinct Celtic culture, which can be seen in its architecture, people and cuisine. It's best known as the last stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail, which winds its way through Northern Spain to Santiago. But there's so much more to Galicia – a wild 800-mile coastline made up of unexplored coves and secluded bays, ancient medieval castles and row-upon-row of vines producing fine Galician wines best paired with the region's famously good Atlantic seafood.

Things to do

You can't leave Galicia without a day in Santiago

Every corner of Galicia is worth exploring, but you can't say you've truly been to this part of Spain without spending a few days in Santiago de Compostela, where you can admire the famous cathedral, the end point of the Camino de Santiago. While you are staying in one of the Galicia vacation rentals in town, try to make some time for the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea if you are interested in art and the UNESCO Old Town, which is often considered one of the most beautiful urban areas in the world.

Activities

Hike the Camino de Santiago in Galicia

Topping most people's travel bucket list is a hike along the UNESCO Camino de Santiago trail, an ancient pilgrimage route which snakes across the country and into France. If you don't have the time to walk the entire thing, you can hike along a leg of it to the finishing point in Santiago de Compostela. Along the 800 miles of coves and golden beaches there's a whole host of water sports available, including some of Spain's best surf which rolls in off the Atlantic and calm bays with perfect kite surfing conditions.

Weather

Galicia is Spain with 4 seasons

Unlike much of Spain, which receives countless hours of sunshine, Galicia's climes are a little more like Northern Europe. You can easily experience all 4 seasons in one day when you're out on the mountainous hiking trails and rainfall is commonplace. Don't let this put you off. The downpours make it one of Spain's greenest places and if you catch the weather right in summer, you can experience beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine. A little earlier in spring, after the thaws of winter, the landscapes of blooming wildflower bursts into color.

Natural features

6 wildlife-filled parks to explore in Galicia

Galicia's weather might not measure up to the rest of Spain, but the dramatic landscape surely does. When you stay in a Galicia vacation rental, you can expect a wonderful mix of Atlantic forests, steep canyons and glistening lagoons. There are 6 natural parks in this north-west corner of the country, all of which have their own merits. Fragas do Eume is known for its forests and fauna, while the rolling Dunes of Corrubedo Natural Park is like nowhere else you've been in Spain. Alternatively, for soaring limestone peaks, caverns and lush green valleys, try the Serra de Encina de Lastra.

Can I find a vacation rental around Galicia?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,451 vacation rentals near Galicia. From 732 Houses to 99 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Galicia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Galicia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Galicia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santiago de Compostela: 187 vacation rentals
  • Vigo: 354 vacation rentals
  • Arbo: 30 vacation rentals
  • Pontevedra: 642 vacation rentals
  • A Coruña: 175 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Galicia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Galicia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Galicia:

  • Santiago de Compostela: 187 rentals
  • Vigo: 354 rentals
  • Arbo: 30 rentals
  • Pontevedra: 642 rentals
  • A Coruña: 175 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Galicia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Galicia are:

  • Vigo Airport (VGO): 749 vacation rentals
  • A Coruna Airport (LCG): 232 vacation rentals
  • Santiago Airport (SCQ): 237 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Galicia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Galicia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • La Coruna (YJC-La Coruna-San Cristobal Train Station): 228 rentals
  • Vigo (YJR-Vigo-Guixar Train Station): 800 rentals
  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral: 245 rentals
  • Pontevedra (PTE-Pontevedra Train Station): 866 rentals
  • Cape Finisterre: 307 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Galicia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Galicia

Santiago de Compostela
187 vacation rentals
Vigo
354 vacation rentals
Arbo
30 vacation rentals
Pontevedra
642 vacation rentals
A Coruña
175 vacation rentals
Sanxenxo
622 vacation rentals
Baiona
164 vacation rentals
Nigrán
265 vacation rentals
Ourense
66 vacation rentals
Oleiros
194 vacation rentals
Beade
21 vacation rentals
Fisterra
144 vacation rentals
Bueu
625 vacation rentals
Portomarín
23 vacation rentals
Vilagarcía de Arousa
355 vacation rentals
Sada
191 vacation rentals
Cangas
518 vacation rentals
Outes
242 vacation rentals
Ferrol
201 vacation rentals
Ribadeo
159 vacation rentals