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Worth visiting in Galicia...


Islas Cíes. More about Vigo...


Torre de Hércules. More about A Coruña...


Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. More about Santiago...


Praia das catedrais. More about Lugo...


Ribeira Sacra. More about Ourense...


The IIM-CSIC is located in Vigo, Galicia, in the north west coast of Spain:








Galcia in Wikipedia.
Vigo in Google maps.
Galicia is an autonomous community in northwest coast of Spain. Its name comes from the Latin name Gallaecia, associated with the name of the ancient Celtic tribe that resided above the Douro river, the Gallaeci or Callaeci in Latin, and Kallaikoi in Greek.
Whilst a part of the mainland, Galicia is a community with a cultural heritage, climate and geography that are distinct from the rest of Spain. The history, the scenery and the beautiful beaches that fill the "rias" (bays) are the major attractions of the region.
Galicia is currently organised in four provinces: A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. The main cities are Vigo, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Pontevedra and Ourense. Santiago is the capital and home of the shrine which gave rise to medieval Europe's most famous pilgrimage route, O Camiño de Santiago (The Way of St James). All of them are worth a visit... or more (follow the links in your right).
The spoken languages are Galego (Galician), the local language derived from Latin, closely related to Portuguese, and Spanish.
Concerning gastronomy, Galicia's dishes use all manner of fish, sea food and crustaceans. They are prepared and cooked in many different ways: the Empanada and Pulpo á feira are probably the most typical dishes. Galicia produces a number of high-quality wines, including Albariño, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras. The grape varieties used are local and rarely found outside Galicia and Northern Portugal.
Vigo is an industrial city located right by the sea in the Atlantic. Like many of Galicia's towns and cities, the life of Vigo has been dictated by the sea.
From the days of the Roman occupation to the medieval era, Vigo was a collection of villages and parishes, with a sea facing position. Vigo had attacks from the Vikings, the Normans and later from the English and Dutch naval fleets.
Just over the eighteenth century a famous sea battle (of the Rande), now despatched to myth and legend, saw the British and Dutch attack and sink Spanish ships returning from the far off empire' colonies of south America. It has always been rumoured that these ships were laden with gold and treasure and that the Vigo bay still hides these lost riches.
Vigo really started to grow and its population began to expand in the nineteenth century. No longer a mere fishing village, Vigo embraced industry and took its first steps towards becoming an industrial powerhouse.
It was also during that period that many of the large and regal buildings of the city were designed and built. This has given Vigo an early twentieth century legacy of architecture that is unique in Galicia.
The city center and the neoclassical collegiate church of Santa María are well worth a visit and the Museo Quiñones de León with its extensive collections, mostly paintings. Nor should the vantage points of El Castro, La Guía and La Madroa be forgotten as they offer superb views of the estuary and the nearby Islas Cíes.