Galicia–the Spanish Ireland

Well-forested Path in Galicia

The final section of the Camino de Santiago runs through the northwestern Spanish province of Galicia. Many have referred to this as the Spanish Ireland, due to the lush green forests, as well as the Celtic-looking people. This section is usually the favorite of Camino pilgrims. That is in spite of it being the poorest part of western Europe. The good-natured people, beautiful landscapes, and Galician broth all win over passing-through pilgrims. The great Gothic cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, where legend holds St. James is buried, lies within Galicia.

Bill Walker is the author of ‘The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago (2012)’. He is also the author of Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail (2008). Walker, who is nearly 7-feet tall, is currently working on a whimsical book on the subject of height.



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