About Galicia region

Health and Care

The European Health Insurance Card makes it easier for people from the European Union’s 27 Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to access health care services during temporary visits abroad.

Emergency Services

SOS 112 (112 is the single emergency telephone number for the European Union).
Imagine you are visiting an EU country and you are involved in, or witness, an accident. Would you know which emergency number to call? As Europeans are increasingly travelling for business or leisure, millions of people could be faced with this problem. Fortunately, there is no need to look up and remember the emergency numbers for each EU country you are visiting. Just remember 112! This guarantees a quicker and more efficient intervention. You might want to save the number in your phone.

Medical Emergencies of Galicia-061
Dialing 061, you will contact a Public Foundation for Medical Emergencies, where you will be assisted by a doctor on the phone. Unfortunately this service is just not multilingual.

Other Emergency numbers:
Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062

How to get to Galicia

By Air
Galicia has three international airports: Santiago airport, A Coruña airport and Vigo airport. The one that we recommend by proximity is Santiago Airport, is just ½ hour driving from Noia.

Santiago airport, flights operated by Air Europa, Air-Berlin, Iberia, Ryanair, Spanair and Vueling.

A Coruña airport is 8 kilometres from the city of A Coruña and offers services by Portugalia, Easyjet, Vueling,  Iberia and Spanair.

Vigo airport is 9 kilometres from the town of Vigo, where Air France, Air Europa, Iberia and Spanair operate.

By Ferry
Unfortunately, at the moment there is not a direct connection by Ferry from any Galician port. Brittany ferries, from Portsmouth & Plymouth to Santander. (From Santander to Santiago 310miles/500km). P&O, from Portsmouth to Bilbao. (Distance from Bilbao to Santiago, 372miles/680km).

By car
Google maps will help you plan your itinerary.

EU Citizens: do not need a visa to visit Spain. You just need a valid passport or a valid identity card. If you want to stay longer than 3 months, you must anounce this to the aliens registration authority.


Galicia is on the northwest coast of Spain. It has both a maritime and an Atlantic climate. The prevailing winds come up from the south west and arrive after crossing a great deal of water  For these reasons, the weather is variable outside the more reliable summer months.
Galicia is beautifully green. You don't get this without water falling on the land. What we want to say, speaking in climate terms, is that Galicia is completely different from the South of Spain, in fact a lot of South Spaniards come to Galicia escaping from uncomfortable heat of summer.

In Galicia, you will get lovely hot days on the beach but you can also get the occasionally rain shower. The winters are mild, with very little snow and the summer has warm temperatures up to 30ºC.

How much does it cost?

Galicia is one of the cheapest regions of Spain, in addition to this and because of the recent global credit crisis, the prices have decreased around 5% in this region. To give you an idea about how much normal life cost we have made a “price list”
In a Bar/Restaurant

Coffee: from 1€ to 1.5 €
Beer, "Caña": from 1.5€
Coke: from 1.5€
Bottle of wine in a restaurant: from 6 €
Spirit & coke/lemon, etc.: from 4 €
Restaurant Menu for lunch: from 8 € (Normally includes; 2 courses, a drink, dessert and coffee)….
All prices are estimates

Public Safety

Galicia is characterized by low levels of crime compared to other regions in Spain, in fact, the crime statistics in 2009 shows that Galicia one of the three regions safer in Spain. When the National average is: 47.6‰ legal infractions per one thousand citizens (Europe 70.04‰), Galicia accounted 26.8‰ infractions per one thousand citizens.

We appeal common sense:

Mind your wallet/hand bag when you are in a crowded place.
Mind your mobile telephone.
Do not show off big amounts of cash.
Do not leave windows open if you are not going to be in the property.
If you want to walk along the beach, please make sure that you do not leave anything valuable on the towel (IPod, keys, money…)


They drive on the right hand side of the road. The speed limit is 120 km/hour on motorways, 100 km/h on main roads, 90 km/hour on local roads and 50 km/hour in built-up areas, except in places where a different speed limit is indicated.

Tips for your holiday

We recommend taking a Spanish dictionary with you. Not many Galician people in that area speak other languages apart from Spanish and Galego.

If you like a particular type of tea, take it with you. You will probably struggle to find it in the local supermarkets.

Galician people is very friendly. Do not be afraid to ask for help, they will be willing to help you.

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