Springtime in Galicia

Springtime in Galicia

Celebrating Springtime in Galicia

Weather

Walking the land a few weeks ago, it felt like springtime had finally arrived in Galicia. However, it was a false dawn.

Warm weather was replaced by a cold front dropping temperatures and bringing fresh snow at elevations above 800 meters.

A deluge of rain everywhere else. With Galicia’s reservoirs full to the brim, spectacular waterfalls can be seen from all the dams.

It was a good reminder that seasonal change can be unpredictable. Something to consider when we welcome guests for the season each spring.

2023 is a leap year, Easter or Semana Santa, as it is called in Spain, will be celebrated early and so the brief cold snap was disorientating for everyone.

Blossom

Cherry blossom vividly announces spring each year. At our land, the first to join this botanical show are the Silver Birch trees

Their buds are giving wild bumblebees and honeybees an early taste of things to come. The buzzing at the canopies can be heard from the ground.

Robins with their famously red breast are hard at work. Picking small branches, moss and leaves to construct their new nests. Fresh for the coming breeding season each spring.

I often see them and hear their singing while they follow in my path clearing work on our land. I love the thought that I produce free building materials ready for their magical organic architecture. The work also acts as an organic food market exposing fresh earthworms to feast on.

Festa

We were invited to celebrate the coming of the new spring at a friend’s house over the weekend. There is nothing better than spending time with friends and sampling local food and homemade wines. A slow-roasted leg of pork was a treat by our host on a traditional wood stove.

To-do list

With daylight hours getting longer and the sun not yet too exhausting, I am hoping to spend more time on the land preparing it for the coming summer.

Clearing more land, shoring up trails and building a small bridge over some granite boulders, are some of the main items on the list for April.

I am hopeful that we will obtain the necessary permits to progress with the work later this month. I will keep my fingers crossed for now.

Well, or Pues, as they say in Spanish! If you got this far, it means you read the whole post… and I Thank you.

If you like adventures and would like to discover ours, head over to our homepage for more!

https://fincagalicia.com

Don’t do more, do better!

… and always keep on rockin

Danny Shafrir

Founder | FincA Galicia Resort

Creating memories beyond a vacation

Stories Carved in Stone

Stories Carved in Stone

How Galicia’s Granite Legacy Quarry Glamping Resort Inspired

Galicia’s past

Galicia’s granite rock has stories to tell. It has been used to record daily rituals since the Stone Age. Neolithic Artists engraved images of local flora and fauna, depicting hunting and ceremonies on the exposed rock all over the surrounding coastline and hills.

Tourón

One of these incredibly important archaeological sites is near our Glamping resort at Área arqueológica de Tourón, where you can find petroglyphs (rock art) with geometric symbols and naturalistic figures, like deer and oak trees.

Granite rock has been intertwined, fusing the landscape and culture for thousands of years. These circular walled structures, also known as Castros, Pre-Roman Iron Age settlements, are dotted all over the Galician rugged landscape.

Santa Trega

The most impressive of these historical monuments is Santa Trega Hill. Dated from the 4th century BC, it has commanding views of the Miño river estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.

Furthermore, the abundance of this important building material has played a pivotal role and influenced social transformation and human behaviour in the Galician landscape.

FincA Galicia aims to encourage one’s deeper connection with the landscape and local heritage while rehabilitating the granite quarry.

Design Philosophy

One of FincA Galicia’s core principles is to highlight the importance of environmental conservation in the development of the Glamping resort within the disused quarry.

Creating sustainable development by preserving and rehabilitating the natural habitat and reintroducing native plants around the granite quarry.

Moreover, by tracing the old trails used in the quarry works, and raising any new structure above the ground, we aim to minimise the impact of the Glamping resort on the local flora and fauna to maintain a harmonious ecosystem.

We aim to engage with the local community and beyond through a series of educational programmes and workshops celebrating the use of granite and its influence on the Galician landscape and culture.

Re-wild & Rehabilitation

Inspired by these ancestral stories engraved on the rocks that surround us, we seek to explore and reflect on the symbolism of repurposing a once-exploited resource into a space that fosters creativity, connection with nature, and sustainable living. Our journey is now our story to tell.

Likewise, our vision is to create a unique glamping destination, encouraging our guests to journey with us and explore this beautiful landscape.

Well, or Pues, as they say in Spanish! If you got this far, it means you read the whole post… and I Thank you.

If you like adventures and would like to discover ours, head over to our homepage for more!

https://fincagalicia.com

Don’t do more, do better!

… and always keep on rockin

Danny Shafrir

Founder | FincA Galicia Resort

Creating memories beyond a vacation

The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Travelled

Hike GR-94 Galicia’s alternative Camino

Camino de Santiago

Hiking Galicia’s most famous attraction, the Camino de Santiago is one of the most highly-sought pilgrimages in the history of humanity.

Caminos are both a challenge and an adventure some 350,000 people take each year. By all accounts, 2022 Año Xacobeo or Jacobean year was the most visited year to date.

Popular Routes

The second most popular route is the Camino Portugués de la Costa (The Portuguese Way) pilgrim route from Portugal to Santiago de Compostela. At a distance 610 km starting in Lisbon or 260km if you start from Porto, the route passes through our province of Pontevedra along the Atlantic coastline.

Hikers will have the pleasure to experience golden sandy beaches, turquoise waters and many magnificent rock formations battered by thousands of storms.

The unique Galician coastal landscapes and protective coves have been home to Neolithic Stone Age settlements, navel fortifications and sleepy fishing villages time seems to pass by. This route has it all.

After days of hiking, even the most incredible routes can become less attractive. Scenery fog, places and landscape blend together.

We all like a change of scenery and if you are looking for one while considering hiking this route, the GR-94 hiking route offers exactly that.

An Alternative

The GR-94 route offers an alternative hiking section, 126km long from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela passing through a diverse rural landscape of mountains and rivers.

Furthermore, it is a quieter route, away from the more populated coast, the route highlights include the medieval Castelo de Soutomaior, numerous petroglyph sites (prehistoric rock art) and the magnificent and magical Ponte Almofrei.

You can choose to split the GR-94 route into several sections or complete it as a ‘through route’ in a single attempt.

Whatever you decide is right for you, know that the route is a few minutes walk from our resort, FincA Galicia. Maybe one day you come and stay with us.

Well, or Pues, as they say in Spanish! If you got this far, it means you read the whole post… and I Thank you.

If you like adventures and would like to discover ours, head over to our homepage for more!

https://fincagalicia.com

Don’t do more, do better!

… and always keep on rockin

Danny Shafrir

Founder | FincA Galicia Resort

Creating memories beyond a vacation