On the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula lies a country known in antiquity as Gallaecia, and now called Galicia or Galiza. Settled in ancient times by Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks and Romans, later by Suevi, Franks, Burgundians, Britons and Normans, and by pilgrims and Jews from every corner oF Europe, this intriguing land of green hills, sea cliffs and misty forests covers an area slightly larger than Massachusetts and barely smaller than Belgium.
The capital of Galicia is Santiago de Compostela, often referred to simply as Compostela. The city's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its cathedral has been the destination for over a thousand years of the millions of pilgrims who have trekked El Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James), one of Europe's oldest and most popular pilgrimage routes.
Walter has traveled widely throughout Galicia to write this travel guide including his personal choices of hotels and restaurants. He has written two novels set in Galicia (Al Oeste del Norte and Pimientos y Algo Más) and one set in Portugal (The Early Train to Mindelo). He writes in English and Spanish.
Helena is a Galician artist, poet, photographer, and also a laboratory technician and a registered nurse. Carlos is currently working on his master's degree in labor relations at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Santi is a computer technology specialist. Both Carlos and Santi are native Galicians and both are passionate about photography. Fernando is a renowned Galician artist.
Taking into account the significant economic and cultural contributions to the ancient Kingdom of Galicia by the once numerous Jewish community, a brief history of the Galician Jews is included. The author also points out sights and information of Jewish interest at every stop.
This book is fully formatted for the Kindle. It includes GPS coordinates of all the locations mentioned, links to Google maps, and dozens of useful addresses, phone numbers and linked websites.