History of Galicia (in short)
In 1978, a provisional autonomy was proclaimed and in June of that year the Gallic parties presented a new project for a new statute of autonomy in the Spanish Parliament. This Statute entered into force in 1981.
Galicia or Galiza as they say in Gallego (Gallego is the language of the region), is located in the far northwest of Spain. The mountains run all the way through to the sea, hence the beautiful jagged cliffs.
There are several freshwater rivers that flow into the sea which are called "Rias". There are the Rias Altas and the Rias Bajas, ie upper and lower estuaries. In these estuaries are many natural harbors with lots of fishing fleet and marinas.
The four autonomous provinces of Galicia are : Pontevedra, A Coruña, Lugo and Ourense.
Ourense does not border the sea, like the other provinces, but has a spectacular ravine, the Cañon del Sil. The other provinces have such beautiful beaches, hórreos (grain storage sheds on stilts), ancient castles and other historic landmarks.
Nowadays we have many highways in Galicia so you can drive easily through the mountains. A dozen years ago it was a bit like ancient times.