It’s that time of year when the evenings are darker, the heating is turned on and the chestnut sellers are out in force. Although many people’s natural inclination is to hibernate, it’s actually an ideal moment to go on a weekend getaway to the far-flung corners of Galicia. The region is full of quaint and quirky towns and cities ripe for exploring in the winter months and, as an added bonus, you can take advantage of the low season rates in hotels, hostels and guesthouses. So here are four of the best places to visit over a long weekend according to our staff.

Noia
Known by many Galicians as ‘Santiago on Sea’, this thriving town is 34 kilometres west of the Galician capital and boasts a number of wonderful white, sandy beaches. Noia has at its heart an attractive medieval old town dating back more than 1000 years. Amongst its maze of narrow, cobbled streets there are many tapas bars and restaurants serving typical Galician food. Originally a small fishing village, Noia is ripe for exploring if you want to discover an authentic part of Galicia, where country village authenticity goes hand in hand with spectacular coastal scenery.

Lugo
Lugo is the only city in the world to be completely surrounded by intact Roman walls. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they are in excellent condition and breathtaking to behold. At over 2,117 metres long, they reach up to 15 metres in height in some places, are ringed by 71 towers and house a quaint old quarter within that is well worth a wander.

Pontevedra
Boasting an enchanting old town at its centre, which is less touristy than that of Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra is a small coastal city in the west of Galicia with a population of around 82,000 people. Built on a hill, it is beautifully picturesque, with streets that slope right down towards the Lérez River. The authentic old town is filled with pretty plazas and is said to come alive at night when the bars are full to overflowing.

Finisterre
The final destination of many pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago, this village is set upon the rocky Costa da Morte (Galician for Coast of Death) – so called due to the large number of shipwrecks on this coast. Finisterre is translated as ‘land’s end’ in English, the fishing village was once considered the end of the known world. Nowadays, there is a busy harbour and a labyrinth of streets where you can happily lose yourself for a weekend, enjoying the local hospitality of quaint Galician hotels, tavernas and tapas bars.