This autonomous community is located in the northwest of the Iberian peninsular and is the final destination of the Way of St James. It is made up of the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. It covers an area of 29,574 km² and has a population of 2,795,422 inhabitants (figures from 2011). The two official languages of Galicia are Spanish and Galician. Galician has been recognised as Galicia’s own language and shares the same linguistic root as Portuguese (Galician-Portuguese).
The Galician coastline stretches along 1659 km and is characterised by estuaries, traditionally divided into the Rías Altas (Ribadeo, Foz, Viveiro, Ortigueira, Cedeira, Ferrol, Betanzos, A Coruña, Corme, Laxe and Camariñas) and the Rías Bajas (Corcubión, Muros y Noia, Arousa, Pontevedra and Vigo). It also has a number of capes, which include Estaca de Bares (separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Cantabrian Sea), Cape Ortegal, Cape Prior, Cape Vilán, Cape Touriñán,