Galicia and the Ria of Arosa

"Before I came to Galicia, I didn’t know very much about it and I didn’t know anybody here. It was daunting because I did not speak any Spanish before I arrived and I thought that I would find it very difficult to fit in and find my place. I was so wrong. The Galician people have been nothing but welcoming and wonderful to me. I have met some of the most amazing and generous people, especially the family that I am living with. My host family has made me feel like I am really part of the family and their friend group and extended family have welcomed me with open arms. Everybody has been very patient and put a lot of effort into getting to know me even with a language barrier in some cases. My family has introduced me to the Galician culture, the delicious food and has helped me learn some Spanish. Galicia is truly a beautiful place, with white sand beaches and turquoise seas, green countryside and forests, clear rivers and beautiful old architecture. I highly recommend visiting Spain and choosing Patti at North West of Spain to help you on your journey. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful for this experience."

Au Pair in Vilagracía, from June 2,020 to June 2,021.

She is still living in Spain!

"White sandy beaches, epic Atlantic scenery and supreme seafood combine to great effect on Spain’s most beautiful coastline"

The Guardian

Bagpipes, baroque cathedrals and the smell of grilled seafood. The architectural grace of Santiago de Compostela and the industrial image of Vigo. Galicia, the northwestern corner of Spain, is a diverse region, but amid the variety, there is a constant: its wild landscape, the most beautiful on the Iberian peninsula.

"Few people are aware that this northwestern corner of Spain is a unique scenic-gastronomic-cultural cocktail,

a dream to explore beyond the Camino"

Lonely Planet Guide ("Best in Europe” list, 2017)

This coastline is frayed up and down its 1200km length by majestic Rias ("Rías Altas" and "Rías Bajas"). “North West” is based in the heart of Rías Bajas, in a town called Villagarcía de Arosa. Rías Bajas is a succession of beautiful rías, or inlets, surrounded by steep forested hills, scenic coves, stone-built villages and superb sandy beaches. The Ría of Arosa, the biggest of them, is the hidden breathless jewel of our area.

The Ría of Arosa allows you to live slowly, savoring its magical forests, islands and beaches, its water sceneries, fishing ports and villages, and its distinctive culture marked by the Celts. Let yourself breathe, enjoy and feel as a Galician!

A summer you will always remember