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Pollution in Galicia

Lee Woodhouse

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Camino(s) past & future
September 6th 2016 I get to saint Jean, I plan on staying here 2 nights as I don't get there till late on the 6th so will set off on September 8th So if anyone is in Saint Jean at this time and wants a little wine... Give me a shout!!! ;)
#1
Is it true that this part of Spain has the highest pollution in the air from factory's? Was looking to move here and I was just told this? I'm going next week to look at places so will have more of an idea, just thought someone here may know more. Thanks everyone and anyone walking right now Good Camino xxx
 

Tincatinker

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Lots ;0)
#2
Pollution? I'd be more worried by the extreme pilgrim levels. They're everywhere. Bars, Hotels, every street and by-way saturated in 'em.

Given Galicia sits in an Atlantic westerly air-stream I'd wonder where any 'factory ' pollution was coming from. Now, consider fermenting cow by-product and you are starting to get slightly deeper in to environmental challenges ;0)
 

Lee Woodhouse

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Camino(s) past & future
September 6th 2016 I get to saint Jean, I plan on staying here 2 nights as I don't get there till late on the 6th so will set off on September 8th So if anyone is in Saint Jean at this time and wants a little wine... Give me a shout!!! ;)
#3
Thank you my friend, I was wondering that and maybe it was just an estate agent trying to put me off looking up there.
 

Tincatinker

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#4
"I've been told" always makes me nervous. "I've read in the latest EC Report on air pollution in Galicia" gives me, at least, the comfort that some-one somewhere has actually done some research.
And at the risk of the ire of many members: I was serious about pilgrim-pollution. The impact of the "Camino" on parts of Galicia is significant. Beneficial or detrimental is probably a debate for another forum to this.
 

Lee Woodhouse

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 6th 2016 I get to saint Jean, I plan on staying here 2 nights as I don't get there till late on the 6th so will set off on September 8th So if anyone is in Saint Jean at this time and wants a little wine... Give me a shout!!! ;)
#5
Yes well I guess it's a little like my home city of Durham and so any students.... But without them the city would be dead so we have to take the good with them bad.... But really thank you.
 
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#6
The page below has a link to the 2018 report on air pollution in Europe. Even if you don't read the whole thing, take a look at the maps with color coding for different types of pollution. There seems to be one hotspot in the north west of Galicia for particulate pollution, but otherwise it looks comparatively good:
https://www.eea.europa.eu//publications/air-quality-in-europe-2018

For different types of water pollution take a look at the maps on this site:
https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/interactive/by-category/all-water-live-maps

For soil contamination - I can't find a pretty map right now. But someone else might be able to.
 

Lee Woodhouse

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 6th 2016 I get to saint Jean, I plan on staying here 2 nights as I don't get there till late on the 6th so will set off on September 8th So if anyone is in Saint Jean at this time and wants a little wine... Give me a shout!!! ;)
#7
I'll take a look, thank you ever so much.
 
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French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
#8
Having lived on the coast of Galicia for the last 8 years I can say the costal air is clean & pure : you can tell the difference..there's no industry here..I assume there are a few hotspots in temporal times . But another factor is that in the interior like in Oursense & Lugo province's there's alot of woodland too even organic farming is real.important here ..Galicia is a true #paradise
 

Felice

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SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
#9
The map shows one really bad spot for particulates - which I imagine is the Ferroatlantica factory which you pass on the way to Finnisterre. Apparently, the factory 'belongs to a well-known and famous former president of one of the most important football clubs in the country' according to the google maps review!!! It's certainly an eyesore to walk past. Lots of large lorries and belching smoke.
 

Lee Woodhouse

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 6th 2016 I get to saint Jean, I plan on staying here 2 nights as I don't get there till late on the 6th so will set off on September 8th So if anyone is in Saint Jean at this time and wants a little wine... Give me a shout!!! ;)
#11
Thank you all, I'm going to look at a few houses next week and I think this could just be a rival estate agent trying to put me off.... But I will have a good look and if I find somewhere I will also... Finger's crossed start my own business somewhere along one of the route.... Thanks all
 
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#12
Having lived on the coast of Galicia for the last 8 years I can say the costal air is clean & pure : you can tell the difference..there's no industry here..I assume there are a few hotspots in temporal times . But another factor is that in the interior like in Oursense & Lugo province's there's alot of woodland too even organic farming is real.important here ..Galicia is a true #paradise
MyDestination, how do I go about being able to live on the coast of Galicia? It's always been a dream of mine and I would love it if you could help me make it real :)
 
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#13
Thank you all, I'm going to look at a few houses next week and I think this could just be a rival estate agent trying to put me off.... But I will have a good look and if I find somewhere I will also... Finger's crossed start my own business somewhere along one of the route.... Thanks all
Lee, could you keep me filled in on what you find out please. I too am thinking of doing the same as you regarding moving there. How are the housing prices and what's on offer as well as what are the rules regarding moving and being able to live there? Thank you :)
 
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Camino Finisterre/Muxia (2016)
Camino Frances (2018)
#14
Hi Kelly Ann,
When we got back from our Camino in 2016, my wife (who is from A Coruna) and I Googled "Galicia real estate" and got a number of hits that were interesting. Property prices vary wildly! Here's a link to one of the places that lists houses in Spain:

https://www.kyero.com/en/galicia-property-for-sale-0l55542

We walked right past the "Muxia- Country house" listed for 155,000 Euros. It is literally a ruin. But there are many other properties at reasonable prices. Google can be really helpful in regard to finding listings.
 
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#15
Thank you so much, Scott! You two must have really liked Galicia if you Googled it when you got home. Oh, A country house near Muxia - sounds like a dream!
 
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#16
Lee, could you keep me filled in on what you find out please. I too am thinking of doing the same as you regarding moving there. How are the housing prices and what's on offer as well as what are the rules regarding moving and being able to live there? Thank you :)
Another site is fotocasa.es and idealista.es
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Invierno, June 2017,Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
#17
MyDestination, how do I go about being able to live on the coast of Galicia? It's always been a dream of mine and I would love it if you could help me make it real :)
Hi Kelly Ann of course I would be delighted to help. I have many contacts like English speaking estate agents, lawyers etc depends where you want to live etc the north (Coast of Death or the south where I live (rias baixas)...I just helped an American friend buy a flat in Nigran for his summer holidays..You can PM me and I use WhatsApp...
 
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#18
Hi Kelly Ann of course I would be delighted to help. I have many contacts like English speaking estate agents, lawyers etc depends where you want to live etc the north (Coast of Death or the south where I live (rias baixas)...I just helped an American friend buy a flat in Nigran for his summer holidays..You can PM me and I use WhatsApp...
I pmed you!
 

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