3. Galicia, Spain
Galicia is a unique corner of Spain that’s known as the emerald oasis. Located in the northeast of the country, Visigoths and Celts settled this green region where the residents still speak the Gallego language. Vineyards cover a significant portion of the lush scenery. There are five distinct wine-growing regions: Rías Baixas, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Monterrei. Options for things to do include taking a boat tour on an estuary to harvest your own shellfish. You can also taste wines at Palacio de Fefiñanes, a stately building near the sea that served as a palace in the 17th century. Don’t miss sampling Albariño wine, which according to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, is one of the trendiest white wines worldwide. It’s wine that naturally pairs well with the abundant seafood that you’ll find in this coastal wine destination.