Galicia is a very charming community. Land of meigas, of green hills and ancient roots still palpable. The sea and fishing are in the Galician DNA and there are many coastal towns that preserve this activity, one of the economic engines of the region. In this case we will put the magnifying glass on Combarroa fishing village that very well preserves the traditional and rural Galician architecture.

Combarro is just 25 minutes by car from the city of Pontevedra and 16 from the well-known town of Sanxenxo. The town has been linked to the monastery of San Xoán de Poio since the 12th century, when Queen Urraca donated the population to the monastery until the mid-19th century.

What to see in Combarro

He historic center of Combarro It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1972. We can start the visit at the San Roque square, where we will see your 18th century library and two of the seven cruises. The “cruceiros” are “a hallmark of the Galician landscape and an expression of popular devotion”, according to Turismo de Galicia, adding that there are around 12,000 throughout the community.

Combarro, in Pontevedra.
Combarro, in Pontevedra.

Going down the San Roque street we will reach the A Rua streetwhere the sailor houses. The majority are small semi-detached houses with narrow arcades facing the sea. The ground floor was used as a warehouse for fishing and farming gear, while the first floor has a characteristic balcony whose wooden, iron or stone balusters were colored with what was left over from painting the boats.

The town of Combarro at low tide (Galicia).
The town of Combarro at low tide (Galicia).

On the coast we will also find hórreos, another hallmark of Galicia. Generally, we see them in the interior, but in Combarro there are about thirty on the seashore. The hórreos were high-rise warehouses for storing food that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

We must not get lost To Pereiro, the old port of the town, which we access by winding through its streets or, if we are lucky and the tide is low, crossing the Padrón beach. If we feel like sea, we can take a boat from the Port of Cambarro to take us to the Yosla from Tamboa curious enclave in the Rías Baixas.

It is a beautiful Pontevedra town that stands out for its granaries, but also for its impressive historic center and its promenade.  It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful corners in Galicia.
It is a beautiful Pontevedra town that stands out for its granaries, but also for its impressive historic center and its promenade. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful corners in Galicia.

Gastronomy and parties

The fish and seafood They are the stars of the gastronomy of the Rías Baixas, which we can accompany with a glass of Albariño. We will have the option to taste their cuisine from the traditional version to the most sybarite and sophisticated, as there are some Michelin Guide restaurants in the nearby town of Poio and the city of Pontevedra.

Each July 16th is celebrated in Combarro Festival of the Virgin of Carmen. That day the boats are decorated with flowers and the best decorated boat is the one carried by the Virgin with a serene procession through the sea. For the devotees (but those of food), the August 15th appointment is made Mussel Festival.

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