Three Villages in Rías Baixas to Get Lost in

Rías Baixas is full of history and charm. Today, we will take a trip through some of its most picturesque villages, where you can enjoy the gastronomy, history, and popular traditions of the Galician residents.

Our trip begins in the village of Combarro, where you can take in many elements of Galician architecture. For example, in the old quarter in Combarro, which has been declared Property of Cultural Interest, you can see three traditional Galician architectural elements: “hórreos” (raised granaries), “casas marineras” (sea houses), and crosses. If you visit on July 16th, you can partake in the celebration of the Virgin of El Carmen. During this time, you find boats decorated with flowers and flags taking part in a maritime procession celebrating the Virgin. Of course, being a marine village, you can also enjoy the Mussel Festival in August, another very important event.

Now we go west to visit O Grove in Pontevedra, a community rich in history. There you can find the remnants of a Roman villa and necropolis (an ancient Roman cemetery), alluding to the presence of Romans in Galicia many centuries ago because of its strategic coastal location. O Grove sits along the Galician coastline, ideal for experiencing Galicia’s marine life and learning about shellfish harvesting. Board a catamaran or a sailboat and go through one the world’s largest shellfish banks! Then stop at a local restaurant to enjoy the seafood. After all, it is a great part of O Grove’s identity – so much so that it has played host to the annual Fiesta del Marisco (Seafood Festival) since 2013.

Our last stop is to the northwest in Cambados, the capital of Albariño in the Rías Baixas. Cambados is the perfect place to enjoy wine tourism and gastronomy in Galicia. This town is located in the Ría D’Arousa and is sculpted in granite: its stone roads, the stately Pazos, and villas will make you fall in love. You can also partake in their Albariño Festival; however, regardless of what you do or don’t do, be sure to celebrate the end of your tour with a glass of Albariño.

Photography by Xurxo Lobato

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