The Galician community, northwest of Spain, is known for its great diversity of landscapes and its thousands of charms. But without any doubt, the most famous town in Galicia, Combarro, takes the prize as the best destination. A fishing village of unique beauty. Dare to discover it!
Combarro, the most famous town in GaliciaCombarro Square
It is the most famous town in Galicia, and one of the most beautiful not only of that community, but of the whole country. Combarro is located in Pontevedra, it extends along the banks of its estuary, next to the road that leads to O'Grove, and just five kilometers from the capital of the province.
The marine footprint extends through all the elements of Combarro. But if there is something that stands out is the architectural complex of this small town. Walking through it is contemplating the most traditional Galicia.
Its cobbled streets and churches are perfectly preserved. But special mention deserve some constructions as typical as unmistakable: the granaries. This whole set allows visitors to discover why it is the most famous town in Galicia.
Hórreos in the historic center of CombarroCombarro - Marc / Flickr.com
The visit to Combarro cannot start from any area other than Chousa Square. It is this square where we can contemplate the first typical constructions. The set of two granaries that we find here are perfectly preserved.
Built in stone and wood, the purpose of the granaries was to serve as a pantry or barn during the 18th and 19th centuries.
But the one in this square is just a small sample of what Combarro hides. In this town we can contemplate more than 60 granaries. Among them, the more than 30 that line the banks of the estuary deserve special mention.
Cruises and typical housesCruceiro - Bibicleando / Flickr.com
Continuing with our pleasant walk, we will observe the main material of the constructions: the stone and the wood. Streets, houses and balconies are kept in good condition thanks to them.
And on the walk, in addition,we will see some of the seven cruises that are in the town,and even small altars placed in front of them. These crosses have a peculiarity here. The figure of the Virgin is always oriented to the sea. Meanwhile, the figure of Christ is directed towards the earth.
We must not forget to contemplate the famous mariñeiras houses. They are fishermen's houses that we will find on our walk. We can recognize them because they are stone constructions with small arcades to support the balconies of great weight, given the material with which they are built.
And so you will have contemplated the three elements that shape the essence of Combarro: the granaries, the cruises and the sailor houses.
The views of the most famous town in Galicia
To end our visit we will end at the Plaza de la Fuente. And from there we will go to Padrón beach to contemplate one of the most incredible panoramic views of Combarro.
If we are lucky to find low tide, we can go for a walk through the old fishing port and contemplate the granaries located there. You just have to walk to the old pier to contemplate the more than 30 granaries that look towards the shore of the Pontevedra estuary. It is the most typical image of this town.
PromenadeCombarro - Fernando García Redondo / Flickr.com
The promenade is not only a place to disconnect and rest from the worldly noise. If not thereWe will find restaurants to taste the best of Galicia's typical cuisine. Of course, they may be very busy.
And what to eat? Combarro is a seaside town, therefore, the main protagonists are seafood. Clams, mussels or scallops are a small sample of the delicious cuisine that we can find in their establishments.
If you prefer other types of dishes, there will be no problem. In Combarro you can taste the freshest fish: grouper, sea bream, sole, sardine ... And if you are more than a spoon, try Galician stew. Something that is evident is that Combarro will never leave you hungry.
You have already seen it, if Combarro is the most famous town in Galicia it is for many reasons: for its charm, its typical architecture, its surroundings and its gastronomy. What are you waiting for to visit it?