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Combarro - A Charming Fishing village of the Galician Coast

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Combarro

Estimated time to visit:  6 hours (lunch time not included)

 

Combarro is a tiny little fishing village on the Galician coast, in Northern Spain. The village is located very close to the beautiful city of Pontevedra, and it makes an excellent day trip if you are visiting the city. Check out all the history, charm and hidden goodness Combarro has to offer. 

Combarro

Combarro in a nutshell

Combarro is located in the heart of what is known as the Rias Baixas. This is a section of the Galician coast, characterized by the many estuaries that form in this area. It is a strikingly beautiful and unique landscape, and Combarro is the most charming town located in this well-known area of Galicia. 

Combarro is consistently included on Spain’s official list of the most beautiful villages in the country and it has been declared a Historic/Artistic Site as well. 

Also, Combarro is located just a few kilometers from other great tourist destenitaions such as Cambados, Sanxenxo, O Grove, Isla de la Toja and Pontevedra. So there is much more to explore in the area. 

One of the dining characteristics of Combarro is the many granaries you will see scattered across the village. These distinct constructions are emblematic of the region of Galicia. They were historically used as a complementary construction to people’s residence in which corn and cereals are normally kept. They are built on stilts so that neither mice nor moisture could get in. Without a doubt, these constructions are one of the hallmarks of Galicia, and Combarro is a great place to get up close to these historical constructions.

Currently in the town of Combarro there are a total of 68 granaries, half of them are right on the shore of the estuary. That is the reason why I recommend you, if possible, visit Combarro at low tide.

One of the best tips is to try and plan your visit to Combarro during the low tide hours. This way, it will be possible to walk along the beach and you will be able to see the granaries from another perspective. A more beautiful view and with less people.

With all this being said, lets go over the top things to do and see in combarro: 

 

Rúa do Mar

Rúa de Mar is one of the most beautiful streets in Combarro. Once you have parked your car near the Marina and the Paseo Marítimo. This is where most of the Combarro granaries are located. It is a great place to for a picture and there are plenty of restaurants, craft shops and souvenirs to explore.

The hórreo is a construction made of granite and wood very typical of northern Spain. Especially from Galicia, but you can also find them in Asturias and in the north of León. But the granaries of Combarro have an added purpose and that is that most of them are right next to the sea because they also dry the fish.

Plaza da Fonte

If you continue walking through the center of Combarro you will arrive at the crossroads of Plaza da Fonte, probably one of the most important squares in Combarro. In one of the main axes of this square is one of the oldest crosses in Combarro. The other of the main elements of this square is its stone fountain. Formerly, this was where the stone cross was located, but the location was modified to replace it with the source.

Cruceiros de Combarro

In addition to being the town of the granaries, Combarro is the town of the Cruceiros. In Combarro there are a total of nine crosses, of which seven are located in the heart of the historic center. Most of them are from the 18th and 19th centuries and are carved with granite. In addition to the religious value they have, they symbolize the crossroads. They are very curious. If you look closely, they usually have a virgin facing the sea and a cross on the opposite side.

Beach do Padrón

It is the urban beach closest to the center of Combarro. Right next to the beach, in the area closest to the old town there is a crossroads in a square from which you have a very beautiful view of the estuary and the town, one of the best viewpoints to see is Combarro.

Marine houses

After having seen the granaries and the crosses, I now suggest that you take a look at another of the most typical buildings in Combarro. Leaving the first line of granaries a bit and going down the back street you will be able to find the fishing houses where the fishermen of the town lived and live.

It will not be difficult for you to spot them. They differ from other constructions because they usually have a ground floor, where fishing utensils were stored and stairs that take you up to the residential area. Normally these houses have a balcony that looks directly to the sea full of flowers.

Rúa de San Roque

There are two essential streets to see in Combarro, one is Rúa da Mar, and the other is Rúa de San Roque. On Rúa San Roque we find at every step small squares with a lot of charm. We are also going to find the Church of San Roque, the parish church of this fishing village.

Where to eat in Combarro

O Bocci Restaurant. This traditional Galician restaurant features a terrace and views of the sea and specializes in fish and seafood. You cant go wrong by ordering the ordering rice, squid, octopus, or scallops.

Bar Pedramar. I also recommend you book in advance. This elegant restaurant also features a terrace, a varied menu, and views of the sea.

How long does it take to visit Combarro?

Combarro is a very small town of just 1,500 inhabitants. You can visit it perfectly in a morning or in an afternoon.

Where to park your car in Combarro?

I recommend you park near the Combarro marina or near the Paseo Marítimo.

How to get to Combarro?

Combarro is 8 kilometers from Pontevedra and 65 kilometers from Santiago. The best way to access Combarro is from Pontevedra.

Video tour of Combarro