In previous “chapters” we spoke to you about the end of the earth. This time we set sail in Cambados, a city of intergenerational shellfishing.
Life in the northern seaside towns connects with nature, beaches, cliffs and harbours. Its people retain the deepest rootedness and connection to the sea as part of their identity.
Cambados, known for being the capital of Albariño, is distinguished not only by its wine culture, but also by a generational tradition closely linked to the coast. Cambados melts the flavours and products of its own sea and land.
One of the most typical celebrations of Cambados is the Day of Carmen, patron saint of sailors. The maritime processions bring together the fleet around the Tragove port. After the images of the Virgin and San Antonio cross the estuary, a multitudinous verbena and “sardinada” is celebrated.
Cambados is the only port in Galicia where scallop extraction is allowed, positioned as the star mollusk to which its own gastronomic festivities are dedicated. Own the wealth of the Ría de Arousa, the fish market receives a daily fresh product that its sailors and shellfish extract from the rocks and bats, as is the case with mussels.
- The marine neighborhood of Santo Tomé has a special charm. Picturesque streets, fishermen’s houses covered with shells, the quay … This old villa connects with a bridge to the island of A Figueira, where part of the San Sadurniño Tower is preserved.
- The Palace of Fefiñanes, building of the XVI that gives name to the impressive square of Cambados: the historic nerve center of the town.
- The Ruins of Santa Mariña of Dozo are one of the architectural jewels of O Salnés, keeping the gothic essence of the Galician seafaring churches.
Pictures by Turismo Rías Baixas