Combarro: a stroll around hórreos by the sea
The seaside town of Combarro is one of the unique spots in As Rías Baixas. Its old town, with plenty of cruceiros (typical Galician stone crosses) and palleiras (typical Galician raised granary houses), has preserved its tradition and has been closely linked to the sea.
The picturesque historical village of Combarro, located in the municipality of Poio, is full of hórreos, seaside houses and stone crosses, popularly known as cruceiros. This charming village in As Rías Baixas has granite houses, façades, squares, stairways and streets overlooking the sea.
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- Hórreos and cruceiros in Combarro
- Street Rúa do Mar
- Beach of O Padrón
- Monastery of San Xoán de Poio
The largest hórreo in Galicia
Also in the municipality of Poio is one of the most important monasteries in the province of Pontevedra: the San Xoán de Poio Monastery. Its gardens boast the largest hórreo in Galicia in terms of surface area, supported by 51 legs. Its beautiful church; its cloisters; a great mosaic, depicting scenes of the Way of Saint James ; and its library are some of the treasures kept in this monastery, which currently houses an inn.
The best starting point for exploring this singular and beautiful old town is the square Peirao da Chousa. From there, you can walk along its main streets, namely Rúa do Mar and Rúa de San Roque, the latter leading to the church bearing the same name.
The cruceiros, which can be found in every corner of this fishing village, are, together with the hórreos, the symbols of Galicia's popular architecture
The hórreos, also known as palleiras, were used as granaries to store and preserve food. Today, these buildings are one of the greatest examples of Galician popular architecture and are part of the identity of Combarro.
Both farming and fishing activities are combined in this charming corner of the Ría de Pontevedra. Its streets are full of fishing tools, nets and creels piled up on the shore, where small and colourful boats also rest. The cruceiros, which can be found in every corner of this fishing village, are, together with the hórreos, the symbols of Galicia's popular architecture; so are the typical seaside houses, with porches and balconies facing the Ría de Pontevedra.
Despite its small size, this fishing village has many restaurants where you can taste the local cuisine of As Rías Baixas. Moreover, its shops have souvenirs and a varied selection of handicrafts for sale. After strolling around its streets, you can visit the O Padrón Beach, offering a stunning panoramic view of Combarro, the Ría de Pontevedra and the hórreos by the sea.