We travel to O Grove, the Galician Caribbean


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With its crystalline waters and white sand, the Rías Baixas continue to fall in love with any skeptic who stumbles in their path. We travel specifically to the fishing village of O Grove to enjoy good food, good people and good beaches. Does anyone give more?

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Las Rías Baixas (or why paradise is closer than you think)

Those who have already visited the Rías Baixas, with the estuary of Muros and Noya to the north and the estuary of Pontevedra to the south; With the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra delimiting their lithography above and below, they know what we are talking about. White sand beaches, crystal clear waters, beach bars and cocktails on the beach, the crackling of the coals cooking fresh fish and the sound of the waves rocking the Atlantic waters.

There is no doubt, we have it clear: the Rías Baixas are the Galician Caribbean . And specifically, at the entrance of the Arousa estuary, we find a small municipality of almost 11, 000 inhabitants that seduces any seafaring soul: O Grove .

En O Grove todavía se conservan las antiguas tradiciones pesqueras

In O Grove the old fishing traditions are still preserved © Alamy

A few years ago we already predicted that this Galician town had become the new gastronomic hit of the north. With Culler de Pau and its Michelin star as spearhead, this small peninsula located in the northwest of Spain has managed to combine its fishing tradition and its art of good food with the innovation and modernity of the times.

To taste the sea in the first bite, we have it clear. Although it seems like a simple beach bar, in the Kiosko Areaso, of the Area das Pipas beach , time stands still. It is one of those places that tastes like summer and where looking at the clock is not an option. Sardines, horse mackerel (horse mackerel, in Castilian), Sardinian (mackerel), pork or veal churrasco, standard peppers (as they should be, well roasted and salted), Creoles and hamburgers of all modalities - good, octopus, choco … -, even quinoa for vegans . Because some will be in Galician lands!

Near its main beach we can find Arroceria A Lanzada and Sunset A Lanzada cafeteria , with different environments -restaurant, terrace, chill out …-, sun loungers facing the sea, Galician craft beer, rice, cocktails … and with the best views. From there a movie sunset is contemplated .

And if we go to the port of O Grove, we find a tavern that has wanted to take Galician roots to the next level. A fusion meal, of great Asian influence, but with local ingredients and top quality market, but of course, overlooking the sea .

Meloxeira (Rua Porto Meloxo, 100) is one of the new trendy places in the city with such striking dishes as chicken pad-thai with prawns and udon noodles, scallop ceviche, lobster with oysters and fire, grilled leeks, kimchi octopus and peanut crunch or one of his star suggestions, foi what crayfish!

Although among other usual places among the mecos (also known as groveiros or grovenses), the Tapería Adrede (Rúa Barqueiras, 15) stands out with classic recipes that can never be missing, such as octopus to feira, grilled razors and prawns, scallops, churrasco or Zorza with potatoes, among many others. All marinated with a wide selection of local wines, and with a cozy terrace full of plants as a greenhouse.

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But if what you are looking for are the best sweets in the area, you can not leave O Grove without going through Campaña Pastry (Rua Castelao, 13) with its acclaimed cheesecake and chocolate bows. And if you want to leave with a loaf under your arm, or better … a pie!

Aim: Castro’s Bakery (Rúa Concepción Arenal, 34) with the mussels and chorizo ​​pie as one of its main specialties, although you can also find other creations such as xoubas, octopus and scallops.

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And, while talking about Galicia, food always comes hopelessly to our minds, there are many other reasons to visit this peninsula. The Siradella mount, with 166 meters, is the highest point of the town, and there we find the Siradella viewpoint, where we can fully contemplate the town hall.

Or on the endless beach of A Lanzada, the Atlantic Ocean or the isthmus of sand. And from the neighboring viewpoint, With da Hedra, you can see the imposing Atlantic islands: Cíes, Ons and Sálvora, which chase us from the distance on any walk.

But if you have come here, I imagine that you will also want to know its beaches. His pretty girl, A Lanzada, with more than two kilometers of open sea sand, keeps one of the most representative and complete dune ecosystems of the Galician coast. Area das Pipas, A Barrosa or Burato da Londra are other beaches and coves, obviously smaller, sheltered from the wind, with fine sand and turquoise and crystalline waters. And all of them are perfect for surfing, paddle surfing or kayaking. D

Due to its strong surfing tradition, there are many schools in the area such as Waipia Surf School or Tartaruga Surf & Dive Center to learn or improve and have fun in a unique place

Es el momento de echarse al mar

It's time to dive into the sea © Alamy

And finally, a mandatory visit is A Toxa (La Toja, for those of us who do not speak Galician), where you arrive across the spectacular white bridge that connects the island with the O Grove - when it was built, in 1911, it was the longest from Europe- . In addition to the more known Gran Hotel and its spa with thalassotherapy treatments . Do not forget the unique chapel, dedicated to San Caralampio and the Virgen del Carmen, and completely covered by scallop shells.

Una capilla muy especial…

A very special chapel … © Alamy

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Las Rías Baixas (or why paradise is closer than you think)