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Combarro is in the province of Pontevedra in the Galicia region of Spain. Combarro is a lovely coastal village on the beautiful Ria de Pontevedra. The old town of Combarro has been classified as a 'Property of Cultural Interest'.
Combarro is renowned for its horreos of which there are many all along its waterfront. Horreos are grain stores that are raised up on stone pillars. They are found throughout Galicia but Combarro is remarkable both for the number of horreos here - there are about thirty - and for their coastal location. All lined up along the seafront they really are very quirky and attractive. They were built in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Behind these are the simple fishermens cottages with Baroque balconies on top of stone pillars. These are usually filled with flowers in the summer. The balconies vary in elaborateness whether they were made of wood or stone depending on the wealth of the owner.
All in all Combarro is a small simple village but with a charm and uniqueness that make it well worth a visit.
Just a couple of kilometres from Combarro is the 17th century Monasterio de Poio. This has a Baroque facade and a cloister. There is also a mosaique depicting the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Next to the monastery is the largest horreo in Galicia.
The Rias in Galicia are beautiful fjord like inlets along the Galician coast and provide shelter from the Atlantic winds and waves and make these very nice holiday destinations.
If you are visiting on the 16 July you will be lucky enough to see the 'Virgin of El Carmen' festival with boats decorated in flowers taking part in a procession. The best decorated boat is selected to carry the image of the Virgin. The 15 August 'mussel festival' is anothe good time to visit.
Places to visit nearby
Pontevedra is the capital of Galicia and sits at the end of the Ponteverde Ria and is a very pleasant town. Vigo is Galicia's largest towns and sits on another of the lovely Rias, the Ria de Vigo. It is also home to the Pescanova fishing company - the largest in the world!