Combarro is a part of the municipality of Poio, which is a town over from Pontevedra and where I stayed my first month here in Spain. Combarro wasn’t high up on my list of must-sees, but I had heard it was worth a short trip to see. One of the teachers at my school, Aranza, kindly offered to show me a few things near her house and take a trip out to Combarro. So, Saturday morning, I met up with her and her husband, and we headed to Combarro.
It’s a fishing town with a small population of around 1700 people. The port was beautiful, and the fishing equipment was seen all over. The old village was a short walk away from the port and met us with narrow winding streets filled with bars and artisan shops.
Two things that make the town stand out are the large number of granaries (hórreos) and cruceros (transepts). Granaries are used in Spain to keep food above ground and away from food and moisture. They are a protected structure in Spain, and you can find many of them of varying sizes around Galicia and other parts of Spain. The cruceros are cross structures that are placed in public primarily at crossroad intersections. This is a characteristic style of monument in Galicia and Portugal as well. We have some of these in Pontevedra, as well, but I had not noticed them before.
After walking through the old village, we stopped for a drink and enjoyed some views of the port. Then, they had a few other off-the-beaten path sites to show me.
Next, they took me to the Puente Almofrei which is a 16th centry Roman style bridge with stunning views of the river sweeping underneath.
After this, we drove just a little bit longer and went to the Puente colgante de Calvelo (Calvelo suspension bridge). It was a lot of steep stairs and rocks to climb to get down to the bridge, but it was worth it. I was a bit nervous and didn’t stop during the 30m walking across for any photos, but I can confirm the views were lovely. The bridge is suspended by cables and swayed a bit too much for my liking as you walked across.
After, we headed back to Aranza’s house and had lunch together filled with Spanglish conversations.