The Seafood Fair of O Grove is one of the most anticipated events in the Rías Baixas. From October 5 to 15, the small Galician fishing village, overlooking the Ría de Arosa, will celebrate this busy festival, declared of National Tourist Interest, which every year attracts thousands of visitors (an average of 200,000) in search of the best quality seafood at a good price.
The event, which this year celebrates its 60th edition, is one of the oldest gastronomic exaltations in Galicia, and for 10 days brings together in the Plaza de O Corgo, the nerve center of the town, hundreds of booths and tents where you can give yourself an authentic gastronomic tribute tasting, at popular prices, dishes with the best delicacies of the sea coming directly from the Ría de Arosa.
In a festive atmosphere, the service inside the tents offers from clams with lemon or seafood, grilled razors, oysters, steamed or pickled mussels, cockles, crabs, barnacles, lobster or aquaculture turbot (the star products of O Grove) to other typical recipes of the region, such as octopus á feira, different preparations of empanada and one of the most popular dishes of the party, rice with seafood. For dessert, you can not miss the cake of Santiago.
The O Grove Seafood Festival is celebrated every year during the first weeks of October, when seafood is in all its splendor of flavor and still at affordable prices for all budgets, before starting the climb for Christmas. The gastronomic event is completed with numerous activities, regattas, competitions, concerts, conferences and tastings, shows... free that take place around the fishing port, the fish market, the food market and the headquarters of theCity Council, located next to the central square of O Corgo.
The kick-off of the fair is on Thursday, October 5, with the opening of seafood stalls and tasting tents from 19:30 p.m. Live musical performances and DJ sessions will take place in the concert tent from 22pm every day.
Surrounded by nature, sea, beaches and vestiges of past times, such as castros and necropolis of the pre-Roman era (that of Adro Vello), the town of O Grove, located on a peninsula in the heart of the Salnés region and bathed by the Ría de Arosa, is a claim to enjoy something more than its rich gastronomy.
Among the obligatory visits in the surroundings is the Playa de la Lanzada, one of the most emblematic of Galicia. More than two kilometers of fine white sand and crystal clear waters ideal these days to walk and to observe the experts in surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing who practice these sports in this place. La Lanzada is one of 38 beaches along 10 kilometres of coastline near O Grove.
Another great attraction of the area is the island of A Toxa, linked to O Grove by a bridge of 146 meters long built in 1910. There is the hermitage dedicated to San Caralampio and the Virgen del Carmen, which preserves its cult since the twelfth century and is famous for being covered with thousands of scallop shells since the nineteenth century.
But the island is known for being an outstanding thermal destination since the late nineteenth century, as it houses some of the most famous spas in Galicia for the quality of its medicinal waters. The Gran Hotel Balneario Eurostars Isla de la Toja, the Hotel Eurostars Balneario de la Isla de la Toja and the Talaso Louxo La Toja are the three thermal establishments.
A must in O Grove is to climb the Mirador de Siradella, the highest point in the area, 167 meters above sea level. The views are incredible, especially the sunsets, and, in good weather, you can see as far as the Cíes, Sálvora and Ons Islands. For lovers of the sea, from the port of O Grove there are guided excursions by ferry with several routes that run through the estuary of Arosa, which explain how the fauna of the estuary is or how the seafood is collected (more information here).