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Rinlo

Rinlo port

The municipality of Ribadeo has two historic ports, the one in the capital town and the one in Rinlo.

Rinlo is a medieval port created in one of the few inlets suitable for that purpose on the coastline, the bay of Areosa. It is a fishing port by tradition, as demonstrated by its fishermen's guild, one of the oldest in Spain.

A row of houses are arranged along the narrow streets, protecting the village from high winds. Small vegetable gardens are scattered among the houses revealing the importance of agriculture as well as fishing for the population of Rinlo. The fishermen's terraced houses have gabled roofs and are sheltered under cliffs. Their size is proof of how wealthy the owners were. The tallest houses usually had a storage room for fishing equipment, whereas smaller houses had attached sheds.

Rinlo is known for its shellfish farms. The first of them, used for the farming of lobsters and spider crabs, started running around 1904. It was set on a rocky inlet, a small natural pool sheltered from the wind. A few years later, the other two shellfish farms in Rinlo came into operation.

Rinlo and percebes

The village stands out for its gastronomy, particularly seafood, with lobster and rice being a signature dish.

Every year, the village hosts the Festa do Percebe in July or August, depending on the tide. In this festival visitors can enjoy a tasting of percebes (barnacles) as well as other kinds of seafood offered by caterers in the marquee set up for the event.

Some routes proposed on this site travel through Rinlo, such as the Seaside route and some of the hiking routes.


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