If you are only going to stay in Ribadeo for a weekend, you can follow our suggested plan to make sure you don't miss any landmarks on your getaway.
A stroll through the streets and plazas of the urban centre should be the first step. You can get a map-guide at the Tourism office with pre-planned routes, indicating the locations of all the landmarks. Ask for the brochure for detailed information.
The Tourism office is in Plaza de España. If the tide is low in the afternoon, you will have time to make your way from the Plaza. This plaza is the beating heart of the village, around which stand buildings that will walk you through Ribadeo's history: the elegant, neoclassical pazo de Ibáñez, the cosmopolitan Torre de los Moreno, the sober convent of Santa Clara, and the parish church Santa María del Campo, whose origins go back to an ancient 13th century Franciscan monastery.
After you leave the plaza, you have two alternatives to choose from. You can go down the “calle peatonal” -pedestrian road-, one of the busiest streets in Ribadeo. It, along with the streets running perpendicular to it, concentrate countless shops, bars, cafés, and restaurants where you can see first-hand what is happening in town. At the end of the road you will reach one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Ribadeo nowadays; the Barrio de San Roque. The “Barrio Indiano de San Roque” is known for concentrating the largest number of Indiano mansions in the region. These residences, veritable urban villas in some cases, were built by wealthy returning emigrants from America, Indianos. These boldly-coloured houses, with elegant decorative symmetries and shapes, belonged to a new, more sophisticated and cosmopolitan lifestyle.
On one of these streets you will find the Plaza de Abastos (market hall).
Inside you can purchase a variety of meats, fish, and fresh seafood, as well as fruits, vegetables, cheese, etc.
Wednesday markets are held here. The hall is open from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Saturday.
The other option is to head towards the sea and enter the Historical quarter, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC).
The most significant religious edifice here is the Atalaia chapel from the 12th century, the oldest in town. From here you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the marina and Ribadeo estuary.
Remember you can use our panoramic lift to go down to the docks.
Once you are in the port, after a walk along the promenade, you can enjoy a tasting of the assorted fish and seafood from our sea and estuary.
Octopus, razor shells, squids, grouper, sheepshead, bass... Every dish is a unique experience.
A good way to spend a relaxing afternoon is to go on a boat ride across Ribadeo estuary and watch the town from a different perspective. The boat ride will allow you to see the famous ría that links two peoples and cultures. You can get off in Castropol or Figueira, two riverside towns in Asturias, and have a glass of their famous cider.
Back in the town centre, after some tourist shopping, we recommend walking up to the best viewpoint in town, Monte de Santa Cruz, where you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of Ribadeo estuary.
If you are in the mood for a casual dinner, you can go on a tapas crawl and taste the so-called cuisine en miniatura in over 50 restaurants. The perfect accompaniment to this dinner is a good Galician wine with designation of origin. Our region produces wines of renowned quality and prestige. Where to eat.
Visitors shouldn't miss Ribadeo's nightlife. The streets are lined with terraces, restaurants, bars, and pubs that stay open well into the night. You can sit down with your friends to have a glass of wine or you can enjoy one of the many events and live performances that will make your stay more fun. You can also try some of the more modern clubs with a variety of musical environments that cater to all tastes.
If you spent the first day exploring the town centre, on the second day you can take a trip around the coast and obtain the “Credencial del Viajero Ribadense” (traveller's credential).
Early in the morning you can go down Calle del Faro, follow the route of the overlooks, and watch part of Ribadeo's shoreline; then head down to Rinlo to see its old shellfish farms.
But before you do that, we suggest paying Pancha a little visit. Pancha is the nickname one of the most famous and picturesque islands in the area, where Ribadeo's lighthouses are.
In Rinlo you can take a stroll through the narrow streets -congostras- to explore this little port of medieval origin built on one of the few inlets suitable for the task on the coast. This fishing town with quaint sailor houses and cramped alleyways has not lost any of its old charm.
You can't say goodbye to Rinlo before trying their famous “caldoso” rice with lobster or the barnacles collected at their shellfish farms.
As you continue your journey along the coast, through the beach route,you will see a succession of headlands and bays, enclosed beaches, and rocky inlets which make our coastline one of the most beatiful in Galicia.
Beaches like Esteiro, Illas, and Castros, famous for their cliffs and fine sand, are the best option to take a dip or sunbathe before you reach As Catedrais beach, Ribadeo's greatest Natural Monument. As Catedrais is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is among the top tourist destinations in Galicia. When you arrive, you will marvel at the breathtaking cliffs, a succession of arches, caves, and blowholes that make this beach unique.
A number of restaurants offer tasting menus at a set price and with the same service and quality. If you want to have an unforgettable gourmet experience of assured quality with local products, you should book one of these tasting menus, which cost 60 euros for two people. Where to eat.
Ribadeo offers a fantastic cultural programme: classical music, drama, small pop and rock concerts, magic shows, storytellers, etc. These are some of the most common events in this rich programme that can be enjoyed all throughout the year.