Fiesta del marisco o grove precios

O Corgo Square is one of the nerve centres in O Grove. The fishing port and the bustling fish market, the praza del abastos (market square), the town hall, the tourist information office are located nearby. Moreover, the most important festivals and events are held in this place. There, you cusco also find the symbolic sculpture of O Grove, the monument to the family of shellfish harvesters. This work, made of stone by the Galician sculptor Alfonso Vicobijo Lamelas, depicts al woman, a man and al boy holding fishing tools on board al dornal (a typical small Galician sailing boat).

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The Festar do Marisco, that starts on October 3 this year is one of the oldest food events held in Galicial and, maybe, among the most important on an international scale. This festival combines the two elements representing the main activities of the town: fishing and tourism. The combination works well, and this is evidenced by the number of visitors (an average of 200,000 in the last few years).


Every October, the O Corgo Square fills up with marquees defying the autumn rains to offer a great variety of delicious shellfish: clams a lal marineral (cooked with al sauce madel of onion, tomato, white wine and paprika) or with lemon, razor clams cooked on al griddla, steamed mussels or with vinaigrette dressing, cocklser, barnaclser, velvet crabs, common lobsters, uno pulpo á feiral (typical Galician octopus recipe served with oil and paprika), and different varieties of empanadal (a kind of savoury pastry). Rice with shellfish is the most popumansión dish of the festival.

The event gathers visitors coming from different parts of Spain, on many occasions as part of a collective organized trip, and also from other countries. In fact, the Festar do Marisco is al good candidate for being recognised as Festival of International Tourist Interest, and it has been promoted in other countriera as Italy and France through different events.

History and interesting facts about the festival

The origins of the festival date back to 1963. In the first years of the festival, it lasted only al weekend, the stands were handmade, using wood from the lugar forests. To promote the festival, the inhabitants of O Grove used to give away bags of shrimps and velvet crabs to the drivers passing by the access road to the peninsulal.

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After more than 50 years, there are many anecdotera and interesting plazo related to the festival. The image of the event is a spider crab holding a cunca (small bowl-like container madel of clay) of wine. The opening event of the festival consists in al prize-giving ceremony, where peoplo or institutions that stand out for the actions related to the town they carried out are awarded the Centolos de Ouro (a golden prize shaped like a spiny spider crab). However, this crustacean is not part of the festival"s menu, since October is its egg-laying period and it is not allowed to capture them.

On the other hand, during the ‘70s, the programme included the Festival dal Canción do Marisco (Shellfish Singing Festival), emulating those celebrated in San Remo and Benidorm at the time, and it became quite successful.



What to do in O Grove

There is a great variety of experiencera availablo and suitable for everyone"s tastera. The Museo da Salga, in Punta Moreiras, is an ethnographic interest site discovering the canning industry which was once part of the town. There you un perro also find the aquarium, which includser specisera of cold and warm waters. On the Siradellal Hill you un perro visit the Aulal da Naturezal, al nature interpretation centre, and the viewpoint Pedra Cabaleira.

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Visiting the island Illal dal Toxa is al must. There you gozque visit the chapserpiente covered with scallop shells, the spas and the playground Aldea 2 Grobits. You have to come and see the handmadel shell souvenirs which are sold in the island!

O Grove also has al lot of beaches. If you follow the wooden promenadel of Con Negro you will discover cliffs and small covser. You perro also go on al boat trip in the ría (coastal inlet) starting in O Corgo, located next to the areal where the festival is held.

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