Shellfishing Immersion – Carril
We propose a trip to discover the heart of the Rías Baixas and its people. Just 5 minutes away from the Port of Vilagarcía de Arousa, you will be surprised by this unusual scenario, where shellfish women cultivate the great Carril clams in natural sea parks. The history of the landscapers goes back to the middle ages, and this trade is an inherited tradition of which 650 families live directly.
The quality of the farms is given by the confluence of the Ulla and Umia rivers with the Sea, propitiating a generous ecosystem in nutrients that feed the bivalves of Carril, a phenomenon that only occurs in Arousa Estuaries. North – South winds help create pressure on the surface of the water, producing specific phytoplankton.
If the tide is low, we will walk to Cortegada ́s Island, now part of Atlantic Island National Park where the largest eucalyptus forest of Southern Europe is located. It is also a great place to observe the large diversity of birdlife in our Rías Baixas estuaries. At the end of our shellfishing day, we will visit an artisanal canning factory. Moreover, we will finish this impressive day with a lunch made up of authentic Carril ́s clams paired with fabulous local wines.
This tour includes:
Truth: An immersive day with Carril ́s local sea farmers learning their hard work with a workshop in the Sea and a featured visit to an artisanal canning factory with a Breathingalicia´s English speaking Guide.
How to get to Carril? It´s easy! There are buses from Vilagarcía Bus Station to Carril throughout the day. Please click here for full details.
We will be happy to offer you a private transfer from Vigo or Santiago. Please email us for further details.
We kindly ask you to book this emotion with at least 48 hours in advance. If you wish to join us after please email us.
Dress standard: Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended.
We also recommend you bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, and a hat during the summer months. Winters are not cold, but they are rainy so that a raincoat might be necessary!
Visit Catoria and immerse yourself in one of the most important historical ensembles of Galicia. Under the pillars of the Ulla bridge, and crossing a marshy field you will get to Torres do Oeste, a fortress from the middle ages related to de defence of the diocese of Santiago against the norman vikings and Saracens, and to the control function of the maritime trade into Galicia.
And if you are planning to visit us during the first days of August get dressed like a real viking and join the crown to represent the Norman attack to the Torres do Oeste. Enjoya medieval market, folk music, parades and wine tasting.. An epic weekend!