The port is the nerve centre of Camariñas. Boats that come and go, fishing gear with a salt patina, seamen and seawomen bringing exquisite treasures for the most refined palates: octopus, sardines, mackerel, sea urchins, goose barnacles.. Also clams, pod razors and razor shells from the ria’s calm waters. Each has its open and closed seasons.
Walking around the port area is an amazing experience. On the one hand, you have the day boats, using small gear, leaving early in the morning and coming back in the afternoon. On the other, you have the purse seiners or bottom longliners, larger than the day boats (over 50 tons). They leave at about 19:00h and return at dawn.
These same boats are decorated for the solemn procession in honour of their patroness, the Virxe do Carmen, every July 16. In the dock stands the headquarters of the Confraría de Pescadores, the Seafarers’ Guild.
O Ariño clams
The following seafoods are produced locally in Camariñas: goose barnacles, sea urchins, clams (Manila, carpet shell and grooved carpet shell), cockles, periwinkles, pod razors and razor shells. If you want to see how shellfish is gathered, go to O Ariño to see the members of the Shellfish Gatherers’ Association of Camariñas at work, or join one of their guided tours. Visit the Tourism Office on the seaside promenade or the Seafarers’ Guild.
The municipality has another major port, Camelle, and the artisanal fishing ports of Santa Mariña and Arou.
- Tourist Office: (+34) 981 736 340
- Seafarers’ Guild of Camariñas: (+34) 981 737 219