On an overcast evening, I rolled into the charming seaside village of Rinlo in Galicia. Where Rinlo is only a short distance from Playa de Las Catedrales (https://www.outdoorfitnesssligo.com/destinations-further-afield-travel-blog/playa-de-las-catedrales), it is a popular with visitors who are on their way to admire this natural wonder.
But Rinlo is also know for its culinary specialty "Arroz Caldoso", a hearty delicious soupy rice full of seafood which brings in a lot of culinary visitors to Rinlo.
And as the village is right on the coast, it isn't difficult to see why seafood is a staple amongst the community of Rinlo. For such a small village, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
The village is the perfect base to discover the many coastal paths along the rocky coast, it is also this rocky coast which provides the village with another specialty, Percebes or Goose Barnacles.
Known as the most expensive seafood in the world, it isn't difficult to see why. Sometimes costing up to €200 per kilo, this extraordinary price results from the extreme circumstances in which the rare barnacles are harvested from these rocky cliffs. Along the coast, you see people collecting these Percebes while clinging onto the rocks while being battered by the constant waves.
Walking to the harbour, you can admire 2 beautiful wall paintings of these Percebeiras collecting these tasty barnacles. Every year during the summer months, the town hosts the Festa Do Percebe. Centered around Percebes, it is a feast where you can sample all kinds of fresh seafood in the main marque.
The colourful houses in the village are arranged along narrow streets protecting the village from winter storms. Even on the particular day I visited Rinlo, the weather gods had decided that a blustery breeze would provide me with the perfect background to this charming village.
So whenever you find yourself in the vicinity of Rinlo, put it on your itinerary and visit this cute fishing village where life passes by at a slower pace.