Back in November, I finally took the bus past Boiro for the first time to meet up with some fellow language assistants who work in the area and really enjoyed my time in Ribeira—in spite of the torrential rains that are all too common in Galicia in the fall and winter.
What is Ribeira all about?
|In Ribeira city|
As Ribeira is a major fishing village, its residents unsurprisingly talk like mariners. Here, the harsh gheada accent dominates; the word for “black cat,” o gato negro, would be pronounced with a deep, guttural G sound like so: “o KHAH-to NAY-khro.” Locals represent their dialect on Facebook by replacing the G with the letter J, as in Spanish: Jalicia, qué jrande, etc. In fact, several of the students at my school further east speak this way!
|Looking out to the Ría de Arousa estuary|
Apart from a couple old homes and a small Neoclassical parish church, there really isn’t much to see in Ribeira as most of the city has been built over the past couple decades (which coincided with increased summertime tourism to Ribeira’s fine beaches). However, outside of the city center there’s a handful of cool things to check out, so make sure to rent a car if you’re ever passing through the region!
|Boardwalk out to the lookout point|
|Dunes between the ocean and the lagoon|
How to get thereAbout a dozen buses operated by Arriva run between Ribeira and Santiago de Compostela every day.
What would you most be interested in checking out in Ribeira—the monuments or the beaches? Tell me below in the comments!
For more pictures, check out my album on Flickr.