Cambados, the cradle of Albariño wine
Heritage, history and outstanding wineries. The town of Cambados offers endless possibilities for those visitors who want to enjoy the aroma of its wines, a varied cuisine linked to the sea and its majestic old town
Its wine-making history, the overwhelming success of the Albariño Festival, declared of International Tourist Interest, and the quality of the wines under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas have turned Cambados into one of the most important wine capitals, which also boasts a rich heritage and history.
Phoenicians, Romans, Goths, Saracens and Normans attacked its coast in different periods. They were defeated on several occasions from the tower of San Sadurniño, whose ruins are still preserved on the islet of A Figueira. King Ferdinand II granted the villa the distinction of “Moi Real Vila” in the 12th century, a period of great development and growth.
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- Santa Mariña Dozo Church
- Wine Mseum
- Pazo de Fefiñáns
- San Sadurniño Tower
In fact, visitors can still perceive its past glory/splendour in noble constructions such as the pazos (manor houses) of Torrado, Bazán, Ulloa or Moltó.
Visitors to the wineries have the opportunity to taste the wines under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas, famous all over the world
A recommended option is to stroll around the old town of Cambados, of which the manor houses Pazo de Fefiñáns and Pazo de Montesacro stand out. There, visitors can have an aperitif before visiting one of the wineries of the Albariño white wine.
The capital of O Salnés offers endless possibilities. Some of the must-visit attractions include the Ethnographic and Wine Museum, where one can learn about the origin of their fertile vines, the methods of cultivation, the harvest and its impact on the land. And, if a glass of Albariño wine is the first image of Cambados evoked by travellers, the second one are delicious scallops in the style of the town, the star dish of local cuisine.
It is also recommended to climb to the bottom of A Pastora Hill to visit the ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo (16th century), one of the most special places in the region, an ancient temple with an impressive architecture and a historical cemetery where time seems to have stood still.
A route through the vineyards
In Cambados you can enjoy a tour around its many wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms and winemaking facilities. If you are interested in a full wine experience, you can visit some of the wineries included in the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas (Rías Baixas Wine Route). Among them, you can visit the wineries of Pazo de Fefiñáns and Pazo A Capitana as well as other traditional wineries such as Martín Códax or Condes de Albarei. The wineries Don Olegario, Lagar de Costa, Casa da Barca and Albamar are also worth a visit.