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The tough shellfish women of Cambados

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In my travels, few visits have impressed me as much as I did a couple of weeks ago in the area near the port of Cambados.

Cambados is a city council included in the Rías Baixas Wine Route, a wine tourism itinerary that I traveled for a couple of days.

The friendly and vital María José, from the cultural association “Mulleres Do Mar de Cambados” (Guimatur), brought us closer to the hard world of seafood

The sun looked high at 10 in the morning over this small town of the Rías Baixas. The heat was overwhelming, breaking down the myth that in Galicia it is not hot in June.

We walk along the promenade and arrive at the point near the beach where the Guimatur store is located. There, María José introduced herself while giving us a pair of boots so that we could follow her through the sand and the water of the marsh.

What is Guimatur?

While we were approaching the beach, our hostess was explaining to us what is the association of which she is a part.

Guimatur is a cultural association that was created, in Cambados, in 2004. Its purpose is to spread the marine culture and the traditional values ​​of it. For it They organize a couple of routes in which you can combine following closely the work of shellfish makers, with a good tasting of one of the best Albariños wines in the area.

Guimatur Objectives

With these routes, what is tried is to bring the shellfish world closer to people on foot.

Most people associate the sea and marine activity with men, thinking that women are always relegated to a marginal background. As well, Of the more than 300 people who beat the beach every day in search of clams and cockles, only 8 are men.

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