Carnaval 2011 in Ribadeo, Galicia, Spain
Ribadeo tapas week - 2011

Rinlo and its fantastic restaurants

Rinlo
Rinlo is a fantastic little village about half an hour from Granero del burro. It sits on the rocky coastline between Ribadeo and Foz and is not dissimilar to some of the little villages on the north east coast of England around Robin Hood's Bay. There is nothing much to it really - a village of rustic houses, one road, a very narrow bridge, and 4 bar/restaurants.

View from Rinlo

The Cofradia is the most famous restaurant of these serving its speciality of the region - arroz caldoso de marisco. This is a type of liquidy risotto with Lobster and other Shellfish which is divine. You don't need to eat for days afterwards. Try the Pazo do Mar white wine with it.

Portillo is next to the Cofradia and is very small. It has no distinguishing features from the outside and inside has just a few wooden tables. However the welcome is great and the food even better. Their speciality is 'zamburinas' or Queenie Scallops cooked in their shell with a bit of Olive Oil. Their grilled jumbo Prawns are also worth trying.

A Mirandilla is the third bar/restaurant in the village. This has a nice area to sit outside and also serves good zamburinas. Their 'patatas bravas' are also well worth a try.

At the top of the village is Porto de Rinlo. This is a very nice place with a covered area outside. It also has some very simple, but comfortable bedrooms, all on the ground floor. The food is simple but very tasty and Ivan, the owner is very friendly. He might also try out his English on you!!

In addition to these fantastic eateries, you can walk along the spectacular coast very easily. There is a boardwalk in the village and the small coast road runs right along the cliff tops. It is a must place to visit on any trip to the area.

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