What to see and do in Vilanova
The square called Praza do Castro, very close to the Mar de Santiago’s port, features the Monument to Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, one of the key authors of 20th-century literature and a most illustrious resident of the fishing town of Vilanova de Arousa.
Also known as “Casa do Cuadrante”. The writer was born in this house on October 28, 1866, and spent his first years of life here.
The ground floor also services as a tourist information office.
The Camba brothers stood out in the world of literature and journalism. Their house features first editions of their works, pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts and photographs, as well as some of their personal belongings.
An important part of the municipality’s economy is still linked to fishing and especially to shellfish, above all the cultivation of mussels, which involves hundreds of platforms that can be seen all along the coast.
The tower is all that remains of the former Benedictine Monastery of San Cibrao de Cálogo, founded by St. Fructuosus in the 7th c. The monastery was destroyed by Norman attacks in the 9th and 10th centuries.
Starting in 1994, during the first weekend in August, Vilanova’s residents as well as thousands of visitors and tourists gather to enjoy two star products, mussels and cockles, which are served in numerous ways and dishes.
This event has been declared a Galician Tourist Festival.