THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GRANARIES IN GALICIA

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GRANARIES IN GALICIA

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GRANARIES IN GALICIA

Galiciastands out among other regions for several reasons and characteristics. The most famous would be its breathtaking and intimidating coastline, the beautiful green landscapes and the eternal Camino de Santiago. Among the things to see in Galicia there are also some very interesting architectural objects: the granaries.

These structures are not distinguished by their imposing size or complex and refined design, but by their utility and simplicity. The granaries have been an inseparable part of the culture and life of the Galician people for centuries, and have now become one of the symbols of this beautiful community.

The origin of granaries goes back to the distant past, and it is not possible to determine exactly when they began to be built. The first written information on these types of granaries comes from the 13th century and is a graphic representation in the Cantigas de Santa María, attributed to Alfonso X the Wise.

However, it is quite clear that granaries began to be used in the Galician provinces much earlier. As for its name, it probably comes from the Latin horreum, which designated a building in which the fruits of the field, especially grain, were kept.

Below you will find a list of our favourite granaries that we,Galicia Travels recommend you to visit during your holidays in Galicia.

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QUINS GRANARIES

It is one of the biggest groups of granaries in Galicia. It has 24 stone buildings, located in the parish of Santa María de Quins (Ourense).

GRANARY OF POIO

Located in one of the provinces of Galicia: Pontevedra, next to a Benedictine monastery. The granary of Poio (in the Rías Baixas area) built in the 18th century is considered as the biggest granary in the world, but, despite being 33 metres long, it is not the longest.

GRANARIES OF A MERCA

It is the largest group of granaries in Spain. In A Merca, Ourense, there are 34 wooden barns covered with tiles. They form a picturesque landscape that you have to see in Galicia.

GRANARY OF ARAÑO

The longest granary in the world (37.05 meters long). It is listed as an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC). It is a 17th century construction that you cannot miss when visiting the region of Galicia.

GRANARIES OF COMBARRO

They are situated in Combarro (belonging to the municipality of Poio) in the Rías Baixas of Galicia. The granaries of Combarro stand out above all thanks to their beautiful location. They are located next to the seashore, as in the past, cereals prepared for export were stored there.

THE GRANARIES OF GALICIA

GRANARY OF LIRA

Built with granite in the 18th century. It is 36 meters long, so it is just a little short of competing for the title of the longest granary. It’s worth a stop, especially as it’s not a very touristy place and you’ll be able to take your perfect photo without any problems.

GRANARY OF CARNOTA

Located on the Costa da Morte, A Coruña. One of the most famous, every person on holiday in Galicia wants to visit it. The granary of Carnota was declared a national monument. Built during the 18th century, it measures 34.74 meters long.