Nestled in the northwest corner of coastal Spain, about 50 kilometers outside of A Coruña, Galicia, lies an old, small, seemingly sleepy port town that resurrects itself at least twice each day with the arrival of the fishing boats and their workers, delivering their daily catch.
Malpica de Bergantiños is as picturesque as it is functional. The smell of the catch competes with the panorama of the port, as well as the cry of the gulls, in a competition for domination of the senses.
The grumble of the ice machine barely penetrates the cacophony of scavengers hovering overhead for what can be snatched in an instant by their eager and hungry beaks.
After the catch has been unloaded, venture inside to the auction house and witness the dance of buyers and sellers as they negotiate a fair price for the treasures culled from Galicia's Atlantic coast.
Later, venture up the ramps to walk into any bar for a café con leche or an Albariño (a white wine typical of Galicia). Here, you will see tables full of grandpas...abuelos...some playing cards over cañas of Estrella Galicia, others telling stories and reminiscing about the good ole days, or about the gossip of what happened in the village the night before.
Enjoy a tapa, like a wedge or tortilla española,
or a plate of pimentos de Padrón.
And maybe another caña or Albariño, but be careful, or your visit to the lovely port of Malpica de Bergantiños may not end as lovely as it started.