Standing next to this sculpture inspired by a whale painted by surrealist artist Urbano Lugrís, it smells and tastes of sea. The figure commemorates the splendorous past of Malpica as an important whaling port in the Costa da Morte.
From the hill, known as ‘faladoiro’ or ‘Murallón de Don Anselmo’, you can get a glimpse of the activities of a lively, modern and well-equipped port, witness to important historical events. For instance, it was from here that some of those oppressed by the Francoist regime escaped to France. Some ended up fighting in World War II and in concentration camps, others settled in the Peruvian city of Chimbote where they helped build the then ‘world’s first fishing port’.
Behind you, you can see the Casa do Pescador, home to the Fishermen’s Association, with beautiful murals painted by Lugrís in 1956.
At your feet is the dock with the slipway. To the right you can see the Muelle Sur (South Quay) and the ascent to the viewpoint of Camiño do Río. In front of you, there is the Muelle Norte (North Quay) with the fishermen’s huts, the fish market, the ice factory and the seawall. The inner harbour, about 330 yards long, provides protection from storms. Avoid strolling along this stretch in bad weather!
A typical profession in Malpica is that of the ‘boteiros’. These ’water taxi drivers’ carry sailors to the anchored boats.