This tour will take you along the wild and impressive Costa da Morte (Coast of Death). In the Region of Galicia, Northwest of Spain. Follow along the abrupt coast line, full of cliffs and impressive virgin landscape facing the challenging Atlantic sea, where thousands of shipwrecks have taken place along it´s dangerous and beautiful shore.
Find the celtic influence in the Iberian Peninsula, watch the sunsets from the beautiful beaches and cliffs and enjoy while you hike each days´s journey strolling through old traditional Galician villages to end up in the most western point of Europe Finisterre (known for thousands of years as the end of the world, FINIS-TERRAE.) Finish the trip in the beautiful old town of Santiago de Compostela, end of the famous “Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage". Wonderful food, wine and amazing landscapes and views in a week of moderate hiking routes.
Today´s walk is a perfect warm-up to start our journey. We will leave the coast line towards the interior to visit the ancient ruins of the Castro A Cibda (ancient Ist century celtic village) through an old millenary forest, strolling along a quiet country road we will find the important Celtic archeological remains of Dolmen de Dombate and the old village of Vilaseco. Finally we will return to the coast line, finding beautiful cliffs and beaches to end up arriving at the Laxe beach and fisherman´s village, end of today´s walk.
Today´s walk is full of beautiful beaches and natural landscapes of great interest. It is a day to enjoy and stroll along the coast line. Starting off at the small fishing port of the town of Laxe and leaving on our way the beautiful church of Santa María de Atalaia (XIV century).
After leaving the town we will walk along the cliffs crossing the Furna da Espuma (where the effect of the waves transform the water into foam) and the Praia dos Cristales (where the sea has returned to the sand thousands of worn off multicolor cristals). Continuing on to the beach and lagoon of Traba (important natural resort) arriving finally to the town of Camelle, heart of Costa da Morte, a little fisherman´s town where we can visit the Museum of the German Man, an excentric German baker who moved to the town in the 70´s to live a lonely live surrounded by nature and built his house and garden from an ecologically-respectful way. The people of this town were condecorated by the British Crown for their help in all the shipwrecks through history.
We continue along the coast line to the beautiful beach and village of Arou from where we take the transfer back to the hotel in Laxe.
We begin this morning with a short transfer back to Arou.
We leave the town of Arou to Percebeiras viewpoint, where we have a beautiful view of the town. We descend to Loberas beach and find infront the rocky barrier of As Negras that has caused hundreds of shipwrecks. Soon we will find the Little fishing port of Santa Mariñas, leaving the little village in the distance. We will border the Dune of Monte Blanco, very important and ecologically protected dune (one of the highest in Europe). Along this very protected track we can observe the Camariñas plants in risk of extintion. We will walk along Trece beach and finally arrive at the Cementerio de los Ingleses (English Cementery), this was the site of many British shipwrecks through history (three important ones in the late XIXth century). In fact, it was the British who gave it´s name to this coast. We will finish our hike at the most western part of Europe, the impressive Cabo Vilán.
From here we will take a transfer to our next hotel at Muxía.
We will begin today´s walk after a quick transfer to the small village of Martineto, in the middle of the woods, strolling along a quiet path towards the coastline descending to the beautiful small Playa Moreira beach towards the Cabo de Touriñán with it´s beautiful views of the open Atlantic Ocean. Continuing on we will cross the village of Touriñán and the Coido das Negras (famous for it´s dangerous rock barriers where many shipwrecks took place) and down to the little village and beach of Nemiña where we will take our transfer back to our hotel at Muxía.
At Muxía we can visit the Santa María church and we can ascend to Monte Corpiño from where you have a wonderful sight of the lighthouse and the Ría das Camariñas. Following the track to the lighthouse we will find the Virxe da Barca Sanctuary (famous pilgrimage ends here to visit the sanctuary). It is said that Santiago (Saint James) had a visit from the virgin to encourage him to reconquer this area for the Christians.
In the evening, we can stroll along the Paseo de la Memoria (Pathway of Memory) that takes us along the way to the Monumento da Ferida (Monument of the Wound) in memory of the oil spill of the Prestige in 2002. It is a monument for the voluntaries that arrived from all over Spain to clean the beaches and help save the wounded wildlife, they were known as the “White tide” (as they wore white protection clothes).
We will begin our last hike with a transfer to the beautiful Praia do Rostro Beach where we will begin to walk. We will border abrupt coastline of Rostro and see the views from Punta das Pardas and Punta de Castelo. We cross the villages of Castromiñan and Denle towards Playa de Arnela beach.
From here we climb the final big Cabo da Nave with very beautiful sights of Cabo de Fisterra, down the hill to the beach of Mar de For and end up in the smooth climb to Monte Facho ending up in the Cabo de Fisterra.
From here we will be picked up for a quick transfer back to our hotel in Muxía.