Start: Malpica Finish: Vimianzo
Arrival in Malpica de Bergantiños. You can take a stroll around its interesting port before looking for a good restaurant to taste a delicious dinner on fish and seafood.
During the first walk from hotel doorstep to hotel doorstep you get directly into the mood of the Camiño dos Faros as you follow gravel roads and small, sometimes uneven and exposed foot paths along the coast, passing a beach, a chapel and the Sisargas islands. The route ends at the doorstep of your rural and seaside hotel near Barizo. Dinner is not included because the hotel only services 'a la carte' menus. And you might want to try next door’s restaurant “As Garzas” awarded with 1 Michelin star in 2018 (but remember to book in advance)
Challenge: 13,2 km, 5 hrs, 400m ascent/descent.
Today you walk first to the Faro Nariga, one of the most famous lighthouses of the Costa da Morte although, or maybe because, it is a modern building. After the lighthouse you continue to the beautiful beach of Niñons, where you order a taxi or start the return route along gravel roads that give access to a modern windmill park.
Challenge: 16,7 km, 6,5-7 hrs, 720m ascent/descent.
Another option: 13,1 km, 5 h, 615m ascent/descent; if you take short cut.
To avoid a long stretch of steep coastal footpath through a vast empty area, a taxi will take you in the morning to the tiny hamlet of Roncudo. From there you either follow the Camiño along winding footpaths to the cape O Roncudo after which there is no alternative for a 3km tarmac lane until you reach the fishermen’s village of O Corme OR you take a shortcut to O Corme.
After coffee break at O Corme you have to choose again: between the long spectacular Camiño along the coast with some exposed parts, or a shorter, higher route through shady woods before you reach the extensive sand plateau that separates the river mouth of Ponteceso from the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, a long stretch of SANDY trail before you reach Ponteceso and a taxi will take you to your modern beach hotel in Laxe.
LOW route: 17,5 km, 6,5 hrs, 525m ascent, 650m descent (Camiño official markings)
HIGH route: 14,4 km, 4,5-5 hrs, 325m ascent, 450m descent
A beautiful stretch of coastline and one steep hill separates Laxe from the large sandy beach of Traba. The dunes have been violated by the ocean on several occasions, thus creating a wetland with lagunes that are popular among birds. After a swim or a meal at the only bar-restaurant along the route today, you follow an old coastal ox-trail, that has been literally carved into the granite rock or winds around strange wind-sculptured rock formations. In the harbour of Camelle a taxi picks you up for a transfer back to Laxe because there is no hotel nearby.
Challenge: 15,3 km, 5,5 hrs, 485m ascent/descent OR 12,3 km, 4 hrs, 275m ascent/descent (less exposed, for rainy or very windy days)
Our preferred but almost mountainous route for today starts at the village of Arou and takes you first along 2 tiny harbours that look more like smugglers bays, before you climb up to the back of Europe’s highest dune. Then a truly wild scenery awaits, as you descend and cross a chain of small beaches called Praias deTrece. You finally reach the Cemetry of the English; a symbolic burial place to honour the lives of sailors and passengers that died in three ship wrecks happened in this coast between 1883 and 1893. The last kilometres are easy as you hike along a gravel road for a while (taking some shortcuts close to the coast at times) before you head into the woods and walk to the doorstep of your cosy rural hotel Do Cotariño where you will also have dinner tonight.
NOTE: For those who are afraid of heights OR on days with strong winds, there is an alternative high route starting near Sta Mariña, that offers the view across the Praia do Trece before you reach the cemetery
Challenge: 13,7 km, 5 hrs, 415m ascent, 375m descent OR 12 km, 4-4,5 h, 270m ascenso, 385m descenso (less exposed option or for very windy days)
If your accommodation tonight is in Camariñas, the walk will be 1.9 km longer:
15,6 km, 5,5 hrs, 415m ascent, 420m descent
As you walk back to the coast from Mourin, you will be surprised by the dramatic location of the most imposing lighthouse on the route: the Cabo Vilán, also the first electrified lighthouse of Spain. You can visit the house (now it holds a visitors’ centre and café) before you continue along the coast, past a modern fish factory and a chapel located on a hilltop above Camariñas. Todays´ route is relatively short, which allows you to have a longer lunch at restaurant Arnelo in Camariñas. The traditional village architecture has suffered from modernity, but it houses a small museum dedicated to the typical handcrafted lace of Camariñas. After lunch your walk back to Do Cotariño or order a taxi when it’s time to return for dinner.
Challenge: 12 - 13,9 km, 4-4,5 hrs, 270m ascent, 385m descent
After breakfast a taxi will take you to Vimianzo where you can get on the bus to either Coruña or to Santiago.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
Built in 1672 by the Marquis of Montenegro, on a medieval tower in an ancient Celtic hill fort, Pazo do Souto opened its doors 1992 as one of the first rural tourism houses in Galicia. It remains today a benchmark of quality and service, not only in this area but allover Galicia.
Rural accommodation located in a heavenly place, next to the sea and close to the beach of Seiruga, one of the best-known beaches in the Costa da Morte. Most of the rooms have views to the sea, with all the amenities. Their restaurant has a nouvelle cuisine that blends traditional Galician and Vasque cooking using selected products.
The Hotel VIDA Mar de Laxe is located in the heart of Laxe, one of the most picturesque villages on the Galician coast, 40 meters from a beautiful beach with 2 km of extension, and surrounded by all services (cafes, restaurants, supermarkets , ...).
On the seafront of Camariñas and in front of the fishing port is an old manor house completely renovated. In a warm and familiar atmosphere like the one you will find in the Hotel Puerto Arnela, you will feel like at home, but enjoying beautiful views and excellent traditional Galician cuisine.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October
Arrival in Malpica
From A Coruña airport
Bus from La Coruña airport to Coruña city centre, then bus to Malpica (5 times a day, 1.5 hours).
From Santiago de Compostela airport
Bus or Taxi from Santiago de Compostela airport to Santiago city centre, then bus to La Coruña (every half hour, travel time about 1 hour). Then bus to Malpica (5 times a day).
Departure from Fisterra
From Fisterra to La Coruña airport
Bus from Fisterra to Santiago (4 times a day, 2.5 hours), then bus to La Coruña (every half hour, travel time about 1 hour). From there, bus or taxi to Santiago airport.
For more information, please go to: www.monbus.es/en/galicia/routes-regional
From Fisterra to Santiago de Compostela airport
Bus from Fisterra to Santiago (4 times a day, 2.5 hours), then shuttle from Santiago city centre to Santiago airport
(*) NOTE: Private taxi transfers can be booked from / to the airport (A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela). Rates on request.
Driving to Galicia
Your hotel in Malpica has a private car park but space is limited. If not available at the hotel, you can leave your car at the free public car park for the duration of your stay (car park not guarded).
Returning to collect your car
By bus from Fisterra to Santiago (2.5 hours, 4 services a day) then from Santiago to La Coruña (every half hour, travel time about 1 hour). From La Coruña, regional bus to Malpica (5 day, travel time about 1.5 hours). Keep in mind that these connections will take you most of day.
For more information, please go to: www.monbus.es/en/galicia/routes-regional
GPS tracks are available on request
"A very good time. Accomodation Lugar do Cotarino is a nice place, at the village edge of Camarinas. Some steps to walk there to, but quite, good and natural climate in the rooms. An old dog and two cats are running around and greet everyone"
"Overall, a very well delivered and managed trip. That's why this is our third (and not last) trip with S-Cape"