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Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way-8 days
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Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way-8 days

Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way-8 days

Walking tour along Galician 'Death Coast'

  • Off the beaten road trails and paths with stunning views of the “Costa da Morte”
  • Stay in welcoming casas Rurales and modern hotels in small fishing villages of Galicia
  • Magnificent sandy beaches
  • Interesting lighthouses that used to be the only help for seamen to manage out this rugged coastline

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Route

Start: Malpica               Finish: Vimianzo 

Day 1: Arrival in Malpica de Bergantiños
Day 2: From Malpica to Barizo (13,2 km)
Day 3: Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (16,2 km)
Day 4: From Roncudo to Ponteceso(17,9 km or 15,8 km)
Day 5: From Laxe to Camelle harbour (15,8 km)
Day 6: From Arou to Mourin (13,6 km)
Day 7: From Mourin to Camariñas (13 km)
Day 8: End of the programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Malpica de Bergantiños

Arrival in Malpica de Bergantiños. Although not a very picturesque town, it’s position close to A Coruña and the availability of fresh fish allows for a wide choice in good restaurants.

Day 2:    From Malpica to Barizo (13,2 km)

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) 

Length: 13,2 km, 430 ascent, 420 descent; 4,5 - 5 hours

750 m extra to bar in Bario for transfer back to Malpica

Day 3:    Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (16,2 km)

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. 

Length:  16,2 km, 720 ascent / descent; 6,5 – 7 hours 

Other options: 

  • 13,4 and 600m up/down; 5,5 -6 hrs if you take short cut
  • 8,2 km and 445 ascent and 455 m up/down; 3,5 hours, if You order a taxi at Niñons beach
Day 4:    From Roncudo to Ponteceso(17,9 km or 15,8 km)

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 (CdF): 17,9km, 545 in ascent and 645 in descent; 6,5 hours

HIGH route: 15,8km, 440 m in ascent, 540 m in descent 

If you take THE shortcut between o Roncudo and O Corme: 3,6km less (possible on both routes), but then you´ll MISS the mini lighthouse of O Roncudo and also 3,5km of tarmac road

Day 5:    From Laxe to Camelle harbour (15,8 km)

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.

Length: 15,8 km, 510 m in ascent/descent; 5,5 hours 

Day 6:    From Arou to Mourin (13,6 km)

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

Length: 13,6 km, 415 m ascent and 375 m descent, 5-6 hours

Day 7:    From Mourin to Camariñas (13 km)

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.

Length: 13 km, 335m ascent/descent 4-4,5 hours  

Day 8:    End of the programme

After breakfast a taxi will take you to Vimianzo where you can get on the bus to either Coruña or to Santiago.

accommodation

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.

Hotel Fonte do Fraile (Malpica)
Hotel Fonte do Fraile (Malpica)

Comfortable family-run hotel in the very heart of the Costa da Morte, next to the beach of the beautiful fishing town of Malpica. It has a large garden and a covered terrace.  

www.hotelfontedofraile.com

Hotel Casa da Vasca (Barizo)
Hotel Casa da Vasca (Barizo)

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.  

www.casadavasca.com

Hotel Playa de Laxe (Laxe)
Hotel Playa de Laxe (Laxe)

3* Hotel built recently and located at the seaside, next to the main square of Laxe. Most of the rooms have views to the beach and to the town. 

www.playadelaxe.com

Hotel Do Cotariño (Mourin)
Hotel Do Cotariño (Mourin)

This hotel was restored maintaining its former structure of 3 stone houses from 1713. Two of the houses used to be living houses and the third used to be a barn. The beautiful garden of 2500 m² holds two stone storage buildings (hórreos) and it has a small stream, providing the visitor with a very quiet and relaxing environment.  

www.docotarino.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between  April and October

The nearest airports are A Coruña airport(LCG) and Santiago de Compostela (SCQ).

Roundtrip to La Coruña or Santiago de Compostela or Arrival in La Coruña and return from Santiago de Compostela.

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

included

Included

  • Accommodation for 7nights in comfortable rural Hotels and modern 3-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (days 6 and 7)
  • Transfers as detailed in programme 
  • Luggage transport
  • Detailed maps and route notes in English 
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not inluded:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • 5 dinners
  • lunches. You can buy provisions in towns, order pack lunches at hotels or have lunch at restaurants along the way 
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, etc…

Optional services (to be booked in advance)

  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme
  • Optional transfers from Santiago de Compostela or O Coruña airports
reviews

25-05-2019

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.

13-05-2019

Overall, a very well delivered and managed trip. That's why this is our third (and not last) trip with S-Cape

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