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Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way

Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way

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
  • Interesting lighthouses that used to be the only help for seamen to manage out this rugged coastline

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Route

Start: Malpica de Bergantiños             Finish: Finisterre

Day 1: Arrival in Malpica de Bergantiños
Day 2: From Malpica to Barizo (13,2 km)
Day 3: Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (13,1 km or 16,7 km)
Day 4: From Roncudo to Ponteceso (17,5 km or 14,4 km)
Day 5: From Laxe to Camelle harbour (12,3 km or 15,3 km)
Day 6: From Arou to Mourin (12 km or 13,7 km)
Day 7: Circular route Mourin via Camariñas (13,4 km)
Day 8: From Ponte do Cereixo to Muxia (14,4 km or 17 km)
Day 9: From Moreira to Queiroso (15 km)
Day 10: From Castrexe to Finisterre (14,3 km or 20 km)
Day 11: 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, 400 ascent, 400 descent; 4,5 - 5 hours

750 m extra to bar in Bario for transfer back to Malpica if you do NOT stay in Barizo

Day 3:    Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (13,1 km or 16,7 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:  16,7 km, 720 ascent / descent; 6,5 – 7 hours 

Other options: 

  • 13,1 and 615m up/down; 5,5 hrs if you take short cut
  • 7,8 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 (17,5 km or 14,4 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): 17,5km, 525 in ascent and 650 in descent; 6,5 hours

HIGH route: 14,4km, 325 m in ascent, 450 m in descent; 4,5 - 5 hours

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 3,25km of tarmac road

Day 5:    From Laxe to Camelle harbour (12,3 km or 15,3 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 

If you are afraid of heights or want to avoid some exposed sections on windy days, alternative routes are provided that in total will reduce the walk to 12.3 km

Length: 12.3 km, 275 m in ascent/descent; 4 hrs 

Day 6:    From Arou to Mourin (12 km or 13,7 km)

Our preferred but almost mountainous route for today starts at the village of Arou  (taxi transfer is included) 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 the Trece. 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.

Length: 13,7 km, 415 m ascent and 375 m descent, 5-6 hours

NOTE: For those who are afraid of heights OR on days with strong winds, there is an alternative high route starting near Santa Mariña, that offers the view across the Praia do Trece before you reach the cemetery

Length: 12 km, 270 m ascent and 385 m descent, 4-4,5 hours

 

Day 7:    Circular route Mourin via Camariñas (13,4 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: 13,4 km, 400m ascent/descent 4-4,5 hours  

Day 8:    From Ponte do Cereixo to Muxia (14,4 km or 17 km)

Those who want to continue another 4 days on the Camiño dos Faros, will be transfered to Ponte do Cereixo, to the start of today´s walk to Muxia. After 2 days of wild coastal landscapes, today you follow the river mouth, Ria do Porto where large groups of marisqueiras can be seen (and heard) in the morning as they collect mussels and shellfish. The  mini lighthouse of Lago tells you that you’re back to the Atlantic coast and close to the beach of Lago (with several bars and restaurants). This is a good place to stop for a break before the 2nd part of the route, which starts with a steep uphill section to the village of Mereixo. Here you join in for the first time on the Camino de Santiago trail to Finisterre but soon take a beautiful path through lush riverside vegetation back to the coast before you finally enter Muxia via the beach. 

Muxia seems to be an ugly town, but the old high street was built with its back to the ocean and now hides behind a first line of modern buildings. Your hotel is a modern 3-star hotel at the outskirts of town. If you follow the route all the way to the Sanctuary Virgen de la Barca and back, you'll explore the old parts of town and select tonigth's restaurant. You can choose between several outstanding and/or affordable pilgrim’s restaurants.

Length: 14,4 km, 565m in ascent / 600m in descent; 5,5 – 6hrs

If you choose to walk to the Sanctuary Virgen de la Barca the total length of the walk is 17 km (1hr extra)

Day 9:    From Moreira to Queiroso (15 km)

To avoid 3km of tarmac road and the crossing of 3 small ‘fjords’ with very steep ascents/descents, you ride partway with the taxi that transports your luggage. From Moreira - a small hamlet with no services- you walk to the beach and join a section of the Camiño dos Faros along a barren coastline with similarities to Scottish or Nordic landscapes. Today’s lighthouse is again small but located at the Westmost edge of Europe: Cabo Touriñan. Form there you turn south to the surfers’ beach of Nemiña and enjoy lunch before you walk the last 2km to a Rural Hotel run by an excellent local cook. Dinner is again included

Length: 15 km, 515 m ascent, 500 m descent, 5,5 -6hrs

Day 10:    From Castrexe to Finisterre (14,3 km or 20 km)

The last stage is again a very interesting one, especially between Praia Arnela and Finisterre when you walk very close to the cliffs and appreciate once more the skill and bravery of fishermen that stand on exposed corners to get the best catch. The section between Castrexe and Praia Arnela can be skipped, but then you will miss the last 1,5 km of sandy and desolate beach before Finisterra.

Length: max/min 20 km / 14,3km, 820/625m ascent and 780/665m descent; 8 / 6 hours 

Don’t let the total distanced discourage you. Even the maximum stage of 20 km becomes doable if you walk first to your hotel in Finisterre, check in, take a shower and postpone the last and the most symbolic part of the Camiño (approx.  7, 5 km, 330 in ascent and descent) to later that night or very early next morning: the loop-walk to the Cabo Finisterre which is a magic place to be around at sunset or dawn. Although the walk afterwards, back to the town of Finisterre along the road is a bit of an anti-climax, you share that with pilgrim’s who’ve often come a very, very, long way and who’s faces glow with satisfaction and emotion as they have finally reached  ‘the end of the world’,  Finis-terrae

HIGHLEY RECOMMENDED: you can upgrade to the tiny design and delicatessen hotel at the Cape Hotel Semaforo de Fisterra  which also means that you'll shorten the walk to 7hrs (distance of 16,3 km; 745 m in ascent / 640 in descent; 

Day 11:    End of the programme

Today your programme ends after breakfast. You can take a bus 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. 

NOTE: On day 10 you can upgrade to the tiny design and delicatessen hotel at the Cape: Hotel Semáforo de Fisterra www.hotelsemaforodefisterra.com (located in Fisterra)

You can also book another night in Finisterre and enjoy an afternoon at the beach after you have completed the loop walk to the cape in the morning.

For summer bookings is compulsory extra night in Finisterre.

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

Hostal La Cruz (Muxia)
Hostal La Cruz (Muxia)

Hostal La Cruz is in Muxía, 22 km from Finisterre. It has a nice restaurant with good traditional food. 

www.hostallacruz.com

Casa Fontequeiroso  (Fontequeirsoso)
Casa Fontequeiroso (Queirsoso)

The place where this hotel is located is perfect to relax, accompanied by the magic of the surroundings, listening to the sea and to nature. The essence of this hotel is in its simplicity… of space … of time … 

www.casafontequeiroso.com

Hotel-Spa Finisterrae (Finisterre)
Hotel-Spa Finisterrae (Finisterre)

Welcome to the hotel located at the westernmost end of Europe! It is in a renovated former manor house from 1908, in the most populated and higher area of Finisterre (La Ínsua, 120 inhabitants). This accommodation is a perfect view point for incredible sunrises and sunsets. 

www.hotelspafinisterrae.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 10 nights in comfortable rural Hotels and modern 3-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 dinners (days 6,7 and 9)
  • Transfers as detailed in programme 
  • Luggage transport
  • Detailed maps and route notes in English 
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not inluded:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • 7 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
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