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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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price in double room from: € 760
Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way

Camiño dos Faros: The Lighthouse way

The lighthouse trail on Galicia's "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            Finish: Fisterra

Day 1: Arrival in Malpica
Day 2: From Malpica to Barizo (13 km)
Day 3: Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (17 km / 13 km)
Day 4: From Roncudo to Ponteceso (18 km / 14.5 km)
Day 5: From Laxe to Camelle harbour (15 km / 12 km)
Day 6: From Arou to Camariñas (16 km / 14 km)
Day 7: Loop walk Camariñas (13.5 km)
Day 8: From Ponte do Cereixo to Muxia (14.5 km / 17 km)
Day 9: From Moreira to Queiroso (13 km / 15 km)
Day 10: From Castrexe to Fisterra (20 km / 14 km)
Day 11: End of the programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Malpica

Once you arrive and check in at your nice hotel, walking around the town and visiting the quaint port can be a good option, before taking a look at the restaurants to decide where to have a tasty fish or seafood dinner today. 

Day 2:    From Malpica to Barizo (13 km)

During the first walk, you get directly into the mood of the Camiño dos Faros. Walking from your hotel door, 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 since 2010 (but remember to book in advance) 

Challenge: 13 km, 5 hrs, 400 ascent and descent.

Day 3:    Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (17 km / 13 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. 

Challenge: 17 km, 6.5 - 7 hrs, 720 ascent and descent

                      Shortcut: 13 km, 5 hrs, 620 m ascent and descent

Day 4:    From Roncudo to Ponteceso (18 km / 14.5 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 3 km 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.

Challenge: LOW route: 18 km,  6.5 hrs, 525 m ascent, 650 m descent

                      HIGH route: 14.5 km,  4.5 - 5 hrs, 325 m ascent, 450 m descent

Day 5:    From Laxe to Camelle harbour (15 km / 12 km)

A beautiful stretch of coastline and one steep hill separates Laxe from the large sandy beach of Traba. The rows of dunes on this beach have been formed by strong ocean winds and have given rise to a lagoon that is home to a great diversity of 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 km, 5.5 hrs, 485 m ascent and descent

                     Less exposed option (for rainy or very windy days): 12 km, 4 hrs, 275 m ascent and descent

Day 6:    From Arou to Camariñas (16 km / 14 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) to the hamlet of Tourin before you descent along a quit tarmac lane into Camariñas.

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.

(If your accommodation tonight is in Tourin, the walk will be 2 km shorter)

Challenge: 16 km, 5.5 hrs, 420 m ascent and descent

                      Santa Mariña Variant (less exposed option): 14 km, 4 - 4.5 h, 270 m ascent, 390 m descent

Day 7:    Loop walk Camariñas (13.5 km)

As you walk back to the coast via 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. Today's route is relatively short, which allows you to have a longer lunch at Restaurant Puerto Arnela. The traditional village architecture has suffered from modernity, but it houses a small museum  dedicated to the typical handcrafted lace of Camariñas.

Challenge: 13.5 km, 5 hrs, 400 m ascent and descent 

Day 8:    From Ponte do Cereixo to Muxia (14.5 km / 17 km)

Those who want to continue another 4 days on the Camiño dos Faros, will be transferred 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 Fisterra but soon take a beautiful path through lush riverside vegetation back to the coast before you finally enter Muxia via the beach.

Challenge: 14.5 km, 5.5 hrs, 570 m ascent, 600 m descent.

                      With walk to the Sanctuary Virgen de la Barca: 17 km, 6.5 hrs, 620 m ascent, 660 m descent

Day 9:    From Moreira to Queiroso (13 km / 15 km)

To avoid 3 km of tarmac road and the crossing of 3 small ‘fjords’ with very steep ascents and 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 2 km to a Rural Hotel run by an excellent local cook. Dinner tonight is included.

Challenge: 13 km, 4.5 hrs, 375 m ascent, 485 m descent

                      With extension to hotel: 15 km, 5.5 hrs, 520 m ascent, 500 m descent

Day 10:    From Castrexe to Fisterra (20 km / 14 km)

The last stage is again a very interesting one, especially between Praia Arnela and Fisterra 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 Fisterra.

Challenge: 20 km, 8 hrs, 820 m ascent, 780 m descent

                     Shorter route (Starting at Playa Arnela): 14 km, 6 hrs, 625 m ascent, 665 m descent.

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 Fisterra, check in, take a shower and postpone the last and the most symbolic part of the Camiño (approx.  7.5 km, 330 ascent and descent) to later that night or very early next morning: the loop-walk to the Cape Fisterra which is a magic place to be around at sunset or dawn. Although the walk afterwards, back to the town of Fisterra 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.

HIGHLY 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 7 hrs (16.3 km, 745 m ascent, 640 m descent).

Day 11:    End of the programme

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

'standard' hotels

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 (located in Fisterra)

You can also book another night in Fisterra 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 Fisterra.

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

2 minutes walking from the beach, Hotel Fonde do Fraile offers 22 rooms with rustic-colonial decoration, and it is situated in a quiet street very close to the center. 

Fonte do fraile

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 Vida Mar de Laxe
Hotel Vida Mar de Laxe (Laxe)

Cuenta con confortables habitaciones completamente equipadas. El alojamiento dispone además de instalaciones que harán más única la estacia de sus clientes; salón social, cafetería, restaurante y ático-terraza chill-out

www.vidahoteles.com/hotel-vida-mardelaxe

Hotel Puerto Arnela (Camariñas)
Hotel Puerto Arnela (Camariñas)

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.

www.hotelpuertoarnela.com

Hotel La Cruz (Muxia)
Hotel La Cruz (Muxia)

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

www.hotellacruz.com

Casa Fontequeiroso  (Fontequeiroso)
Casa Fontequeiroso (Queiroso)

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 Vida Finisterre (Finisterre)
Hotel Vida Finisterre (Fisterra)

Hotel located in the heart of Fisterra, the heart of the Costa da Morte, and 100 meters from the fishing port, where you can enjoy the local gastronomy in the various restaurants.

www.hotel-vida-finisterre.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 A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela or Arrival in A Coruña and return from Santiago de Compostela.

Arrival in Malpica

From A Coruña airport

Bus from A Coruña airport to A 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 A 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 A 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 A Coruña (every half hour, travel time about 1 hour). From A Coruña, regional bus to Malpica (5 per 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

  • 10 nights' accommodation with breakfasts
  • 1 dinner (day 9)
  • Transfers as detailed in programme 
  • Luggage transport
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not inluded:

  • Lunches: You can buy provisions in towns, order pack lunches at hotels or have lunch at restaurants along the way 
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • 9 dinners
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, etc…
  • Any items that have not been specificalle mentioned in the programme

Extras

  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme
  • Optional transfers from Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña airports
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation
reviews

30-06-2021

We liked Pazo do Souto, they offer also nice dinner, so no need for a transfer to the town Casa da Vasca has an amazing location Rural Hotel do Cotarino. Unfortunately for the first time on a s-cape tour we were not lucky with the weather, it was raining almost every day. We still enjoyed the hike, but ther are no spectacular pictures to share!

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