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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 on Galicia's 'Death Coast'

  • Off-the-beaten-track routes with stunning views of the “Costa da Morte”
  • Welcoming casas rurales and modern hotels in small fishing villages of Galicia
  • Magnificent sandy beaches
  • Interesting lighthouses, former beacons for seamen navigating this rugged coastline


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Start: Malpica               Finish: Vimianzo 

Day 1: Arrival in Carballo
Day 2: From Malpica to Barizo (13 km / 8 mi)
Day 3: Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (17 - 13 km / 10,5 - 8 mi)
Day 4: From Roncudo to Ponteceso (18 -14.5 km / 11 - 9 mi)
Day 5: From Laxe to Camelle harbour (15 - 12 km / 9,5 - 7,5 mi)
Day 6: From Arou to Camariñas (16 -14 km / 10 - 8,5 mi)
Day 7: Loop walk Camariñas (13.5 km / 8,5 mi)
Day 8: End of the programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Carballo

Arrival in Carballo. 

Day 2:    From Malpica to Barizo (13 km / 8 mi)

Morning transfer from Carballo to Malpica. 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 since 2010 (but remember to book in advance) 

Challenge: 13 km / 8 mi, 5 hrs, 400 ascent and descent.

Day 3:    Circular from Barizo via Faro Nariga (17 - 13 km / 10,5 - 8 mi)

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 / 10,5 mi, 6.5 - 7 hrs, 720 ascent and descent

                      Shortcut: 13 km / 8 mi, 5 hrs, 620 m ascent and descent

Day 4:    From Roncudo to Ponteceso (18 -14.5 km / 11 - 9 mi)

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 / 2mi 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 / 11 mi,  6.5 hrs, 525 m ascent, 650 m descent

                      HIGH route: 14.5 km / 9 mi,  4.5 - 5 hrs, 325 m ascent, 450 m descent

Day 5:    From Laxe to Camelle harbour (15 - 12 km / 9,5 - 7,5 mi)

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 km / 9,5 mi, 5.5 hrs, 485 m ascent and descent

                     Less exposed option (for rainy or very windy days): 12 km / 7,5 mi, 4 hrs, 275 m ascent and descent

Day 6:    From Arou to Camariñas (16 -14 km / 10 - 8,5 mi)

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 / 10 mi, 5.5 hrs, 420 m ascent and descent

                      Santa Mariña Variant (less exposed option): 14 km / 8,5 mi, 4 - 4.5 h, 270 m ascent, 390 m descent

Day 7:    Loop walk Camariñas (13.5 km / 8,5 mi)

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 / 8,5 mi, 5 hrs, 400 m ascent and descent

Day 8:    End of the programme

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

Pazo do Souto ( Carballo )
Pazo do Souto ( Carballo )

The location of this exclusive medieval palace, situated between A Coruña, Santiago, and Finisterre, is ideal for exploring the Costa da Morte, discovering its fishing villages, enjoying its beaches, visiting historical landmarks, and savoring the best of Galician cuisine.


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.  


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

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 , ...).


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.  



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

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

GPS tracks are available on request



  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfasts
  • 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
  • All dinners
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, etc…
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme


  • 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


"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"

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