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Camino dos Faros - ancient path to Finisterre

Day 1: Arrival in Malpica

Today is a travel day for everyone to land in Spain, Galicia and make their way to Malpica. Overnight stay in Malpica.

 

Day 2: Malpica - Niñóns 22 km

Malpica is officially called Malpica de Bergantiños. The Islas Sisargas, a small archipelago with its own lighthouse, lies in front of it. These three islands are host to numerous colonies of sea birds. The main sights during today’s walk include the 12th century Church of Santiago de Mens and the dolmen of Pedra da Arca. Other sights are provided by nature as we pass six quiet beaches and bays. We will enjoy gorgeous scenery and spectacular views.

 

Day 3: Niñóns - Ponteceso 26 km

The beach of Niñóns is nestled between two hills and surrounded by forest. It is a small cove-shaped beach with the finest white sand. But don’t be fooled by its looks as the wind and waves can have the upper hand here! After this pretty beach, we cross a great variety of different landscapes and travel over rugged cliffs. The Faro Roncudo is a special place we pass. They say its name comes from the hoarse sound of the crashing waves. Many have risked their lives here collecting barnacles and the white crosses scattered around remind us that many have died here too. The end of today’s walk is spectacular. Near the mouth of the Anllóns river with the panoramic views of Tiñosa Island, the dunes and the beach of Barra are magnificent.

The Camino dos Faros is a 200-kilometer long collection of old fishermen's paths along the edge of the ocean that links Malpica with Finisterre, the most western part of mainland Spain. During this trek you’ll walk along the Costa da Morte or the Coast of the Dead. The origin of this name goes back to different legends. One claim is that it was here where you could see the end of the world. This was where the sun died as it sunk into the ocean. Other legends claim that the name Costa da Morte came from the many sinking ships and the crews that lost their lives on the dangerous and rocky shores of Galicia.

 

The Camino dos Faros, literally means the Lighthouse path. The route connects 7 lighthouses perched on the cliffs of the rocky coastline. Small trails lead you up and down this ancient path, which takes you through fern forests and scrub land. You will climb steep cliffs and walk through sheltered bays with sandy beaches. Eight days of walking past lighthouses, beaches, dunes, rivers, cliffs, forests, ruins, estuaries with large numbers of birds, fisherman’s villages, small sea ports and the most stunning sunsets.

 

The Camino dos Faros is a hidden gem, off the beaten track and away from tourists.

The Camino of the Lighthouses is an 8-day walking holiday along the beautiful Atlantic coast of Spain

Day 4: Ponteceso - Laxe 25 km

Along the morning walk you can enjoy the large number of birds in the estuary of the Anllons river. We stop by two archaeological jewels of the Costa da Morte: Castro A Cibda (inhabited between the 1st and 6th century and discoverd in 1924) and the Dolmen of Dombate. The last stretch of today is from Punta da Cabalo and its small lighthouse to Laxe. We will walk to Laxe over the beach and along the small streets of the village.

 

Day 5: Laxe - Arou 17 km

The simple white cylindric Lighthouse of Laxe is, like so many other Lighthouses along the route, on a privileged spot with never ending views. From here we can see a part of the route we’ll walk today.

Before we set off there are 2 natural wonders to check out: “A Furna de la Espuma” (a foam filled crevice) and “La Playa de los Cristales” (the Crystal Beach). On the last stretch of today’s walk, as we head towards Camelle, we are surrounded by stones, of all shapes, forms and sizes.

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€875

Included in the price:

Transfers from A Coruña or Santiago airport to Malpica

Transfers from Finisterre to A Coruña or Santiago airport

9 nights in lovely country hotels or hostels (twin or triple sharing, all with own bathroom)

Breakfast on all days, dinner on some days, lunches are not included.

 

Not included:

Flights & visas

Beverages

Lunch and a few dinners

Tips and insurance

Day 8: Muxía - Nemiña 24 km

This is the penultimate day and it is quite a challenging one! There are some steep and long ascents and descents, especially the first half of the day, but every breathtaking viewing point makes it all worth it. We climb Mount Cachelmo towering over the Furna of Buseran with its intriguing legend of love.

 

Day 9: Nemiña - Cabo Finisterre 26 km

This day leads us to the end of the world, to Finisterre. The last stage of our Camino trek starts on the beach of Nemiña, which we will follow if the tide allows it. The river Castro needs to be crossed in Lires, while we pass another estuary full of all kinds of birds. Long stretches of today’s path are less travelled and quite demanding due to the steep cliffs and rocky paths. Sometimes your senses will be overwhelmed by the sounds of the ocean, sometimes you feel yourself walking in silence and taking in the beauty of nature, step by step.

 

Day 10: Finisterre to home

After breakfast you can opt to go to the airport to go home or stay longer in this beautiful part of Spain. You may want to walk to Santiago de Compostela?

Day 6: Arou - Camariñas 22 km

We’re almost halfway and you’re rewarded with the best hike you have ever walked! Today’s landscape and views are unsurpassed. We will pass the English cemetery, which got its name from three major shipwrecks at the end of the 19th century. Again we will cross gorgeous white beaches, some with ferocious waves! One of the main lighthouses of the Camino, the Lighthouse of Vilan is at 125m. This is Spain’s oldest electric lighthouse.

 

Day 7: Camariñas - Muxía 32 km

Today is the longest day of the eight days walking trip. The previous 2 days have been ‘in the open’ but today we walk through more sheltered areas along estuaries. In the more shallow and protected bays where locals collect shellfish, especially cockles. During low tide the many birds that have their habitat here will come and feast on food the sea brings in as well.

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all images courtesy of Asociación Camiño dos Faros