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Camino dos Faros: The Lighthouse Way

8 Days & 7 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • Follow coastal paths along Galicia's wild and rugged Costa da Morte
  • Explore timeless fishing villages and a rich archaeological heritage
  • Discover historic and iconic lighthouses scattered along the way
  • Enjoy delicious Galician seafood specialities such as gooseneck barnacles
  • Cape Finisterre - final destination of the famous Camino pilgrim route
Explore Spain’s wild Galician Coast, the Costa da Morte, on an exhilarating walk along the Camino dos Faros—otherwise known as the Lighthouse Way. Staying overnight in authentic fishing villages, discover a land of centuries-old traditions, where the friendly Galicians live off the sea and you can feast every night on mouth-watering Albaríno wine and delicious seafood. Enjoy dramatic sea views from rocky headlands and discover deserted sandy coves perfect for swimming. Take brief inland jaunts to tranquil river estuaries, ancient ruins and megalithic tombs. And of course discover the numerous historic lighthouses which are the namesake for this walk.

What To Expect

If you are looking for an off-the-beaten path adventure, the Camino dos Faros is the perfect walk for you. This region is beautifully wild and authentically ‘Galician’. Rated as moderate-strenuous, you will be walking on rugged clifftop paths with a fair bit of ascent and descent, as well as flatter sections along beaches and occasional wooded valleys. You stay overnight in simple 2 and 3* hotels in small fishing villages.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travellers

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Spiritual Journeys
  • Personal Growth
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate-strenuous overall, with the average daily distance being 24km. You will be walking on fairly rugged terrain on clifftop paths as well as some exposed sections over headlands, so this walk is not suitable for anybody with vertigo. There are also some occasional stretches where you will be walking on sand which can be tiring. Care should be taken when it has been going as the granite paths can get slippy.

Navigation

Trails are well way-marked with green arrow signposts and you will be provided with a map and daily route notes so you should have no problem finding your way.

Accommodation Information

Stay 7 nights in simple but friendly and comfortable 2 and 3* hotels. Below is an example of the accommodations we use on this trip. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfasts are included each day. Packed lunch items can be bought from local supermarkets or la panaderia. Dinners are not included but can be purchased from local restaurants in the villages you are staying in each night.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in 2 and 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Transfer from A Coruña or Santiago to Ponteceso on Day 2
  • Transfer from Finisterre to Santiago or A Coruna Airport on Day 8
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as described
  • Maps, route notes and detailed info pack
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support from our office and local partners
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to A Coruña/Santiago
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week between April and October. As Galicia is one of the parts of Spain which can experience some rainfall, the very best time to travel is from late Spring through the summer, so from May to September, to minimise the chance of rainy days. If you are a keen birdwatcher, Spring and Autumn are the best times to travel due to the constant movement of seabirds on the Costa da Morte which can be quite spectacular.

Getting to the Start

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com

By Air: You can fly into A Coruña with Vueling from London and Cardiff. Vueling also fly to A Coruna from several other Spanish cities including Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.

For Santiago, Ryanair fly directly from London Stansted or Easyjet from London Gatwick. From outside the UK, you can fly to Santiago via Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair.

Getting from the End

Transfer are included to take you from Finisterre back to either A Coruna or Santiago Airport on Day 8.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in A Coruña or Santiago Day 2 Transfer to Ponteceso, Walk to Laxe - 25 km Day 3 Walk to Arou, transfer back to Laxe - 18 km Day 4 Transfer to Arou, walk to Camariñas - 18 km Day 5 Walk to Muxia - 20 or 29 km Day 6 Walk to Lires - 23 or 28 km Day 7 Walk to Cape Finisterre - 26 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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