Day 1: Arrive in A Coruña or Santiago
You have the choice of arriving in either A Coruña or Santiago, where you will spend the night before an early transfer tomorrow to take you to the start of the walk.
A Coruña is a bustling port city where the lively streets are lined with fine restaurants, and the historic city centre buzzes with life.
Santiago de Compostela, famed for being the final destination of the Camino pilgrim routes, is a fascinating city bristling with life, crowned by the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
If you have the time, we highly recommend extra nights in either of these cities.
Overnight: A Coruña or Santiago
Day 2: Transfer to Ponteceso, Walk to Laxe
After a short transfer from either A Coruña or Santiago (1h) to the small fishing village of Ponteceso this morning, continue on foot to Laxe.
The first part of your walk takes you inland through scented pine forests and along the estuary of the River Anllons, home to a plethora of birdlife such as wintering ducks and waders. Continue to the ancient village of Castro a Cibda and the impressive megalithic tomb, Dolmen Dombate, which dates to the 3rd Century BC.
From here return to the coast and enjoy spectacular views from the Castle of Lourido before passing a couple of beautiful beaches and reaching the fishing port of Laxe with its huge sweeping sandy bay.
Walk: 25km, 6-7hrs, 427m ascent, 423m descent
Day 3: Walk to Arou, transfer back to Laxe
Explore the Church of Santa Maria of Atalaya and the quaint Galician village of Arou before heading to the first lighthouse of your walk, Laxe lighthouse. Walk past the ‘beach of glass’, La Playa de los Cristales, before stopping to feast on a delicious seafood lunch in Soesto.
Next up is the village of Camelle, home to the fascinating open-air sculpture museum, Museo de Man, which tells the story of the intriguing German sculptor who once lived here as a hermit. Shortly after you will reach the small village of Arou, where a taxi transfer will be waiting to take you back to Laxe.
Walk: 18km, 204m Ascent, 208m Descent, 4—5 hours.
Day 4: Transfer to Arou, walk to Camariñas
Enjoy one of the most wonderfully wild and rugged sections of the walk today. As you walk along the Atlantic-battered coastline, witness to many shipwrecks over the centuries, you will soon see why it has been named the Costa da Morte (Coast of Death). This is a part of Spain far removed from the busier, more well known ‘Costas’ of Spain.
Enjoy spectacular views from the top of the Monte Blanco dune before reaching Cabo Vilán lighthouse, the most iconic photographed lighthouse of the way. Continue along the coast to the fishing port of Camariñas, a charming little port town where lobster and crab pots line the harbour and fishing is a way of life.
Walk: 18km, 296m ascent, 299m descent, 4—5 hours
Day 5: Walk to Muxia
Head inland at first today through forests, past river estuaries, and pretty windmills.
Returning to the coast, climb to the summit of Mount Corpino and enjoy panoramic views from its bell tower before descending to la Punta da Barca lighthouse and Muxia.
A must-see in Muxia is the magical sanctuary of ’A Virxen da Barca’, which enjoys spectacular sunsets.
If you would like to shorten todays walk it is possible to take an optional taxi transfer to take you the first 10km,
Walk: 29 or 20km, 470m ascent, 461m descent, 7—8 hours (long option) or 5—6 hours (short option)
Day 6: Walk to Lires
Today is a long, challenging day with a number of steep ascents and descents—however your efforts are rewarded with panoramic views over the deep blue Atlantic and white sandy beaches. You also visit the lighthouse of Faro Tourinan, the westernmost point of the Camino dos Faros. Continue past Nemiña beach to the village of Lires.
It is also possible to shorten this day by approx 5km by missing out the walk to the Cape Tourinan.
Walk: 28 or 23km, 912m Ascent, 906m Descent, 6-7 hours (long option) or 5—6 hours (short option)
Day 7: Walk to Cape Finisterre
Today you will reach Cape Finisterre, commonly referred to as the “end of the world” and the final destination for many pilgrims who on reaching Santiago wish to walk until they can walk no further! On arriving in Finisterre it has become tradition for pilgrims to burn their boots— a fitting end to their long pilgrimage!
On the perfect finale to your Camino dos Faros adventure, walk along the dramatic cliffs of Point Besugueira, Mexadoira and Point of Rostro with the sound of the waves crashing around you until you reach the Ligthouse Finisterre.
Walk: 26km, 815m Ascent, 599m Descent, 6—7 hours
Day 8: Onward Travel
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer back to A Coruna (2.5h) or Santiago (3h) for your flight home.
Alternatively if you have extra time, we highly recommend booking some extra nights in Finisterre or Santiago de Compostela.
Time of Year
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.
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.
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 cliff top 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 went as the granite paths can get slippy.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
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.
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.
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
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all 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.