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Camino dos Faros: The Lighthouse Way Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • 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.

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


Overnight: Laxe


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.


Overnight: Laxe


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


Overnight: Camariñas


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)


Overnight: Muxia


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)


Overnight: Lires


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


Overnight: Finisterre


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.

Accommodation

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.



 

 

 



Hotel Blue Coruna

A modern hotel located just 1km from the historic centre of A Coruna offering impeccable service and great breakfasts.



 

 

 



Hotel Lux

Perfectly located for sightseeing on the edge of the old town, the Hotel Lux has bright, modern rooms and a friendly, personal service.



 

 

 



Hotel Playa de Laxe

With a great location right on the beach, the Playa de Laxe has wonderful sea views and incredibly friendly owners ready to welcome you.



 

 

 



Hotel Puerto Arnela

A charming stone-built hotel offering top-class service and a restaurant offering delicious and hearty seafood. Just minutes away from the bustling harbour of Camarinas.



 

 

 



Hotel a de Lolo

A small design hotel just 100m from Muxia marina. Relax on the beautiful sun terrace and soak up the atmosphere.



 

 

 



Hotel As Eiras

All rooms in this small family run hotel offer views of the sea, garden or mountains, and you are guaranteed a warm welcome from the helpful owners and staff.



 

 

 



Hotel Rustico Prado da Vina

With an outdoor pool, spacious gardens and views of the sea, this is the perfect place to relax at the end of a long walk.

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.


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.


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


General Information

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.

Getting to A Coruña/Santiago

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 Finisterre

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

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 and from Finisterre
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as accommodations are quite limited in this area and can fill up quickly.

How fit do I need to be?

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.

How do the baggage transfers work?

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.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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