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From Malpica to Fisterra along the Lighthouse Way

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
196 km
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8 stages
10 days
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630 €

Osmo Beach on the Lighthouse Route
Take one of the most spectacular routes in the world along the almost 200 km that connect the fishing villages of Malpica and Fisterra. Impossibly shaped cliffs, small almost deserted coves and the comings and goings of fishermen and goose barnacles in each fishing village will follow one after the other. But beware: this is not a route for beginners. Here, the ocean and the rock rule, and the 8 stages that will take you along the always feared Costa da Morte will represent a challenge.
Be seduced by the abrupt and feared Costa da Morte
Walk hand in hand with the Atlantic at home
A tour of one of Europe's great geodestinations
Osmo Beach on the Lighthouse Route
Lighthouse Route
FA00

From Malpica to Fisterra along the Lighthouse Way

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
196 km
●●●●○
8 stages
10 days
Be seduced by the abrupt and feared Costa da Morte
Walk hand in hand with the Atlantic at home
A tour of one of Europe's great geodestinations
from 630 €
Take one of the most spectacular routes in the world along the almost 200 km that connect the fishing villages of Malpica and Fisterra. Impossibly shaped cliffs, small almost deserted coves and the comings and goings of fishermen and goose barnacles in each fishing village will follow one after the other. But beware: this is not a route for beginners. Here, the ocean and the rock rule, and the 8 stages that will take you along the always feared Costa da Morte will represent a challenge.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Standard
Carefully selected tourist class accommodation based on our experience on this route, combined with services specifically designed for your trip.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Trekking
Trekking routes with varying distances over changing surfaces and requiring basic orienteering skills and average to good physical fitness.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Reinforced breakfasts*.

Full documentation

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

* The reinforced breakfasts may vary depending on the accommodation. They usually include a buffet or are larger and more calorific than a normal breakfast, as they are designed for a higher energy expenditure during your route.

And also...

Private transfers
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Private transfers
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

 

Day 1. Welcome to the Lighthouse Way

Welcome to Malpica de Bergantiños, the point where the Way of the Lighthouses begins. A typical seafaring town, this is where you will have your first contact with the route, so be sure to stroll through its streets.

Accommodation: Hotel Fonte do Fraile or similar

Day 2. Stage Malpica - Niñóns

Distance: 21.3 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Hotel Fonte do Fraile or similar

The adventure on this Costa da Morte Lighthouse Trail begins in Malpica, leaving the town behind and heading towards the smallest of the lanterns that give this trail its name: the Punta Nariga lighthouse. The first stage will make us leave Malpica (although we will return at the end of the day) and face a path with continuous changes of level always close to the ocean. Quiet, almost deserted beaches, in the middle of unexpected inlets, the Sisargas Islands in the background and the beautiful lighthouse and the atoll of Punta Nariga will take us to the beach of Niñóns, where the first stage of this spectacular route ends.

Private transfer to Malpica for accommodation

Day 3. Stage Niñóns - Ponteceso

Distance: 27.1 km
Difficulty: ●●●●○
Accommodation: Teyma Guesthouse or similar

Second stage of this Way of the Lighthouses, which will take us through a great variety of landscapes, from Niñóns, where we left off the previous day, to Ponteceso. A day of technical complexity awaits us, which will delight the most experienced walkers, and which will reward each step with the magnificent cliffs of Roncudo, the peaceful interior of the Corme-Laxe estuary, Monte da Facha, the mouth of the river Anllóns and the dunes of A Barra. The lighthouse of Roncudo and the setting where the barnacles represent their daily struggle against the elements make this stage a unique journey.

Day 4. Stage Ponteceso - Laxe

Distance: 25.3 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Hotel Vida Mar de Laxe or similar

The third stage of our route begins in the middle of the estuary of the river Anllóns, entering an area less exposed to the ocean and populated for millennia, as witnessed by the prehistoric remains of Borneiro and Dombate. To compensate for the effort of the previous day, the route will be much more peaceful, with the only difficulty being the ascent to Mount Castelo de Lourido (312 m asl), the summit of this Way of the Lighthouses and a fantastic place to admire the views in the distance. The descent will take us back down to the estuary and along the imposing coast of Cabana, full of furnas and small beaches where time seems to stand still. Further on, Punta do Cabalo and, after passing it, Laxe, the end of this new stage.

Day 5. Stage Laxe - Camelle

Distance: 18.0 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: O Refuxio do Náufrago (The Shipwrecked Shipwrecked Person's Refuge) or similar

We are now approaching the halfway point of this Lighthouse Way of the Costa da Morte and we celebrate it with a peaceful and short stage that continues the dynamic of the previous day. We leave Laxe in search of the so-called Praia dos Cristais, along a route that will take us through the Insua mountain to the lighthouse of Laxe, and through the Peñón de Soesto to the beach of Traba, with its lagoon full of life. The last stretch runs along a spectacular stretch of rocky coastline to Camelle, the end of this fantastic stage.

Day 6. Stage Camelle - Camariñas

Distance: 23.8 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Hotel Devalar do Mar or similar

In this fifth stage we will walk along the stretch where it all began: the coast that connects Camelle and Cabo Vilán, whose long history of shipwrecks has given its name to the whole region of the Costa da Morte. The path, easy, will take us to the so-called Cemetery of the English, where we will reflect on the meaning of the names we give to places. And then it will take us to the lighthouse of Cabo Vilán, a key point of the whole geography that we will walk through in this Way of the Lighthouses. The day ends covering the Arco do Vilán until we reach Camariñas, entering the estuary of the same name.

Day 7. Stage Camariñas - Muxía

Distance: 32.6 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: A for Loló or similar

The longest stage of the Way of the Beacons arrives on this seventh day of adventure. On the other hand, it is almost completely flat, so we will be able to advance without any problems and spend more time contemplating the landscape. The aim of the day is to go around the Camariñas estuary, crossing its gentle landscape and its small, quiet villages. After passing the mouth of the Río Grande and the magnificent beach of O Lago, we will arrive at Muxía and its imposing Santuario da Barca, a place linked to the Camino de Santiago and with a long tradition of welcoming pilgrims and walkers.

Day 8. Stage Muxía - Lires

Distance: 25.3 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: LiresCa or similar

We begin the seventh stage of this Way of the Lighthouses by returning to a technically more complex route: the one that will take us along the coast of Touriñán to the lighthouse of the same name and to the westernmost cape of Galicia. The first part, up to Moreira beach, will test our abilities on a technical route, but one that is worth every step. From there, the second part is considerably gentler. Along its path we will reach the Touriñán lighthouse and, after it, the beach of Nemiña, a true natural paradise where we will finish the stage.

Private transfer to Lires for accommodation

Day 9. Stage Lires - Fisterra

Distance: 26.9 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Always Fisterra or similar

Last stage of the Way of the Lighthouses to reach the eternal Cape Fisterra. Beaches and cliffs follow one another framing some landmarks such as the imposing Playa de Rostro, Cabo da Nave and the beach of Mar de Fóra, before starting the final climb to Monte Facho - the last effort to reach, after its summit, the iconic lighthouse of Fisterra, where the lighthouse walkers mingle with those arriving from Compostela and where contemplating the death of the sun submerged in the Ocean serves as a true finishing touch to this magnificent route of almost 200 kilometres.

Day 10. Fisterra

After a well-deserved rest in Fisterra, we recommend you take advantage of the last hours of your adventure with some additional plans. How about diving in an underwater tour of the Sea of Dentro and Cape Fisterra? Or you can visit some of the most interesting points of the southern slope of the Costa da Morte, from the Ézaro waterfall to the fishing village of Muros. Or simply strolling through the most westerly village in Europe before setting a definitive course for home.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The Way of the Beacons is not a route for first-time walkers, due to the complexity of some of the cliff areas it crosses. Although some stages do not represent any challenge, in general you can expect a succession of more or less intense, although generally short, changes in level, accompanied by small flat stretches that run along sandy areas between cliffs. For the more complex stages, it is best to be in good physical shape.
The Way of the Lighthouses can be done all year round, although in the long Galician winter months, from November to February, the rains are frequent and in this area they are usually accompanied by the strong winds that characterise the Costa da Morte. The best time of year is late spring, summer (which usually has mild temperatures) and early autumn.
This programme includes the necessary transfers to get from the route to the accommodation and vice versa, in those points where the end of the stage does not have suitable places. Additionally, it is possible to hire transport from the airport of A Coruña (LCG) or Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) to Malpica or from Fisterra to any of them.
For this route along the Costa da Morte we have chosen simple accommodation, without great pretensions or luxuries, but in good condition and clean; perfect for resting, as most of the day we will be on the route or discovering the seafaring life of the towns we will be visiting.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.