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Food

  • On this trip all breakfasts are included. Breakfasts in Spain usually consist of coffee with milk, toast with ham, olive oil, tomatoes, cheese and butter and jam. Bakery items such as pastries, fruit and juice are also popular. During this trip you can expect different variations of breakfast at the three hotels we stay at but they will all include at least some of the standard breakfast items that are popular in Spain. As this is a walking trip in an untouched area of Spain with relatively little tourism, lunch options throughout the week can vary and will be determined and discussed with the group by your leader. These will include options to order picnics, self-cater from local shops and markets and where possible to visit local cafes/restaurants along the way. In restaurants you can normally find set menus for a set price from 10 to 20 euros or eat 'a la carte' for similar prices. Portions and meal sizes are usually very generous. All meals can be accompanied by the local Albariño and Riveiro white wines from the region and meals are usually finished with locally homemade liquors. Regional specialties in Galicia include fish and shellfish, red meat (especially beef), small green peppers, octopus, vegetable soups (made with the hock from ham) and various types of home grown vegetables. Barnacles, cockles and mussels are also found along the coast and feature prominently in dishes. Vegetarians can be catered for, however as this region is known for its meat and seafood dishes, flexibility is needed as you may encounter some difficulty in finding a large variety of choices in dishes.

Activities

  • Guided Group
  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • New trip
  • Walking & Trekking
  • 1

    Start Laxe

    Our trip commences this afternoon in the fishing village of Laxe, our base for the first 3 nights of the tour.

  • 2

    Walk from the ancient ruins of Castro A Cibda to Laxe beach via celtic archaeological remains and traditional villages.

    Today begins with a short transfer (approx.15 min) inland from our hotel in Laxe to Castro A Cibda, an ancient 1st century Celtic village. From here we walk through old millenary forest; then stroll along a quiet country road until we come to the important Celtic archaeological remains of Dolmen de Dombate, a grave monument from the Neolithic times and the old village of Vilaseco. Returning to the coastline, the walk takes us along beautiful cliffs and beaches ending up back at Laxe. Walk Profile: Distance 14km, ascent 451m, 627m descent, 4-5 hours walk.

  • 3

    Walk from Laxe along beautiful beaches to the fisherman's town of Camelle and then onto the village of Arou.

    Today's walk begins from the hotel and we first stop at the beautiful 14th century church of Santa Maria de Atalaia; a typical Galician gothic church with great historic and artistic value. From the church we are able to see impressive views of the port and beach in Laxe. After leaving Laxe, the walk follows the cliffs, crossing the Furna da Espuma; an area where the effect of the waves transforms the water in to foam. Shortly after, another natural wonder to discover will be the Praia dos Cristales, a beach where the sea has returned thousands of multi-colour crystals made of sand to the seabed. We then continue on to the beach and lagoon of Traba (an important natural reserve) and finally arrive to the town of Camelle. Considered to be the heart of the Costa da Morte, Camelle is a little fisherman's town boasting stunning windswept beaches. Here we can visit the Museum of the German Man. The museum was created by an eccentric German baker who moved to the town during the 1970s seeking a solitary life surrounded by nature. He built his house and garden in an ecologically respectful way and spent 40 years living in the town. The museum encompasses his house, garden and sculptures; and help to make it one of the most unique sights to visit along the Costa da Morte. The people of Camelle were also decorated by the British Crown for the help and assistance they provided with all the shipwrecks that have occurred along the coast throughout history. After visiting Camelle, the walk will continue along the coastline to the coastal town of Arou, from here we take the transfer (approx. 30 min) back to the hotel in Laxe. Walk Profile: Distance 18km, ascent 343m,336m descent, 6-7 hours walk.

  • 4

    Walk from Arou to Cabo Vilan via fishing ports, the Dune of Monte Blanco and along Trece beach to the English Cemetery; site of many British shipwrecks.

    After breakfast we take a transfer (approx. 30 min) back to the village of Arou where we begin today's walk. Leaving Arou we first visit the Percebeiras viewpoint to enjoy a beautiful view of the town. We then descend to Loberas beach and visit the barrier of As Negras, the site of hundreds of shipwrecks. From here we continue on to the little fishing port of Santa Marinas and then walk along the border of the Dune of Monte Blanco; one of the highest sand dunes in Europe that is ecologically protected. Along this protected track we can observe the Camarinas plants which are under the risk of extinction. Walking further along to Trece beach, we arrive at the Cementerio de los Ingleses (the English Cemetery), the site of many British shipwrecks throughout history, including some as recently as the late 19th century. From here we continue our hike along the coast arriving at the impressive Cabo Vilan; one of the most western points of Europe. A transfer (approx. 45 min) will then take us to our next hotel in Muxia. Walk Profile: Distance 15km, ascent 334m,296m descent, 4-5 hours walk.

  • 5

    Start from the village of Martineto and descend to the beautiful Playa Moreira beach; onto the villages of the Tourinan and the infamous rock barriers of Coido das Negras before reaching the little village and beach of Nemina. Transfer to Muxia.

    Starting with a quick transfer (approx. 25 min) to the small village of Martineto (located in the middle of woods), we begin our walk strolling along a quiet path towards the coastline descending to the picturesque Playa Moreira beach. We then head towards the Cabo de Tourinan with its beautiful views of the open Atlantic Ocean. Continuing on, we cross the village of Tourinan and the Coido das Negras (famous for its dangerous rock barriers where more shipwrecks occurred) before reaching the village and beach of Nemina to take our transfer back to our hotel in Muxia (approx. 30 min). At Muxia there is the opportunity to visit the Santa Maria church and ascend to Monte Corpino for a wonderful view of the lighthouse and the ria das Camarinas (mouth of the river). Following the track to the lighthouse we will reach the Virxe da Barca Sanctuary; a famous pilgrimage site where it is said that Santiago (Saint James) had a visit from the virgin to encourage him to reconquer this area for Christians. In the evening, there is the option to stroll along the Paseo de la Memoria (Pathway of Memory) which leads to the Monumento da Ferida (Monument of the Wound); a monument that was erected in memory of the oil spill of the Prestige in 2002. This monument is dedicated to the volunteers that arrived from all over Spain to clean the beaches and help save the wounded wildlife. Walk Profile: Distance 13km, ascent 357m,451m descent, 4-5 hours walk.

  • 6

    Walk from the beautiful Praia do Rostro beach along coastlines, through villages and take the final climb to Cabo de Nave with stunning view of Cabo de Fisterra; where we then walk onto and end our last walk.

    After a short transfer (approx. 30 min) to the beautiful Praia do Rostro beach, we begin our last hike of the week. Today's walk will border and follow the abrupt coastline of Rostro and we will be able to enjoy the views of Punta das Pardas and Punta de Castelo along the way. Continuing further, we cross the villages of Castrominan and Denle towards Playa de Arnela beach. From here we climb the final big Cabo da Nave with stunning views of Cabo de Fisterra, before descending to the beach of Mar de For. From here we take a gentle climb to Monte Facho ending up in Cabo de Fisterra. Cabo de Fisterra was believed to be the end of the known world during Roman times. It is famous for its spectacular beaches and is associated with many religious and Celtic legends. Cabo de Fisterra is also the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James and it has been a recent tradition for pilgrims to burn their clothes or boots at the end of their journey at Cabo Fisterra. From here we will take a private transfer (approx. 40 min) back to our hotel in Muxia. Walk Profile: Distance 16km, ascent 590m, 483m descent, 5-6 hours walk.

  • 7

    Transfer to Santiago de Compostela; remainder of the day is free to enjoy this beautiful city.

    After breakfast we bid farewell to the Costa da Morte and take a transfer (approx. 90 min) inland to Santiago de Compostela, the Galician capital famous for the cathedral which houses the shrine of St. James the Great, one of the twelve apostles of Christ who is reputedly buried here. The site of the shrine is a leading Catholic pilgrimage route that originated in the 9th century and remains to be one of the most significant places in Catholicism. The city itself is a well-preserved university city with an old town full of narrow winding streets and historic buildings. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site because of its cathedral and old city centre. Santiago is also known for vibrant nightlife and the city market; a typical Galician market and one of the biggest in Spain where locals gather to buy fresh, local produce. Upon arrival into Santiago de Compostela, the rest of the day is free for you to discover this historic and beautiful city. Our last evening is spent in a charming hotel closely located to the Cathedral.

  • 8

    End Santiago de Compostela.

    The trip ends this morning after breakfast.

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