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The Lighthouse Way

Cross the heart of A Costa da Morte touring cliffs, eternal beaches, and unforgettable views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The incredible route of the Camino de los Faros will take you to know one of the most spectacular and virgin regions of Galicia. To Costa da Morte and its magical lighthouses: Roncudo Lighthouse, Cape Vilán, Finisterre Lighthouse…

The best Tours of the Lighthouse Way

Camiño dos Faros Galiwonders
160 Km
Ponteceso
6 Stages
7 Nights
from 580 €
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Where to start The Lighthouse Way ?

DISTANCIA: ETAPAS: DURACIÓN: DIFICULTAD: INICIO:
160 Km 6 Etapas 7 Noches 4/5 Ponteceso

Ponteceso on the Lighthouse Way
Located in the region of Bergantiños, the coastal town of Ponteceso is characterised by its natural beauty and its valuable historical heritage.

Located at the beginning of the Ría de Corme and Laxe, this seaside town has a rich historical heritage of prehistoric and castro remains. Moreover, this town is especially known for being the birthplace of the poet Eduardo Pondal, author of the lyrics of the Galician anthem.

Route map The Lighthouse Way

Map of the Lighthouse Way

Stages The Lighthouse Way

Stage 1
25 km
3/5
6h 30m
Stage 2
17 km
1/5
5h30m
Stage 3
26 km
3/5
6h50m
Stage 4
32 km
3/5
8h
Stage 5
24 km
4/5
8h
Stage 6
26 km
3/5
7h

Difficulty level The Lighthouse Way

The lighthouse route

The Way of the Lighthouses is a route considered of medium difficulty, characterised by numerous ascents and descents. Although it is an easy route compared to other Caminos, the level of difficulty may vary depending on your physical condition and how you decide to plan the route.

Distance

The Camino de los Faros has a distance of 160 km from Ponteceso to Finisterre. Those who decide to walk this route, walk an average of 25 km per day. From Galiwonderste we recommend you to plan the stages according to your level of fitness so that you enjoy the route and the feeling of difficulty is not affected.

Terrain

Along the route, you will encounter different terrains such as dirt and coastal paths, country roads and paved and cobbled sections. In some stages, it is possible to encounter more uneven and challenging surfaces close to cliffs, such as the Cabo Vilán section in Camariñas. In any case, they will not put your safety at risk and will not prevent you from continuing the route.

Climate

The Costa da Morte has an Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures both in summer and winter. In summer, temperatures do not exceed 22ºC and the probability of rainfall is relatively low. In winter, the average temperature is around 11ºC. At this time of year, rainfall is heavier and winds are strong.

Signposting

The Way of the Lighthouses is well signposted. Along the route you will find arrows and green dots to help you follow the route. The arrows indicate the direction and the points where you are on the right path. Thanks to the good signposting, hikers can follow this route very easily.

 

What to see and do in The Lighthouse Way?

The Lighthouse Way is a coastal itinerary that runs through one of the most emblematic and beautiful areas of Galicia, the Costa da Morte. This route links Malpica and Finisterre along 160 km, usually divided into 6 stages. A very attractive route for those pilgrims who want to know more in depth the charm of the coast of A Coruña.

This route will allow you to discover the richness of the Galician maritime landscape through beautiful natural beaches, impressive cliffs, magical legends and small villages with a long seafaring tradition.

If you are a nature lover looking for a peaceful experience, the Lighthouse Route is the perfect option for you.

Where does the Lighthouse Way run?

The Lighthouse Way is 160 km long and runs along the stunning Atlantic coast of Galicia, in northwest Spain. This route passes through charming fishing villages such as Laxe, Muxía and Finisterre.

Laxe

In the heart of the Costa da Morte, you will find this small fishing village with fascinating corners and golden sandy beaches. Its old quarter stands out, which houses the historical and anthropological legacy of Laxe; and the Playa de los Cristales (Crystal Beach), whose ground is covered with polished crystals of all colours.

Muxía

Surrounded by impressive cliffs and dream beaches, this seaside town has a historical legacy and an incomparable maritime landscape. In the heart of the town stands the church of Nuestra Señora de la Barca, facing the majestic Atlantic Ocean and a symbol of hope and protection.

Muxía- Lightouse route
Nestled in the heart of the Costa da Morte, Muxía is one of the most charming fishing villages on the Galician coast.

Finisterre

Popularly known as the End of the World, Finisterre has witnessed centuries of maritime and cultural history and was considered a mystical destination by the Romans. Its imposing lighthouse is one of the most visited in Europe and every sunset is a magical scene, showing the beauty of the Costa da Morte.

Camino de los Faros - Finisterre
The fishing village of Finisterre, a unique enclave that captivates with the tradition and charm of the Galician coast.

Monuments not to be missed on the Lighthouse Route.

Dolmen of Dombate

Considered the Cathedral of megalithism in Galicia, this archaeological treasure, almost 2 metres high, is a testimony to the funerary practices of the Neolithic era.

The polychrome cave engravings on the inside of its slabs stand out, revealing the possible connection between art and the religious and spiritual beliefs of the time.

Vilán Lighthouse

In the heart of the Costa da Morte, you will find this emblematic lighthouse, which was the first electric lighthouse in Spain, representing a significant improvement for navigation.

It has a museum and an interpretation centre that offers visitors a detailed look at the maritime history of the area. In addition, its stunning natural surroundings made it a Natural Site of National Interest in 1933.

Faro de Cabo Vilán Lightouse route
Cape Vilán lighthouse, guardian of the Atlantic, witness of ancient sailors’ legends as it guides travellers between cliffs and marine mysteries.

Muxía Lighthouse

Symbol of the town of Muxía, this lighthouse has a privileged position overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, witnessing magical sunsets and fascinating starry nights.

It is part of the Sanctuary of A Virxe da Barca, an important place of Marian pilgrimage that is surrounded by other famous rocky constructions such as the Pedra dos Cadrís.

Finisterre Lighthouse

Situated at the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the vastness of the horizon and at what was considered by the Romans as “The end of the world”, the Finisterre Lighthouse is the most visited place in Galicia after Santiago de Compostela.

Built on impressive cliffs, it has for centuries been a faithful guardian of the Atlantic coastline and its connection with ancient rituals adds a touch of mysticism to this special place on the Galician coast.

Finisterre Lighthouse Route
Considered by the Romans as “The end of the world, Cape Finisterre adds a touch of mysticism to this special place on the Galician coast.

Alternative places to discover on the Lighthouse Way

Corrubedo Dunes Nature Park

These dunes are a natural jewel that form part of the Corrubedo Dunes and Carregal and Vixán lagoons Natural Park and are one of the most significant and valuable enclaves of Galicia’s natural heritage.

This natural park serves as a refuge for migratory birds and is home to a wide diversity of plant species.

Mount Pindo

In the middle of Finisterre Bay, we find Monte Pindo, a group of peaks located between the municipalities of Cee, Dumbría, Carnota and Mazaricos and the estuaries of Corcubión, Muros and Noia. Also known as the Celtic Olympus, a multitude of stories have revolved around it for centuries. The legends tell that the arrangement of the stones are actually the spirits of druids and Celtic heroes and that this mountain is the resting place of the remains of Queen Lupa.

Ézaro viewpoint

With views of the slopes of Mount Pindo, the Ézaro waterfall and Cape Fisterra, this viewpoint is located in one of the most beautiful places in Galicia.

This viewpoint is, without a doubt, an obligatory stop for those looking to immerse themselves in the immensity of nature.

The History of The Lighthouse Way

Its origin dates back to 2012, when six explorers, accompanied by their two dogs, traced a unique path from Malpica to the Finisterre Lighthouse, combining the connection with nature and the authenticity of the Galician coast.

Since then, a year later, the Lighthouse Way Association was created, which, together with the authorities and other local communities, carried out conservation work and dissemination of this route as a sustainable destination, turning The Lighthouse Way into a hiking route that captivates adventurers and nature lovers.

Tips if you are going to do The Lighthouse Way

What is the best time of the year to do the Lighthouse Way?

Our recommendation is to do the Way of the Beacons in spring or autumn. In the spring season the temperatures are more pleasant, so you can carry less luggage and also enjoy the pleasant sea breeze, the stunning coastal scenery and the aromatic flora. It is also advisable to do the route in early autumn, as temperatures are milder than in summer (18ºC- 25ºC) and are not yet accompanied by rain and strong gusts of wind.

Tips for the Lighthouse Way

Travelling this route is a manageable experience for everyone if it is properly planned. Even so, there are a few things you should bear in mind before embarking on this adventure:

  • Train physically if you are not used to walking long distances. Take a daily walk 2 to 3 months before starting the route.
  • Drink between 250 and 500 ml of water half an hour before you start walking. Also, try to eat foods rich in carbohydrates and minerals that will help you recover your energy after a long day of physical exercise.
  • Carry only the essentials in your backpack. This way, you will avoid fatigue and stress.
  • As for footwear, we recommend waterproof trekking boots, with good cushioning and that you have not worn before to avoid chafing.

Why book with Galiwonders?

Your way. Tailor-made.

We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and book all services for you. You enjoy the road.

We are on El Camino

Galicia is our home. We have traveled all the routes of the Camino and we have direct contact with the service providers on the Camino.

We are travelers too

We speak several languages, have lived abroad and have years of experience in organizing trips for people from all over the world.

An unforgettable experience

Hundreds of pilgrims repeat year after year the experience of traveling with us. We want you to be one of them. And that is why we will strive to make your trip unique and unforgettable.

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