The Lighthouse Way or Camino dos Faros is a superb coastal walking trail, taking in the wild and rugged beauty of the Costa da Morte, in the Atlantic coast of Galicia.
Spectacular ocean views, pristine sandy beaches, impressive cliffs and a rich cultural and archaeological heritage await walkers on this trail that takes its name from the many lighthouses scattered in capes and headlands across the region. The ocean has been the main livelihood in the area for centuries, and fish and seafood fans will be in food heaven. Staying in quaint fishing villages, you will get the chance to sample the freshest treats from the sea. Ponteceso, for instance, is famous for its gooseneck barnacles (percebes), harvested from exposed sea cliffs by intrepid ‘percebeiros’.
Loyal to its name, the Camino dos Faros takes walkers to the most iconic lighthouses and capes of the Costa da Morte such as Cabo Vilán; and history buffs will get a chance to discover the Dolmen of Donbate megalithic tomb and the 6th century BC village at Castro A Cibda.
This breath taking coastal route is marked with green arrows by a local association, as this is not a Camino de Santiago trail. However, the green arrows will take you all the way to Cape Fisterra, the very end of the Camino and the end of the world! You should be able to get your Muxiana (in Muxia) and Finisterrana (in Fisterra) certificates along the way, in the local tourist office.
*Please note this is a stunning but challenging trail, only recommended for experienced hikers.
This is the full itinerary for the Lighthouse Way (or Camino dos Faros), with traditional stages. Please note that ‘split days’ have not been included in the table.
||The Lighthouse Way, Camiño dos Faros, starts in the small town of Ponteceso in Galicia. The Way continues through pine forests and sandy beaches onto the fishing village of Laxe. Next, onto Arou and the fishing harbour of Camariñas. From Camariñas the lighthouse way passes 11 stunning beaches before reaching picturesque Muxia and then Lires. Finally to Cape Fisterra, the final point of the Camiño dos Faros, where pilgrims can enjoy splendid views of its dramatic coastal landscape.
Discover the Costa da Morte wild beauty
Indulge in the most delicious seafood
Test the magic powers of Muxía rocking stones
Go for a swim in the pristine Atlantic beaches of Galicia
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Flying IN and OUT
How to get to Ponteceso:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (75km)
Aer Lingus serves flights from Dublin; Ryanair from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss from Zurich; Turkish Airlines from Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights from Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona.
Alternative Option: A Coruña airport (54km)
Some international routes are served from this airport, including London (Heathrow) and Amsterdam (seasonal) with Vueling Airlines and Lisbon with TAP Portugal. Flights via Madrid or Barcelona are also available. See www.skyscanner.com
Vigo airport (155km)
Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.
How to get back from Cape Finisterre:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (80km)
Aer Lingus serves flights from Dublin; Ryanair from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss from Zurich; Turkish Airlines from Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights from Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Vigo Airport (150km)
Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Porto airport (260km)
Porto airport is connected with many European cities, with flights from London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin, Liverpool and Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are also a few direct flights from New York (Newark) with TAP and from Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.
TO and FROM the airports
How to get to Ponteceso:
Aucasa has a direct bus connecting Santiago and Ponteceso but it is not very regular, for schedule see: www.aucasabus.com/buscador. You can also take a bus to the closest biggest town: Carballo (23kms away) with regular buses from the cities of Santiago and A Coruña. From Carballo you can then take a taxi to Ponteceso. The CaminoWays.com can arrange a private transfer, let us know if you require one.
How to get back from Cape Finisterre:
There are various bus companies operating from Fisterra and Muxía with a few departures per day (only 2 per day from Muxía). The journey from Fisterra takes approximately 2h30, and 2h from Muxía. For details see: www.monbus.es and www.autocaresvazquez.net for Fisterra; and Buses Ferrin for Muxía. Please note bus timetables vary at the weekends.
To: Santiago de Compostela airport (80km)
Once in Santiago, you can take a shuttle bus from Santiago bus station to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are bus station (Estación de Autobuses), train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com.
To: Vigo airport (150km)
Follow instructions to Santiago and from Santiago you can take either a bus to Travesia de Vigo or train to Vigo Guixar station, then take a bus to the airport from Travesia de Vigo (near Vigo Guixar station).
To: Porto airport (260km)
From Santiago bus station you can take a bus to Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.
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