Camino Finisterre Camino dos Faros Laxe to Finisterre

Activity:
Walking or Cycling
Duration:
6 Nights
Distance:
105 km
Difficulty:
Medium +
Tour Type:
Time To Go:
April to October
Price:
From €626
Rating:

Camino dos Faros Laxe to Finisterre

The Camino dos Faros or Lighthouse Way is a superb coastal walking trail, taking in the wild and rugged beauty of the Costa da Morte, on the Atlantic coast of Galicia. If you have already completed a Camino route to Santiago de Compostela, this is a stunning alternative.

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. Laxe, for instance, is famous for its gooseneck barnacles (Percebes), harvested from exposed sea cliffs by intrepid ‘Percebeiros’.

Make sure you bring your swimming gear on this route, famed for its pristine beaches and beautiful coastline. It is also a nature lover’s paradise with a bird sanctuary along the way and lots of flora and fauna to spot along the coastline.

This breathtaking 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 request your Muxiana (in Muxia) and Finisterrana (in Fisterra) certificates along the way, in the local tourist office.

This route is marked as challenging so a certain level of fitness is required to fully enjoy the walking.

Click below to create or customise your Camino dos Faros trip all the way inland to Santiago de Compostela if you wish to.

Map of Camino dos Faros Laxe to Finisterre

Map of Camino dos Faros Laxe to Finisterre

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Laxe
Laxe
You arrive in Laxe.
18 km
Arou
Arou

Your second walking day on the Lighthouse Way, the Camino dos Faros, continues from the fishing village of Laxe with its quaint cobbled lanes, pretty harbour and fantastic sandy beach. From the church of Santa Maria de Atalaya, walkers head for Laxe Lighthouse where you will enjoy superb panoramic views of the bay: the Ría de Corme e Laxe. You will be passing five different beaches on today’s walk so make sure you bring your swimming gear. In the village of Camelle, you will find the unique Museo de Man, an open-air museum created by German artist Manfred Gnädinger, who moved to the area in the 1960s.

23 km
Camariñas
Camariñas

Today’s stretch of the Lighthouse Way, the Camino dos Faros is one of the most spectacular, wildly beautiful and full of history. The rugged coastline between Arou and Cabo Vilán (Cape Vilan) lighthouse, has been witness to many shipwrecks, one of the most famous being that of the Serpent, an English Navy boat that sank in the 19th century. From the top of the dune of Monte Blanco (white mountain) you will be able to appreciate the spectacular beauty of the region but also the power of the Atlantic Ocean. Praia de Trece beach, the Punta Boi headland, the English Cemetery, resting place for the victims of the Serpent; and Cabo Vilán lighthouse and surrounding cliffs make your walking route for today a very interesting trail. The area is also an Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA). Your destination is Camariñas fishing harbour.

33 km
Muxia
Muxia

The fishing village of Muxía will charm you with its mix of pagan and religious traditions. Visit the Virxe da Barca sanctuary and its famous ‘rocking stones’ overlooking the Atlantic. According to tradition, you have to walk 9 times under the ‘Pedra dos Cadrís’ to cure all your back ailments. And don’t forget to taste some of Galicia’s famous seafood.

15 km
Lires
Lires

The ocean views along this section of the Camino are splendid. The village of Lires is home to pristine sandy beaches, perfect for a refreshing swim in hot summer days. Starting from Muxia, today’s Camino trail takes you to the hamlets of Frixe, Guisamonde, Morquintián, before you reach Monte do Facho. Enjoy the view and go for a swim at Praia de Lourido.

Make sure to visit the sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Barca right by the Atlantic Ocean and its holy stones, said to have curative powers: the rocking stone and the ‘Kidney stone’.

16 km
Finisterre
Finisterre

A beautiful path awaits for your walking day to Fisterra, hugging the cliffs and coves of the bay. Your final destination is Cape Fisterra (or Finisterre in Spanish) and its striking lighthouse. Watch the sun set right at the ‘End of the World’.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Access

How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

Pontecesco

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

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Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

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Juanma grew up near Vigo and moved to Ireland just 2 days after his graduation. his passion is discovering new places around the world on his bike. He has walked the Via Francig...
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