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Costa da Morte

Cape Roncudo and Barra de Anllóns

The job of the “percebeiro” is one of the most dangerous and this coast. And in Cape Roncudo, barnacles have their own name and recognition. The most prized barnacles in the market are obtained from these cliffs. Some of the biggest waves in Galicia, such as A Tremosa crash against this cape. Surfers shouldn't miss the chance to see this spectacle of nature, severl times object of “Big Waves” articles. This visit offers extra activities which can enrich the traveller's perception, such as walking on the sandspit at the mouth of Anllóns river and viewing the Monte Blanco, a sand dune which goes up a hillside. Visit to the fishing village of Corme and its small harbour.

Cape Touriñán and Muxía

The rough Cape Touriñán offers an impressive seaview and the chance to witness the last ray of light in continental Europe - between March 21st and April 25th, and August 13th and September 22nd, due to its position with respect to the Earth's axis. If you visit the fishing village of Muxía, you shouldn't miss its famous Pedra de Abalar, close to the small Virxe da Barca sanctuary, or the fish flakes for eel and cod.

Dombate dolmen and Borneiro Celtic fortified settlement

The burial mound of Dombate is considered the “cathedral” of megalithic art in Galicia. There you will see a 13-foot corridor protected by big stones. It is said to have been built around 2500 and 3000 BC. This monument is protected by a glass and wood building which allows the visitor to have a better view for a better understanding. 3 miles from Dombate is the Borneiro Celtic fortified settlement (A Cidá), found in 1924. This is one of the few Celtic settlement which was not romanized. It was inhabited between the centuries IV and I BC and its acropolis consists of 45 buildings, being one of the largest in Galicia.

Cape Vilán Lightouse and Englishmen cemetery

One of the most dangerous parts of the Costa da Morte is dominated by the oldest electric lighthouse in Spain, first lit on January 15th, 1896. In 1933 it was declared as National Landscape Interest because of its beauty. Inside you will find a room exhibiting all the original machinery. Not far away, at Punta do Boi, sank, in 1890, a Royal navy vessel, the HMS Serpent. There were 172 dead men and 3 survivors. The dead were buried at the beach and today this is known as the Englishmen cemetery. Located in a stunning area, A Enseada do Trece stands out for its 492-foot climbing sand dune, one of the highest in Europe.


A visit you shouldn't miss in Galicia is Cape Fisterra, where you can sit and admire “the end of the earth” from the cliffs. It was the Romans who, after seeing the neverending sunset, named this place as the end of the earth. Nowadays thousands of pilgrims arrive at its lighthouse as last stage of the Camino de Santiago. From here and in clear days you will get wide horizon views. You cannot see America, but every visitor plays the game of locating geographically the other side of the Atlantic. The fishing village of Fisterra, the fish auction at the fish market, the beaches and the coastal walks are several things not to miss here.

Punta Nariga, Sisargas Islands and Baldaio marshlands

The small lighthouse in Punta Nariga is an example of modern lighthouse architecture and its surroundings give us an idea of the wildness and roughness of this coast. A little far from here wan can find one of the most beautiful viewpoints in A Costa da morte, Cape Santo Adrián, the best place to contemplate an important birdwatching spot in Iberia. A sacntuary for colonies of endangered seabirds such as the common guillemot, the black-legged kittiwatke, the black-backed gull or the storm petrel. From here you will see a rough sea ceaselessly beating against the cliffs. Baldaio marshlandas constitute another attraction of this region, which is home to many over-wintering birds, many of them vagrant birds from North America or the Arctic Circle. You can walk around the lagoon, marshlands, sand dunes and beach following the footbridges.

Traba de Laxe

Traba lagoon and its solitary beach constitute an area of great beauty. Here you will find a 2-toushand-yard stone path used in ancient times by the bullock carts between Mordomo e Camelle. It retains all its charm as it is one of the last areas in the coast of the Iberian Peninsula which maintains its traditional agrarian structure. It has not been altered by any road, so no vehicle can be used here; still a privilege for pedestrians.