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Route by car along the Costa de la Muerte (What to see and what to visit)

The Costa de la muerte or Costa da Morte in Galician is one of the classic roadtrip that you can do in Galicia. We talk about a car route between wild places, winding roads, small villages, cliffs and lighthouses that seem to be in the last habitable corner of Europe.

The coast of death

Decide how to walk it

The route by car along the Costa do Morte can be done from north to south, upside down or as one wishes. We plan it in such a way that we catch a beautiful rural house in the middle of the route to make sections or visit certain points depending on the weather in even the sunsets, which in this corner of Spain are magical.

When we decide to do the route, the first thing that comes to mind is to decide where your “base camp” will be, or simply, go looking hotel on the fly, since to be able to complete the entire route by car you will need several days, at least three, if you really want to enjoy it.


Coast of death
Sunset

Everything is relatively close and if you catch a hotel in a suitable place, every day you can set up your own itinerary based on what you like most. Beach, viewpoints, lighthouses, hiking or gastronomy. We opted for Casa de Trillo, a beautiful rural hotel with apartments in a privileged location.

What to see and what to visit on the Costa de la Muerte

Our route in 3 or 4 days

Walking the roads of the Costa de la Muerte is a delight. The landscape that gives both the coast and the interior are magnificent. Inside stands out for its lush vegetation and on the coast for the wide landscapes and the beautiful cliffs. Always want to take the car and drive slowly along these roads, without hurry and stopping in each landscape or viewpoint that catches your attention. Besides, if you are from the beach, the beaches are heavenly, nothing to envy to places like Menorca, since we talk about white sand beaches and always almost empty.

The good thing about this area of ​​Galicia is that you can decide the plan depending on the weather, so if it is sunny and good temperature the beach option is perfect, if not, viewpoints, fishing villages and of course, the gastronomy, where octopus and seafood are the kings.


Finisterre

In the 4 days we were given time to meet the main points of interest from the area There are many things to see on the Costa de la Muerte, but if we have to opt for certain places, do not forget to see the following (ordered from north to south):

  • Cabo San Adrian
  • Punta Nariga Lighthouse
  • Roncudo Lighthouse
  • Zepa Costa da Morte and the Taboido Viewpoint
  • Lighthouse of Laxe (and see the beach crystals)
  • Porto de Cereixo
  • Monte Blanco (Dune Monte Branco)
  • Cemetery of the English
  • Cabo Vilán Lighthouse
  • Muxia Lighthouse (Mugia)
  • Touriñan Lighthouse
  • Praia de Nemiña and praia de Lires
  • Finisterre Lighthouse
  • Ezaro Waterfall (Fervenza de Ézaro)
  • Trekking Monte Pindo
  • Lira Horreo

Map of the places to visit

Day 1 (From Malpica to Laxe Lighthouse)

Route and points of interest:

  • Cabo de Santo Adrián
  • Punta Nariga Lighthouse
  • Roncudo Lighthouse
  • Zepa Costa da Morte + Taboido Viewpoint
  • Laxe Lighthouse (Sunset)

Costa da morte - Day 1

The first day we headed north to start at the Cabo de Santo Adrián, where there is a beautiful hermitage and a small island. From there we depart to Punta Nariga Lighthouse, our first lighthouse on the Costa da Morte. From there, along the coast to the Roncudo Lighthouse, with those crosses that symbolize the dead in the sea and with wonderful views. Besides, there are plenty of picnic tables and why not, a romantic dinner with one of the best sunset on the route.


Cape of San Adrian
Roncudo Lighthouse

If you are fond of hiking like us then depart to the Zepa Costa da Norte, a place full of dunes with a very pleasant path by the sea. A simple and ideal route for family walks and even with a baby carriage.


Touriñan Lighthouse
Zepa Costa da morte

Finally, finish at the Laxe Lighthouse enjoying a classic sunset or visiting the rarity of a beach, the crystals beach. We, as we decided to go to the hotel before, left for the next day and went to the one of Mrapia (Muxia), but it all depends on the time and desire :)


Muxia Lighthouse
Punta Nariga Lighthouse

Places to eat well:

  • As Garzas. Brutal, it is to pay tribute. Oceanfront and all with a special touch
  • Zurich restaurant. One of the best known seafood restaurants in the area

Day 2 (From Porto de Cereixo to the beach of Lires)

Route and points of interest:

  • Porto de Cereixo
  • Monte Blanco (Dune Monte Branco)
  • Cemetery of the English
  • Cabo Vilán Lighthouse
  • Muxia Lighthouse (Mugia) and Our Lady of the Boat

Costa da morte - Day 2

One of the best stages on the Costa de la Muerte is what you can do between Arou and the Cabo Millan Lighthouse, in the Camariñas area. There is a dirt track through one of the most rugged, wild and beautiful areas of this corner of Galicia.

You have to be patient if you do not go with an SUV or 4 × 4, as it is convenient to go slow, but the views deserve it. Places like him white Mount, he Cemetery of the English waves Paradise beaches what is there until you reach Cabo Vilán Lighthouse they deserve it.


Cemetery of the English
Cemetery of the English

This day is the one we enjoy the most. We ate in a place of few pretensions but with exquisite dishes. We end the day visiting the spectacular Church by the sea of ​​Our Lady of the Boat and thelighthouse of Muxia, to end a movie sunset.


Cabo Vilan Lighthouse
white Mount

The sunset at the Muxia Lighthouse It is one of the best on the Death Coast

Places to eat well:

  • Eat at the Taberna do Bico, in Camariñas. Unsurpassed Quality-Price

Day 3 (From Touriñan Lighthouse to Finisterre)

Route and points of interest:

  • Touriñan Lighthouse
  • Praia de Nemiña and praia de Lires
  • Finisterre Lighthouse
  • Ezaro Waterfall (Fervenza de Ézaro)
  • Lira Horreo
  • Sunset returning to the beach of Lires

Costa da morte - Day 3

We start in the Touriñan Lighthouse, a lighthouse with a beautiful path that overlooks a small island. From there we went to spend half morning at Nemiña y Lires beach, famous for being a good place to do surfing. They are two long beaches that form a small island of sand next to the mouth of a river.


Sunset
Finisterre

In the afternoon we went to see the most classic lighthouse on the Camino de Santiago, that of FinisterreIt is not the prettiest but the most crowded, but a must see in the area. From there it is a few kilometers away Ezaro waterfall, a picturesque waterfall for being near the sea, and later one of the horreos largest in Galicia, that of Lira.


Ezaro waterfall
Lira Horreo

To end the day we returned to the beautiful Lires beach, where is one of the most hidden terraces with the best views of the Costa de la muerte. The reason was not only to dine there, but to enjoy another great sunset between octopus, zorza and a good summer red wine.


Praia de Lires
Praia de Lires

Places to eat well:

  • Dine with a spectacular sunset at the beach bar laterraza, next to the Playa de Lires

Day 4 (Hiking or a day at the beach)

Our last day on the Costa de la Muerte is dedicated to hiking and resting. We made one of the most classic and demanding routes in the area, that of the Monte Pindo, a rocky mountain by the sea with beautiful views of the sea.


Monte Pindo
Monte Pindo

The route starts from the same beach and ascends vertically until reaching the 627m altitude That has the peak. It takes between 3 or 4 hours between going up and down and it is advisable to bring water and protect the sun in summer. The best, that the climb is not only beautiful, but the final reward will be the beach from where the route leaves :). In summer with the heat, incredible!


Sunset in Finisterre

There is a classic that is to watch the sunset in Finisterre from the ship with Cruises Cisterra

Conclusion, one week would be ...

The reality is that the Death Coast is to enjoy it at least one week. Four days we crave few, because if you are more than beach, you like to walk or enjoy things little by little, four will give for little. The good thing is that everything is relatively close, so if you do not have time to see a place, you go another day without hurry and without order, the goal is to enjoy.

Practical data

How to get?

Santiago or La Coruña can be reached by plane, although the best way to tour the Costa da Morte is by car. From Madrid it is more than 650km, from Barcelona more than 1,100km, so many choose to go by train or plane and then rent a car or motorhome through the area. We recommend the latter, Galicia is very prepared for this type of vehicles.

When to go?

Possibly the best time to get to know the Death Coast is the first half of July, as the good weather accompanies and there is still little tourism, although the truth, this corner of Galicia is never overcrowded, something to be grateful for.

Where to sleep?

We recommend the Trillo House, because of its location as well as the quality of its staff and the size of its rooms.