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Area Maior Beach

The promenade of Caldeirón is the first time we end up near the open sea along O Camiños do Faros. We can see how the sea hits the rocks and we enjoy a view of the Sisargas Islands and part of the route towards Saint Adrián.

We will take this path to the Beach Area Maior, a wide beach with all services that usually families go there with their children as they can enjoy freely as they can´t do in any other areas. In summer, it is the place chosen by different sports competitions to take place, as beach football or volleyball.

This beach provides the visitors with all the services together with terraces over the sea with views of the Sisargas. We do suggest walking along the beach with low tide till the end of Canido beach and enjoy the unique smell of A Costa da Morte.

This is the first beach we go through following O Camiño dos Faros. At the end of the beach, in Canido, after passing by a fountain, a path will lead us towards Seaia and Saint Adrián.

Beach of Nemiña

It is place in a privileged environment of the Ría de Lires, the beach Nemiña is the last part of the 7th stage, that has been, because of being a really rugged area, the hardest and demanding.

The beach of Nemiña is placed to the South of the CapeTouriñán. It is perfect for surfing, fishing and with the best big European seabass in the area. The mouth of the estuary of Lires also gets into this beach forming an amazing landscape.

Among the people of the group, we could perceive different feelings. On the one hand, we were really happy as there was only one stage left to reach the CapeFisterra, as many travelers had done along a lot of centuries, but we were going to reach it by taking the wildest route: O Camiño dos Faros. But, on the other hand we could feel a bit of sadness among us as the end of this adventure was closer, and adventure that we didn´t want to finish at all.


Beach Area Grande

We leave Cereixo till we get to the cemetery where there is a track on our right that will lead us to the road of the beach Lago. You shouldn´t rush when ascending and be very careful when walking the 500 meters left along the road: it is a very difficult stretch, without hard shoulders and we have to watch out for the cars as they don´t expect to see anyone walking along that road.

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After the 500 meters we leave the road by taking a path on the right that takes us to the eucalyptus forests to get to the beach Area Grande, which is already in the municipality of Muxía.

We don´t like walking along the asphalt at all, and we were looking forward to taking again our route. When we get to the beach, we have two options. The path that follows the track that is in the field parallel to the beach but, if the tide is low, we can walk across the beach

We don´t like walking along the asphalt at all, and we were looking forward to taking again our route. When we get to the beach, we have two options. The path that follows the track that is in the field parallel to the beach but, if the tide is low, we can walk across the beach

The sand is full of shells of clams and cockles. Some vessels also ended up their lives in this beach after sailing along this River Grande.


Rio Covo Beach

When we started designing this Camiño dos Faros, the primordial characteristic was that this should go along the coastline if it were possible. And this is what we have done in this part of the route: open a route that connects ErmidaBeach with this small sandy area called Río Covo, as beautiful as unknown by most of us. We got there after a kind of technical descent.

From that point we went up walking along all the vegetation till we reached the road that goes along the mount Facha.

Beach Arnela

The beach Arnela is the westernmost point in Galicia. It is quite protected by the rocky area that forms Point of Arnela surrounded by the dunes. This isolated beach is very dangerous for swimming although it seems an oasis of peace among the cliffs of Point Castelo and the Cape of the Nave.

We head along the path on the left hillside of the beach towards the Cape of the Nave. From the top we can see CapeTouriñán and all these cliffs of the beach Arnela.

Beach of Rostro

The beach of Rostro is another wild wonder of A Costa da Morte. It is a kind of ode to the sea, the salt of the sea saltpeter and the pure air. A unique pleasure for our senses.

Open to the Atlantic Ocean, the wind continuously hits all along the yea has formed a dune system with important heights and full of vegetation, which gives color to this area during some seasons of the year.

We go across the 2 kilometers of the beach Rostro along the shore, without any rush and enjoying each step of the paradise that is closed to us.

The strong wind and the rough sea work continuously with the sand providing us with amazing images, mainly in winter.

Also from the sea, this “wooden duck” arrives totally conquered by barnacles. They are pelagic gooseneck barnacle, also known as fake barnacles, which get stuck to any floating solid object that is in the ocean.

When we reach the end of the beach we realize again that O Camiño dos Faros provides us with a feeling step after step.

This is the place chosen by the Trasnos to have something to drink and to eat for first time today. We can choose between both the rocks that are at the end of the beach or ascending a bit more and avoid this effort later. From the Punta of Rostro we also have amazing views to have a sandwich.

Beach of Moreira

Before going on, we are going to small stop in Moreira to rest for a bit in this beautiful cove with “bolos” (relatively big-ball shaped stones) and sand. We have already walked the most demanding stretch of the route, 10 kilometers which seemed to belong to a mountain range than a route along the coastline.

From this point, we see how inaccessible is the Ribeira of Viseu. These huge cliffs do not let us walk closer the coast. Consequently, we have to go on walking bordering their summits. It is a pity, of course but on the other hand, as human beings don´t have access, they will never be spoiled.

The beach of Moreira is an oasis in this sea of rocks. The seagulls perfectly know so, and they take a rest as we do before going on towards the next point in our way: Touriñán.

Cuño

The Coído of Cuño is the SPA of the Trasnos, a present in this stage after the great effort we have made. We take off the back bags, we prepare the things to eat and drink and it is high time to take a rest.

This Coído of Cuño is full of rolling stones of all sizes, and it has a great geologic interest. It may have its origin in quaternary deposits, although some authors believe that it is on a marine terrace. With the Prestige, all these rocks got covered by a black coat of fuel oil impossible to get rid of. There are still some remains of it that we can see. Not only in this coído but also in Moreira, scientists tested different methods of bioremediation, which is a process that makes use of microorganisms that get rid of this contamination. We don´t know if during the quarternary there was jam, but it is time for us to eat something. We take the knife, slice the loaf, put some jam, cheese and tomato..and let´s eat it. As you can see, we don´t prepare anything too complicated but we do eat.

As we are eating our sandwich and our feet rest with the water of the small waterfalls formed by this small stream of Cuño, we think once again how lucky we are. Perfect places are there outside to enjoy this adventure 100%.

However, the rest can’t last all day long, and after a while resting, we have to ascend from Cuño  up to the 269 meters of Mount Pedrouzo.

Beach of Lourido

The beach of Lourido has the shape of a shell, it has fine sand and, although it sounds like a cliché, its water is turquoise blue on sunny days. However, you have to be very careful as it is a very dangerous beach for swimming. The dunes that border that  beach are full of vegetation and they are somehow ascending along the mount till almost the village of Lourido.

This place has been chosen to build the Parador de Muxía, a decision that has been taken without any previous study, during the first weeks of the Prestige’s crisis. We have no idea about the current status project . Besides, we do not believe that this plan will find the solution to overcome the touristic problems of the area.

When we reach the track that takes us to the parador, we take a path towards the coast. Across some corn plantations and some ways created by fishermen full of gorses, we reach the Coído da Agra, from where we will start the ascent to the MountCachelmo.

 

Beach O Lago

The beach Lago is one of the most beautiful ones in A Costa da Morte, with a leafy pine grove that in summer months is considered to be the touristic attraction in this municipality. Apart from its beauty, the river Lago that flows calmly into the beach makes this place worthy visiting by families with children as there is a peaceful atmosphere that they will not find anywhere.

We will stop to have a bath and have a drink at the bars in the pine grove. At the beginning of the beach we see another lighthouse in our route that, although it is small and not very useful for the maritime traffic, marks the mouth of the river Grande. Its situation on a punta on the coast that brings the trasnos very special memories.

We descend from the lighthouse and we have a bath on that side of the beach but always being very careful. When you do such a long stage in summer, you have to get into the sea little by little wetting first your neck and wrists. If you don’t do so, the abrupt change of temperature may cause serious problems.

After the bath, we have a drink without spending long and we return to the Camiño.  There are 8 kilometers left to arrive in Muxía and 11 to finish the stage. At least 3 hours and a half following the trasnos´ pace. J We leave the beach walking along the bridge over the river Lago.

We still have all the final part of the stage left. This stretch will lead us close to Muxía by walking across quiet beaches and small rural villages. Berofe arriving to the campsite Lago, we turn on the right by taking a path, which is usually full of brambles, heading to Merexo.