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.
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.
From the port of Santa Mariña we go up the dune that goes up along MountVeo till it reaches a 150-meter height, the biggest in the Peninsula. We will go through it till we reach 80 meters. Remember not to leave the sandy path in order to avoid stepping on the dune vegetation.
When we reach the top, we have reached the halfway point of O Camiño dos Faros. Apart from this particular feeling of reaching this point, for me, the trasno who is telling you this story, believes that the summit of this dune is one of the most amazing points in this route. Just think how the wind “works” to bring the sand from the beach up to create this mount.
From this point, the panoramic view of the beach Trece and the Point Boi with the Cemetery of the English will remain engraved in our minds. It is an unspoiled landscape, far away from the madding crowd and with the sound the sea makes hitting constantly this Sea Trece.
The feeling is unique, this is the essence of O Camiño dos Faros!
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We have walked a lot of kilometers of this stage but there are still 5 left to finish it in Ponteceso. However, suddenly the landscape radically changes, now the sand plays the main role. The mountBranco is the vantage point of this area.
From the viewpoint we can enjoy one of the most amazing views of this Camiño dos Faros: the mouth of the river Anllóns in the estuary of Corme and Laxe. It´s awesome! A place to use your camera for sure.
When we descend the mountBranco we get to the beach Barra, which divides the sea and the river.
At this spot we are witness of how the wind action shapes the really fine sand to form some dunes with whimsical shapes. It is the desert of O Camiño dos Faros. In our route, we will walk over it and we will try not to step on any plant.