Walking in Galicia

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Trip code: 
TDJ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New - Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

The Costa da Morte offers dramatic coastlines, traditional fishing villages, Celtic influences and the chance to discover an unknown side of Spain!

Galicia's impressive Costa da Morte offers rugged coastlines, dramatic cliffs dotted with lighthouses and remarkable virgin landscapes facing the challenging Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of shipwrecks have taken place along its dangerous yet beautiful shore; adding a touch of mystery to this intriguing coastline. Discover the Celtic influences and mystical legends that are richly entwined along this coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Watch sunsets from pristine beaches and cliffs, taste fresh seafood and other local delicacies and trek through traditional Galician villages. This unique walking holiday will culminate at the most western point of Europe, Cabo de Fisterra; known for thousands of years as the end of the world! The last part of the trip visits the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela, the end of the famous 'Camino de Santiago' pilgrimage walk; a perfect location to finish the week after walking the coastal paths of Galicia.

Highlights

  • Dramatic coastlines dotted with cliffs and lighthouses
  • Traditional Galician fishing villages and Celtic influences
  • Cabo de Fisterra; the end of the known world during Roman times
  • The UNESCO world heritage Galician capital and pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels, rooms all en suite
  • 5 days walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Min 16 yrs.
  • Low altitude walking throughout

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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Terrain:

The terrain and type of path track will vary but most of the walking is on good quality coastal paths and gravel tracks. The walks are not technically difficult however you will need to cover distances of up to 18km so a basic level of fitness is required.

Day by day breakdown
Day 214.0km/9.0miles
Day 318.0km/11.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles
Day 616.0km/10.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Santiago de Compostela; transfer to fisherman village of Laxe.

    Fly to Santiago de Compostela; transfer to fisherman village of Laxe.

    Hotel Playa de Laxe or similar

  • Day 2

    Walk from the ancient ruins of Castro A Cibda to Laxe beach via Celtic archaeological remains and traditional villages.

    Today begins with a short transfer (approx. 15 min) inland from our hotel in Laxe to Castro A Cibda, an ancient 1st Century Celtic village. From here we walk through old millenary forest; then stroll along a quiet country road until we come to the important Celtic archaeological remains of Dolmen de Dombate, a grave monument from the Neolithic times and the old village of Vilaseco. Returning to the coastline, the walk takes us along beautiful cliffs and beaches ending up back at Laxe.

    Hotel Playa de Laxe or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Walk from Laxe along beautiful beaches to the fisherman's town of Camelle and then onto the village of Arou.

    Today's walk begins from the hotel and we first stop at the beautiful 14th Century church of Santa Maria de Atalaia; a typical Galician Gothic church with great historic and artistic value. From the church we are able to see impressive views of the port and beach in Laxe.

    After leaving Laxe, the walk follows the cliffs, crossing the Furna da Espuma; an area where the effect of the waves transforms the water in to foam. Shortly after, another natural wonder to discover will be the Praia dos Cristales, a beach where the sea has returned thousands of multi-colour crystals made of sand to the seabed. We then continue on to the beach and lagoon of Traba (an important natural reserve) and finally arrive to the town of Camelle.

    Considered to be the heart of the Costa da Morte, Camelle is a little fisherman's town boasting stunning windswept beaches. Here we can visit the Museum of the German Man. The museum was created by an eccentric German baker who moved to the town during the 1970s seeking a solitary life surrounded by nature. He built his house and garden in an ecologically respectful way and spent 40 years living in the town. The museum encompasses his house, garden and sculptures; and help to make it one of the most unique sights to visit along the Costa da Morte. The people of Camelle were also decorated by the British Crown for the help and assistance they provided with all the shipwrecks that have occurred along the coast throughout history.

    After visiting Camelle, the walk will continue along the coastline to the coastal town of Arou, from here we take a transfer (approx. 30 min) back to the hotel in Laxe.

    Hotel Playa de Laxe or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Walk from Arou to Cabo Vilan via fishing ports, the Dune of Monte Blanco and along Trece beach to the English Cemetery; site of many British shipwrecks.

    After breakfast we take a transfer (approx. 30 min) back to the village of Arou where we begin today's walk. Leaving Arou we first visit the Percebeiras viewpoint to enjoy a beautiful view of the town. We then descend to Loberas beach and visit the barrier of As Negras, the site of hundreds of shipwrecks. From here we continue on to the little fishing port of Santa Marinas and then walk along the border of the Dune of Monte Blanco; one of the highest sand dunes in Europe that is ecologically protected. Along this protected track we can observe the Camarinas plants which are under the risk of extinction.

    Walking further along to Trece beach, we arrive at the Cementerio de los Ingleses (the English Cemetery), the site of many British shipwrecks throughout history, including some as recently as the late 19th Century. From here we continue our hike along the coast arriving at the impressive Cabo Vilan; one of the most western points of Europe. A transfer (approx. 45 min) will then take us to our next hotel in Muxia.

    Hotel Habitat Cm Muxia or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Start from the village of Martineto and descend to the beautiful Playa Moreira beach; onto the villages of the Tourinan and the infamous rock barriers of Coido das Negras before reaching the little village and beach of Nemina. Transfer to Muxia.

    Starting with a quick transfer (approx. 25 min) to the small village of Martineto (located in the middle of woods), we begin our walk strolling along a quiet path towards the coastline descending to the picturesque Playa Moreira beach. We then head towards the Cabo de Tourinan with its beautiful views of the open Atlantic Ocean. Continuing on, we cross the village of Tourinan and the Coido das Negras (famous for its dangerous rock barriers where more shipwrecks occurred) before reaching the village and beach of Nemina to take our transfer back to our hotel in Muxia (approx. 30 min).

    At Muxia there is the opportunity to visit the Santa Maria church and ascend to Monte Corpino for a wonderful view of the lighthouse and the ria das Camarinas (mouth of the river). Following the track to the lighthouse we will reach the Virxe da Barca Sanctuary; a famous pilgrimage site where it is said that Santiago (Saint James) had a visit from the virgin to encourage him to reconquer this area for Christians.

    In the evening, there is the option to stroll along the Paseo de la Memoria (Pathway of Memory) which leads to the Monumento da Ferida (Monument of the Wound); a monument that was erected in memory of the oil spill of the Prestige in 2002. This monument is dedicated to the volunteers that arrived from all over Spain to clean the beaches and help save the wounded wildlife.

    Hotel Habitat Cm Muxia or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Walk from the beautiful Praia do Rostro beach along coastlines, through villages and take the final climb to Cabo de Nave with stunning view of Cabo de Fisterra; where we then walk onto and end our last walk.

    After a short transfer (approx. 30 min) to the beautiful Praia do Rostro beach, we begin our last hike of the week. Today's walk will border and follow the abrupt coastline of Rostro and we will be able to enjoy the views of Punta das Pardas and Punta de Castelo along the way. Continuing further, we cross the villages of Castrominan and Denle towards Playa de Arnela beach.

    From here we climb the final big Cabo da Nave with stunning views of Cabo de Fisterra, before descending to the beach of Mar de For. From here we take a gentle climb to Monte Facho ending up in Cabo de Fisterra.

    Cabo de Fisterra was believed to be the end of the known world during Roman times. It is famous for its spectacular beaches and is associated with many religious and Celtic legends. Cabo de Fisterra is also the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James and it has been a recent tradition for pilgrims to burn their clothes or boots at the end of their journey at Cabo Fisterra.

    From here we will take a private transfer (approx. 40 min) back to our hotel in Muxia.

    Hotel Habitat Cm Muxia or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Santiago de Compostela; remainder of the day is free to enjoy this beautiful city.

    After breakfast we bid farewell to the Costa da Morte and take a transfer (approx. 90 min) inland to Santiago de Compostela, the Galician capital famous for the cathedral which houses the shrine of St. James the Great, one of the twelve apostles of Christ who is reputedly buried here. The site of the shrine is a leading Catholic pilgrimage route that originated in the 9th Century and remains to be one of the most significant places in Catholicism.

    The city itself is a well-preserved university city with an old town full of narrow winding streets and historic buildings. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site because of its cathedral and old city centre. Santiago is also known for vibrant nightlife and the city market; a typical Galician market and one of the biggest in Spain where locals gather to buy fresh, local produce.

    Upon arrival into Santiago de Compostela, the rest of the day is free for you to discover this historic and beautiful city. Our last evening is spent in a charming hotel closely located to the cathedral.

    Hotel Avenida or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Santiago de Compostela airport; fly to London.

    Transfer to Santiago de Compostela airport; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

On this trip all breakfasts are included.

Breakfasts in Spain usually consist of coffee with milk, toast with ham, olive oil, tomatoes, cheese. jam and butter. Bakery items such as pastries, fruit and juice are also popular. During this trip you can expect different variations of breakfast at the three hotels we stay at but they will all include at least some of the standard breakfast items that are popular in Spain.

As this is a walking trip in an untouched area of Spain with relatively little tourism, lunch options throughout the week can vary and will be determined and discussed with the group by your leader. These will include options to order picnics, self-cater from local shops and markets and where possible to visit local cafes/restaurants along the way.

In restaurants you can normally find set menus for a set price from 10 to 20 EUR or eat 'a la carte' for similar prices. Portions and meal sizes are usually very generous. All meals can be accompanied by the local Albariño and Riveiro white wines from the region and meals are usually finished with locally homemade liquors. Regional specialties in Galicia include fish and shellfish, red meat (especially beef), small green peppers, octopus, vegetable soups (made with the hock from ham) and various types of home grown vegetables. Barnacles, cockles and mussels are also found along the coast and feature prominently in dishes.

Vegetarians can be catered for, however as this region is known for its meat and seafood dishes, flexibility is needed as you may encounter some difficulty in finding a large variety of choices in dishes. Please advise us at time of booking if you are vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements.

Weather

Galicia is known to be part of Green Spain because of the wet and temperate oceanic climate. The landscape is similar to that of Ireland, Great Britain and the west coast of France. The Atlantic Ocean winds very much determine the region's climate and landscape and you can expect weather along the Costa da Morte to be variable with more rainfall than in any other part of Spain. Temperatures are often lower than in other regions and average daily temperatures from May to September can be between 15-20 degrees Celcius. However, in the peak summer period months (July-August) temperatures can rise up to 30 degrees Celcius. As the trip is focused along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean windy conditions can be expected throughout the year.

Santiago de Compostela

Is this trip for you?

This is an Activity Level 3 (Moderate) trip.

The terrain will vary but most of the walking is on good quality coastal paths and gravel tracks. The walks are not technically difficult however you will need to cover distances of up to 18km so a good level of fitness is required. Located on the Atlantic coast of Spain, this area is known for varied weather so it is a good idea to be prepared and pack waterproofs and extra layers of clothing to put in your daypack for all kinds of conditions.

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Accommodation

Hotels

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

We will spend the first 3 nights of the trip based in the fisherman's village of Laxe in Hotel Playa de Laxe. On day 4 our luggage will be transferred to our next hotel, Habitat Cm Muxia in another fisherman's village, Muxia where we will spend the next 3 nights.

The last night of the trip will be accommodated in Hotel Avenida in Santiago de Compostela. All hotels are well located, offer free Wi-Fi and have private en suite rooms.

Single supplements are available (on request).

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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