Its landscapes, its beaches, the lighthouses, the gastronomy and the legends are enough reasons to see the Costa da Morte whose culminating point is Fisterra, the place where the end of the world was believed to be and where the Camino de Santiago ends.
Its name comes from the dangerousness of the coasts and the large number of shipwrecks that have occurred off them, the last one being the sadly famous Prestige.
There are many ways to visit the Costa da Morte but here we are going to tell you the route that we take and that we recommend.
What to see on the Costa da Morte
Although it does not officially belong to the Costa da Morte, we can start the route in the town of Muros.
Muros is a town with a long history and its origins date back to the 10th century.
Many consider it the limit between the Rías Baixas and the Rías Altas (others consider it to be in Fisterra) and we can highlight its maritime atmosphere and the cobbled streets of its old town as well as its beaches and its churches, especially the Church of San Pedro, which is located in the upper part of the town.
From Muros we begin to skirt the coast, leaving behind the Ría de Muros and Noia and approaching the Costa da Morte.
Carnota. Its beach and its granary
After passing through several towns, we arrive at Carnota, a small town that stands out for two main things.
One of them is the famous Hórreo, which is 35 meters long and perfectly preserved, being the second largest in the world.
Carnota Beach is the other place to highlight. It is located in a very quiet place and measures 7 km in length, making it the largest in Galicia. When the tide is low it can be up to 1 km wide.
Continuing north but not far from Carnota we arrive at another of the most special places on the Costa da Morte.
It is about Mount Pindo and the mouth of the Xallas River where, after going up a road towards the dam, we have the Mirador de Ézaro, a place that you should not miss.
From there you can have great views of the area and especially of the waterfall that falls into the sea from 100 meters high. Of course, it is not usually active due to the retention of water in the dam and it can only be admired on certain dates and times.
Fisterra. The cape of the end of the world
The next important point on our route is the most beautiful and magical place on the Costa da Morte.
This is Fisterra (or Finisterre), a town that dates back to Roman times and where we can highlight the Castle of San Carlos, the Church of Nosa Señora das Areas or the Lonja that is next to the port.
Its beaches and the maritime atmosphere of its streets must also be highlighted, but above all there is something that stands out above the rest, the Finisterre Lighthouse, the most important on the Costa da Morte and which is the most visited place in Galicia after the The Cathedral of Santiago of Compostela.
The Finisterre Lighthouse was built in 1868 and has a powerful light that illuminates 23 miles to warn sailors of the danger of these things.
Very few people know it but in the lighthouse there is a hotel with 5 rooms where you can stay.
In this place, considered for centuries the end of the world because it was believed that the Earth ended there, is the end of the Camino de Santiago and that is why there is a monument dedicated to the pilgrim that consists of a boot located on a rock.
According to tradition, pilgrims who arrive there must burn their clothes and leave their boots, but it must be borne in mind that it is currently forbidden to make a fire. And of course, what you should not miss is the sunset. It is something you will never forget.
Muxía and Cape Touriñan
Continuing north again and after having enjoyed a legendary and wonderful place, we headed towards Muxía.
Before arriving, you can go to Cape Touriñan where there is another lighthouse, the most western in Spain, more so than the one in Fisterra.
In Muxía, another city with a maritime atmosphere and where you can eat very well, we find important remains of Celtic culture and a lot of history.
Its main attraction is the Virxe da Barca Sanctuary, another typical place where pilgrims finish the Camino de Santiago. It is located in a rocky area by the sea and an important pilgrimage is held there in September.
In Muxía, we must also highlight the Church of Moraime and very close, the Playa de Lago, one of the most beautiful hidden beaches in Galicia.
Camariñas and the Cemetery of the English
Surrounding the estuary between Muxía and Camariñas, we arrive at this fishing town.
It stands out for the palilleiras, women who master the art of bobbin lace and who can be seen working on the doors of their houses.
Our journey along the Costa da Morte heads towards Cabo Vilán, where there is another spectacular lighthouse and where we will also have beautiful views of the sea and of this area.
From there we would arrive at the last destination of our route, the English Cemetery, right in the place where one of the most terrible shipwrecks of the Costa da Morte occurred in 1890, that of the English ship The Serpent, where 172 sailors died.
Laxe and Malpica
Further north, as we get closer to La Coruña, we have other points of interest, such as Laxe, whose beach is one of those we recommend visiting in Galicia. Without a doubt, a white sand beach that you should not miss.
Nearby is Malpica, another of the great towns to see on the Costa da More. In it we can admire its alleys as well as its fishing port.
Nearby is Cabo de San Adrián, the best place in the area to have enviable views of the Sisargas Islands.
You can find more information about what to see on the Costa da Morte on the official Galician tourism page.