The Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) is located in the northwest of the province of A Coruña, and is characterized by showing in a clear way the strength of the Atlantic Ocean along its coast. This significance is shown in its own denomination. The Romans considered that the Cape Finisterrae was to the westernmost part of the continent and, therefore, of the known world itself. The fog, the bravery of the sea, the storms, the difficulty of navigation and the shipwrecks, are facts that are usually related to the area, undoubtedly contributing to enlarge that enigmatic conception of legend and mystery that surrounds the Costa da Morte.
If you want to discover a territory of unparalleled sunsets, extreme beauty, abysmal cliffs, splendid beaches, rocky mountains and an ancient heritage ... your destination is the Costa da Morte, a unique landscape with the largest beaches of the Galician coastline and trails that surround the sea from Carballo to Laracha. You will also learn to know Galicia through the popular hórreos (granaries) because here are located the largest ones of the country; its marine towns; the craft pottery of Buño and the delicate encaixe (lace) of Camariñas. Lighthouses and shipwrecks are some of the main elements of an infinity of legends of a highly literary destination.
In the district of Ézaro, in the municipality of Dumbría, where the Xallas river flows, there is a great waterfall and spectacular views towards the sea and the beach. It is a corner for those who love unique natural environments. Next is Mount Pindo (Carnota), a wonderful place that many historians considered as the 'Celtic Olympus'. The truth is that in spite of the connotations of the denomination of the region itself, it is necessary to hold in maximum esteem the attractions of the innermost part of the Costa da Morte. An interior sprinkled by the Anllóns and the Xallas rivers, where you can experience the charm of unique places such as the shelter of Verdes (Coristanco) or where the nature attracts the attention with places like the Peñas de Pasarela and Traba.
Such unspoiled and idyllic places make Costa da Morte very remarkable for the beauty of its beaches. Thus, landmarks such as Caión, Balarés, Razo or Baldaio enjoy a well-deserved fame, offering services and a multitude of tourist possibilities. Water sports, and more specifically surfing, have an ideal context in these dynamic waters, with a particularly significant approach towards this practice in the already named Razo beach or the beach of Soesto in Laxe. Another unique landscape beach is the Praia do Trece in the municipality of Camariñas.
Antiquity: Over the time, the passage of different cultures gave way to different cultural manifestations. The cult of stone is a characteristic of the Costa da Morte, where there are different rituals associated with this element, such as a pedra de abalar, a pedra dos cadrís, a pedra fertilizante de Duío... There are cases of stones that were used as a support for a Christian crucifix that are still under study today. Around the famous and symbolic Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Barca, the rocks form a transcendent part of the context. This reality is not dissonant with the many samples of megalithic culture that can be visited, like the significant dolmen of Dombate (Cabana de Bergantiños) or the archaeological open-air museum of Carnota.
Historical heritage: We can not miss the Pazo das Torres do Allo (Zas) or the beautiful 13th-century Castelo de Vimianzo, exceptionally well preserved and also home of a dynamic museum, displaying objects of local crafts. The civil architecture in the village of Malpica is remarkable too, facing Sisargas islands, or Caión, a small peninsula with a curious port and an extraordinary view, which faithfully reproduce the idea of Galician northwest coast villa.
Traditions: We must not forget the value of craftsmanship and handicraft, represented in a fantastic way by the pottery of Buño, in the linen thread of Baio, which enjoys its museum, and in the lace of Camariñas, where one can see the results of the inheritance of techniques over the centuries and how they are rooted among specific sectors of the local population.
Sanctuary of Virxe da Barca: This cult building, set to Christianize a place linked to pagan cults began as a chapel built in the 12th century. Along with the current sanctuary of Baroque style, there is the Pedra de Abalar (Shaking Rock), a megalith of 9 meters, as well as the Pedra dos Cadrís, that it is believed to cure different rheumatic diseases by passing nine times under it.
Fisterra Lighthouse: Cape Fisterra, the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, is a place full of magic and beliefs. The Mount Facho, the lighthouse built in 1953, the wild cliffs and the unspoiled beaches that surround this place, make Fisterra a must visit place for people in the Costa da Morte.
Cabo Vilán: This enclave, declared as a National Interest Place as early as 1933, is surmounted by the lighthouse responsible for pointing out one of the most dangerous stretches of the Costa da Morte, but also one of the most beautiful. When getting to Cabo Vilán from Camelle you can visit one of the most rugged and beautiful places on the Galician coast.
Ézaro natural area: The spectacular waterfall of the Ézaro, where the Xallas river plunges into the sea is one of the most visited places on the Costa da Morte. The visit to this area and the viewpoint, from where you can see Mount Pindo and the small port of Ézaro, is certainly a must see destination on the route of this magical coast.
Lighthouses way: it is a 200-kilometer trail along the seashore that links Malpica with Fisterra. In 8 stages, the visitor will be able to come by all the lighthouses of the Costa da Morte, with the sea as main protagonist, you will enjoy some of the most spectacular landscapes of the peninsula contemplating beaches, dunes, rivers, cliffs, villas, castros ,dolmen, viewpoints, estuaries, etc.
Percebe (Goose barnacle) of the Roncudo: Punta Roncudo, is located in a small village at the foot of the town of Corme, in the city council of Ponteceso. Here the percebe reaches the denomination of the 'king of the sea' and is considered by its people like the best goose barnacle of the world. Since 1992, the festival of this product is celebrated on the first Saturday of July.
Longueirón de Fisterra: The longueirón, a sea product similar to the razor-shell that can reach a length off 22 cm, lives buried in the sand of the rías, in clean and shallow waters. It is very easy to see on the beaches of Fisterra how it is collected by diving in apnea. This town hosts in the month of August the festival of the longueirón, which has been taken place on more than 25 occasions.
Coristanco potato: Coristanco is known as theTerra da pataca (potato land). It is a mainly agricultural municipality and it hosts the main production of the Protected Geographical Indication 'Patata de Galicia'. In September the 'Festival of the potato' is celebrated, where in addition to tasting this product you can see authentic sculptures made with this tuber.