The Way of Lighthouses Itinerary
Accommodation in A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela
You can choose the city in which you prefer to start your journey (A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela); Or, stay in Ponteceso, the starting point of The Way of Lighthouses.
A Coruña is a port city located in Galicia, famous for its beautiful beaches, its promenade and the Torre de Hércules, the oldest lighthouse in the world. If you decide to get to Santiago, we recommend you visit its monuments, squares and museums. You can not miss the Cathedral of Santiago.
From Ponteceso to Laxe - 25km
We will transfer from A Coruña or from Santiago to Ponteceso, a beautiful village, famous for its landscapes and cuisine. We will start walking through the coast that borders the river Anllóns. We will cross the Roncudo lighthouse, and we will enter to the interior until we reach to Laxe, an important fishing and commercial port. We recommend you visit the Rúa Real, the Casa do Arco and the Church of Santiago de Laxe.
From Laxe to Arou - 18km
This stage will be relatively short. We will pass by coastal towns and paths by the sea. We will visit the Laxe Lighthouse, Furna da Espuma and Traba Beach, from where we will be able to observe a large number of birds. The end of the stage goes through a spectacular stretch of rocks to Camelle, where we can visit the Museum of Man, before arriving in Arou.
We will transfer you to Laxe, where you will spend the night.
From Arou to Camariñas - 22km
We will transfer you from Laxe to Arou to start the stage.
We will start walking through beautiful coast landscapes, pristine sands, cliffs, castles and small towns. We will pass through the Cemetery of the English, a mythical place where the victims of the shipwreck of the Serpent rest. The Vilán Lighthouse stands out, one of the most important symbols of this route. We will arrive at the fishing port of Camariñas.
From Camariñas to Muxía - 29km
This is the longest stage of the Camino, but it is also totally flat. We will enter to the estuary and we will cross beaches, monuments and small villages such as Tasaraño, Dor and Allo. The Beach of Lake stands out. Once in Muxía, we recommend you to visit the famous Sanctuary of La Vírgen de la Barca, one of the most important sailing temples in Galicia.
From Muxía to Lires - 28km
We will walk through the beach in a stage of constant ascents and descents. We will enjoy the views from the Cape of Touriñán, considered the westernmost point of Galicia and peninsular Spain. After passing the Nemiña Beach we will reach the beautiful town of Lires.
From Lires to Cabo Finisterra - 22km
The last stage begins walking along the beach of O Rostro and the different cliffs of Mexadoira and Cabo da Nave, until you reach to the Port of Fisterra, with its famous Lighthouse, where you can enjoy the best sunset in the region, an ideal reward for your effort .
We recommend you to visit the Castle of San Carlos, the Church of Our Lady of Arenas and the End of the Earth Cemetery.
About the Way of Lighthouses
We want to introduce to you now the Way of Lighthouses (Camino de los Faros), one of the most impressive routes of all that exists on the Camino de Santiago. It is a route of an incomparable architectural and scenic beauty.
By the way, we will give you all the information related to the route so that you can plan an organized and effective itinerary to confront this adventure. So, pay attention to this guide of the Way of Lighthouses: you will be pleasantly surprised.
Why choose the Way of Lighthouses?
1.- The beaches: one of the most noteworthy features of the Way of Lighthouses are the beaches that we will have the opportunity to get to know. These are carefully looked after and semi-virgin environments that are one of the main lures of this route.
So, if you are a lover of nature and coastal landscapes in general, the Way of Lighthouses is, without a doubt, the ideal route for you.
2.- The views: The lighthouses are one of the key points of this route. In fact, they are at the forefront of this adventure that runs through some of the main Galician coasts.
They are located so that they are usually found at high points precisely in order to be seen from afar. This makes it possible to contemplate the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean by ascending its shores and to live an unforgettable experience.
3.- An incomparable rural environment: The Way of Lighthouses runs through an incomparable rural setting. This way, it crosses some villages with a great history and that they possess in themselves the best of the genuine character of Galicia.
Therefore, if you want to experience a way of life much closer to nature and discover something more of the incomparable culture of the north of Spain, as well as its charm, you cannot miss the so-called Vicentina Route.
4.- The Way of Lighthouses is not as saturated as other routes: in fact, one of the main advantages of this Way of Lighthouses compared to other routes of the Camino de Santiago is that it is not so crowded.
That means that we will not have any problem finding accommodation or space in a restaurant when we want to eat. In any case, we want to remind you that with Santiago Ways this is in our hands: we guarantee the best experiences and the best accommodation possible.
5.- Good infrastructures: The Way of Lighthouses has a good infrastructure for the pilgrim that is reflected in good roads, good accommodation and above all, many facilities to undertake the route. So, this constitutes another of the most important aspects, especially for beginners on the Camino de Santiago or on any of its variants.
Information about the Way of Lighthouses
The Way of Lighthouses is a route that makes its way along the Galician coast. It is, in fact, one of the most famous coasts in the world and without a doubt the most famous in our country: The Costa de la Muerte (Coast of Death)
This way finally links the Rias Altas with the Rias Baixas as well as the Cantabrian coast with the Atlantic coast. It is therefore an eminently coastal road that will make us enjoy wonderful landscapes, cultural and historical. The tour is done backwards compared to the traditional way and starts from Santiago de Compostela or La Coruña.
It is a fairly straightforward route for those who are starting on the Camino: it is 145 kilometres in length, and along its entire stretch, and being close to the sea, has a fair, temperate climate.
Later, we will detail what are the most significant points of interest, but at the moment we can indicate that there are some lighthouses like Fisterra, Laxe or Punta Nariga that you cannot miss.
Also, we will give information about the places where you can eat. We say this because the gastronomy of this region is especially varied and with unbeatable quality.
The quietest routes on the Way of Lighthouses
The Way of Lighthouses has only one possible route. It is what you can do with Santiago Ways if you want to do in the best possible way. It is also called the Vicentina Route and leaves from the cities of Santiago or La Coruña.
It covers a total of 145 kilometres divided into six stages distributed in 7 nights and 8 days. In the case of booking with Santiago Ways, you will stay in the most wonderful and best-looked after hostels and rural houses in the area. It can be booked throughout the year and at the same time, there is the option to book only breakfast or breakfast and dinner.
Route of the Way of Lighthouses
Map of the Way of Lighthouses
We enclose in this guide to the Way of Lighthouses the map necessary for its completion. It is also very pertinent to be able to organize our entire route correctly. We hope it helps you.
Profile of the Way of Lighthouses
In this section of our guide of the way of Lighthouses, we want to talk about the profile and the difficulty of the Vicentina Route. This difficulty has to do with the average height, and the number of climbs it possesses, as well as with the quality of its infrastructure and other reasons to be taken into account.
With that, we want to give you all the information you need about the road so that you can make your choice among all the options. So, on the Way of Lighthouses, we must say that it is a very simple route to complete.
It hardly has any climbs while doing it, and, in almost every moment you are very close to the coast. As for the climatic conditions we can say that this road is especially favourable because of its proximity to the sea.
On the other hand, it has good infrastructure and signage, so it is a good option for those people who want to start in the world of the planned routes of the Camino de Santiago.
Stages on foot
Stage from Ponteceso a Laxe
Stage from Laxe a Arou
Stage from Arou a Camariñas
Stage from Camariñas a Muxía
Stage from Muxía a Lires
Stage from Lires a Finisterre
How long does the Way of Lighthouses take?
As we have mentioned before, to know how long it takes to complete the Way of Lighthouses, it is best to look at the itinerary we propose in Santiago Ways. According to our planning, the total duration of the Way of Lighthouses is 7 nights and 8 days.
However, we always say that this estimate may vary depending on various circumstances. For example, it will depend on the weather conditions at that moment, the rhythm that we take, or just if we feel like enjoying more time in a particular place.
Best time to complete the Way of Lighthouses
Now we will talk about when to do the Way of Lighthouses according to the time of year. In particular, we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages that each season presents with respect to others. However, we want to remind you at the same time that everything will depend on what your tastes are.
So, this information can serve as a reference but at the last moment, you can get carried away by your own tastes and instinct. Knowing this information is, in any case, important to be able to plan your route correctly and avoid possible setbacks.
Spring is a time that often brings unstable weather. That means we have to go prepared for rain or wind during our pilgrimage. However, on the other hand, it must be said that this weather makes the whole Coast of Death especially beautiful.
In fact, everything flourishes and, in general, the ground is filled with a beauty that is not present in the rest of the seasons. So we must say that spring certainly has its own charm.
Summer is the time of year for pilgrims to make any stretch of the Camino de Santiago in general and the Way of Lighthouses in particular. Thus, during this time the climate is very mild thanks to the proximity of the route with respect to the sea. On the other hand, and being in northern latitudes, the temperature will be mild during this time of the year.
It is, in fact, a good time to flee from the high temperatures of other geographical areas of Spain. Although during this time there are more crowds than in others, this is no problem for the Way of Lighthouses or for those who decide to live the adventure of the Vicentina Route with Santiago Ways: we make sure that you stay in the best places.
Autumn is another time of climatic instability. However, the strengths it possesses are related to the beauty of the landscape during this time of year. Thus, it is also a time where beauty will be very present on the Way of Lighthouses. You have to be ready, yes, prepared for the rains.
Winter has an advantage in that there is no overcrowding. It is also an excellent occasion to spend Christmas in the north of Spain, with its special charm. The winters in the Atlantic area are mild, and more so in the area we are going to travel to, close to the sea.
Therefore, and if we are well-equipped, there is no reason not to do the Way of Lighthouses during this season.
Guide to the places that you cannot miss on the Way of Lighthouses
We have compiled a number of places of interest on the Vicentina Route that you cannot miss as well as the best places to stay and eat. We hope to help you plan a dream route and make you remember that the best way to do it is with Santiago Ways.
Places of interest
Tower of Hercules
Located in the vicinity of the city of La Coruña, this tower is actually the oldest working lighthouse in the world. The legend relates it to the mythical Hercules and his twelve labours all over the world.
Between Camariñas and Muxía, this beach is one of the most beautiful that can be found on all of the possible routes.
In Cabo de Fisterra lies this secular cemetery on the shores of the sea, at the very end of the world, according to those who came before us.
Where to sleep – The best lodgings
In Santiago Ways, we select the best accommodation on the Way of Lighthouses to take care of you and so that you can rest as you deserve after a long stage. We also take care of the aspect of your location to give you experiences that you will never forget.
Where to eat – The best restaurants
Restaurante Tira do Cordel: located in Finisterre, this restaurant has one of the best gastronomic offers in the whole region. You can't miss the chance to give yourself a deserved treat.
Restaurante d´Alvaro: if within the region where Muxía is located, we can say that it is the jewel of the crown, this restaurant is among the best that can give us in terms of menus and 'A la Carte' eating.
In Ponteceso, the restaurant a Pesqueira offers the best seafood specialities so that you end up falling in love with the land of Galicia and its products.
Origin of the Way of Lighthouses
Today the Way of Lighthouses along the Death Coast is one of the best-signposted routes that exist. But this was not always the case. Despite this, many people have already been seduced by the Vicentina Route throughout its more than 200 kilometres.
In 2013, the Green Line of the Way of Lighthouses was inaugurated, although in 2010 there was already a walking route to the Coast of Death. The successive lighthouses on the Coast of Death were being introduced over time as a result of the danger on this maritime stretch.
The great movement that this part of the Atlantic Ocean had, especially after the discovery of America, made it increasingly necessary to implement the presence of these great lighthouses for sailors.
Thus, the Way of Lighthouses was born as an initiative to practice hiking along its entire journey. And, to a large extent, this initiative was born from the beauty of this coast.
It is a great natural environment that, after its last great disaster, the shipwreck of the Prestige, today shines in all its splendour to remind us of the importance of living, caring for and enjoying nature.
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Opinions of other users of the Way of Lighthouses
So you know what other people who have made the way to the lighthouses with us think about their own experience, here we leave some of their comments for you.
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
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My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
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Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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