Camino de Faros

Way of The Lighthouses. A fabulous rugged 200 kilometer walk in Galicia along the Costa del Morte (coast of death). The walk follows the shores of the Atlantic from Malpica to Finisterre. The constant breaking waves of the sea, along the beautiful rocky coastal shores makes for spectacular walking amidst
eucalyptus and pine forests, mountains, capes, creeks, beaches, dunes, and lagoons. Golden sunsets, lighthouses, shipwrecks, legends, Galician villages and people well off the tourist trail all make for a memorable walk. And there is no reason you can’t make this part of your own unique Camino de Santiago. Malpica to Santiago via Finisterre and Muxia is 317 kilometers and will qualify you for a CdeS Compostela. This walk is relatively new since 2012 so it has no official status as a GR Trail or a Camino but don’t let that stop you, and perhaps that is one of the attractions. There is a helpful and free Camino de Faros Association website; https://www.caminodosfaros.com/ that provides all the information you need to walk. Cicerone offers a guidebook as well. www.santiago.nl offers gps for this trail and other Caminos.

How The Camino de Faros Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

The Camino de Faros is a 200 kilometer Way along Galicia’s Costa de Morte (Coast of Death), named after the 8 shipwrecks with 245 lost lives in the late 19th Century and early part of the 20th. After walking most of the Caminos, this one has to rival any for beauty especially if one likes …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 5 Arou to Camariñas:

Wow. What a spectacular and yet easier walk of 24K with a fair amount being flatter than usual. A gorgeous sunset starting out of Arou and then some beautiful deserted beaches and rocky mountains. This being The Coast of Death, I came across The English Cemetery, burial grounds for the victims of the Shipwreck of …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 4 Laxe to Arou:

Day 4 Laxe to Arou. A relatively easier day today with the shortest stage of this Camino at 18K. Though still challenging with lots of ups and downs. A beautiful quiet day seeing not a soul until Camelle just a couple K before Arou. Just birds, a few snakes, the wind and the frequent roar …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 3 Ponteceso to Laxe:

Walking out of Ponteceso early just after 7 it was a quiet and flat walk along the waterfront before eventually for the first and only part of this Camino leaving the sea to walk inland. The path veered inland through pine and eucalyptus forest following a gently flowing creek. After the 2 previous days of …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses) Day 2; Playa de Niños to Ponteceso:

Started out with a 6:45 taxi back to the Playa (beach) de Niños. As difficult as the first day was this one was moreso. Constant ups and downs with some scrambling and stinging nettles. I didn’t bring long pants but that would be wise on this rugged trail. Even on a cloudy day the views …

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Camino de Faros (Lighthouses). Day 1 Malpica to Playa de Niños:

The start of another Camino; The Way of The Lighthouses is a relatively new trail since 2012 that is neither an official Camino or GR route yet but who cares. And perhaps that is the attraction. Today’s 25K walk was rugged but with rewarding views all along. Almost all of the trail was in nature, …

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Camino Dos Faros. Day 6 Camariñas to Muxia:

This Camino continues to dazzle with its spectacular scenery. And is proving to be a excellent Camino to undertake as part or after one’s Camino de Santiago. Most of this Camino spanning 200 kilometers is along the northwest coast of Galicia, Spain on the Costa de Muerte (Coast of Death) so named for the many …

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Camino dos Faros (The Lighthouse Way). Day 7 Muxia To Lires:

To clarify, The Camino de Faros between Finisterre and Muxia is an alternative route to the Camino de Santiago between the two towns. While The Camino de Santiago is a relatively easy 27K jaunt, the Camino de Faros is 52K of more challenging rugged coastal walking with some narrow, rocky paths and significant elevation changes. …

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Camino De Faros (The Lighthouse Way). Day 8 Lires To Finisterre:

It did not take long to realize this Camino is nothing like the Camino de Santiago. There were no bars or much of anything between Finisterre and Lires. There was very little pavement walking. White sand beaches along the coastal shore connected by rugged narrow rocky mountain trails with bright white, yellow, purple, and blue …

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