DISCOVER THE COSTA DA MORTE

Discover the Costa da Morte

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DISCOVER THE MOST WONDERFUL PLACES OF THE COSTA DA MORTE WITH US

Before taking you on a virtual tour of the wonders of A Costa da Morte, we want to give you the information and explain a little about the history of this place. First of all why is it called like that?

Costa da Morte is a name that sounds drastic and brings sad and traumatic associations, which at first glance do not fit with its beautiful landscapes. However, there are reliable reasons to justify such a name.

The Costa da Morte is an area with rock cliffs and also the place where the powerful waves of the Atlantic break. Due to this, it is the maritime stretch with the most documented shipwrecks in the world.

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The name

Before taking you on a virtual tour of the wonders of A Costa da Morte, we want to give you the information and explain a little about the history of this place. First of all why is it called like that?

Costa da Morte is a name that sounds drastic and brings sad and traumatic associations, which at first glance do not fit with its beautiful landscapes. However, there are reliable reasons to justify such a name. The Costa da Morte is an area with rock cliffs and also the place where the powerful waves of the Atlantic break. Due to this, it is the maritime stretch with the most documented shipwrecks in the world.

Next, we will present you the most outstanding points of the Costa da Morte. We recommend you to organize your holidays in Galicia in autumn or spring, this way you will avoid the crowd!

Finisterre

Cape Finisterre, the westernmost point of Spain, was considered by the ancient Romans to be the end of the world (that’s where its name comes from). Today we already know that the world does not end in Finisterre, but we give it another important attribute: the end point of the famous Camino de Santiago.

However, this is not the only reason for the popularity of Cape Finisterre among tourists. Fisterra has wild beaches, beautiful waters, stunning sunsets and the best-known lighthouse in Spain:Faro Finisterre. You can have a good time there, discovering all the things to see in Finisterre.

Galicia Travels offers one of the best excursions that will allow you to discover Cape Finisterre in all its splendor

Visit Muxia on the Costa da Morte

Muxía

Visiting Muxía is something you have to do while touring the Costa da Morte. In Muxía is located the oldest sanctuary in Galicia: the Santuario da Virxe da Barca. It is an essential place to see in Galicia. It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, if you are impressed by

Visiting Muxía is something you have to do while touring the Costa da Morte. In Muxía is located the oldest sanctuary in Galicia: the Santuario da Virxe da Barca. It is an essential place to see in Galicia. It does not matter if you are religious or not, if you are impressed by ecclesiastical architecture or not, the Santuario da Virxe da Barca will take your breath away. It is not that the building is amazing, what dazzles is its location and the landscapes that surround it.

Ézaro waterfall

The Ézaro waterfall is the waterfall formed by the Xallas river at its mouth to the sea. There you can see how the waters of the river go down the impressive rocks. It is a remarkable point to see in Coruña, especially if you pass through the Costa da Morte.

We also recommend you visit the Ézaro viewpoint to enjoy beautiful views over the estuaries and the town of Ézaro.

granaries

TheGalician hórreos are rectangular-shaped stone constructions that are kept raised on the pillars, to prevent the entry of moisture or animals. In the past, in Galicia and Asturias, granaries were used to store food, especially corn and cereals.

On the Costa da Morte you will find several hórreos, but the most recognized are the hórreo de Carnota and the hórreo de Lira, the two longest in Galicia. While on vacation in Galicia it is mandatory to see at least one hórreo, as they are the most emblematic elements of Galician architecture.

The granaries of Galicia

playa de los cristales

Playa de los Cristales is one of the most popular destinations to see in Coruña. All the people who during their holidays in Galicia want to take a perfect photo to post on Instagram go there. The reasons for its fame are very clear: it is a small cove on the Costa da Morte where the sand mixes with colorful stones.

They are not really stones, but pieces of glass polished by the sea, but they still create an original and beautiful image. Unfortunately, there are not many glass stones left, because people used to take home whole bags of them when they visited the beach…

CEMETERY OF THE ENGLISH

One of the most emblematic places of the Costa da Morte that represents the tragic relevance of its name. Sailors were buried in the English Cemetery – victims of the sinking of the English ship Serpent, which took place on November 10, 1890.

It was a very big maritime catastrophe, only 3 people out of 175 who were on board were saved. This place has a symbolic character, since it serves to commemorate not only those who died in Serpent, but also all the people who were washed away by the sea in the surroundings of the Costa da Morte. It is a good reminder of the strength and unpredictability of water.

CABO VILÁN

One of the most recognized capes of the Costa da Morte where you can visit the Cabo Vilán lighthouse, which measures 27 meters and was the first in Spain to have an electricity supply. We recommend admiring the view of the lighthouse from the nearby beach.

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