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Sanctuaries of the Atlantic Ocean

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Weekend package to discover the Romanesque architecture of the Costa da Morte and some of the most well known sanctuaries of Galicia.

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DAY 1: A LARACHA – MALPICA – CORME – LAXE


Our itinerary begins in the village of Caión (A Laracha), to visit the sanctuary of Nosa Señora dos Milagres (Our Lady of Miracles), where devotees journey to be healed from skin ailments. The views from here are spectacular.
We continue our journey towards Malpica de Bergantiños, to visit the sanctuary of Santo Adrián do Mar (Saint Adrian of the Sea), famous for having helped the villagers to get rid of a plague of snakes, according to the legend. Without leaving Malpica, we may visit the Faro de Punta Nariga, a modern boat-shaped lighthouse.
We recommend stopping at Corme to taste the famous barnacles of Roncudo, that according to many are Galicia’s best.
Continuing the journey, we reach Laxe, where we have accommodation at the charming hotel Torre de Laxe.


DAY 2: LAXE – MUXÍA – FISTERRA


After breakfast we continue our journey towards the south. We take the road towards the sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Barca (Our Lady of the Boat) in Muxía, but on the way there we suggest visiting several places that will enrich the trip. A guide service is at your disposal to accompany you to your choice of destination, either in the morning or in the afternoon (3 hours).
The church of Santiago de Cereixo, in Vimianzo, is the first stop. It is a Romanesque church located at the foot of the Tower of Cereixo. On the tympanum of its southern facade is the only representation that can be found on a Romanesque church of the transfer of the apostle Saint James’ body accompanied by his disciples.
Continuing the route towards Muxía, very close to the road, we find the ancient Benedictine monasteries of San Martiño de Orzón (Saint Martin of Orzón) and San Xulián de Moraime (Saint Julian of Moraime).
Upon reaching Muxía, we recommend taking a walk along its port area. For a seaside lunch with high quality products we can book a table for you at the restaurant Tira da Barca.
After lunch the best option is to visit the sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Barca (Our Lady of the Boat). Imposing and majestic, it stands on the rocks right by the sea. Before going towards the church, enjoy the view and recall the tales that are told in the area. According to the tradition, the Virgin Mary arrived in Muxía on a boat to encourage the apostle Saint James in his evangelisation of Galicia. This vessel became “A Pedra de Abalar” (Balancing Rock), which would be the hull of the Virgin’s boat; the “Pedra dos Cadrís” (Rock of Cadrís), which would be the sails; and the “Pedra do Temón” (Rudder Rock), which would be the boat’s rudder.
We continue our itinerary towards Fisterra, where we visit the Romanesque church of Santa María das Areas (Saint Mary of the Sands), on the road that leads to the lighthouse of the End of the World. Later, and following the same road, we can park the car and take an easy hike (4 km) up to the chapel of Monte de San Guillerme (Saint William’s Mount), where there is an anthropomorphic slab linked since ancient times to fertility rituals.
The icing on the cake is a visit to the lighthouse of Fisterra, the end of the known world in ancient times. It is the ideal place to watch the spectacle of the sun setting over the sea, while we ask ourselves if this is the end of the world or the beginning of heaven. Accommodation in Cee.


DAY 3: MONTE PINDO – ÉZARO – CARNOTA – MUROS


After breakfast you may take a guided hike to Monte Pindo.
To do so it is convenient to rely on a guide service, due to the difficulty of the terrain and the lack of indications. Our guided route lasts 4 hours. We will learn the meaning of this natural cathedral, where magic becomes reality. Father Sarmiento said it had magic qualities and the writer Otero Pedrayo referred to it as the “great Jovian head”. The only way to discover whether this is true is going visiting this place that is considered the Celtic Olympus. The end of the trail is at the highest peak, known as A Moa, at around 627 metres above sea level. From here we will enjoy superb views of the end of the earth, Cape Fisterra, and weather permitting and if we have a good pair of binoculars with us we can even see the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago.
For those who decide not to take the guided hike, we recommend a visit to the Miradoiro do Ézaro (O Ézaro observation point), to enjoy magnificent views of the famous Monte Pindo. There we visit the waterfall of the river Xallas, one of the few rivers of Europe that spills into the sea as a cascade.
We may continue towards the beach of Carnota, Galicia’s longest (7 km), and visit the stone raised granary of Carnota, one of Galicia’s longest (over 30 metres).
And to finish and say goodbye to the Costa da Morte, we suggest stopping in Muros, a fishing village. Its narrow streets invite us to wander until we find the church of San Pedro, known also as the collegiate church of Santa María do Campo. Inside we will be surprised by the figure of the Cristo da Agonía (Christ of the Agony).

Specific conditions

Hotel Torre de Laxe

- Low season: 95 €
- High season: 115 €

Third person in triple room (child or adult)

- Low season: 68 €
- High season: 89 €

Supplement half board in Laxe (dinner), children up to 12 years: 20 €
Supplement half board in Cee, including a seafood meal: 30 €

Services included

1 night bed and breakfast at Torre de Laxe.

1 night bed and breakfast at Hotel Ínsua in Cee.

3 hour guided tour from Cereixo to Muxía or from Muxía to Fisterra.

Booking at recommended restaurants.

Travel insurance.

VAT.

 

Optional services

Guided hike to Monte Pindo: 22 €

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