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A Costa da Morte Route...

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We propose a route that is low in difficulty. With the help of a vehicle, we walk short distances that are suitable for all ages and ideal for families. It takes approximately three days. The time distribution should be taken just as an example, as it can be varied according to individual preference.

Route for Day 1

The itinerary for the first day begins at Buño, a town renowned for its pottery.

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Visitors should not miss the opportunity to acquire a piece of pottery. The sales shops are usually set up in the workshops themselves, so that we will be able to watch as the potters of Buño create the pieces.

We leave Buño in the direction of Malpica. The journey – about 9.5 km – will take us but a few minutes. Once at Malpica, the first place to visit is the port, a good place to breathe in the fishing village atmosphere and view the curious make-up of the town. The houses "hang" over the rocks, facing the port and the waters of the Atlantic. After a pleasant stroll around the narrow streets of the old quarter, we can climb up the path to the high part of the town. From there, we will enjoy some lovely views.

Leaving Malpica, the route continues towards Cape San Adrián, situated only four km away. Close by we will find the Shrine to San Adrián do Mar (Saint Adrian of the Sea). Each June, a devout pilgrimage is held here. Innumerable pilgrims come to request favours from the Saint or to give thanks for favours received. The shrine constitutes a privileged natural viewpoint over Malpica and the Sisargas Islands, which lie directly off Cape San Adrián.

From there, we return to Malpica and continue on to Ponteceso, which is 13.2 km away. We take a local road that goes through the towns of Beo, Mens, Cores and Nemeño. We should stop off at Mens to see the ancient castle of the same name. The Towers of Mens, which is the name of the fortress, were built in the 14th century and restored, conserving much of its original structure. The castle is visible from the road; visits by the public are not allowed, as it is private property. The 12th-century Romanesque church of Santiago, next to the tower, can be visited. It is best to confirm the opening hours and availability by calling 981 714 588.
Minutes later we Ponteceso, birthplace of the great writer Eduardo Pondal Galicia, one of the key characters "Rexurdimento" (rebirth of culture and literature during the nineteenth century Galician). As we walk through its streets and parks we will see several tokens of Ponteceso's gratitude towards its most illustrious son. Outside the city centre we can go up Mount Branco, the region's most emblematic geographical feature. If we take the road that goes to Balarés beach, whichis quite beautiful beach and just a few kilometres away, we will see on the horizon the towns of Corme, Laxe, Cabana and Ponteceso itself. From the heights we can enjoy a spectacular view over the estuary formed by the River Anllóns as it flows into the sea. This natural area provides the habitat for a large variety of species of flora and fauna.

Continuing along the AC-424, without taking the turnoff for Balarés beach, we go towards O Porto de Corme, another of the typical fishing villages in this area. A short distance away, jutting out into the dangerous waters of the Atlantic Ocean, lies Roncudo Point. The barnacles that coat its rocks are considered the best to be found on the entire Galician coast. However, apart from the exceptional harvest they provide, the cliffs of O Roncudo are also renowned for their danger. Many "percebeiros" were killed in this wild place. In memory of these people, many crosses were placed on the rocks over the years.

O Porto de Corme is about eight km from Ponteceso. Before we arrive, on the mountain peak, we can see the monument to the Virxe do Faro (Virgin of the Lighthouse). Here we will obtain an incomparable view of the entire coastline. Very close to the chapel there is a large monument in the form of a lighthouse.

From O Porto de Corme we return to Ponteceso on the same road. From Ponteceso, we travel 8.4 km to the town of Borneiro. Close by, we will find the A Cibdá Castro (Celtic settlement) and the famous Dombate Dolmen, two of Galicia's most valuable archaeological ensembles. The latter is located a few metres from the road, taking a turnoff to the right. Recently, the dolmen was protected with an attractive wood and glass building that helps to better see the monument, along with an interpretation centre for a better understanding of the megaliths on the Costa da Morte.
From Borneiro, a round-trip route takes us to the Torres do Allo, a few miles from Baio, in the hamlet of O Allo. A 17th-century manor house, an interpretation centre and a great opportunity to learn more about the Costa da Morte, on the one hand, and the "pacega" style of life in rural Galicia. Not to mention the Church of San Pedro, a curious cemetery and three magnificent hórroes typical of local construction styles.
Backtracking towards the town of Cabana, we make our way to Laxe. This fishing village has a beautiful beach with serene waters that is perfect for children to have a dip. As regards its cultural heritage, it has a Romanesque church and a chapel built in honour of Saint Rosa of Lima, situated on a mountain peak. Near Laxe, one should visit the beautiful wild beach in Soesto. The distance between Ponteceso and Laxe is 11.5 km along the AC-431 road.
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