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Ferrolterra

GEO-DESTINATION

Ferrolterra

Ferrolterra contains the northern municipalities of the province of A Coruña. Ares, Mugardos, Cedeira, Ortigueira...

Estuary

ESTUARIES AND BEACHES

Estuary "Ría de Ferrol"

With a naval past, it was always a sword held high whose hilt…

Lighthouse and wild beaches

Sugar Beaches

From estuary of estuary of Ferrol to that of Cedeira, there are many long beaches of fine white sand which alternate with charming little coves and lighthouses on jagged cliffs.

This is an ideal area for pleasant strolls at any time of the year and to practise water sports such as surfing or windsurfing.

Interesting!

  • Starting point: Ferrol
  • Destination: Cariño
  • Days: 2
  • Km (approx.): 100 Km
“When it is raining and then sunny,
the devil roams through Ferrol
laden with spoons
calling after the women”.

“Shortfin mako shark, monkfish, tuna and barnacles are the most common species for making the most popular dishes in the area’s cuisine”

Route - Day 1

We start in Ferrol. We begin our route through the seafaring neighbourhood of A Graña, with its typical narrow houses and cobbled streets that take us to a visit inside the Castle of San Felipe, with the populated area underneath. This fort is a faithful reflection of the style of the academic models of its time, the Enlightenment.

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Contemplating the magnificent views over the estuary from here and the Castle of A Palma, located in the municipality of Mugardos, it is impossible to forget the historical and cultural importance of the site formed by the defensive fortresses of the Ferrol estuary and the Military Arsenal, which made this entrance unassailable from the sea, especially for incursions from England.
We continue on our way towards Cariño to go to Doniños, the first wild beach on our route, by the lagoon of the same name. There is a legend about the lagoon, which tells how the ancient city of Valverde was destroyed here by divine punishment, and it also appears in the history of the Battle of Brión, as it  was here where the English troops disembarked and withdrew defeated by the troops and inhabitants of San Felipe and A Graña. This confrontation is commemorated on 25 August with a re-enactment, and furthermore, forms part of the more and more frequent theatrical visits to the Castle of San Felipe.
On the beach you will discover the remains of a coastal battery, and from the left side, you come to the little beach of Lumebó. If your visit coincides with low tide and at the end of the day, you can enjoy a stunning sunset among sculptures of natural stones. At the other end of the beach, you can continue the walk along a wooden walkway and, if you take a bicycle, you can follow the bicycle lane almost all the way to Covas.
Our next stop is San Xurxo beach, located at the south end of Cape Prior. Crescent-shaped, with very white sand and open to the northern wind, it is one of the most popular beaches among residents during the summer; perhaps because its more than two kilometres make it an ideal place for long walks over the dunes or by the shore at low tide, feeling the waves break against our feet. We come to Herbosa along a nearby path, and enjoy a view of the whole arc formed by the beach of San Xurxo, Esmelle and O Vilar, popularly known as the Covas beaches. A perfect frame of turquoise waters among tall pine trees.
At Cape Prior lies the lighthouse of the same name, operating since 1853. There was a military detachment here, of which only the infrastructures remain, with a peculiar shape if you see it from a distance. There are steps at the back of the lighthouse, which allow us to go down part of this isthmus of 171 metres and see the beach and island of Santa Comba to the north, with its Romanesque chapel. You can also go to Fontes cove, where the sea forms emerald pools: a perfect place to paddle and lie in the sun.
We now come to the little beaches of Sartaña and Medote and then reach Ponzos, the wildest of the three. There is a nudist beach to the right, and at low tide, you can cross the rocks to get to the solitary beach of Casal, in the municipality of Narón. Walking barefoot while the wind ruffles our hair is an experience that you should not miss on any of these wild beaches.
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