CAPE ORTEGAL and BEACH OF ORTIGUEIRA
The order of the itinerary will depend on the low tide to take the Seaweed Trail. We head towards Cariño, a seaside town that we soon leave behind to continue towards Cape Ortegal. The small white chapel that we see on the right is the chapel of San Xiao de Trebo (Saint Julian of Trebo), and, at the end of the road, Os Aguillóns de Cabo Ortegal, spiky rocks against which the sea beats violently. We return through Cariño, Ponte de Mera and Ortigueira towards Loiba. Our guide for the Seaweed Trail will lead us along 12 km of coast and steep slopes (there and back), along the paths used by barnacle gatherer and carts to enter the beaches of Sarridal, with Pena Furada, Fábrega, Os Castros, Gaivoteira and Picón. If we are lucky we will share a working day with the “algueiras” (women who harvest seaweed) and their donkeys loaded with seaweed (on weekdays and on specific seasons). To end the day we can book a table for you at the Restaurante Orillamar in Espasante: a helping of sea urchin, algae and egg sauté tastes even better after the long hike. We will provide you with instructions so that you may find your chosen accommodation.