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Path of the Seven Lighthouses
The "Magnus Portus Artabrorum" is the name given
by the Romans to a place on the north west angle
of the coast of Galicia, between the Ares and the
Ortigueira estuaries, whose exact location is
unknown to us. A hundred kilometres of coastline
with the most spectacular landscape combinations
of land and sea of the Atlantic arch: three estuaries,
sands with dunes and breaking waves, coastal
lagoons and the highest cliffs in Europe. This area
has been declared a place of great geological
interest and its international fame could be
justified solely on the variety of rocks making up
these true mountain ranges, such as A Capelada,
rising up over the ocean. Located on its slope we
find one of the most ancient pilgrimage places,
Santo André de Teixido, where the popular saying
has it that those "vai de morto quen non foi de vivo" (who did not go there when living
will go when dead). This is really one of the meccas
of magical Galicia with its votive offerings of bread
dough and its chapel where offerings are received.
There are numerous modest beacons on this stretch. The dirt roads that lead to them infect us with the scenic emotion of
coming face to face with immensity. On the Ría de Ferrol, Cabo Prioriño and, a little more to the north, its brother Cabo
Prior are two of those small solitary beacons. Located between them can see the Doniños beach with the first of the
characteristic coastal lagoons of this region. It is deeper than those found on the other sands of San Xurxo and Pantín, and
also has fresh water lagoons. Nevertheless, the largest is the lagoon of A Frouxeira, the only one with brackish water,
located on the beach of Valdoviño. This is a protected humid area and an important bird sanctuary.
The lagoons of Doniños and Valdoviño are
close to Ferrol. Local roads from Cedeira and
Cariño go to the A Capelada mountain range.
Cabo Ortegal can be reached from Cariño.
The Ways of St. James
The English Camino
The northern coast of A Coruña. Municipalities of Cariño, Ortigueira, Cedeira, Valdoviño, Narón, Ferrol, Mugardos and Ares.
7,658.53 hectares, of which 548 hectares are
From Cedeira, there are several access possibilities to the most spectacular stretches of this coast. There are some short
roads, such as that which goes to the beacon on the Candieira point, with its sharp bends on the final stretch that might
frighten anyone prone to vertigo. A slightly more intense road which goes to Santo André de Teixido is the local road that
climbs up to the cross of Chan dos Cadrís with its spectacular lookout point, before beginning the descent to the picturesque
place of pilgrimage.
Between the shrine of Santo André de Teixido and Cariño, one of the most adventurous roads in Galicia crosses the
mountain range of A Capelada. Proceeding with a certain amount of caution the visitor will encounter horses and cows
which graze here freely, between wind turbines located between 500 and 600 metres above sea level. The cliffs of A Vixía
de Herbeira (613 m) hold the record for being the highest in Europe.
However, the visit would be incomplete if it did not end at the lighthouse on Cabo Ortegal, accessible from Cariño,
contemplating Os Aguillóns, sharp rocks emerging from a constantly furious sea.