THE LIGHTHOUSE WAY IN GALICIA: A BACKPACK, THE OCEAN, AND LITTLE ELSE

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The Lighthouse Way through the wild “Death Coast” in Galicia is a journey between the power of the Ocean and the discovery of small coastal villages.

The Lighthouse Way in Galicia: a Backpack, the Ocean, and Little More (Ph. by Andrea Ferro Photography)

The Lighthouse Way in Galicia: a Backpack, the Ocean, and Little More (Ph. by Andrea Ferro Photography)

Not every trail reaching Finisterre, in Galicia, passes through Santiago de Compostela. The Lighthouse Way along the Death Coast – Costa da Morte is made of 200 kilometres of pure ocean and small coastal villages, with which you fall in love at every step. It’s a journey that requires some training in order to undertake sudden steep slopes during quite long walks between a stop and the other. And yet, no fatigue remains without reward. After each turn, each ascent or descent, what remains is the astonishment for the majesty of nature, for a small fishing port or a solitary beach nestled among high cliffs.

Traced by a group of local volunteers, Los Trasnos, the trail gets over a total height difference of about 5000 meters. It could almost be considered as a mountain route at sea level. The eight stages composing the path are generally quite long and thought to be started and ended in places where it’s possible to sleep and stock up. The shortest one, about 17,7 Km long, is an exception. Walking for the majority of time on irregular grounds, you will never face less than 22 Km a day, reaching 32 km with the longest stage, which is probably one of the most emotional parts of the way. In any case, it’s possible to split the stages according to personal needs and pace.

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