Santiago de Compostela is the spiritual goal of the pilgrimages but the Costa da Morte also carries a good load of mysticism. Before the discoveries, it was for many the last habitable portion of the World. Today is the figurative end, a secluded place that everyone wants to reach, like the Celtic and Roman peoples, to await the time of sunset and watch the sun hide in the immensity of the ocean.
Stage 1. Santiago de Compostela - Negreira
Distance: 21 kilometers (Ames, Pontemaceira, Negreira)
The first day, measured in kilometers, goes into a sigh in the rural environment, where the forests of oak and eucalyptus alternate between scattered cores. At the height of the top of Vento you enter the Council of Ames, which is almost completely covered by the road. After the halfway point of the stage, the ascent to the Ovellas Sea starts from Augapesada, the highlight of the day, which is followed by a refreshing descent that leads to the banks of the Tambre and Ponte Maceira. The last four kilometers until Negreira, well populated with shelters, are almost flat and constitute a mere formality.
Stage 2. Negreira - Olveiroa
Distance: 33 kilometers (Negreira, Mazaricos, Dumbría)
The hard day from the basin of the Tambre river to the one of the Xallas can be divided in three parts. The first, until Vilaserío, frequents deciduous forests and is quite rompepiernas. The second, up to Santa Mariña, is gentler and accesses to the Council of Mazaricos by land consolidation tracks and the third, waiting for you to cross Mount Aro, tired by the excess of asphalt although it allows good views of the dam Fervenza and visit enclaves as suggestive as the one of Ponte Olveira and the own Olveiroa.
Stage 3. Olveiroa - Fisterra
Distance: 35 kilometers (Olveiroa, Cee, Corcubión, Fisterra)
Dilated stage that can be divided into two, as there are several hostels in the middle. Even the village of Hospital is a spectacle thanks to the views of a boxed river Xallas. Comfortable tracks through a landscape of repopulation visit the hermitages of La Virgen de las Nieves and San Pedro Mártir, and the cruceiro da Armada gives you the first views of the Cape of Fisterra. Cee and Corcubión well deserve a leisurely visit before ascending to San Roque and down to Amarela and Estorde. Sardiñeiro and the Camino Real again discover Fisterra and the extensive stretch of Langosteira, which leads to the village of the end of the World and to the lighthouse where the last portion of land expires in the Atlantic.
Stage 4. Olveiroa - Muxía
Distance: 32 kilometers (Olveiroa, Dumbría, Muxía)
Arrived at Hospital, place-name of Jacobean references, the itinerary forks in the direction of Fisterra or Muxia. Towards the latter, the pilgrims descend first to the capital of Dumbría and enter the Muxian Council through an agricultural horizon of granaries and fields. From Trasufre to San Martiño de Ozón, it is a relaxed walk through local and forestry tracks, and from there several short climbs and descents take place that weigh more in the spirit than in the forces. Stresses in this stretch the superb Romanesque church of San Xulián de Moraime, beautiful side covers, and access to Espiñeirido beach, and at the doors of Muxia. The Sanctuary of the Virxe da Barca and the stones that made up his ship are a good finish for this prolonged stage.
Stage 5. Fisterra - Muxía / Muxía - Fisterra
Distance: 29 kilometers (Fisterra, Lires, Muxía o viceversa)
Two-way route that concludes in Muxía or in Fisterra according to the itinerary that each follows. It is a rocky stage, the stretch from Fisterra to Lires is a climb up and down trails and forests, especially of conifers, and treads the territory of the legendary Roman city of Dugium, where, sent by Queen Lupa, the disciples arrived with the body of the Apostle Santiago. From Lires, on the river Castro that opened bridge in 2010, it is gaining altitude to the Facho de Lourido, the highest point of the stage and former watchtower where bonfires were lit to warn of the dangers that They stalked to these coasts. A refreshing descent leads to Xurarantes and the beach of Lourido, with white sand protected by dunes, preamble to Muxia.