Lighthouse Way to Finisterre Cycling Holiday

If you don't mind a few climbs and like the idea of a get-away-from-it-all cycling holiday along a rugged and beautiful coastline with pristine beaches then this cycling holiday along Galicia's Costa da Morte to Finisterre may be right up your street.

The Costa da Morte or Death Coast gained its fearsome name from the number of shipwrecks that occurred on it's rocky shores in days gone by. The wild, beautiful coastline is perfect for exploring by bike and on this route you will ride from the little port of Malpica to Cape Finisterre, once thought to be the end of the world.

The above video shows sights and scenes from the route

Quiet lanes, gravel tracks, stunning sea views and beautiful pristine sandy beaches are your constant companions as you follow the undulating coastline westwards. Along the way you will encounter no less than 7 lighthouses, attesting to the risk this legendary coastline still holds for seafarers. If you are a beach loving cyclist then you are in for a real treat as each day delivers gorgeous, sandy beaches that tempt you to stop for a walk or a paddle. Along the way you will stay in picturesque villages and ports whose restaurants pride themselves on superb seafood and fresh local produce.

The riding requires a good level of fitness as the coastline is undulating. Good quality mountain bikes are provided as you will be pedalling on a mix of asphalt lanes, gravel tracks and even some single track sections. E-mountain bikes are an available option for those who feel they may like a bit of assistance along the way.

On this tour it is also possible to add extra nights at either end of your stay in Santiago de Compostela, the culmination of the famous trans European pilgrimage route.

Lighthouse Way to Finisterre Cycling Holiday

If you don't mind a few climbs and like the idea of a get-away-from-it-all cycling holiday along a rugged and beautiful coastline with pristine beaches then this cycling holiday along Galicia's Costa da Morte to Finisterre may be right up your street.

The Costa da Morte or Death Coast gained its fearsome name from the number of shipwrecks that occurred on it's rocky shores in days gone by. The wild, beautiful coastline is perfect for exploring by bike and on this route you will ride from the little port of Malpica to Cape Finisterre, once thought to be the end of the world.

The above video shows sights and scenes from the route

Quiet lanes, gravel tracks, stunning sea views and beautiful pristine sandy beaches are your constant companions as you follow the undulating coastline westwards. Along the way you will encounter no less than 7 lighthouses, attesting to the risk this legendary coastline still holds for seafarers. If you are a beach loving cyclist then you are in for a real treat as each day delivers gorgeous, sandy beaches that tempt you to stop for a walk or a paddle. Along the way you will stay in picturesque villages and ports whose restaurants pride themselves on superb seafood and fresh local produce.

The riding requires a good level of fitness as the coastline is undulating. Good quality mountain bikes are provided as you will be pedalling on a mix of asphalt lanes, gravel tracks and even some single track sections. E-mountain bikes are an available option for those who feel they may like a bit of assistance along the way.

On this tour it is also possible to add extra nights at either end of your stay in Santiago de Compostela, the culmination of the famous trans European pilgrimage route.

Itinerary

Please note that during July and August the cycling itinerary remains the same but your holiday will start with two nights in Corme. On day two you will be transferred with your bikes to Malpica for the ride back to Corme.

Day 1 : Arrive Malpica

Your taxi transfer from the airport will deliver you to your hotel in the little fishing port of Malpica. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore your surroundings. Head for the sandy beach if the weather is good or walk out around the headland to enjoy some superb views along the rugged coastline. In the evening you'll find plenty of restaurants offering fantastic seafood.

Day 2 : Malpica - Corme
25 miles/41 kms

It's a bit of baptism-by-fire today with continuous climbs and descents throughout the day. You'll climb a total of 990m but the awe inspiring landscape and fun downhill sections make it all worthwhile. You'll be riding on a mixture of gravel tracks and quiet asphalt lanes as you make your way along the rugged coastline. The view from the San Adrián Chapel towards the Sisargus Islands a mile off-shore is breathtaking. A little further on you pass a succession of tiny secluded beaches that may tempt you to stop for some beach-time. After passing the lonely Punta Nariga lighthouse you descend to Niñons beach (probably the nicest beach of the day) before taking on a final climb over the hill and freewheeling down to the little port town of Corme, where you will stop for the night.

Day 3 : Corme - Laxe
21 miles/34 kms

Today's ride will seem like a walk in the park after yesterday's efforts, with more gentle but still equally stunning terrain. The route first leads you out to the rugged point, just east of Corme, where you can admire the 300 degree sea-views and the lighthouse. You then follow a gravel road through a thick forest of Eucalyptus trees past some more amazing beaches. You'll also enjoy spectacular views of the Monte Branco further down the coast. After the one good climb of the day you descend to the Allons River estuary and follow a waterside boardwalk onto a gravel path that leads you through a delightful wetlands area with marsh on one side and the estuary on the other. After crossing the river on the old bridge at Ponteceso you trace the other back of the estuary back out towards the open sea. Along the way you'll pass more stunning beaches and you could even walk your bikes along the final beach to your hotel in the little harbour town of Laxe where you will stop for the night.

Day 4 : Laxe - Camariñas
27 miles/44kms

Today is the longest stage of the route and probably the most beautiful. There is one good climb at around the halfway point which is rewarded with an exhilarating descent but other than that it's pretty easy going. If you haven't already done so we recommend a quick ride out to the point to enjoy the stunning seaviews from the Laxe lighthouse before beginning today's route. For the first stretch of today's route you will follow a wooden boardwalk and rugged path along a lovely deserted stretch of coastline. After passing through the coastal villages of Camelle and Arou the route climbs over a bluff before descending to the lonely and moving English Cemetery that commemorates the shipwreck of HMS Serpent just off the coast in 1890. A little further long this romantic, rocky coastline you reach the lighthouse of Cabo Vilán and from there an undulating and scenic coastal track leads you to the bustling little port of Camariñas where you will overnight.

Day 5 : Camariñas - Muxia
27 miles/44kms

A relatively easy stage today that leads you inland slightly to experience rural Galicia. You'll follow the course of the river Porto to the aptly named A Ponte do Porto. Here you cross the river and then follow it back out to the coast. Along the way you'll pass through some quaint little villages where life is slow and peaceful. Back out at the coast you enjoy wonderful sea views and pass more fabulous sandy beaches so you may wish to build some beach-time into today's ride. Your destination today is the little port of Muxia. After checking in to your hotel take a stroll or ride out to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of A Barca, next to the lighthouse on the point. The sanctuary marks journey's end for pilgrims after visiting Santiago de Compostella and Finisterre. In the evening treat yourself to a seafood meal in one of the Muxia's many fish restaurants.

Day 6 : Muxia - Lires
19 miles/31 kms

Today's route leads you inland again, following a network of quiet paved lanes through very pleasant countryside to tiny hamlets and villages. At Touriñan you arrive at the coast once more and, as has become the tradition on this ride, a short ride out to the point reveals a precariously perched lighthouse along with some stunning sea-views. A little further on the stunning beach of Nemina will tempt you to stop for a break to watch the surfers. Thereafter it is not far to your overnight stop in the charming little village of Lires. We highly recommend a return to the beach in the early evening to witness the sun sinking into the ocean from the lovely Beach Bar.

Day 7 : Lires - Finisterre
14 miles/23 kms

The final stage of the journey is quite short but with some good climbs along the way that should not be too much of a challenge for your in-tune legs. You follow a track up into a wooded area with intermittent glimpses of cliffs and small coves. At Rostro the huge sandy beach will take your breath away before you head along the peninsula to the town of Fisterra. The route then continues past the town and, via a steep little climb, to Finisterre point itself. The last lighthouse of your journey is undoubtedly the most impressive, not least because it marks the end of the earth - at least as far as the Roman Empire was concerned. Afterwards you descend back down the hill to Fisterra and your hotel. The town offers plenty of lovely restaurants to celebrate completing your Finisterre cycling adventure.

Day 8 : Departure

After breakfast it is time to head for home or your next adventure. Your package includes a taxi transfer to Coruña or Santiago Airports from Finisterre.

Bikes

Good quality 20-speed mountain bikes with front suspension, hydraulic brakes and puncture resistant tyres are provided on this route . We also offer powerful e-bikes with an efficient crank drive motor and battery that will provide you with a boost when pedalling on hilly terrain. Panniers are provided with the bike and handlebar bags GPS bike computers and helmets are available locally for a supplement.

Getting there

Fly to Santiago de Compostela Airport - your holiday includes a return taxi transfer to/from the start/finish points of the tour. Your arrival transfer will make a stop at the bike rental shop enroute to pick up your bikes. If you arrive on a Sunday or a national holiday your bikes will be waiting for you at your first hotel.

Santiago de Compostela Airport to Malpica: 73 kms (circa 1 hour 10 minutes)

Finisterre to Santiago de Compostela Airport: 95 kms (circa 1 hour 15 minuters)

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