If you are passionate about getting behind the wheel and discovering new places, seeing the lighthouses of Galicia needs to be top of your to-do list. An original way tosee the beautiful Galician landscape at your own pace, and also to fill your photo album with breathtaking panoramic views.
Buckle up and start your engines, because we are going to recommend some points of interest that will make your vacation even more special.
Overlooking the Cíes Islands on the route through the lighthouses of Galicia
Cangas de Morrazo is a good starting point for this trip. Located in Pontevedra, it includes five parishes, which makes it one of the municipalities with the longest coastline in the country, covering almost 40 beaches.
There you can visit interesting places such as the Outeiro neighborhood and the Abastos market. After the visit, get in the car and drive to the Castro and Mirador de O Facho, where you will be able to see the beautiful Cíes Islands. Continuing along the coast you will head directly to the beaches of Barra and Melide, and from there you can continue to the lighthouse of Cabo Home.
You can take advantage of this route to return along the coast of Vela and visit the cruceiro de O Hío in the parish of Aldán, which is one of the great wonders of Galician heritage.
Corrubedo Lighthouse and Punta Cabalo Lighthouse
The route through the lighthouses of Galicia is almost infinite. Wherever you are, there's sure to be one not too far away. For example, if you have passed through Ribeira (A Coruña) to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Corrubedo Natural Park, from there you can go to A Pobra do Caramiñal, Cambrados and O Grove. Not surprisingly, these are some of the best-known municipalities in the region, and they have a rich heritage that you should not skip over.
As you move from place to place, pay attention to your surroundings. On the way a stop at the Corrubedo lighthouse and the Punta Cabalo lighthouse is a must. Both date back to the mid-19th century and have been of vital importance to ensure safe navigation in difficult waters.
Enjoy the views from these lighthouses and add other points of interest to your itinerary such as the marshes of Ribadumia, the Seixiños telleira and, of course, the Rouxique lagoon.
This point simply had to be included in the route through the lighthouses of Galicia. There are many legends surrounding Finisterre. In ancient times it was believed that there lay the border between life and death, that the world literally ended there. With the discovery of America these legends ceased to make sense, and good proof of this is the lighthouse of Fisterra, which is responsible for lighting the way for ships going from the "old world" to the "new world" and vice versa.
The lighthouse of Fisterra is the westernmost and most emblematic in Europe, and is considered a first order lighthouse, with a polygonal lantern that rises 138 meters above sea level. It has an annex building, the Sirena, also known as the cow of Fisterra, which came into operation at the end of the 19th century to warn ships when it was very foggy and the light from the lighthouse was not visible.
The third building that makes up this complex is the Semaphore, which is even taller than the lighthouse. At the time, its mission was to broadcast signals for the navy.
A route through the lighthouses of Galicia: from Prior lighthouse to Punta Candieira lighthouse
This route starts in Ferrol, a city where you can see different tourist attractions such as its naval museum or the castle of San Felipe, as well as enjoy the beach of San Xurxo. From there you can visit the municipalities of Cariño and Mugardos, and one of the essential stops is the Prior lighthouse, where you can see both the beach and the island of Santa Comba.
The trip can continue towards Valdoviño, and on the way you can visit the lighthouse of A Frouxeira and the lighthouse of Punta Candieira without having to make big detours.
These are just some ideas to head out on a route through the lighthouses of Galicia, but you can plan the trip entirely to your liking, because in this region there are a whopping 44 lighthouses that you can visit and that will help you to find the most beautiful ones in Galicia that look out to sea. If you want to enjoy this experience in a car adapted to your needs, we offer you a large fleet of rental cars in A Coruña.