STAGE 1 | CAION – MALPICA DE BERGANTIÑOS
|A Laracha||Carballo||Malpica de Bergantiños|
The competition begins with a quick stage of adaptation to the terrain that we are going to find the following days. Stage to take with tranquillity and not to let go knowing that there are more complicated days where we need to have strength to overcome them.
We will begin in the Port of Caión (A Laracha) and we will cross a magnificent stroll to the side of the sea for, after passing by the Beach Salseira do Caracoleiro, to enter us in a very corrible track and without appreciable unevenness with the company of the sea and small coves.
After passing small towns such as Leira and A Pedra do Sal we will arrive at Baldaio and its marsh.
We will enter the largest open sea beach and the second largest beach in Galicia with 6 kms in length, Razo-Baldaio. There we will find the first refreshment station.
We will continue following the route of the Ruta dos Pinos no Mar. This part already begins to have small unevennesses. We will arrive at San Miro Beach, where we will be able to visualize the goal of the day in the distance.
We will go into wooded areas with slopes of different hardness as we pass through villages such as Ardeleiro to enter Malpica de Bergantiños. After the Port of Malpica we will have a last steep climb that will take us to the finish line at the Beach of Area Maior.
STAGE 2 | MALPICA DE BERGANTIÑOS – PONTECESO
|Malpica de Bergantiños||Ponteceso|
Long stage and with difficulties to be overcome by the participants. A stage that can become very hard for many if the forces are not dosed.
We begin the second stage leaving from the Beach of Area Maior (Malpica de Bergantiños) to connect with the path that takes us to the Hermitage of San Adrián. From there we enter into fishing trails from where we will contemplate the small archipelago of the Sisargas Islands (Sisarga Grande, Sisarga Chica and Malante) as well as a series of surrounding islets such as Chalreu and Xoceiro.
We will pass by beaches such as Beo and Seiruga to reach the town of Barizo. We will cross its beach to access the Port of Barizo, where the first refreshment of the day will be available. From there we will have to ascend by sinuous and pronounced terrain until arriving at the first great lighthouse of the Costa da Morte: Punta Nariga.
From the lighthouse we will enter an area of singular beauty and difficulty. This is an area of cliffs in which we must be extremely sure of our own safety. We will arrive at a track that will take us to Niñóns Beach. From there we will go to Barda Beach, one of the great treasures of A Costa da Morte, where the second supply of the day will be available.
We will continue for a few kilometres of high difficulty until arriving at the Aldea do Roncudo. From there we will go on to tackle another sinuous area of high technical difficulty until we reach Faro Roncudo.
They will continue a few grateful kilometers that will serve us to recover and to accede to the population of Corme entering by its fishing port and where the last refreshment of the day will be found.
We will leave Corme by its beaches of Osmo and Ermida. We will go into sub-basin paths that will bring us closer to Balarés.
We will follow the route along a path that will bring us closer to the last difficulty of the day: Alto das Travesas. From there we will descend along a tree-lined path that will take us to the finish area of the day in the Plaza del Relleno in Ponteceso.
STAGE 3 | PONTECESO – LAXE
|Ponteceso||Cabana de Bergantiños||Laxe|
Third and final stage. Simple route in its first kilometres to increase in difficulty at each step. You will notice the kilometres of the previous days.
We say goodbye to Ponteceso and after a few urban kilometres we enter the Estuario del Anllóns. Cabana de Bergantiños will first welcome us with a stretch of paths and walks from which we can admire different species of birds.
Once crossed the road we enter the Rego dos Muiños, path that will take us to the high part of the municipality.
Crossing the road very carefully we find the first provisioning of the day. From there we will enter the Iron Age when crossing the beautiful Castro da Cibdá. We will enter villages such as Vilaseco, Dombate with its dolmen and A Fontefría. From there we will ascend to the highest point of the stage, the Castelo de Lourido (312 mts) for a vertiginous descent to be located in Canduas.
After a few kilometres of inner journey, we return to the coastal area. Cross the road again at Taboído to head towards Playa de Rebordelo. Second and last refreshment from where we will walk to the finish line.
Interspersing wooded areas with areas of cliffs we enter the seaside town of Laxe by the beach of the same name. At the end of the extensive sandy area, the long awaited goal awaits us.
Third day surpassed. Time to recover our legs in the cold waters of Laxe.
STAGE 4 | LAXE – CAMARIÑAS
In the fourth stage we have 41 kms waiting for us. After wandering through Laxe we will head towards Soesto Beach. From the beginning we have to keep going up and down.
We will access the Traba Beach and its lagoon, an area of special protection and where we will be able to contemplate a multitude of bird species. We will arrive at the first refreshment station in Mórdomo.
We will access Camelle after enjoying a sinuous and magical route jumping from stone to stone while the sea shows its fierceness a few metres away.
In Camelle we will take the direction of Arou, a small and quiet fishing village.
We will continue until the small port of Santa Mariña, location of the second provisioning, with its fishermen’s huts and we will ascend between forests until a superior zone from which we will be able to admire spectacular views of the Dune of Monteblanco and the Beach do Trece.
We will arrive at the Cemetery of the English, we will be in the zone where they have produced more shipwrecks of the Costa da Morte from the antiquity.
We face Faro Vilán on a good floor track. Remember that it is the first electric lighthouse that existed in Spain. The third provisioning of the day arrives.
The most difficult part of the stage is now over and it is time to get to Camariñas, where we will enter through its fishing port.
STAGE 5 | CAMARIÑAS – MUXIA
The fatigue is already noticeable and it is time to face a stage of something more than 30 kms and that passes through several urban areas, more than in other stages. Departure from Camariñas to access the Ensenada da Basa and Xaviña by the Beach of Area da Vila.
We will continue along the Insua Route that will take us to Ariño Beach and its recreational area. Arriving at Ariño we find the first provisioning of the stage.
Crossing rural areas such as Tasaraño, Dor and O Allo we will arrive at Ponte do Porto. From there we will pass through Cereixo to face the direction of Lago Beach, the next refreshment point. After passing through Merexo and Os Muiños we will access the Paseo do Rio Negro that will take us to the Beach of Area Maior.
We will ascend towards the town of Chorente to descend little by little and enter Muxía through the beaches of Espiñeirido and A Cruz. Wandering through Muxía we ascend to its highest point: Monte do Corpiño, with a beautiful 360º view.
Once we have reached the top, we will see the finish line located in the area of the Virxe da Barca Sanctuary.
STAGE 6 | MUXIA – FISTERRA
At this stage we must face the last two. Stages where the greatest unevenness of the whole race is accumulated. To begin with, they play 50 kms with a positive slope close to 2,000 mts.
Departure from Muxía by road that will soon take us to face in little more than 10 kms the climbs to Monte Cachelmo, Alto de Punta Buitra and Monte Pedrouzo. In Cuño we will find the first refreshment station.
After Moreira Beach we continue our way to Lighthouse Touriñán, the westernmost point in continental Europe, a place of spectacular sunsets and the location of the second refreshment station. We will take the direction of one of the surfing paradises, Nemiña Beach.
On the way to Lires, a small town full of rural lodgings, we will enter the Vaosilveiro forest and cross its bridge over the Castro River.
Once we reach Lires Beach, beautiful images of the immensity of the sea will open up to our eyes as we recover our strength at the third refreshment station. It is time to continue our way through an area of cliffs (Lagoa and Mexadoira) that will take us to the extensive Beach of Rostro.
We will ascend to Castromiñán to descend to Arnela Beach, where a new refreshment is waiting for us. Then we will venture along the cliffs of Cabo de la Nave to reach the dangerous Beach of Mar de Fora.
After passing the village of A Insua, we will ascend Mount Facho, from where we will see the Fisterra Lighthouse, the end of a long and hard day.
STAGE 7 | FISTERRA – O PINDO
Last stage, almost a marathon with just over 1,500 meters of positive slope. From the start we will already contemplate much of the route that we must undertake. Departure in descent of the Lighthouse of Fisterra to enter the village of Fisterra where we will walk until reaching the long Beach of Langosteira.
We will share a small stretch of the Way of Santiago in opposite direction to the direction of the pilgrims who accede of Santiago de Compostela way of Fisterra.
We will pass by Sardiñeiro de Abaixo and Sardiñeiro de Arriba where the first provisioning of the day will be available. We proceed to ascend towards the high part of Cee, where we will breathe a little while we contemplate the exceptional views. Fast descent to Cee to ascend again towards the Lagarteira Mountains, where a new supply will be available in the vicinity of the Refoxos Sampaio Soccer Field.
We will ascend again to go down again in the direction of Fadibón. New ascent towards the Eolic Park of Paxareiras II to introduce us in the Montes de Buxantes contemplating our last objective: the majestic Monte Pindo (627 mts), highest point of the Costa da Morte and of the Grand Trail Costa da Morte. We will reach it after passing through the villages of Santa Uxía and O Fieiro.
From the top of A Moa you will have to descend along a sinuous and very technical path to the village of O Pindo, where after crossing its San Pedro Beach we will have conquered the finish line and we will finish the Grand Trail Costa da Morte. Congratulations, you are a finisher! It’s time to celebrate with your family and friends.