Europe, Spain

Northwest Galicia Road Trip: Introduction

May 15-17, 2021

I am finishing up my time in Galicia and preparing to head back to the United States for the summer. Since the region opened in March, I had seized the opportunities most weekends to visit a part of Galicia accessible by bus, such as A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense, and Santiago de Compostela. Galicia is a community where most of the gems are outside of those big cities.

I had been wanting to go to Finisterre for a while. The bus was quite difficult and would take nearly a whole day between transfers and waiting. So, this was on the back burner. I then found out that Cabo Touriñán was the westernmost point in Spain and not too far up from Finisterre. This is when the wheels started turning, and the idea to take a northwest coastal road trip before leaving Galicia came up. After renting a car for Ribeira Sacra with Corinne and Giselle, I felt confident in doing it myself. I found a Facebook post in one of our auxiliar groups where people were asking about plans for the long weekend (we didn’t have classes on Monday due to Galician Letters Day). I found someone named who was looking to get off-the-beaten path, and we started messaging. She had another friend who was interested, and before we knew it, a trip was in the works!

We decided we would go up the west coast of Galicia along the Costa de la Muerte (Coast of Death) and up around the north. The Coast of Death refers to an approximately 200 kilometer stretch of coastline with violent waves, large capes, and rocky shores. Over the years, it has been responsible for many of shipwrecks and deaths.

We planned out a tentative itinerary, rented a car, booked two AirBNBs to stay the night in Fisterra and Ferrol, and then counted down the days until the weekend.

Here is a picture of the area where the Coast of Death is, as well as a Google Map recap of the route we ended up taking. We ran out of time, so we had to skip some stops and didn’t go as far north as we intended. Regardless, we saw a lot of amazing sites in Galicia, and my next three posts will go over the trip. Over three days, we saw over 20 major sites and towns and drove 900 kilometers. It is certainly a trip to remember and a good way to finish up my time in Galicia.

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