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Walking the Camino dos Faros

The Way of the Lighthouses on Spain's Galician coast

Guidebook to walking the Camino dos Faros, the way of the lighthouses, along the Galician coast in northwest Spain. The 200km route is described across 8 stages of between 17 and 29km and takes in some of the area's most wild and enchanting coastal scenery, with dramatic cliffs and deep river estuaries. Incorporates some challenging walking.


With mild temperatures the Camiño dos Faros is potentially an all-season walk, although it can be very wet underfoot in the winter. The best time to walk it is April, May and June, when the light and the flowers are wonderful.


Malpica, Corme, Ponteceso, Laxe, Camelle, Arou, Camariñas, Muxía, Praia de Nemiña, Fisterra


The Camiño dos Faros is a safe walk requiring no technical expertise. The main challenge is daily distance, but this can moderated by taking shortcuts along this very bendy route.

Must See

Galician culture and traditions; lighthouses along the Costa da Morte; Faro Vilán, the oldest electric lighthouse in Spain; Michelin starred restaurant As Garzas; dramatic cliffs and spectacular unspoilt coastal scenery; varied and rare birdlife; old whaling towns and fishing villages.
11 Oct 2019
17.20 x 11.60 x .80cm

A guidebook to walking the Camino dos Faros, the Way of the Lighthouses, between Malpica and Fisterra. Covering 200km (124 miles), this pilgrimage route along the Galician coast in northwest Spain takes around 1 week and is suitable for any reasonably fit walker.

The route is described from north to south in 8 stages, each between 17 and 29km (11–18 miles) in length. Optional shortcuts are given where possible to allow you to adapt the route to suit you. 

  • 1:50,000 maps included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Refreshment and accommodation information given for each route stage

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By John Hayes

John Hayes is a retired management consultant with degrees from Liverpool University and University College London. Immediately after finishing work in 2011 he embarked on an epic 5,000km trek across Europe, walking from Tarifa in Spain to Budapest. John has written for numerous walking and trekking magazines, and has written four walking guides and a cycling guide for Cicerone.

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