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13 may, 2022

Cliffs route: visit Vixía de Herbeira and Santo Andrés de Teixido

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We love nothing more than the coast. We like to enjoy the sun, the sand and the cool water in summer. But we also love to get to know the Galician coastline in a different way. This is what our new excursion is all about: the route of the cliffs. We'll tell you all about it!

We love nothing more than the coast. We like to enjoy the sun, the sand and the cool water in summer. But we also love to get to know the Galician coastline in a different way. This is what our new excursion is all about: the route of the cliffs. We'll tell you all about it!

Cedeira and a brief legend

Like all our organised excursions, the route of the cliffs starts in the Galician capital, Santiago de Compostela. At 8.45 am we will set off for Cedeira, a fishing village where we will start our ascent towards the Serra da Capelada. As a curiosity, legend has it that the inhabitants of this coast were originally the children of whales and fish.

Santo Andrés de Teixido, vai de morto, quen non vai de vivo

As we make our ascent towards the sierra, we will find an explosion of nature, as well as the maximum expression of seafaring Galicia.

Here we will find a village with a lot of history. The sanctuary of Santo Andrés de Teixido is an obligatory stop for anyone visiting Galicia, as the saying goes: a Santo Andrés de Teixido, vai de morto, quen non vai de vivo.
The temple is Gothic-Baroque in style and dates from the 16th and 18th centuries. It has been an important centre of pilgrimage, with links to the Celtic world and animist cults.

To comply with tradition, we can place a small stone in the milladoiros along the way. In addition, if we want an amulet that will protect us forever, the sanandresiños, figures made with breadcrumbs by local families, will bring us good luck.


Vixía de Herbeira: the highest cliffs of Continental Europe

The highest peak of the Serra da Capelada is at a height of 615 metres. It coincides with the coastal system, making it the highest cliff in Continental Europe. At European level it is only behind Hornelen (Norway), Cape Enniberg (Faroe Islands) and Croaghaun (Ireland). You can imagine the views!

Cape Ortegal and Cariño

Cape Ortegal, between Cariño (a town we will also visit) and Ortigueira, is the second northernmost cape of the Iberian Peninsula, only behind the cape of Estaca de Bares. This place is important for the passage of migratory birds and for being the junction between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea. We will be able to enjoy this unique location, whose cliffs are home to the oldest rocks of the Peninsula and a beautiful lighthouse 125 metres above the sea.

The cliffs route will be available from May to October, departing every Sunday. For more information and bookings click here.

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