Walk the Lighthouse Way with me on the western coast of Spain! The Romans thought this wild rocky shore was the edge of the world. Now it is home to some of the world’s oldest working lighthouses, pristine beaches, picturesque fishing villages, exquisite authentic local cuisine, and miles of safe, accessible walking trails.
For us, it will be a hiking, yoga, and culinary adventure!
June 11-19 2022!
Ready for adventure? I am!
Join me next year for a very special yoga retreat in Galicia, Spain. Our adventure begins in the port city of A Caruña in northwestern Spain, which The Guardian says is gastronomically primera liga! We’ll enjoy an evening getting to know each other over tapas, Ribeiro and Albariño. From there we will ride together and spend a day in Camariñas, where our hiking trip begins the following day. For the next five days, we will begin and end each day together with gentle yoga and reflection, and then walk from village to village on safe, well marked trails along the coast, accompanied by the ever present sea breeze and spectacular ocean views. Each traveler has the option to skip any particular day’s walk, or shorten their walk any day, taking a taxi to the next town. We will stay each night in small locally-owned hotels and bed & breakfasts in the small towns and fishing villages. All our gear will be transported to the next hotel for us. We will be totally taken care of, every step along the way!
We will conclude our walking journey with two nights in Santiago de Compostela, the ending point for those pilgrims traveling the Way of St. James, or the Camino de Santiago, to be pampered at the spa at the absolutely gorgeous A Quinta Da Auga Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux.
This is truly going to be a very special and unique yoga retreat/vacation. I am working with a local travel agency to arrange for the best accommodations and design an itinerary that enables plenty of free time, play time, food time, yoga time and sleep time!
Space is limited to 10 travelers (including me!)
Non-refundable deposit of $500 holds your spot!
Lighthouse Way 5-nights starting at Camariñas.
How much walking?
Full days: 15½-23½ km per day (9-15 miles per day), 4-7¾ hrs walking
Using shortening options: 9½-15¾km 6-9 miles per day), 2½-4½ hrs walking using taxi starts
Empty sandy beaches and fresh seafood on the Camino dos Faros
Welcome to the last unspoiled coast of Europe – the Costa da Morte. Grand cliffs, sweeping sandy beaches, lonely capes and iconic lighthouses from a time when this coast, with its fierce tides and dangerous shoals was rightly respected by mariners and feared by their loved ones at home. Fishing is still an important activity on this coast, witness the thriving little ports with their earthy pubs and seafood restaurants.
Our path winds along the “Camino dos Faros” – the Lighthouse Way – and sticks largely to the coast, with the occasional foray inland. In its pure form it is a long and tough walk, but we have arranged short cuts and, courtesy of local taxi drivers, drop-off and pick-up points for those who would prefer a shorter day, maybe to spend some time on the beach!
There will be some cliff walking – so not suitable for those with severe vertigo or acrophobia.
The Washington Post LOVES this walk!
Designed specifically for our retreat, this itinerary centers on our 5-day walk along the wild Galician coast,
bookended with overnight stays in luxury hotels in A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela.
Day 1: Arrive in A Coruna and meet our group for yoga, dinner and overnight. Stay at Hotel Riazor, where we all have beach view rooms in A Coruña
Day 2: Morning yoga practice. Transfer as a group to Camariñas. Free day. Stay at Hotel Puerto Arnela
Day 3: Morning yoga and reflection. Walk Camariñas to Cereixo, evening restorative yoga before dinner, and overnight at Casal de Cereixo
An easy day on good tracks and paths that wend their way inland to explore Galicia’s more rural side of life. There’s a chance for a swim at Ariño Beach which you cross on the way to A Ponte de Porto, where you should stop for lunch. Then follow the course of the River Porto to the fascinating site of Torres de Cereixo, before heading to Casal de Cereixo, a lovely converted farmhouse, for an excellent supper and a quiet night’s sleep. (4hrs, 15¾km, CUSs 250m)
Day 4: Morning yoga practice. Walk Ceriexo to Muxia, evening restorative yoga before dinner, and overnight at Bela Muxia
Having waved a fond “hasta luego” to your lovely hosts at Casal de Cereixo, today’s walk takes you quickly back to the Camino you left yesterday. Follow the Rio Porto to its mouth and you will suddenly realize how quiet the last day was, away from the crashing waves of the Atlantic. As you head to Muxia, you will visit the unspoiled village of Merexo and the deserted mills of Os Muinos. Swimming is definitely on the cards today too, with at least three beaches you could test out, conditions permitting. (Easy-medium 4¾hrs, 15½km, CUSs 375m)
Day 5: Walk Muxia to Lires, evening restorative yoga before dinner, and overnight at Casa Luz
Let the drama begin again! After a couple of easier days, the excitement starts almost as soon as you leave your accommodation with a quick scramble up to the Monte Corpiño mirador with amazing views back to Muxia and beyond. Then explore the end of the peninsula and the Nosa Señora da Barca church and lighthouse before setting off for Lourido Beach and your first chance for a swim. Today is a long and quite tough walk (even though we have abridged it to keep it within the capabilities of most). Follow the coast and climb up to the top of Monte Pedrouzo before descending back to sea level at the beach of Moreira. After that, the going is easier and with a few more ups and downs, you will explore a more rural part of the coast before descending once more to the huge beach at Nemiña. Good roads and tracks then take you upriver to your much needed accommodation for the night in Lires. (Hard 7¼ hrs, 23½ km, CUSs 940m, or Medium 2¼ hrs, 9½ km, CUSs 500m after a taxi start)
Day 6: Morning reflection. Walk Lires to Finisterre, evening restorative yoga before dinner, and overnight at Hotel do Banco Azul
And so to the end of the world… And what an epic journey too! The day starts peacefully enough as you follow the path of the River Lires down to the point at which it disgorges into the Atlantic but then you climb up to the cliff tops and spend much of the morning following the coastline. Descend to the golden beach of Rostro – over a mile long and a perfect place for a swim.
It’s up to the cliff tops again after that and you’ll pass rocky coves far below but will sometimes feel the spray from the crashing waves even at this height. From the peak of Veladoiro you’ll be able to see Finisterre in the distance but it’s still quite a walk. A further chance for a swim as you pass the town of Fisterra and then, following a final climb to remind you that this is a pilgrimage, it’s onwards to the lighthouse where you may have chosen to stay for the night. (7¾hrs, 20¾km, CUSs 830m, or 3¾ hrs, 11km, CUSs 400m after a taxi start)
Day 7: Minibus to Santiago de Compostela and overnight at A Quinta Da Auga Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux
Day 8: Free day in Santiago de Compostela, farewell dinner together and overnight at A Quinta Da Auga Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux
Day 9: Return home
Cost per traveler for double accommodations: $2115
Cost per traveler for private single accommodations: $3,509
Non-refundable deposit of $500 holds your spot. Space is limited! Balance must be paid in full by Jan 31, 2022.
Click here to place your deposit, or pay for your spot in full!
Included in cost:
- All overnight stays starting in A Coruña through Santiago de Compostela
- Transportation from our hotel in A Coruña to the beginning of our walk in Camariñas
- Transport of 1 bag per person from each hotel/bed and breakfast along the way (if you have more than one bag, there may be an extra charge)
- Transportation from our last stop in Finisterre to our spa in Santiago de Compostela
- Breakfast every day and some lunches (packed lunches will be provided for some of our day walks)
- full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information
Click here to place your deposit, or pay for your spot in full!
I can’t wait to spend this magical adventure with you!