Spain's Death Coast
Collected by Chris Ciolli, AFAR Local Expert
In this lesser-known region in Northwestern Spain, savor traditional food, drive along the coast in search of lighthouses and explore prehistoric ruins.
Lugar de San Roque, 2, 15155 Fisterra, A Coruña, Spain
At Tira do Cordel sample fresh and simply prepared sea bass, clams, goose barnacles and razor clams. The restaurant is cozy and rustic with views of the beach and the ocean, and service is fast and attentive. Don't miss the restaurant's alcoholic...
CP-1402, 7, 15149, La Coruña, Spain
Small plates and excellent service make Mar de Ardora an ideal place for a long, leisurely lunch in Gallicia's Costa da Morte region. Locally sourced seasonal produce, and expert preparation make even the simplest dishes--steak with roast peppers...
15122 Santa Mariña, A Coruña, Spain
Observe a moment of silence for those lost at sea off Spain's dangerous death coast at the English Cemetery in Camariñas--built to bury 172 English sailors who washed ashore after a dangerous storm. Only 3 men survived the 19th century shipwreck.
Dombate, 1, 15119 Cabana de Bergantiños, A Coruña, Spain
Visit a well-preserved prehistoric tomb at Dolmen de Dombate. You can walk around the restored original, put under roof for its own protection, or walk through a replica and learn about local beliefs concerning these tombs in the museum next door....
Rúa Alcalde Fernández, 20, 15155 Fisterra, A Coruña, Spain
The quiet, modern and well-appointed rooms at Hotel Alen Do Mar, are a welcome refuge from Fisterra's busy city center. It's a short walk from the beach and you can reserve a room with a glassed in balcony and ocean view. For breakfast order up an...
Aldea de Morpeguite, 85, Morpeguite 15124, 15124 Morpeguite, A Coruña, Spain
Spend a night or two in the rustic stone country house at Casa de Lema. After a long day hiking or driving the coast, relax in the common rooms with a book or a movie, or book an authentic Galician dinner prepared with local ingredients by one of...
Praza Anselmo Villar Amigo, 20, 15113 Malpica, La Coruña, Spain
This isn't the most historic country B&B along Spain's Death Coast--in fact it's newly built to look old. That said, it's unique for it's family friendly amenities--an indoor heated swimming pool, a gated outdoor space where kids can play, and a...
Lugar do Cotariño, 15123 Camariñas, A Coruña, Spain
Off-the-beaten path but elegantly appointed accommodations are difficult to find along Spain's death coast. Hotel Rústico Do Cotariño fits the bill. The common rooms are expertly decorated with a mixture of modern and antique furniture that...
Queo de Abaixo, 46, 15100 Carballo, A Coruña, Spain
Relax and wander the grounds at this traditional Galician country house near Carballo, a village in Spain's death coast region known for it's traditional bread. Be sure to book breakfast (featuring said famous bread and local cheese) and dinner,...
Rúa Principal, 9, 15121 Camelle, A Coruña, Spain
Known to local's simply as "El Alemán" or the German, Manfred Gnadinger, moved to this coastal village in Northwestern Spain, put on a loincloth and began creating his own personal sanctuary right on the coast. He lived in a small cement shack,...
Cabo Vilán, s/n, 15123 Camariñas, A Coruña, Spain
Hike up the hill on the other side of the parking lot at Cabo Vilán for striking views of the lighthouse and the coast. Wear good shoes, and a good jacket--the wind is intense, and the path can be slippery.
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