Os Faroles

Around Os Faroles

Os Faroles is located in a stunning area in northern Galicia, with countless interesting and beautiful spots to visit.

In these pages you can find the places we highly recommend visiting during your stay with us.

We have also created a link on Google Maps for a more detailed list of places, for your use. When you arrive, you can easily scan it with a QR code.

Camino Del Mar

10 minute walk from Os Faroles.

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, is a historic pilgrimage route that has drawn travellers for centuries.
Stretching across various trails leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northwest Spain, the Camino is a journey of spiritual significance, personal reflection and cultural exploration.

Pilgrims from diverse backgrounds, both religious and secular, embark on this transformative journey. The Camino is not merely a physical trek; it is a profound experience that challenges individuals mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Along the way, pilgrims traverse picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and historic towns, encountering a rich tapestry of cultures. The route is marked by iconic yellow arrows guiding pilgrims and scallop shells symbolizing the various paths merging into one.

The Camino de Santiago is more than a pilgrimage; it's a communal endeavor where strangers become companions, sharing stories, hardships, and moments of inspiration. Pilgrims find shelter in albergues (hostels), nourish their bodies with local cuisine, and engage in traditions such as collecting stamps in a pilgrim's passport. Reaching the majestic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, with its soaring spires, marks the culmination of the journey. At the Cathedral, pilgrims can reflect, attend the Pilgrim's Mass, and embrace the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing this ancient and sacred pilgrimage.

The Camino has a few famous routes, each traversing different landscapes of the northern region of Spain. One of the most famous routes is the coastline route, Camino del Mar (The Way of the Sea) or "Camino Cantábrico." This route is located less than a kilometer from Os Faroles. This distinctive route follows the northern coastline of Spain along the Bay of Biscay, providing pilgrims with stunning ocean views and a cultural experience different from the more inland routes.

The Camino del Mar typically starts in Irun, near the French border, and follows the Cantabrian Sea, passing through towns and cities such as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander, and Gijón, before eventually joining the Camino del Norte in Villaviciosa. Pilgrims then continue on the Camino del Norte towards Santiago de Compostela.

One of the main attractions of this route is the breathtaking coastal scenery. Pilgrims have the opportunity to walk along beautiful beaches, cliffs, and charming fishing villages, providing a unique and refreshing experience.

Viveiro

7 minute drive from Os Faroles

Viveiro is a charming town that beckons travellers with its unique blend of history, natural beauty, and lively culture.
As you wander through the cobbled streets of this picturesque town, you'll find yourself enchanted by its rich maritime heritage and welcoming atmosphere.

Viveiro boasts a wealth of historical treasures that transport visitors to a bygone era. The town's center-piece is the Plaza Mayor, a charming square surrounded by colorful buildings, lively cafes, and the majestic San Francisco Church. The medieval walls and gates, such as the Porta Maior, stand as silent witnesses to centuries of history.

If you happen to visit Viveiro during Easter, you're in for a treat. The town is renowned for hosting one of the most impressive Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in Spain. The streets come alive with processions, traditional music, and vibrant religious displays, creating a unique and unforgettable experience. Galicia is famous for its culinary delights, and Viveiro is no exception. Indulge in the region's fresh seafood, including octopus, mussels, and barnacles, at the local restaurants. Don't forget to pair your meal with a crisp Albariño wine, a specialty of the Galician vineyards.

Throughout the year, Viveiro hosts various festivals that showcase the town's lively spirit. The medieval fair, held in August, transforms the streets into a bustling marketplace with artisans, musicians, and actors, providing a delightful journey back in time.

Viveiro, with its blend of history, coastal beauty, and vibrant culture, invites you to explore its enchanting streets and savor the unique flavors of Galicia. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or simply seeking a peaceful coastal retreat, Viveiro has something special to offer every traveller.

The Ceramic Factory of Sargadelos

20 minute drive from Os Faroles

The Sargadelos factory in Cervo is a notable ceramics and porcelain manufacturing facility that plays a significant role in the cultural and artistic heritage of the region.

Sargadelos has a rich history, dating back to 1806 when it was founded by Antonio Raimundo Ibáñez. Over the years, the factory has evolved into one of the most renowned ceramic and porcelain manufacturers in Spain. Sargadelos is known for producing high-quality ceramics, including both traditional and contemporary pieces. The factory creates a wide range of items, from functional tableware to artistic sculptures. The designs often draw inspiration from Galician folklore, nature and historical themes.

Sargadelos is not only a manufacturing facility but also a cultural institution. Its ceramics are often associated with the promotion of Galician art and craftsmanship, both within Spain and internationally. In the Sargadelos factory in Cervo, visitors can view all stages of the production process while exploring the factory from the inside. There is also a gift shop on site.

Visiting the Sargadelos factory in Cervo can be a fascinating experience for those interested in art, craftsmanship, and the cultural heritage of Galicia. In addition, one can find at the site gifts and mementos to take home.

The Chavin Eucalyptus Forest
and The Grandfather Tree

25 minute drive from Os Faroles

The Chavín Eucalyptus Forest, near the town of Viveiro, is a beautiful site to visit during your time in Galicia. In this forest stand some of the tallest eucalyptus trees on the continent. The eucalyptus trees arrived in Europe, specifically in northwestern Spain, in the 19th century, when a Galician priest brought its seeds from the distant Australian lands where he had been a missionary. The seeds were planted here in 1880 in order to drain the lowlands that were flooded by the streams of the river Landro. The eucalyptus trees adapted to the conditions of the humid oceanic climate and spread massively throughout northern Spain where, due to its rapid growth, it was cultivated to provide obtain wood and paper.

The largest and most outstanding tree in the forest is known as O Avó (“grandfather” in Galician). The majestic O Avó is the tallest tree in Spain, standing more than 67 meters tall (220 feet). It is also the tallest eucalyptus in all of Europe.

The magical Chavin Eucalyptus Forest has a stream flowing through it throughout the year. You can wander through the forest, walking along the river and among the majestic eucalyptus trees; you can also visit a historic power station on the river banks. There is a circular hiking path from the parking lot to the Grandfather Tree, a pleasant and warmly recommended half-hour walk.

In 2010, O Avó was elected Tree of the Year by Bosques sin Fronteras (Forests Without Borders).

Cantís de Papel

5 minute drive from Os Faroles

The Cantis de Papel (Paper Cliffs) are magnificent formations of granite rocks of extraordinary beauty.
Approximately 40 meters high, these cliffs have been sculpted over many centuries by winds and the force of the sea. The name of the cliffs comes from their appearance, as their whimsical and unique shapes make us think of the folds of paper. With more than 6,000 years of history behind them, this granite formation is not only beautiful but is also a natural phenomenon of significant importance – a place well-worth visiting!

Fuciño do Porco

30 minute drive from Os Faroles

At Fuciño do Porco you will find a wooden pedestrian path, with stairways and bridges, that traverses the cliffs of the O Vicedo coast.
The spectacular views accompany you at every step, and walking along these singular wooden paths is magical indeed. The Cantabrian Sea viewed thus reveals itself to you in all its glory.

Along the way you will be able to see the Gabeira Islands, Insua, Coelleira, the tips of the Roncadoiro Lighthouse and Estaca de Bares and also Covas, Viveiro and the port of Celeiro. It will take you about an hour to walk to the final point of the path at another beautiful viewpoint, and an hour back to your car. You will enjoy every minute of this outing.

Playa de las Catedrales

45 minute drive from Os Faroles

Playa de las Catedrales is situated on the Cantabrian Sea coast in the municipality of Ribadeo, on the border between Galicia and Asturias. This beach is renowned for its stunning rock formations and natural arches that resemble the flying buttresses of Gothic cathedrals, hence its name.
The intricate formations are best appreciated during low tide when visitors can walk along the beach and explore the caves and arches.

Apart from the rock formations, the beach boasts fine golden sand and clear blue waters, making it not only an interesting geological site but also a picturesque and relaxing destination.

The tides in the Cantabrian Sea can be significant, and during high tide, much of the beach may be submerged. Therefore, it is advisable to check the tide schedule before visiting to experience the beach at its best.

Due to its popularity, access to Playa de las Catedrales is regulated during peak times, and visitors may need to secure a free permit to enter the beach area during specific hours.

A visit to Cathedral Beach is a highlight of any trip to Galicia!

Punta de Estaca de Bares

45 minute drive from Os Faroles

Staca de Bares is a headland located at the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. This geographically significant point marks the separation between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay.

The headland is home to the Staca de Bares Lighthouse (Faro de Staca de Bares), which has been guiding ships along this rugged coastline since its construction in the 19th century. The lighthouse provides essential navigation aid for maritime traffic entering the Atlantic from the Bay of Biscay.

The area around Staca de Bares is characterized by dramatic cliffs, rocky shores, and wild landscapes. The views from the headland are breathtaking, offering panoramic vistas of the ocean and the surrounding coastal scenery.

The headland is also significant for birdwatching enthusiasts. The area is known for its diverse birdlife, and during migratory seasons, Staca de Bares becomes a hotspot for observing various bird species.

There is a coastal trail that allows visitors to explore the natural beauty of the area on foot. The trail provides opportunities for hiking and enjoying the coastal views.

Staca de Bares is known for its remote and tranquil atmosphere. The rugged beauty of the landscape and the sounds of the ocean contribute to a peaceful and serene environment. Whether you are interested in nature, maritime history, or simply want to experience the beauty of the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, Staca de Bares offers a unique and captivating destination within the Galician region.

Santiago De Compostela

1.5 hour drive from Os Faroles

Nestled in the lush landscapes of Galicia, Spain, Santiago de Compostela is a city steeped in history, spirituality, and cultural richness.
At its heart stands the majestic Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the destination of the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque and Baroque architecture, houses the shrine of St. James the Great, drawing pilgrims and visitors from around the world.

Beyond its religious significance, Santiago de Compostela enchants with its charming Old Town, a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and lively squares. The Praza do Obradoiro, the city's main square, is a vibrant hub surrounded by architectural gems like the cathedral, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, and the Palacio de Raxoi.

The city exudes a lively atmosphere with its vibrant markets, local cuisine, and cultural events. Pilgrims and tourists alike explore the city's rich heritage, from the ancient city walls to the picturesque Alameda Park. Santiago de Compostela seamlessly blends tradition and modernity, making it a captivating destination that celebrates both its religious roots and the vibrant life of contemporary Galicia.

A Coruña

1.5 hour drive from Os Faroles

A Coruña, situated on the rugged Galician coastline in northwest Spain, is a captivating city that harmoniously combines maritime charm with historical significance.
Its iconic Tower of Hercules, a Roman lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic, stands as a testament to the city's rich heritage. The waterfront promenade, known as the Paseo Marítimo, invites leisurely strolls along sandy beaches, while the historic Old Town offers narrow streets, lively squares, and landmarks like the María Pita Square.

A Coruña is renowned for its vibrant cultural scene, delectable seafood, and a lively atmosphere that captures the spirit of Galicia. With a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, A Coruña invites visitors to explore its maritime allure, historical treasures, and the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.

Asturias

1.5 hour drive from Os Faroles

Nestled in the lush, green landscapes of northern Spain, Asturias captivates visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
This autonomous community, bordered by the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Mountains, is renowned for its rugged coastlines, pristine beaches and picturesque villages. Asturias is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of activities, from hiking in the Picos de Europa National Park to exploring charming fishing villages along the Costa Verde. The region's unique blend of mountainous terrain and coastal charm provides a backdrop for authentic Spanish experiences, where traditional cider houses and local markets showcase the vibrant Asturian culture.

ה Asturias is not only a haven for nature lovers but also a treasure trove of historical and architectural wonders. Oviedo, the capital city (2 hour drive from Os Faroles), boasts a well-preserved medieval old town with architectural gems like the Gothic Cathedral of San Salvador and the pre-Romanesque church of San Julián de los Prados. The region's cultural identity is also celebrated through its distinctive pre-Romanesque art and architecture, exemplified by landmarks such as the Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. Asturias invites travellers to immerse themselves in its scenic landscapes, indulge in local gastronomy, and embrace the warmth of its people, creating an unforgettable journey through one of Spain's hidden gems.