Between the Cape of the End of the World and the city of Coruña lies the Bergantiños region, a land full of ancient history, legends and rough seas.
This area is home to the best percebes (barnacles) in the world and the heroes who risk their lives to gain access to the rocks that break the mighty waves. It’s dotted with small fishing villages and hides some of the most unique beaches in the world with crystal clear waters.
A wooded area of enormous natural and scenic value extends along the banks of the Anllons River, so magical it is said to be home to fairies. The sporadic intervention of humans in nature is interesting, especially in view of the stone mills that we find on the route and that work thanks to the power of the river water.
We continue our journey on this route through Bergantiños towards the Atlantic coast and find the oldest pottery center in Galicia. The Oleiros de Buño not only continue a centuries-old tradition, but their craftsmanship is so deeply rooted in the environment that even today young craftsmen secure the future. With a wide product catalog, the ceramics from the Bergantiños coast are currently highly valued for both their use and decoration.
The heroes of the rocks.
We find a multitude of small fishing villages along the entire Galician coast. The coast of the Bergantiños region is no exception. Along this route we can visit some of the most beautiful in Galicia. But if there is one thing that sets the sailors who live in this area apart, it is the most experienced collectors of the Percebes in the world. Struggling with the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean, they are exposed to the sharp rocks of the cliffs of this rugged coastline. An activity in which they actually risk their life.
Witness to contemporary prehistoric history.
While the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the Catholic cathedral par excellence, on this route from Bergantiños we have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of Megalithism in Galicia, one of the most important dolmens in Europe. This prehistoric grave monument takes us back six thousand years, a dizzying contemporary witness. Inside, interesting cave paintings, unique on our continent, tell of the settlements that populated Galicia in prehistory.
Beaches of white sand and also of many colors.
Among the monumental cliffs carved by the Atlantic you will find little paradises: protected areas where we will be surprised by incredible beaches. Kilometers of fine white sand where only the cool character of the water reminds us that we are not in the Caribbean. Also a strange sign of nature are those made of millions of pieces of glass thrown away by humans which formed the sea and which mixed with mussel shells: offer a colorful spectacle. Truly unique places that form the union of water, earth and people.
Departure from Santiago / Coruña