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Cape Ortegal

Where the green waters of the Cantabrian Sea get together with the Atlantic’s blue cobalt, the place where the second oldest rocks in the planet are hidden, we can watch birds or get lost in the millenary paths of Herbeira massif.

Cape Ortegal, as well as a lighthouse, is a tower erected near the coast whose original function was, through light signalling, to prevent ships and sailors close to the coastline from wrecking against the cliffs and rough areas at night, using the light as a guide. Nowadays the lighthouses do not light, but they still preserve that magical air which gets another dimension at Ortegal.

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Fall in love with Santo André de Teixido 

Don’t fight it, if you don’t go when alive, you will go after death. Ortegal is an essential place for any destination explorer, so get armed with your best walking gear and travel through some of the pilgrimage routes which take to Santo André de Teixido. 

These routes will take you to this picturesque village, presided by the Chapel of Santo André, full of history and legends which will make you reconnect with your spirituality. 

Don’t forget to carry some change in your pockets, since you will not want to leave the village without buying some “sanandresitos”, (small charms made from breadcrumbs which will protect you from adversity) and a bunch of “herba de namorar” (which you will have to put in your platonic love’s pocket in order to gain eternal love).

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LOIBA CLIFSS: the best bank of the world.

O Coitelo viewpoint -also known as Loiba cliffs- is possibly one of the most beautiful spots in the Atlantic coastline. From here, sitting on a bench on the cliff, we can capture the sea roughness and the amazing views or the pure wild nature surrounding the place. 

Loiba coastline is not only cliffs or rocks; it’s gorse, bushes and mind-blowing sunsets. The sea pounded against the rock with such force that made small holes in it, creating the well-known “furnas”, which are small excavated caves, nests to secrets and refuge from the Atlantic. 

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O Barqueiro

Small village located to the north of the region, it limits with Lugo province at the municipality of Mañón. It gets its name from the old “barqueiros” who transported people and goods from one side of the estuary to the other until the construction of the bridge, in the 20th century.

Today, it is a fishing village which preserves the charm of old times, where time seems to stop and materialise at every corner of every street, every little square, where the locals keep fishing traditions alive.

At the port you will enjoy the views of one of the most serene estuaries in Galicia, will blend in the activity of boats and fishermen and will enjoy a peacefulness which is difficult to find elsewhere.

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Estaca de Bares

The most northern point at the Iberian peninsula, the place where several migratory routes get to, coming from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Arctic, which allows for the watching of multiple sea and land species, as gannets and cetaceans 

Estaca de Bares is within the Cape Ortegal Geopark project because of its geological features. Under your feet, millenary rocks tell us about the origin of the Earth and will take you to unforgettable magical places.

The natural space in this area has a series of characteristics which were already highlighted during the 2nd Republic and it spreads up to the coast of Loiba, in Ortigueira, with lonely beaches “thanks” to their difficult access. The visit to the fishing village of Porto do Barqueiro is a must in this area. 

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Bares

Porto de Bares, located in Mañón, is together with O Barqueiro, one of the most beautiful places in Ortegal coast. Proudly seating on Serra da Faladoira, it goes into the Cantabrian Sea until it reaches Estaca de Bares point. The village of Bares swings between the estuaries of Ortigueira and O Barqueiro, while its blue slated roofs are characteristic of a tough landscape in a jagged, irregular coast. The houses are located on the north side of a small cove whose sandy border describes an almost perfect semicircle from the pre-Romanic breakwater of O Coido to the point of Almeiro, giving place to the beautiful beach of A Concha.

The main activity of the village is still the extraction of seafood. Every day, fishermen sail out for work since immemorial times. However, we know that the fame of this port came in the 16th century from its celebrated whale captures, done from the mount of O Cabo with unequalled dexterity.

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Cape Ortegal Geopark Project

In Ortegal we can study, track and toucht he footprints of our ancestors and materialise the origin of the earth’s formation through geological routes.

Thus, in places like Serra da Faladoira, Macizo de Herbeira and O Limo, or the Aguillóns, you will have the opportunity to go on a trip to the interior of the earth through the rocks forming all this territory. There are few places in the world where stone formations are shown in a different place from they were originated, and that is what makes this territory something extraordinary.

Its genesis was started nearly 490 millions of years ago, in the so-called Late Cambrian, where a collision originated the creation of Pangea, a single continent. At present, when we visit these locations we can behold compositions which where originated at a depth of 70 kms. This lithological peculiarity is represented in the outcrops of eclogites and pyroxenites, turning this lithological group in a referent from a scientifical and educational perspective.  

For this reason, seven town councils in the area -Cariño, Cedeira, Cerdido and Ortigueira among them- associated to present their candidacy for a “geopark”, a protection figure recognised by UNESCO aiming at enhancing the value of geological heritage, geopreservation and local development.

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