Holiday in the Coast of Death, The Costa da Morte

Northern Spain and Galicia particularly has long been an undiscovered jewel in the whole of the Spanish tourism industry and within that undiscovered jewel in particular we are going to take a look at Costa da Morte.

Overall of all of the autonomous regions of Spain possibly Galicia is the most remote and this makes Costa da Morte even more of an undiscovered treasure.

Traditionally, Galicia was seen as a poor agricultural region, whose economy did not lend itself to modernisation and yet as far as tourism is concerned it is this constant contact with the past that gives the region its appeal and charm.

The Galicians, whose origins are Celtic, are fiercely proud of their culture and language; it is what makes them unique (they feel) within modern day Spain.

It absorbed little in the way of outside influence being fiercely resistant to all forms of outside intervention (and we mean all forms of outside intervention), was never conquered by the Moors, and in the Middle Ages fell under the control of the kingdom of Asturias.

Thankfully slowly throughout the 20th century Galicia has begun to develop a way in which to manage the traditional lifestyles with a modern community to ensure that none of its rich history is lost and this is now starting to show very real and tangible benefits as far as the local tourism economy is concerned.

Located between Cabo San Adrian near Malpica in the North and the Cabo Fisterra in the south west lies the Costa da Morte which as you would expect roughly translates into the “Coast of Death” so names because of the large number of shipwrecks that had been smashed to pieces on the rugged shoreline and also found offshore.

How much of this is actual fact and how much is embellished fantasy it doesn’t matter, as they say, why let the truth get in the way of a good story.

The one fact that is inescapable is the fact that the coast is extremely wild, windswept and rugged. It also has another grim and foreboding aspect to it and these are a series of stone “cruceiros” and also gigantic “borreos” which do tend to add a degree of solemnity bordering on the morbid to it.

That having been said however there is more to the Costa da Morte than just wild rugged scenery and huge Celtic crosses.

The first stop on the coast as you travel southwards from Coruna is Malpica which has been described as a large friendly fishing town that depending upon the day you arrive may or may not be awash with Sea Gulls aplenty!

Next further down the coast is Corme. The town can be reached by a small side road off the main coastal road and is located in a small gentle bay that is used to farm and cultivate shell fish.

Further down the coast from Corme can be found the towns of Ponteceso, Camarinas and Muxia and actual evidence that there is more to see on the Coast da Morte than one would initially think.

There is more to see on the Coast da Morte than one would initially think and it is most definitely an interesting part of any visit to Galicia.