Active Tourism Experiencies
The rugged coastline of the Costa da Morte, together with the lands washed by the river currents that flow into the Atlantic and the mountains that dominate the valleys, are an ideal destination to discover its charms by bicycle, on horseback or by motor vehicle. If you like adventure, here is a great area to explore! This experience offers you different trails to hike on your own, through specialised companies or those organised by clubs and city councils. You will discover the coast and the inland landscape as well as natural spaces of great importance and outstanding cultural resources. Are you ready?
Hiking is a sports practice that involves walking on different footpaths and through valleys, crossing rivers and lakes and going up and down mountains. Hiking is, in short, a great way of discovering our natural and cultural heritage. Costa da Morte offers a range of alternatives: you can choose from long distance trails that take a few days to complete; one-day hikes; and even short trails that take only a few hours. Below you will find information on trails certified by the Galician Federation of Mountaineering as well as information on long-distance walks and other existing footpaths in the councils that make up this geodestiny.
Whether you travel by water, sea or air, Costa da Morte offers great opportunities for the enjoyment of its cultural and natural heritage from different perspectives. Travelling by land, sea and river is tempting enough but the possibility of enjoying it from the air adds an extra and lasting impression. Flying has been in people’s minds since ancient times as the Greek myths of Icarus and Daedalus show. This desire has now become a reality. Flying can be free or powered, but in order to live the experience you must take into account a number of safety measures; some knowledge of meteorology as well as how to handle the material is required too. Independent practice without having taken any lesson with a qualified instructor is not recommended.
Costa da Morte is synonymous with its waters. From the salty Atlantic ocean to the fresh waters of the Rivers Xallas and Anllóns. The rivers and estuaries are the main stage for the enjoyment of the adventure by practicing a wide variety of watersports and leisure activities. The name of Costa da Morte was coined in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At a time when the Galician coastline was a compulsory passage for international shipping, a large number of shipwrecks occurred. This led to the appearance of several lighthouses at the most dangerous points, such as Cabo Vilán, and thus the name Costa da Morte was born. Rocks, draughts and the shallows near the land must be taken into account when ensuring the safety of the practice of sports such as sailing, diving or kayaking, which we can do thanks to professionals who guide us and who know well the rough coast.
The Costa da Morte is ideal for practising different sports and multi-adventure activities. Natural spaces such as Monte Pindo, O Ézaro, the Xallas River, the Penedes de Pasarela and Traba as well as the cliffs of Camelle are some of the areas where new experiences can be enjoyed.
Surfing, which will be Olympic in Tokyo 2020, dates back to a Polynesian past. It was first mentioned by a Jesuit who wrote about the natives of Peru who used a fishing boat to glide through the waves. Captain Cook saw this sport being practised in eighteenth- century-Hawaii; its practice was related to the status of the population since the nobility had reserved the best surfboards and beaches. It was in twentieth century when surfing became known in the West, reaching Galicia in the second half. Some of the competitions of the Galician Circuit of Surfing and Bodyboard take place on the Costa da Morte beaches and they are part of the Spanish Surfing Championship. In 2016, one of the five qualifying series competitions of the World Surf League (WSL), A Coruña Pro, took place on the beach of Caión, with the presence of international surfers.