shipwrecks coast of death galicia

Photo courtesy of Modesto Canosa

The Coast of Death, the Galician coastline stretching from Malpica to Fisterra, earned this name by the numerous shipwrecks that took place in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and which were made popular through Galician and English literature.
Although this stretch of coastline is part of the old naval chronicle, the place-name Coast of Death is quite modern, dating back just a century.
The first appearances of the term in Spanish and Galician always refer to shipwrecks that occurred in the the Sea of Traba and the Sea of Trece,  rough coastline belonging to the Guild of Fishermen from Camelle, the name being tainted by the black legend of thieves and the attribution of shipwrecks to the natives.
Journalist Lisardo (Rodríguez) Barreiro had already warned that the name  Coast of Death was inspired by similar expressions applied to the English coast in the 19th century.

WHAT TO DO
Ruta da Costa da Morte (Route along the Coast of Death):  This is a short trip by car to get to know the Coast of Death, with a duration of approximately three days. You can also do some stretches on foot or go on walking tours suitable for the general public. Make a brief stop along the way and visit the village of Lires, where you will find LiresCa.

 

LiresCa - Lires on the Camino
Stage Muxía Fisterra
Rural Tourism in Galicia

route along the coast of death finisterre muxia lires galicia liresca

 

  • Share this post!

Leave a comment

Recent posts

DID YOU KNOW? The Mar de Fàbula Environmental Association was the first to exhibit in Espazo LiresCa
DID YOU KNOW? The Mar de Fàbula Environmental Association was the first to exhibit in Espazo LiresCa

The exhibition of the Mar de Fàbula Environmental Association was with us in Espacio Liresca for almost 2 months. It was the first exhibition with which we inaugurated LiresCa. And we are very grateful to Mar de Fàbula and Xosé Manuel Barros. The chaotic figures, the fish boxes, the lost heads, the boats, ... in short, the sculptures made of the plastic garbage collected from our beaches accompanied us during our first steps of this new voyage. There were many people who passed through LiresCa during these mont…

DID YOU KNOW? On the beach of Lires, the fishing of the `lubión´ is carried out using a sickle
DID YOU KNOW? On the beach of Lires, the fishing of the `lubión´ is carried out using a sickle

On the beach of Lires, in the coldest months of winter, you can fish for a curious small bodied fish (maximum 35 cm), elongated, pointed head and blue-green in colour. It answers to the name of "lubión",  although in other locations it is known as "lanzón, pipión or pixilin". Although its fishing is not usually done for sport, but rather for bait, in Lires it is tradition to fry them in oil and then savour them at the table. The smallest specimens are eaten whole with spine and head. T…

DID YOU KNOW? The Lighthouse Way originated from the restlessness of a group of friends who wanted to hike the Coast of Death all along the coastline
DID YOU KNOW? The Lighthouse Way originated from the restlessness of a group of friends who wanted to hike the Coast of Death all along the coastline

The Lighthouse of Vilán On December 7, 2012, six friends left Malpica to walk for more than 200 kms along the Coast of Death, always staying close to the sea. After several weeks exploring the coast in search of paths and trails they arrived in Finisterre, realizing they had designed a spectacular hiking route with lighthouses, dunes, beaches, inlets, cliffs, forts, dolmens, fishing villages, mountains, sunsets , .. At that very moment "The Lighthouse Way" (1) was born. WHAT TO DO:  Choose a stage of the Ligh…

Newsletter

Register and be the first to know the latest news

*By entering my email I give my consent to receive communications from LiresCa through my e-mail and I confirm that I have read the Data Protection policy.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. OK More information