Ferrol

The surfing route

The Ferrol coastline is an amazing treasure just waiting to be discovered.  

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Ferrol

In the approximately 50 kilometres that separate Doniños and Cedeira, you will see a variety of tiny bays, rugged rock formations, and enormous sandbanks that lean out over the sea in one of the most beautiful parts of the western Galician coast.

Travelling from the south, facing the Betanzos river, travellers can make a pitstop at the ports of Sada, Gandarío, or Pontedeume. Or you can choose to turn inland, visiting the region's namesake, and admiring the majestic wilderness of Fragas do Eume, where those travelling in motorhome can enjoy a well-equipped rest area, near the old Caaveiro Monastery (Monasterio de Caaveiro). The city of Ferrol is the last urban stop along the Rías Altas in the north.  Castles and lookouts, examples of Modernism, an overview of the town's military history, and exceptional local cuisine are some of the highlights of the city centre. But for most, the adventure really begins as you head towards the coast, a spectacular landscape of fine sand and waves which form part of what is now known as the Ruta del Surf (Surfing Route). This is a true destination of sport pilgrimage in the region and has resulted in the first Spanish surfing museum being opened in Ferrol. Thousands of surfing fans zigzag the coast, choosing the best waves- a choice that depends only on the tide.  Travelling from the south, Doniños is the most popular beach amongst tourists due to its proximity to the city.  Renowned for its Blue Flag, it's known as one of the best surfing beaches in Galicia.  It is on this beach that the Spanish Surfing Championship is held every year. There is plenty of parking and a wide range of services, and it is an essential stop along several hiking routes.

Heading towards the north, our next stop is San Xurxo, an almost untouched area that is less crowded than others due to the rocks along the Fragata and Esmelle sandbank.  This beach is more exposed to the sea and can be quite windy, making it ideal for windsurfers. Passing the town of Cobas, we arrive at the rugged beach of  Santa Comba, home to a tiny chapel located on an island which can only be accessed at low tide.  This extraordinary spot invites us to enjoy its nature trail and turquoise waters.  Around fifteen kilometres from Ferrol, we find the iconic O Vilar-Covas beach, which offers an excellent service area for camping vehicles.  If we venture a little higher, we reach the Faro de Cabo Prior (Cabo Prior Lighthouse), which sits atop some enormous cliffs along with some old military fortifications. The Ponzos sandbank is of particular interest because of its wild setting, but is also very close to the city.  This site also includes a nudist area.  A few rocks separate this beach from the heavenly Sartaña and Medote coves. The surrounding mountains formed part of an old Roman gold mine and the highest peak is now popular amongst paragliders.  

Beaches are the main attraction along the 25 kilometres of coast belonging to the Municipality of Valdoviño.  The cliffs that surround Campelo, the open sea, the rough waters, and the Blue flag in Meirás and A Frouxeira, the sand dunes found in Villarube, and the magnificence of Pantín are the biggest drawcards for ocean lovers.  Recognised as one of the top five surfing beaches in Spain, this beach forms part of the world surfing circuit, with the Pantín Classic Galicia Pro bringing thousands of spectators each year to one the of most  important trials on the sport's calendar.   If we head northwards to the Costa Ártabra, we find stunning Cedeira, a region which boasts excellent shellfish and fish.  From the rest area we can head towards the unmissable Sierra de A Capelada and San Andrés de Teixido.

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