Welcome to Muxía, one of the most typical fishing villages of the Costa da Morte, internationally known for having been Km. 0 of the Prestige catastrophe in 2002, but not only for that, but also for its enclave that makes Muxía is always open to the sea, geographically and socially. A quiet place to ensure a vacation of true rest, always with the sea as the main protagonist.
The Costa da Morte is a very special area of the Galician coast, but be careful because you can easily fall in love with its charms.
As in all our indications, the following information is based on our experience and the experience of our customers.
Muxía is located in the heart of the Costa da Morte, and its peninsular shape means that we always have the sea less than 100 meters from us, regardless of the area of the town where we are.
Due to its situation, it is a perfect place to make different visits to the area, which we list below:
– 29 km (30 minutes by car) far from Finisterre, very well-known for its cape and a sea-side town of great beauty.
– 20 km (20 minutes by car) far from Corcubión, one of the pearls of the Costa da Morte.
– 29 km (30 minutes by car) far from O Ézaro, where the Xallas River flows into the waterfall.
– 25 km (30 minutes by car) far from Camariñas, the capital of the traditional bobbin lace, and where we find Cape Vilán, one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Galicia.
– 94 km (70 minutes by car) far from the city of A Coruña, a lovely city we advise you to visit for its beauty and the stunning sea landscape.
– 73 km (70 minutes by car) far from the city of Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia which represents the tourist / historical / monumental icon of Galicia.
Located on the central coast of the province of A Coruña, Muxía has a very mild climate throughout the year. Not too cold in winter and not extremely hot in summer.
With temperatures of 20/21 degrees in summer, 14/15 degrees in spring and autumn, and 11/12 degrees in winter. In Muxía you will never need air conditioning to sleep peacefully at night.
The town hall of Muxía has a large number of beaches, of which we recommend the following:
– A Cruz Beach: Located at the entrance of the town, is the beach, with crystal clear waters and calm sea, more traveled by the people of the town. Following the coastline from Playa de A Cruz, you can also easily walk to the small beaches of Espiñeirido and Arliña.
– O Lago Beach: A small paradise for those who like quiet beaches and family atmosphere. With a privileged location, and surrounded by a huge pine forest, the Play de O Lago is a benchmark in the area.
– O Coido Beach: Located in the center of Muxía, it is a cove dotted with stones and sand (not too much), and which is very popular with the locals.
– Nemiña Beach: Although it belongs to the municipality of Muxía, it is located 15 km from the center. It is a huge beach, of great beauty, and especially suitable for the practice of maritime sports, especially surfing, since it is a benchmark beach in Galicia for the practice of this sport.
Being on the Costa da Morte, always facing the sea, gastronomy is one of the strong points of this entire area.
Logically, fish and seafood are the most appreciated product, making other options also interesting.
Then, and without detracting from any other restaurant (we repeat, all this information is based on our personal experiences), we list different restaurants in the area (Muxía and surroundings).
– As Baleas (Muxia): A cozy place with a different concept and a great atmosphere. Pasta, pizzas, rations and a careful menu of burgers and sandwiches that will leave you satisfied. It is located in the center of town, just below our VIDA Muxia Apartments.
– D’Alvaro Restaurant (Muxía): In addition to highlighting its quality service and careful attention, it is a Muxia classic. Both meats, fish and seafood are always of high quality, and served at their ideal point. It is located in the center of town, right next to our VIDA Muxía Apartments.
– A Casa do Peixe Restaurant (Muxía): Also located in the center of Muxía, so getting to it is very easy. As its name indicates, the specialty is fish and seafood, always fresh and of unbeatable quality. Special mention has the “caldeirada de pescado” (typical Galician recipe with “ajada” and paprika), one of the best we have tasted in recent times.
– O Rincón da Baiuca Restaurant (Muxía): Located just outside Muxía, it is a restaurant a bit more “sophisticated” than the previous ones, referring to the presentation of the dishes and the greater elaboration of them. Located in a stone house, it has a very nice dining room, and its quality/price ratio is more than interesting.
– Casa Carmela Restaurant (Merexo): Located in the village of Merexo, 8 km from the center of Muxía, but well worth it to go there. Without being a luxury restaurant, far from it, served at a table with a paper tablecloth and without great fanfare in decoration. Let yourself be advised, since the menu depends a lot on the fish and shellfish that would be in the market that day. And the best … the price!.
– Mar Viva Restaurant (Corcubión): It is an innovative restaurant. It is like a fish shop / restaurant where we can see all the fish displayed as in a fishmonger. The customer chooses the fish he wants to order and how he wants it to be prepared. Medium/high price for a product of the highest quality.
– Insua Restaurant (Cee): Located 13 km far from Finisterre, in Cee. This restaurant is a very good option both for a set menu and for a la carte. The menu is always varied and very economical. You can also order takeaway food: seafood, paella,…
– Tira do Cordel Restaurant (Finisterre): No matter what they say, we think that this restaurant is still the best. It’s said many different things about this restaurant but the thing is that they serve the best grilled sea bass of Galicia. However, they try now to get customers of all budgets and here it is the complaint, because the sea bass or seafood you are given for 25 euros it is not going to be the same as the one you get for 75 euros. We advise to book, mainly on summer dates. In case you are a small group of people, we recommend ordering the same fish for everyone as you will be served a big fish instead of different small fishes, which are not so tasteful as the big one.
– O Centolo Restaurant (Finisterre): The best rice with lobster overlooking the sea. A privileged situation in the centre of Finisterre just in front of port and the sea. Everything is delicious but we remark the rice with lobster; the best you can eat in Finisterre. Definitely advisable.
– Casa Lestón Restaurant (Sardiñeiro): Located in the road to Finisterre, a 25 minute drive from Muxía. This restaurant was founded in 1917 and it serves “grandma’s” style meals. Good meat and excellent fresh fish at a very reasonable price. The “Chipirones en su tinta” is one of the most remarkable specialties (I used to go there with my grandfather more than 30 years ago).
Except for the first fortnight of September, which is where the Feast of Nuestra Señora da Barca coincides, considered in the area the final summer party, and with great nighttime attraction especially the weekend, the rest of the year Muxía is not characterized by its nightlife, being a very familiar and cultural tourism destination.
Still, to have a drink after dinner, in a quiet environment and enjoying the cool summer night, there are several possibilities.
We always suggest some visits to other areas of the Costa da Morte or cities in the province of A Coruña in order to make your trip more complete … Galicia is a place to be visited and to make a few kilometers by car.
With the intention of making things easier, we detail the possible excursions you may make once you have arrived in Muxía (Places you cannot miss).
1-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – For a full-day or half-day excursion.
We advise to leave after breakfast, without hurry, to Santiago de Compostela (70 minutes by a good road). Visit the cathedral, take a walk around the old town, and for those who are very devout (or just for curiosity) attend the Pilgrim’s Mass, which is held every day at 12:00.
Getting lost in the streets of the old town of Santiago de Compostela is a very rewarding activity, as you will be walking through history.
If you decide to have luch in Santiago, we recommend the Dezaseis Restaurant, located in Rúa San Pedro, 16 (981564880 – It’s advisable to book before). A typical Galician restaurant with very good product. It is not the cheapest restaurant in Santiago but the value for money is excellent.
2- A CORUÑA – For a full-day or half-day excursion.
Leave early in the morning and you will arrive in A Coruña in 70 minutes, half the journey by a good road and the other half by a motorway.
We advise you to leave the car in a car park, as parking on the street in the centre of A Coruña is very complicated. Then, visit the port, Plaza de María Pita, Los Olmos area, Calle Real, Calle Galera, Riazor,… A Coruña is a place to walk.
Then, take the car again to visit A Torre de Hercules, icon of the city of A Coruña, and San Pedro Mount, which was an old military battery, and nowadays it is a lovely garden area from where we have some of the most amazing views of the city and the sea.
If you decide to have lunch in A Coruña we recommend two options: La de Alberto Restaurant (981907411 – It’s important to book beforehand), great quality at medium price; or a second option would be to go for “tapas” in Los Olmos and Calle Galera. It’s more casual but funnier too.
3- MUROS / CARNOTA / O PINDO / EZARO – For a half day excursion.
We advise you to do it after breakfast in a quiet way. Go along the coastal road to Muros, where you can visit this charming town with a beautiful old part. In the summer, there is sometimes a boat offering voyages to visit the Ria which it is well worth it.
On your way back, you will find Carnota along the coastal road. Here we have the largest beach in Galicia, with 7 km long and with a wonderful state of preservation, avoiding crowds and horrible construction. You can also visit the famous “hórreo”. It’s the biggest one with 35 meters long, and where the local people used to store the grain. Nowadays, it’s mainly used for decorative purposes.
A little further north we will reach the village of O Pindo with its great Mount Pindo. We will talk about it a little bit later in the section of Trekking, as climbing the Mount Pindo is a great activity for those who like walking and nature.
Later on, we will arrive at O Ézaro, where the Xallas river flows into a waterfall (the only river in Europe that does it this way), creating an atmosphere of great beauty, both day and night, when the area is illuminated. Once you have visited the mouth of the Xallas River, we advise you to go up to the Mirador de O Ézaro, and enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the Galician coast.
4- CAPE FINISTERRE – An unforgettable sunset.
We advised you to visit Cape Finisterre at dusk (my father and I used to go with a pack of sunflower seeds and a bottle of wine) to enjoy one of the best sunsets from the “end of the earth”. Do not rush, park your car, find a comfortable place to sit down and … relax.
After visiting the Cape, we advise you to stop in the center of Finisterre to walk for a while in the port area and to have dinner in one some of the lovely restaurants, where seafood and fish are first quality.
5- COSTA DA MORTE – Stunning nature and sea
Depending on the time you have got for your trip, we propose you, from north to south, some places that should be “obligatory visits” during your stay in A Costa da Morte. There are some others, but we encourage visiting these ones.
– Malpica de Bergantiños: One of the most typical towns of A Costa da Morte, with a picturesque traditional fishing port and a beautiful beach in the town center surrounded by a promenade with terraces.
– Corme: The village of Corme, and the lighthouse of O Roncudo form one of the most unspoiled areas of A Costa da Morte. In the lighthouse of O Roncudo, we find the most tasteful goose barnacles (and the most expensive too) of the Galician coast. Once we know the whole area that surrounds the lighthouse of O Roncudo, we realize the reason why the goose barnacles are so expensive. In the summer, we have the “Festa do Percebe”, where we can taste this seafood at reasonable prices, and in a great atmosphere.
– Laxe: Beautiful seaside town with a beach of 2 km long in the town-center of with a lovely promenade. In addition to this beach in the town-center of the village, we also have the Traba Beach at 8 km far fron Laxe. A large and unspoiled sandy beach with great charm.
– Camariñas: Capital of the traditional bobbin lace, and the origin of A Costa da Morte, where many “famous” boats sank. Many stories and legends on this topic have been publised. In addition to the fishing port, located in the town-center, you cannot miss Vilán Cape. The lighthouse keeper is still living there and she will be delighted to have a chat with you and to tell you stories of the area.
– Ría de Lires: A haven of peace, and one of the most amazing sunsets in the area. We recommend visiting the Ria de Lires just before the sunset. Go for a walk, visit Touriñán Cape and go to a terrace for a cup of wine, beer or even a Gin Tonic to witness a sunset of great beauty that impresses everyone.
A Costa da Morte is a small paradise for those people keen on fishing. The sea bass fishing is one of the most popular.
It’s difficult to list all the places where you can practice sea bass fishing with decoys (vinilos, rapalas …), since the weather changes the coast conditions a lot. Anyway, there are many different places to practice this type of fishing.
Besides, you may also enjoy squid fishing in many ports around, which is easier, more comfortable and funnier for children.
The Camino de Santiago Fisterra-Muxía passes in front of our apartments.
For those who enjoy trekking, we have a great product to show: O Camiño dos Faros (www.caminodosfaros.com). This trekking route, divided into 8 stages, runs along the 200 km joining Malpica de Bergantiños and Finisterre, always close to the coast, and passing through the most beautiful areas (beaches, cliffs, lighthouses, …) of A Costa da Morte.
There are stages of all types for the more experienced and prepared walkers; from the shortest stage to the most complicated one … but all of them of great beauty.
For beginners, or less prepared hikers, we advise the stages “Laxe-Arou” and “Arou-Camariñas”, which are less demanding.
For surf lovers, A Costa da Morte has one of the best known beaches to practice this sport, which is Nemiña beach, on the coast between Corcubión and Muxía (15 minutes away from Muxía).