Sábado, El Cinco de Octubre
On Saturday, October 5th, the weather was clear and heading for the low 70’s F. Early that morning, we left our bags at Hotel Plaza, and we took a taxi to Torre de Hercules (the Tower of Hercules), the oldest operating lighthouse in the world, which sits on a bluff on the peninsula that extends north from the city of A Coruña. This lighthouse was originally built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, but in 1791 the Spanish renovated and built onto the original structure. Besides being an operating lighthouse, it stands as the centerpiece for a park that serves as the cultural and historical center of the city.
The tower itself didn’t open until 10:15 am, so we had an opportunity to hike around that part of the peninsula and take some photos before our climb.
Below is a statue of Breogán, a historical Galican figure.
From the lighthouse, we walked east to some of the other features on the peninsula.
We walked to TBD and had a snack. We picked up some Compede from a Farmacia.
Then we took a taxi (Annie), she took us to pick up our equipaje from El Hotel Plaza. Then she took us to drop our equipaje at our final destination for the day, Casa de Vasca, at As Garzas. Then she took us to the port in Malpica to start our walk.
The walk from Malpica to As Garzas was absolutely amazing. Including walking about 4 miles in A Coruña, we ended up walking over 14 miles that day, which was much more than we expected.
When the path started to break away from Malpica, we were walking on crushed stone bordered by timbers. Beyond the Ermida de San Adrian (TBD), the path changes to TBD.
On the approach to Seiruga, we had to ford the Rego de Esteiro, which at that point was a flowing stream about 6 feet across. Our feet got wet, but at that point it felt good. Then we trudged across the beach to what we hoped would be an open cafe. Unfortunately there were no signs of life, so we trudged on.
Past Seiruga, we were looking for shortcuts. So I found a farming road that would take us over the peninsula, and over to As Garzas to our accommodations. But given a choice of farming roads on the map, I chose the more direct one, that was fine as it crossed the crest of the hill, but quickly turned into a thicket of brambles and spider webs occupied by monster spiders. After encouraging Patty to follow me down the hill through the brambles, I had to tell her that we needed to retreat back to the summit to take the other route.
We were pretty spent when we reached Casa Da Vasca. I immediately went for an Estrella Galicia from the bar, while a Patty went to our room to grab a shower.
Dinner was wonderful. For starters, we shared a dish of clams with artichokes. Then for the main course I had Monkfish with Langostinos on couscous. Patty had cod. We both had flan with ice cream for desert.
Lonxa de Malpica (fish market)
Atalaya (hill over port)
Church of Saint Adrian
Lighthouse on island
Playa de Seriuga (beach)