15130 Corcubión (A Coruña)
6 double rooms
Leaving Casa da Balea’s Pension on the right and walking a few metres we reach the area of the Alameda, from where we can contemplate a beautiful view of the town, the port and the estuary presided over by Pindo’s Mount in the background.
At this point we must take one of the two streets in the fork. Continuing along the one on the right, which goes up, we pass through a narrow street (Rúa Salvador Allende – Salvador Allende Street) that winds up to the San Antonio’s field, where we find San Antonio’s Chapel (12th century) and the stone cross that bears the same name.
Then we go down a narrow and steep street (Rúa Perigos – Perigos Street) that goes down towards the south and the centre of the village. It is worth the trouble for its uniqueness and for some of the houses in it, such as the Old Fishermen’s Guild Building.
Going down to the end of this street we end up in Rúa Rafael Juan (Rafael Juan Street) and continue to Rúa Antonio Porrúa (Antonio Porrúa Street). Both were part of the old Rúa Real Real Street) which crossed the whole town and where we find good examples of the traditional and emblazoned houses in Corcubión, such as Castreje’s House or the Pazo of the Dios y Pose Family (Dios y Pose Manor), as well as the Pilar’s Chapel.
If we continue to move forward, we return to Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square), where we can see “The Pirate’s House” and the Miñones’ House, another of the unique buildings of this seaside town. Opposite this house we find one of the public fountains that still exist in Corcubión: the four-spout fountain. On the right of the palm grove there are several small streets that lead to the Town Hall building, called José Carrera’s Building. From the Town Hall Square (Praza José Carrera – José Carrera’s Square), we can see the "back" of Corcubión, which is very rich in curious corners. We recommend the visitor to get lost in this area, always taking Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square) as reference.
We return, again, to Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square). There is still a large part of the town centre to be visited. Looking south there are three streets starting at the square. The closest one to the sea is Rúa San Marcos (San Marcos Street). Here we find, on the left, the Pazo of the Counts of Altamira, owned and inhabited by the ancient Counts of Corcubión and from which jurisdiction over more than twenty parishes was administered. This jurisdiction was a mixture in between the courthouse and what is now the Town Hall, which had authority over tax collection and soldiers’ levies. If we go along this street we can admire other relevant houses until we reach Praza Párroco Francisco Sánchez (Párroco Francisco Sánchez Square), where San Marcos’ Church is located. In addition to the church, we can admire one of the most beautiful squares in the village.
We continue along the street that goes up, Rúa das Mercedes (Mercedes Street). In the middle of it, in front of a small square with a stone coss, we can see one of the emblazoned houses that Corcubión has: the Obregón’s House (also known as Teixeira’s House).
Soon we arrive to O Campo do Rollo, a quiet place where the playground is located. We recommend again to the visitors to get lost in the streets of this part of Corcubión and discover the singular corners that they can find.
From O Campo do Rollo, continuing a little south, is the old Pazo of Antonio de Leira y Castro, an important man who was vice-consul of England in Corcubión, mayor of the village and factor during the war against French troops in 1809.
From here we return to O Campo do Rollo and descend in a northerly direction. The first house on the left is the building of the Old Judicial District Court. Sitting in front of the façade of the Old Courthouse (looking towards Praza de Castelao – Castelao Square), we continue to the left until we reach Praza Médico Ramón Carrera (Médico Ramón Carrera Square), where we find the José Sendón’s House, with a sober façade, presided over by a coat of arms, and some other interesting examples of traditional houses. From here, through a small street, we go down again to Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square).
A short distance away is the port of Corcubión, where the building of the Old Judicial District Goal is located. In the port you can see the barges and small boats, creels and other fishing gear used by the town's sailors. Here the building of the Nautical Club and the fish market (only for suppliers) are located.
From the port, there is a promenade that goes south. This pleasant walk advances until it reaches Quenxe’s beach. On this way you will see the remains of A Viña’s shipyard. From Quenxe’s beach you can return along the same promenade or following the road in a northern direction. In this way we will return to Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square), the end of this urban route.
If we go to Quenxe, once we return (either by the promenade or by the road), we can come back to Casa da Balea’s Pension walking along the promenade. From Don Benigno Lago’s viewpoint, characterised by a long bench made of tiles, we walk straight ahead, with the sea on our right.
As we walk along the promenade we can see some relevant bourgeois buildings. We will also pass by Don Ramón Pais’ viewpoint, from where we can contemplate a good panoramic view of the town. If we cross the road at the pedestrian crossing at this viewpoint, we will see some stairs on the other side that go up to Rúa Rafael Juan (Rafael Juan Street). If we go up them and continue to the right along this street we will return to Casa da Balea’s Pension.
If we want to avoid the stairs, the other option is to cross the road and continue in the same direction as before, passing by El Hórreo Hotel building (currently closed) and by a sculpture of a pilgrim made by the local artist Andrés López, which welcomes all those who come to Corcubión, whether they are pilgrims or not. A few metres further on, on the left, we will find a steep slope that goes up Rúa Cruceiro de Baldomar (Cruceiro de Baldomar Street) and continues to the Alameda, where we passed at the beginning of this route. At the fork we continue along the street on the left (Rúa Rafael Juan – Rafael Juan Street) and, a few metres further on, we will find the Casa da Balea’s Pension again.
This route is largely done by asphalt road, although it is not much used by vehicles. It is approximately 10km long.
Leaving Casa da Balea’s Pension on the left, we walk down Rúa Rafael Juan (Rafael Juan Street) towards Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square). This street leads to Rúa Antonio Porrúa (Antonio Porrúa Street) and both were part of the old Rúa Real (Real Street), which crossed the whole town and where we find good examples of the traditional and emblazoned houses in Corcubión, such as Castreje’s House or the Pazo of the Dios y Pose Family (Dios y Pose Manor), as well as the Pilar’s Chapel.
Then we will arrive Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square), the main village square, characterised by a small palm groove. We cross the AC-445 road, facing the sea, to Don Bengino Lago’s viewpoint, characterised by a long bench made of tiles. From here we continue along the promenade towards the port. From there we continue along Plácido Castro Rivas’ promenade to Quenxe’s beach. On this way you will see the remains of A Viña’s shipyard.
If we walk along the promenade’s beach we have to leave it on the right just before a small playground. Then we go up Rúa Ramón Caamaño (Ramón Caamaño Street) until we reach the road that leads to Corcubión’s lighthouse (in Cape Cee) (Rúa Río Quenxe – Río Quenxe Street). At this point we continue walking along this road on the left. After 1.3km we find the Cardenal’s Castle. Continuing along this same road we reach a very large bend on the right, from where a small road branches off to the left and leads us to the municipal football pitch and the Cape Cee lighthouse.
From this cape, there is a beautiful view of the Corcubión estuary. In front of it you can see Pindo’s Mount and in the sea you can see the Lobeira Islands, which guard the entrance of the estuary, as well as the Carromeiro Chico’s Lighthouse and, towards O Pindo, the Carromeiro Grande. Looking to the right you can see the Fisterra peninsula.
We go back and follow the road we left behind. If we continue walking we will arrive at the place of Redonda. At the end of the road that goes down the middle of this place, between the houses, we will find San Pedro de Redonda’s Church, from the 12th century. It is worth going there to see this temple and its atrium presided over by a traditional stone cross,
Redonda is the other parish of Corcubión, together with that of San Marcos. Unlike the latter, the former is fully rural. We can admire a great number of barns and samples of popular architecture in it, besides a beautiful view of the coast of Corcubión and Fisterra.
After going around Redonda we can follow the road in the same direction we took before turning off in Redonda; this way we will end up arriving at the Corcubión’s pilgrim hostel, a municipal hostel run by the Galician Association of St James’ way Friends (AGACS) which welcomes pilgrims who make St James’ Way from Santiago to Fisterra.
Next to the hostel the AC-445 road that reaches Fisterra runs. To return to Corcubión we recommend crossing this road very carefully and continue on the opposite way. This is part of the extension of St Jame’s Way to Fisterra, but we are going to walk it in the opposite direction. We quickly arrive to the place called O Vilar, where there are also a lot of barns and several interesting samples of popular architecture.
From there to Corcubión there is a little less than 1 km, which is a permanent descent. If we are walking or cycling we can go along St James’ Way, but if we are going by car we must take the road that goes directly down to the centre of the village: from the crossroads in the centre of the place, on the left, we continue along St James’ Way (walking or cycling) and if we go by car we must go straight ahead.
If we continue following St James’ Way (in the opposite direction), we will have a few pleasant minutes left, as we will advance along the Corcubión’s mountain from where there are beautiful views of the village and its estuary. At the end of this dirt track we reach the town of Corcubión. Continuing on the left we will reach the San Antonio’s Chapel.
From here, to return to Casa da Balea’s Pension, the shortest way would be to go down the stairs in front of the San Antonio’s Chapel which take us to the accommodation.
If we want to avoid the stairs, another option would be to continue to the left along Rúa Salvador Allende (Salvador Allende Street), until the area of the Alameda (from where we can contemplate a beautiful view of the town, the port and the estuary presided over by Pindo’s Mount in the background) and go down to the right along Rúa Rafael Juan (Rafael Juan Street) until we reach Casa da Balea’s Pension again.