More than 11 thousand hectares of land comprise the Capelada Mountains, a place of magical beauty in the region of Ortegal that has stood out for its incredible views from the Vixía de Herbeira and Chao do Monte viewpoints. Also, for hosting the highest cliffs in continental Europe, for ensuring the best routes in the autonomous community of Galicia and for showing the genuine freedom with which semi-wild horses graze the area.

The Sierra de Capelada is an essential place. A geological formation that stands out for the rocky outcrops that go back, according to experts, to the separation of the continents or Pangea.

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Located between the town councils of Cariño, Cadeira and Ortigueira, it still maintains a religious and archaeological value of national interest: Firstly, you will find a small temple of special devotion such as that of San Andrés de Teixido; while on the other hand, there will be its immense cliffs that represent a true rocky sanctuary worthy of all your admiration.

What routes to do in Capelada Mountains?

Your to-do list should include routes throughout the mountains. Know some that will be essential and must be within your travel itinerary:

Walk to the Mirador Chao do Monte

When you arrive, you will find one of the best local views. Under the viewpoint you will see San Andrés de Teixido and its white houses with orange tiles. From there you will enjoy the immensity of the sea and the resplendent green of the forest.

Route to San Andrés de Teixido

It is a village that, although small, is full of life. Anyone who goes to Galicia, must necessarily take a getaway through this area, which is one of the sanctuaries of greatest devotion for Galicians.

Enjoy the best views in Vixía de Herbeira

Stop the car in an esplanade and walk to an old sentry box that is known today as Vixía de Herbeira. It is on a cliff 612 meters high, the highest in Europe and from where the views are really incredible. You will notice the boats miles away sailing freely over the immensity of the Atlantic.

Where to eat at Capelada Mountains?

We know that completing the route through the Sierra de la Capetada has left you exhausted and that you need to recover the energies spent during the crossing. That’s why we’re going to present our selection of restaurants to replenish your batteries while you eat delicious.

Eiravella Restaurant

Everything in Mesón de Eiravella is exceptional. Its food, its treatment and its atmosphere are true privileges. But the seasoning with which they prepare the seafood and the taste of homemade cooking will make you fall in love. This restaurant is located in San Andrés de Teixido.

O Barómetro

Its good references have made it a real option for eating the best cockles with Galician fries. Its good attention and family atmosphere are not far behind. It is located in the town of Cariño, which also stands out for its beauty and the kindness of its people.

A Taberna Do Jojo

It is really a good option to taste seafood and barnacles. The menu preserves an enchanting Galician touch. But it is equally appreciated for the attention of its managers and for the good service. Taberna Do Jojo is located in Calle Ezequiel López, in the town of Cedeira.

Where to sleep at Capelada Mountains?

Very close to the Sierra de la Capelada there are also good places to stay. And here are some of our suggestions that we would like to share with you:

O Vilar

It has double rooms and double rooms overlooking the garden. It is a fantastic place to rest and spend the nights near the Sierra de la Capelada. It has all the services to make your stay a quiet and cogedor. It is located in Ortigueira, 10 kilometres from the cliffs.

Casa Cordobelas

Their good service, according to the price per night, is an incentive to stay in this place of proven quality. It is very close to the beach, but what attracts more attention are its rooms overlooking the garden. There is private parking and flat screen TV. It is located in the town of Cordobeles.

Leira Antiga hotel

Among its main objectives is that you spend unparalleled moments and get quiet and comfortable rests. What if it has achieved? Of course it has and that is why it has become a local reference. It has all the services for a perfect accommodation. It is located in LG de Pineiro in Cedeira.

¿How to get to the Capelada Mountains?

To visit Sierra de la Capelada you will have to undertake the trip to Ortegal. There are 98 kilometres from A Coruña by car. The journey of a little more than 1 hour by road starts at the Avenida de Arteixo, then turn left, just in Ronda de Outeiro.

Take Avenida do Alcalde Alfonso Molina and then turn right at the indicated place until you reach Autoestrada do Atlántico. After joining the motorways AP – 9, E – 70 and E – 1 continue your way to Santiago de Compostela.

Then, take the signposted route that will take you directly to the town of Ortegal. From then on, continue along the signposted route until you reach your destination.