There are a large number of lighthouses in Galicia, even well beyond the Way of the Lighthouses in the Costa da Morte, and an example of this is the magnificent place that occupies us today. The Cape Ortegal Lighthouse as an infrastructure is not very impressive and this has to be said. It is a simple cylindrical tower about 13 meters high made of concrete, with a red strip that stands out, and was built from 1984 by the engineer Jaime Arrandiaga.

However, around this work located in the town of Cariño, in the Spanish province of A Coruña, it is possible to enjoy majestic views that leave everyone in awe and with the desire to return.

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Built near cliffs over 600 metres high, the Cabo de Ortegal lighthouse, the most northerly in the country, is there to warn sailors and navigators of the dangers of the Cantabrian coast. It has a history, that’s for sure. A lot, the inhabitants of the cape would say. And that too has attracted the attention of tourists.

But to find out more about what it’s all about and why it’s the perfect place to visit and unwind, take a look at the guide below.

What to do in Ortegal Lighthouse?

Cape Ortegal

With a range of 19 miles and with its white light capable of rising 124 metres above sea level, the Ortegal Lighthouse is a must-see destination. In fact, for some it is the place where the best views of the entire Spanish coast are possible.

Start the journey to the lighthouse from Ortegal, a fine region, with amazing natural scenery and friendly people that will surely make you feel at home. Don’t forget your camera to capture the best of this place.

Cape Ortegal cliffs

When you reach the lighthouse you will discover the surprising reason why it continues to attract the attention of tourists. It is located in a privileged place and before him there will be the opportunity to see scenarios such as:

– The Aguillóns in front. There are three imposing rocks, extremely sharp and dangerous, where we can see locals in search of barnacles.

– La Estaca de Bares to the east.

– To the west, Punta do Limo and even more impressive, Vixía Herbeira, the highest cliff in Europe with 613 meters above sea level.

You will be fascinated by the panoramic views, but also by the contact with nature that will renew your energy.

Where to eat near Ortegal Lighthouse?

After leaving Ortegal Lighthouse and its fascinating view, we go directly to the selected restaurants to eat delicious food and taste the Galician gastronomy.


You won’t be able to resist their Galician broths, barnacles, stewed skate or their fried cockles. The dishes are all a delight, available to pamper your palate and leave you more than satisfied. Not to mention the price which is more than attractive. It is located at Rosalía de Castro 1, Hotel Cantábrico.

Bardancas Tavern

The best of Galician food is in Taberna Bardancas. The Padron peppers with cheese and creole will not leave for more because they are succulent. The best thing is the attention of its managers and the good vibe of the establishment. It is located at 158 Constitución Avenue, Cariño.

Padron peppers

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There is a lot of variety. From delicious pil-pil cod to pizzas. The portions are unbeatable, but the seasoning and flavor will surprise you. Their service is excellent and the atmosphere is second to none. If you want to visit it, go to Avenida Constitución 25, opposite the Post Office.

Where to sleep near Ortegal Lighthouse?

The best lodgings in Cabo Ortegal you will find in this guide, so pay attention to our selection:

Hotel Cabo Ortegal

It is one of the hotels located near the Ortegal Lighthouse best rated by guests. It offers cosy rooms, specialised service, free WiFi connection and breakfast option. It is in Rúa Santos, 8, Cariño.

The Strain

La Cepa is a hostel located in Avenida Constitución, 102, in Cariño. It offers simple but comfortable rooms. It also has a bar-restaurant that stands out for its terrace. Undoubtedly, it is an essential place that guarantees comfort at a very good price.

Hotel Semáforo de Bares

With good services and excellent location, Hotel Semáforo de Bares has stood out for its good taste and unparalleled attention. It has a restaurant, terrace, laundry service and comfortable rooms. It is located in the parish of Santa María de Bares in the municipality of Mañón.

How to get to Ortegal Lighthouse?

Lighthouse of Ortegal

The route to reach Cabo de Ortegal, where the local lighthouse is located, is simple. If you travel by car from A Curuña to Santiago de Compostela take the AP9 and then the AC862 road. From there take a small detour that will lead you to Cariño.

If you leave from Oviedo take the A8 road to the town of Villalba. Take the AF64 and then exit 33 to Ortigueira. Then follow the road to Cariño.

Now, if you are in Madrid and you feel like driving to the cape, take the A6 to the town of Baamonte. Then take the AG64 and exit 33 until you get to Ortigueira. Finally, take the road that will take you to Cariño.

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