Path of the lighthouses costa de laxe

Information about Laxe

Laxe is a beautiful fishing village located in the Ria de Corme and Laxe. Its inlet makes its port and urban beach very sheltered. The town centre is very pleasant to walk around, with a medieval layout and typical fishermen’s houses.

Its toponym means, in Galician, stone of great dimension and smooth surface. As it happens in other fishing villages of the Costa da Morte, it has a watchtower or old high place of vigilance, where the Church of Santa Maria rises. It is a town of great tourist attraction in high season.

What to see and do in Laxe

Museum of the Sea

This museum is the living history of the town and people of Laxe, whose museum collections, which include models of the coast and traditional boats, historical documents and objects related to the sea, offer a synthesis of the relationship of this town with the marine environment.

Church of Santa María de la Atalaya

Of seafaring Gothic style of the 15th century, although original of the 13th century, it rises in the watchtower of Laxe, high area of terrestrial and maritime surveillance. In fact, it can be noted that its tower housed cannons for the defense of the square. In its interior it is worth contemplating its Romanesque altarpiece of transition to the Gothic elaborated in stone.

Church of Santa María de la Atalaya of Laxe

Chapel of Santa Rosa de Lima

Built in 1941, since 1676 it was already a sacred place, as attested by the Navigator’s Cross that we can still see in its surroundings. From there, at the top, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Laxe.

Shipwreck Festival

In mid-August you can attend this traditional festival related to the seafaring culture of the town, in which its inhabitants and sailors pay homage to the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint and protector of this historic guild. A shipwreck is simulated, and the sailors swim to the port where, once on land, they kneel down to thank the Virgin for her help.

Los Cristales Beach

This beach is rather a cove where the sea, with the passage of time, dragged the crystals of bottles of different colors that Man threw into a landfill in the area. Thus, the capricious Nature turned a rubbish dump into a deposit of perfectly polished and multicoloured crystals that, curiously, it is forbidden to collect.

Beach of the crystals of Laxe

Archaeological heritage

As it happens in all the Costa da Morte, you can find a lot of prehistoric cultural manifestations and pre-Roman castrexa culture. We refer to the Petroglyphs of Pedra Xestosa, the dolmens of Fornela dos Mouros and Forno de Vales and the Castro de Castelo.

Lighthouse of Laxe

A simple 1920’s construction that in 1995 was converted from a beacon to a lighthouse. It is about 11 meters long and its light reaches 22 nautical miles. Very similar to other lighthouses in the area, such as Roncudo or Muxía.

Lighthouse of Laxe

Mapa de Laxe