Ortegal Cape is a very mountainous peninsula located 3 km far away towards North of Cariño, and it has two points: Os Aguillós Point, where is the lighthouse, and O Limo Point. In the surroundings we can see a succession of 300 m high cliffs.
In Os Aguillós Point, is the true starting point where the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea join, and it is the occidental limit of the Vizcaya Gulf. There was built in 1983 the lighthouse, rising on the top of the rock up to 100m high, from where it challenges sea's ferocity and its windy coast. It serves as a watching point of the Aguillós stones, named by romans as Trileucum or Lapatiancorum Promontorium, emerging stepped to the North. Here are taken the best barnacles (percebes) of Galicia, beaten always by the sea, and taken by the percebeiros.
Looking West, we find O Limo Point, west limit of the Ortegal Cape, where in strong rain days we will see O Limo River's waterfalls, falling to the sea from an elevation of 300 m. Between Aguillós and O Limo points we see is A Cova inlet, a great arch where different strange rocks emerging from the sea as the “Longa da Moreira”, a vertical rock topped by a peak. You will love sunsets in summer in front of O Limo Point .
Ortegal Cape is included in the ZEPVN (Special Zone for Natural Values Protection) “Costa Ártabra”, covering a coastal section in the north of A Coruña's province.
Costa Ártabra ZEPVN is distinguished by its environmental beauty. In the area is highlighted the Ortegal Cape due to its singularity in geology, flora and fauna. Among the habitats protected by Natura 2000, present in this area, it is found the cliff with atlantic and baltic vegetation habitat.
Coastal cliffs are habitats especially hard for the development of vegetal communities. Physical conditions in those environments change a lot, due to ground gradient, sea splashes, wind action or sun exposure. The first species capables to colonize nude rocks are lichens. Lichens presence is very important to prepare those environments for pioneer plants growing like the bryophytes, whom with rotting materials from rocks, make a little deposit accumulation holded in fissures. These primitive soils are used by biggest plants' development.
Rocks forming Ortegal Cape Complex have a metamorphic origin, and it is renowned the presence of Amphibolites, Eclogites, Granulites, Gneises and Ultrabasic Serpentinized Rocks.
All this ensemble of geological and natural values present in this place make it one of the principal touristic points in the Iberian Peninsula.
- By car, from Cariño, follow the indications “Cabo Ortegal”.
- By bus, 1 km before to arrive to Cariño, turn left following the panels “Cabo Ortegal vehículos +5 m” by Camiño de Barreiros Street, then follow the panels.
- On foot, from Cariño , (Casa do Concello), by hiking route 1 Cariño-Cabo Ortegal, 2h30 return.
Car park: In Ortegal Cape Lighthouse, 15 vehicles aprox. Buses allowed.
- Strong wind zone.
- It is recommended to wear hot clothes all the year.