Corcubion, a land of calm and bravery
Corubión is composed of two parishes: San Marcos and San Pedro de Redonda. San Marcos is the urban area and the most populated one, and in this itinerary we are going to visit this parish.
Starting from Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square, the main one in Corcubión, characterised by a small palm grove), we cross the AC-445 road, facing the sea, to Don Benigno Lago’s viewpoint, characterised by a long bench made of tiles. From here, we turn left and walk along the promenade.
As we walk along the promenade we can see some relevant bourgeois buildings. We will also pass by the Don Ramón Pais’ viewpoint, from where we can contemplate a good panoramic view of the town.
We continue to move forward until we reach El Hórreo Hotel building (currently closed) and 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 little further on, we will find the sign indicating the boundary with Cee (the neighbouring town of Corcubión). Next to this sign indicating the separation between the two villages there is a steep slope on the left. Before that slope we can see a kilometric sign of St James’ Way that indicates us that there are about 14 kilometres left to reach Cape Fisterra.
We go up that slope and pass by the Baldomar’s Stone Cross, which is at the back of the El Hórreo Hotel, where we will find one of the many barns that exist in Corcubión.
A little further up 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 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 cross, 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 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 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 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 beginning and end of this urban route.
Tour arround Corcubión
The municipality of Corcubión covers a small peninsula in the centre of its estuary, in the final segment of the road to Fisterra. Under the shelter of its strategic port, the town grew along the coast until it formed a walk of white galleries with a seafaring flavour and samples of noble life. There is no lack of emblazoned houses by the streets and interior squares, nor contributions of the so-called indianos. In addition, as it is the head of the Judicial Party, this is where the Courts are located, as well as the delegations of different public bodies.
Corcubión is a town council composed of two parishes: San Marcos and San Pedro de Redonda. In this itinerary we will go through the non-urban area of Corcubión. It is a route of approximately 9 kilometres, so it can be done on foot (it can take 2 to 3 hours), by bicycle or by car. The distances indicated are from Praza de Castelao (Castelao Square), the starting point of our journey.
We leave from Praza de Castelao and 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 beach shipyard (another option would be to take the AC-445 road to the village cemetery (cementerio municipal). Once you reach the cemetery, you must turn left (0.8km))
From Quenxe’s beach you have to take a road that goes over the urbanisations. Shortly after taking this road we find a couple of water mills (1.1km).
This road goes uphill and after 2.1 km we find the Cardenal's Castle. Continuing along this same road we reach a very large bend on the right (3.2 km), from where a small road branches off to the left and leads us to the municipal football pitch and the Cape Cee lighthouse (3.7 km).
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 (5.8km). 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 (6.2 km). It is worth going there to see this temple and its atrium presided over by a traditional stone cross (cruceiro).
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’s hostel (7.9km), a municipal hostel run by the Galician Association of St James’ Way Friends (AGACS) which welcomes pilgrims who make the 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 and continuing on the opposite way. This is part of the extension of St James’ Way to Fisterra, but we are going to walk it in the opposite direction. We quickly arrive to the place called O Vilar (8,4km), 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 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 Corcubión’s mountain from where there are beautiful views of the village and its estuary. At the end we reach the centre of Corcubión through Campo de San Antonio (San Antonio’s field, where the chapel with the same name is located).
Boat routes along Corcubion's Estuary
It is currently possible to do routes along the estuary with departures from the port of Corcubión by hiring the services of Taximar Robinson da Lobeira. Navieira Jalisia, owned by David Trillo.
These trips can be made in small groups and are only made during certain times of the year and allow you to reach Lobeira Island and see other places in the area by sea, such as Cape Fisterra or Ézaro, among others.
There are also other companies that carry out activities in the estuary of Corcubión, but they have a departure from the Fisterra’s port.