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Cape Roncudo

  • Percebeiro working
  • O Roncudo memorial cross
  • O Roncudo coastline
  • Percebeiros working

The world´s best barnacles

Percebeiro working

From the port of Corme, there is a road that extends the Camiño da Ribeira hiking trail about 3.5 kilometres more towards Cape Roncudo. By the sea, almost touching the cliffs at arm's length, on foot or by bike, you'll enjoy a rugged landscape that changes with the daylight, conveying different sensations. From here there are excellent views of the Corme y Laxe estuary, the town of Laxe just opposite, the areas surrounding Camelle and Arou (Camariñas), and the points that form Cape Veo and Cape Tosto.

The road ends at the foot of the small lighthouse, whose walls are white, just like the crosses that commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in these hurtful waters. In fact, the cape's name comes from the "hoarse" sound of the waves when they beat incessantly against the rocks and against the island just a few kilometres distant – called "Pedra do Roncudo" (the "Stone of the Roncudo") which is fished only a few times a year because that is all that the sea will allow. These harsh natural conditions favour the growth of the best-known, most-appreciated and flavourful barnacles, and every second Saturday of July is reserved for a massive food festival. It is said that the best ones are small – measuring no more than a centimetre and a half wide – are reddish, have a hard consistency and an intense flavour of the sea.

Next to the lighthouse, the Delmiro Cross and, somewhat further away, the "Os Poliños" – father and son – Crosses, remind us why barnacles are so expensive.

Below the Os Poliños Cross is a rock that resembles the face of a Basque sailor, recalling the large and nearly century-old colony from Corme in Trintxerpe, a neighbourhood in Pasaia, in Guipúzcoa.

Easy access

O Roncudo lighthouse

Since this is an easily accessible place, especially in the summer, it is common to see dozens of tourists staring, hypnotised, at the barnacle gatherers – whether on foot or afloat – and snapping countless photos to take away as mementos.

If the weather permits, cetaceans such as the bottlenose dolphin and the pilot whale – and, on a clear day, the mouth of the River Anllóns – can be sighted.


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