The seaside village of Corcubión is one of the best preserved settlements along the coast of A Coruña. Declared a historical-artistic complex in 1985, the village boasts medieval architectural features, traditional houses along the coast, a pretty port in the middle of the historic centre and a modern residential area around the Quenxe Beach.
Amongst its monuments excels the 15th-century Gothic San Marcos Church (“Saint Mark the Evangelist”) that keeps the valuable statue of the titular Saint, San Marcos da Cadeira, brought from Italy by the Counts of Altamira. Strolling along the streets, we can see a significant ensemble of ancient buildings, urban palaces with heraldic shields and various examples of popular architecture: casas do pincho (houses with gable roof), maritime arcades sustained by stone cantilevers, stone stairways with a closed storage space underneath, hórreos (traditional 4-legged barns), cruceiros (stone cross on a pillar), fountains, etc. One of the most charming features of the village is its row of houses with their white windowed balconies dating from the beginning of the 20th century. These, together with the palm trees and the seaside promenade bordered with glazed ceramic tiles from Seville, give both a colonial and bourgeois impression to the village.
The fusion of the maritime and agricultural world has resulted in the fact that many of the houses, just like in medieval times, have a back garden with orchards (it is unbelievable how they could stay present on the Galician coast); between the stone walls that mark the division of the gardens, various public paths run offering us a leisurely walk to discover the so far hidden perspectives of the old quarter, the port, Cee, the distant entrance of the inlet and the always present Mount Pindo.
Next to the beach, the former coal dock houses the Maritime Museum that can be visited daily.
It is not only the village itself but also the municipality of Corcubión where the Extension of the Way of Saint James to Fisterra runs trodden each year by thousands of pilgrims. The route follows the old Rúa Real as far as the plaza de la Constitución (“Square of the Constitution”) then it goes through the Campo da Igrexa (“Church Square”), the rúa das Mercedes, the Campo do Rollo (playground) and along a rough path called Camiño da Fonte do Vilar, it ascends to the hamlet of Vilar passing by the San Roque pilgrims´ inn (resting area) run by the Friends of the Way of Saint James and finally reaching the hamlet of Amarela.
A very pleasant and appealing route along a small local road takes us from the Quenxe Beach (starts at the cemetery) as far as the Castillo del Cardenal (the “Cardinal´s Castle”, 1 km) which together with the opposite Castillo del Príncipe (the “Prince´s Castle, both from the 18th century) defended this inlet and played an important strategic role during the Enlightenment.
Walking on another 2 kilometres, we reach cabo Cee (“Cape Cee”) a headland with a lighthouse from where we can enjoy marvellous views over the whole Sound of Fisterra with Cape Fisterra to the west, the Lobeiras Isles and the small islands of Carrumeiro in the middle (one of them with a lighthouse standing out right from the sea) and the rocky and granitic Mount Pindo (621 metres high) to the east.
We can make this route a circular itinerary if on the way back we go towards Redonda (12th-century Romanesque San Pedro Church), the pilgrims´ inn and the hamlet of O Vilar by following the Way of Saint James in the opposite direction. The route is altogether 6 kms.
The most important festivals and celebrations include the Fiesta del Carmen (“Feast of the Virgin Carmen”, 15 July), the very popular Feria Medieval (Medieval Fair at the first weekend in July after the Fiesta del Carmen), the Fiesta del Porco Celta (the “Celtic Pork” Festival (the first Saturday of August) and the feasts of the patron saints San Marcos (Saint Mark, 25 April) and the Virgen de las Mercedes (“Virgin Mercedes”, 24 September).
The regional Tourist Information Office can be found in the building of the former 19th-century prison at the port and it is open every day all the year round.