Spain's 'Coast of Death' has a calming beauty
Especially when the trip involves a 50-plus-mile hike through one of Spain's rainiest regions.
The Coast of Death is aptly named, given that it's like the eastern Atlantic's version of the Bermuda Triangle.
It's no wonder, considering the particular mix of conditions that makes sailing these waters so menacing.
What's more, this coast's association with death dates to ancient times when the world was thought to be flat.
Locals believed that beyond the westernmost cape, Finisterre (which literally means End of the Earth), was nothing but darkness and doom.
Appropriately, the hiking trail navigating the 125 miles from Malpica to Finisterre is named the Camiño dos Faros (Way of the Lighthouse).
Hikers follow the lighthouse trail, Camiño dos Faros, near Traba Beach and the town of Laxe.
The landscape varies greatly along the trail, veering from sandy beaches and windswept cliffs to lush forests.
The seriously damaged Prestige, an oil tanker, split in two, spilling tens of thousands of tons of oil along the coast, contaminating sea and sand.
In this serene setting, our distant gaze falls on the path we've just taken, now a mere fog-coated ribbon snaking along the Coast of Death.
Of the individually themed guest rooms, I lucked out with one named "Dos Faros," facing the lighthouse.
And, as I doze off, the howling winds are a reminder of the deadly coast where we still somehow found plenty of sunny, calm seas.