In Galicia, precisely in the province of La Coruña, there is a coastal region called Costa da Morte, which has impressive natural landscapes and quite interesting backgrounds for adventure lovers. Additionally, there is a route of the shipwrecks in Costa da Morte in which you can personally experience the imposing sea that caused several shipwrecks in the past and learn about its history.
If you want to know why this region is called that way and know a route that will tell you more about its history, you can stay with us to find out.
Why is it called Costa da Morte?
The name Costa da Morte can instill a bit of fear, but it really has a rather sad story that took place between Camariñas and Camelle, and it deserves to be known by every visitor who wants to do this route.
In 1890 one of the greatest tragedies of the place occurred in which an English ship called "Serpent" sank, due to the uncontrollable Galician sea, going blindly with a speed greater than 9 knots and hitting Punta do Boi. In this accident, 3 of 175 crew members could be saved, only 142 sailors were found and they were buried in what is now known as “Dos Ingleses Cemetery”.
Like the Serpent in 1890, 70 vessels have been wrecked in the last 130 years, but there may have been hundreds more small craft in the past that are unknown. This is why many people want to show their respect by doing the route of the shipwrecks, and honor all the sailors who lost their lives.