IAPS International Network Symposium 2013

Sustainable environments in a changing global context

Identifying opportunities for innovative spaces and practices in contexts of crisis

A Coruña, Spain, June 25-28, 2013

Friday 28th- Field trip





Time and points of departure


8:45 h. Departure from the Plaza de Ourense

9:00 h. Departure from the Hotel Attica

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 Time of arrival


The trip will finalize at the late evening



Consult the itinerary and the highlights on the map




 Costa da Morte (The Coast of Death)


The coastline between Cape Fisterra and San Adrián (Malpica) is an area where the wild sea, the powerful wind and the coastal rocks create an area that has been named the “Death Coast”, in honor and remembrance of the hundreds of sailors who lost their lives in the numerous shipwrecks which made this coast notorious.


The huge waves, the jagged rocks forming rough cliffs, the constant wind ruffling the scarce coastal vegetation, the occasional inlets, treacherous especially on foggy days, give this coastline a ghostlike aspect of incredible wild beauty.



It is, then, hardly surprising that all along this coast there are still rites of worship to the sea, the sun, the rocks and the mountains. Here lies Fisterra (land’s end), the end of the world where it meets the ocean, a privileged watchtower from which, shiveringly, we contemplate the sea lapping up the last rays of the sun. Stones, holy rocks, lost cities, mysterious lakes, dolmens and hilltop settlements are proof of an ancient civilization in this area, and many prehistoric rituals became popular feasts. In place of pre-Christian pilgrimage there are now shrines, crosses and chapels. For many pilgrims, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela ended in Fisterra.


The sea here means death, but also life. Death has been caused by the sea, but a living is made from it as well, for the wealth of the seas which lash the coast of death include goose barnacles, a seafood delicacy to be found in Roncudo, Corme and Nariga. Whilst the menfolk bring the highly esteemed seafood, the women create superb lacework, or else they till the land and look over the cattle, so that the table can bear their world-famous products, a fame deservedly gained by their quality.



Juan Creus


University of A Coruña, Spain


Scientific programme



IAPS Association
IAPS Housing Network IAPS Sustainability Network IAPS Culture and Space Network
Instituto de Estudios e Investigación Psicosocial People-Environment Research Group Universidade da Coruña

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