Lacada point is a rock promontory that juts into the ocean a few hundred yards west of Giant’s Causeway. It is typical of the rugged yet beautiful Antrim Coast. Through the centuries a number of ships have floundered there. But Lacada is famous primarily because of one incident the most famous of all shipwrecks there. On the night of October 28, 1588, the galleass Girona, one of the many ships of the mighty Spanish Armada, met her tragic end off Lacada with most of the 1300 men on board dying. Some survived and together with other Spanish survivors from the Spanish Armada have given rise to theories about the Black Irish. Many of the treasures recovered from the Girona are currently on display in the recently renovated Ulster Museum in Belfast.
Lacada is no longer accessible to visitors. You can see it from the vantage point of the cliffs around it and Giants Causeway, but it is not allowed to go down because the path can be dangerous. Because of the dramatic landscape and possibly its notorious past Lacada has been a point of interest for photographers.
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