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Finisterre Way

Santiago to Finisterre & Muxia

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Walk to the Atlantic Coast, along the Finisterre Way or Camino de Fisterra to the ‘End or Edge of the World’! The quiet Finisterre Way of the Camino de Santiago is the only route starting in Santiago. This unique Camino passes quiet villages, remote farmland and unspoiled landscapes; finally reaching the sea cliffs of the westernmost point in Spain, at Cape Fisterra (Finisterre in Spanish). After Fisterra, the trail follows the stunning craggy coastline of Atlantic Galicia to the fishing village of Muxía. This beautiful region of Galicia is known as the ‘Coast of Death’ and Fisterra (Finis Terrae) was once considered to be the end of the world! It is a land full of fascinating traditions, delicious seafood and spectacular scenery.

This tour will allow you to claim your ‘Finisterrana’ pilgrim certificate in Fisterra and a ‘Muxiana’ pilgrim certificate if you decide to continue along the coast to Muxía.

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Trip highlights

  • See the sun set at the 'End of the World'
  • Be enchanted by the Costa da Morte wild beauty
  • Treat your tastebuds to the most delicious fresh seafood
  • Feel the magic powers of Muxía rocking stones

1 Santiago de Compostela

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Your Camino trip starts in Santiago de Compostela, a vibrant University city. Explore Santiago’s UNESCO-listed old town and its wonders before you embark on your journey to the ‘End of the World’!

2 Santiago de Compostela to Negreira - 22km

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5h30 | +561m / -644m
You will start your walk to Fisterra from the Praza do Obradoiro, home to Santiago’s Cathedral. Along today’s section of the Camino you will walk past small villages and cross ancient Roman bridges. Your destination for today is the medieval town of Negreira. Take time to visit Pazo do Cotón (picture courtesy of: Xosema), the country house of the Cotón family, and the chapel next door, dedicated to St Mauro.

3 Negreira to Abeleiroas - 28km

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5h | +306m / -352m
From A Barcala, the Fisterra Camino continues along a mountain and across the river Barcala. As you climb Monte Aro, you will enjoy great views of Fervenza’s dam before you enter the wild Serra de Castelo and the Xallas valley. Small hills and green pastures welcome you on your way.

4 Abeleiroas to Cee - 25km

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5h | +393m / -658m
From Abeleiroas, you will continue along the Finisterre Way to Olveiroa. From there, the Camino follows the river to Logoso and takes pilgrims past the Nosa Señora Chapel (Our Lady). After the chapel, the trail continues downhill through the pine groves of Alto do Cruceiro da Armada, where you will get a first glimpse of the sea!

5 Cee to Cape Fisterra - 18km

4h | +410m / -317m
A beautiful path awaits for your last walking day to Fisterra (if you are finishing at the Cape), hugging the cliffs and coves of the bay. Your final destination is Cape Fisterra (or Finisterre in Spanish) and its striking lighthouse. Watch the sun set right at the ‘End of the World’.
Walk & Swim Short Break: This is where our Walk & Swim tour starts. Enjoy the beauty of the Atlantic Coast and its wild sandy beaches.

Today’s walk is 13km to Cape Fisterra. From here you can choose to walk the 5km back to the town of Finisterre or get a taxi.

6 Cape Fisterra

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This is your last day, unless you decide to continue along the coast to Muxía or if you are following our Walk & Swim Short Break.

Ext. to Muxía Cape Fisterra to Lires - 13km

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4h | +276m / -377m
If you decide to continue to Muxía, along the coast, this is the beginning of our tour (extension). It will take you two walking days to reach Muxía. From Cape Fisterra (or Finisterre), the ocean views along this section of the Camino are splendid. The village of Lires, your stop for the night, is home to pristine sandy beaches, perfect for a refreshing swim in hot summer days.

Ext. to Muxía Lires to Muxía - 15km

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4h | +404m / -470m
Last walking day. Starting from the village Lires today’s Camino trail takes you to the hamlets of Frixe, Guisamonde, Morquintián, before you reach Monte do Facho. Enjoy the view and go for a swim at Praia de Lourido. The quaint fishing village of Muxía is your final destination. Make sure to visit the sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Barca right by the Atlantic Ocean and its holy stones, said to have curative powers: the rocking stone and the ‘Kidney stone’.

Ext. to Muxía Muxía

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The fishing village of Muxía will charm you with its mix of pagan and religious traditions. Visit the Virxe da Barca sanctuary and its famous ‘rocking stones’ overlooking the Atlantic. According to tradition, you have to walk 9 times under the ‘Pedra dos Cadrís’ to cure all your back ailments. And don’t forget to taste some of Galicia’s famous seafood.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Santiago de Compostela - Standard / Superior / Parador

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Negreira - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Albeiroas - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Cee - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Finisterre - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Lires - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Muxía - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Santiago Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Finisterre Average Temperature & Rainfall

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.

Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.

 

Cape Finisterre and Muxía
There are various bus companies operating from Fisterra and Muxía with a few departures per day (only 2 per day from Muxía). The journey from Fisterra takes approximately 2h30, and 2h from Muxía. For details see: www.monbus.es and www.autocaresvazquez.net for Fisterra; and Buses Ferrin for Muxía. Please note bus timetables vary at the weekends. 
Santiago de Compostela Airport 80km: Once in Santiago, you can take a shuttle bus from Santiago bus station to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are bus station (Estación de Autobuses), train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com.
Vigo Airport 150km: Follow instructions to Santiago and from Santiago you can take either a bus to Travesia de Vigo or train to Vigo Guixar station, then take a bus to the airport from Travesia de Vigo (near Vigo Guixar station).
Porto Airport 260km: From Santiago bus station you can take a bus to Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.