Journey to the Edge of the World with the Camino Finisterre Tour

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  • Start Santiago de Compostela
  • End Fisterre or Muxia
  • DateApril to October
  • Duration 5 to 8 nights. Tailored to suit.
  • Distance90 or 120 km
  • GradeEasy/Moderate

Experience Rejuvenating Tranquility On the Camino Finisterre

Experience the serene path to the “End of the World” with our Camino Finisterre tour, a journey of 90 km stretching over four or five days from Santiago de Compostela to the quaint fishing port of Fisterra on Cape Finisterre, overlooking the expansive Atlantic Ocean.

The Camino Finisterre guides you through tranquil villages and open headlands, culminating in a breathtaking coastal walk into the Fisterra village.

Consider extending your stay for two or three nights to explore the Cape’s trails, indulge in delectable local cuisine, and soak in the captivating Atlantic sunsets.

The Rich History and Origins of Finis-terre

The journey continues for an additional two days to Muxia, just 30km around the Cape, enriching your itinerary to an eight-night experience. Muxia, a charming port steeped in Christian and pagan legends, offers a fascinating historical insight.

The Camino Finisterre is a perfect standalone journey for those seeking a shorter Camino experience or a quiet, contemplative route. It can also be extended from Sarria to Santiago on the Camino Frances, potentially including a rest day in Santiago. This two-week itinerary from Sarria to Finisterre/Muxia earns you three certificates: The Compostela, The Fisterrana, and The Muxiana.

The Romans and Celts, seeing it as the furthest edge of the northwesterly landmass, named the area Finis Terrae. The treacherous seas earned this coastline its moniker, Costa da Morte, reflecting the perils posed to shipping. The pilgrimage to Cape Finisterre, dating back to pre-Christian times, is believed to be linked to its status as the “End of the World”, according to its Latin name, Finis Terrae.

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and folklore of the region, home to numerous pre-Christian sacred sites such as Monte Pindo, the pink granite mountain known as the Celtic Olympus of the Galicians, and the small fishing town of Muxia, linked closely with the legend of St James.

Upon completing your journey, we arrange your onward travel from either destination.

If you have any questions about this tour, please get in touch.

Price

Start A Coruna, Price from £425 for 5 nights
Start Ferrol, Price from £675 for 8 nights

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • On Trip Transport
  • 2 Meals / day

Price Excludes

  • Driver Service Fee
  • Guide Service Fee
  • Room Service Fees

Single Supplement

£160

Your Camino Finisterre Tour Highlights

Delve into the heart of Galicia with the Camino Finisterre. This route is far removed from bustling city life, taking you through picturesque rural landscapes and the stunning, untouched Atlantic coastline. The region boasts a wealth of heritage and folklore, with numerous pre-Christian sacred sites waiting to be explored.

Savor Galician Delights and Scenic Views in Fisterra

The port-side cafes of Fisterra serve up delectable fresh seafood. As you take in the tranquil ocean view, indulge in a leisurely lunch of succulent sardines, scallops, or fried squid. After your meal, consider working off your indulgence with a climb to the town’s castle, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the sea and the Ria de Corcubion.

Fisterra is not short of paths for exploration. One highly recommended journey is the round trip of the Cape and its landmarks, culminating at the renowned lighthouse, recently refurbished into a boutique hotel complete with an upscale restaurant.

Breakfast
Lunches
Dinner
Hydration
Merienda

Where available we always order a full breakfast spread for our clients. But it does vary between establishments. Whether you have a light or substantial offering, you can always top up mid-morning at cafe bars along the route. The Spanish habit is to have breakfast between 10 and 11 when cafes and bars fill with locals having their desayuno.

Lunches on the Camino are often taken as picnics, and most places have local shops selling items of fresh local produce to purchased each morning before you set out on the trail. Certain lodgings will offer pre-ordered packed lunches. Or check your guide and plan to stop off in a cafe-bar or restaurant on the Way.

Spanish people tend to have dinner from 9 pm. But on the Camino, dinner is usually served from 8 pm — so do take advantage of the habitual afternoon “merienda” to keep you going, once you have arrived at your daily destination. That could be cold beer “cerveza” and tapas or coffee and cake.

Hydration is essential — carry between 1.5 and 3l of drinking water, depending on the season, temperatures and distance you plan to cover. Keep a sugary and salty snack handy in your pocket or daypack – this will give you that little extra burst of energy to keep you going.

Mid morning/afternoon snacks known as merienda are the perfect way to sustain yourself on the Way. Especially if you are not used to the later meal times which are the norm across Spain. It is customary for Spanish people to have a mid-morning stop for breakfast and late afternoon for a bite to keep them going until the traditional late dinner.

Embrace the Spirit of Pilgrimage in Muxia

Just a day’s walk away from Fisterra, the quaint fishing town of Muxia, forms another integral part of the Camino de Santiago journey. After reaching Finisterre, many pilgrims venture to Muxia to visit its 12th-century pilgrim church and the Sanctuary of Virxe da Barca (Our Lady of the Boat) with its legendary rocking stone.

Muxia is imbued with stories of a miraculous boat that carried the Virgin Mary ashore, intended to inspire St James in his mission to spread the Gospel throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The town hosts a pilgrims’ office where you can receive the Muxiana, a certificate modeled after the Compostela pilgrim certificate earned in Santiago.

Complete your Camino experience with a stroll on Finisterre’s Langosteira beach. Extending 2km of white sand, it’s the perfect place to hunt for your own scallop shell, a symbol of the Camino journey.

Itinerary

Day 1

Santiago

Day 2

Walk to Negreira – 23 km

Day 3

Walk to Maronas – 21 km

Day 4

Walk to Olveiroa – 11.5 km

Alternative Day 4 could take you to Cee if you can walk 30.5km in one day

Day 5

Walk to Cee – 19 km

Day 6

Walk to Fisterra – 16 km

Finisterre, or Fisterra as it is called locally, is a traditional working fishing village, with plenty small hotels and cafe bars where you can enjoy the freshest and most delicious fish and seafood. You can go to the local town pilgrims’ albergue and ask for the Fisterrana certificate when you show your credencial.

Then on to Muxia…

Day 7

Walk To Lires – 15km

Day 8

Walk to Muxia – 16.5km

Two days walk away from Finisterre, the small but lively fishing port town of Muxia has also historical connections to the Camino de Santiago. If you continue on to Muxia make sure to visit its 12th-century pilgrim church and Sanctuary of Virxe da Barca (Our Lady of the Boat) with its magical rocking stone. There is a pilgrims’ office in the town where you get the Muxiana – modelled on the Compostela pilgrim certificate you receive in Santiago.

We can arrange your private return transfer to Santiago or A Coruna.

Map

Accommodation

Quaint Galician Country Hotels
Baggage Transfers

Our Bed & Breakfast accommodation includes a variety of family run traditional two and three star hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities. You might like to upgrade in Fisterra and spend a night in the Lighthouse Hotel.

We quote all our journeys with bag transfers as standard. We heartily recommend that you book your main piece of luggage to be transferred between accommodations.

If you do wish to carry your own bag that is fine with us. And you can always call us and request to add on the service if you change your mind.

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