Camino Finisterre: Santiago - Finisterre/Muxia

Description

The terrain on the Camino Finisterre is relatively easy. In the beginning, there are some hills, but in general, the paths are easy and wide. Once you catch your first sight of the ocean, with the splendid views, you will forget all about elevations and terrain changes. You can simply extend the pilgrimage by walking from Finisterre to Muxia, which is one of the loveliest Camino stages of all - and also one of the least used. Again, it's a stunningly beautiful trip.

Until Columbus proved otherwise, Finisterre (Fisterra in Galician) was the end of the known world. Hence the name, Finisterrae, the end of the world, as the Romans called it. For centuries, this site has been the symbolic end, the way for many pilgrims to gain closure after their journey to Santiago.

During the nearly 90 km (54 miles) Camino from Santiago to Finisterre, there are several pilgrimage sights and immense natural beauty. In particular, if you have been walking for days, or even weeks, it is refreshingly breathtaking to see the sea, the beautiful fjords and the white sandy beaches.

The lighthouse at Finisterre, located on top of a steep cliff, high above sea level, is surrounded by stunning landscape. Take in impressive views of the rugged and famous coastline, where countless ships have suffered ill fates on the hidden reefs of this rocky coast.

Take full advantage of some sightseeing as you pass through several small villages on the way to the "End of the World," in particular, fishing villages along the coast where you can try fresh fish and seafood in the restaurants located in several small quaint harbours.

This route has some variants, depending on your time and energy. The most popular route is the 88.9 km (54 miles) Camino from Santiago to Finisterre, for 4 nights. After the last night in Finisterre, the bus will take you back to Santiago, where you will need an extra night before catching the plane home (on weekdays you arrive in Santiago at 10:45 AM and on weekends at 3:00 PM.

Service functions are ok, but the number of cities is limited, so some planning is necessary. Nonetheless, there are always restaurants in or near the hotel in the evenings. This route goes through cities almost every day, which has supermarkets, banks, laundry services, shops and other possibilities in order to restock your provisions.

Spain is More's Camino guidebook (which you will receive some weeks before departure) contains all the information you will need about the pilgrimage offices, recommendable restaurants, maps of all cities with the Camino, as well as the hotel location pilgrim's passport, practical descriptions, service phone numbers and more that will make your walk along the Camino the experience of a lifetime!

Difficulty:
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? NOTE: nowhere, in any Camino, will steep cliffs be found next to path!

1: Very easy. Flat and without significant gradients. Good and normally wide paths.

2: Easy. Slightly hilly. Good and normally wide paths.

3: Medium. Hilly, possibly with longer distances between service facilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

4: Medium/Hard. Longer, steeper climbs, perhaps with few servicefacilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

5: Hard. Long gradient(s), possibly few facilities. Very hilly. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

Featured places: Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre, Muxia

Distance: 117km. (73 miles)

The section profile

Camino Finisterre Walk

Steps in this section walk

1.- Santiago de Compostela - Negreira 20 km

2.- Negreira - Olveiroa 32 km

3.- Olveiroa - Cee 19 km

4.- Cee - Cabo Finisterre 17 km

5.- Finisterre - Muxia 29 km

Camino Finisterre by bike

Steps in this section by bike

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