The Camino Santiago-Finisterre is one of the popular pilgrimage routes known collectively as The Way of St James, the others are the Camino Norte, Camino Frances, Camino Portugues and Camino Ingles. The Camino Fisterra-Muxía or Santiago to Finisterre, is a short way to Fisterra, a place anterior to the beginning of The Way of St James. Cape Finisterre is often the last stopover for pilgrims.
The Camino from Santiago to Finisterre is the only way that starts in Santiago de Compostela. It has a unique landscape said to be the 'End of the World'. Most pilgrims finish their pilgrimage to Santiago at the Lighthouse of Finisterre, which stands at the most western point of Spain, Cape Finisterre.
You can start this way in Santiago and go to Fisterra and then go to Muxía or you can also do the way the other way round, is up to you! It is well indicated. You can find some pilgrims going on the other way, don’t be panic! This is what happens if they choose the opposite option, as we just explained. Once you arrive at Finisterre or Muxía you won’t have problems to orientate yourself. There are lots of pilgrims that decide to visit Costa da Morte.
Total distance: 120kms
Get to the starting points
Fisterra is the second most visited place in Galicia, just after Santiago de Compostela. You can get here coming from Santiago or A Coruña. There are five daily buses that come to this village this amount increase on the weekends and also in summer, so more people can get there.
Muxía is another important place related to St. James because the apostle stayed here in biblical times. The best route to get there is coming from Santiago or A Coruña. You can take a bus. There are many bus companies that have buses coming to this village such as Autocares Vázquez or Ferrín.
Fisterra is a Latin word (finis terrae) that means the end of the land. The history of this place is anterior to the beginning of the St James route. Some experts think that the old city of Dugium is linked with the famous city of Atlántida where the Celtic tribe called Nerios was settled. This settlement came from the South of the Peninsula and they were neighbors of Ártabros. The reason for choosing this village was not a coincidence. Until the Middle Ages, people believed that Finisterre cape was the end of the world. It is believed that it existed an altar devoted to the Sun called Ara Solis in a temple were Celts and Romans used to go. It is the only way that starts in Santiago. It is not a modern itinerary as many people think. Many recent excavations near to the Ermita de San Guillermo hermitage showed that this is linked with St James and with other old traditions and worships.
In Muxía, such as in Fisterra, many miracles related to St James took place. It also is where St James came after the destruction of Ara Solis to reflect and preach. According to the legend, he was meditating in the rocks, where the sanctuary is currently located, when he saw a boat where Virgin Mary was, she asked him to continue preaching. It is believed that the same boat could be the famous Pedra de Abalar, Pedra dos Cadrís stone, and Timón. It is believed that if you can go under the rock nine times all your back and kidney problems will be cured.
The Camino Finisterre is divided into 4 stages and 120km in length. The most important cities in this way are:
Points of Interest
The historical set of Ponte Maceira is one of the places of the Way with more beauty, because it preserves its medieval aspect.
Medieval fortification that opens the passage to the town of Negreira.
This sanctuary owes its name to a myth that tells how the Apostle St. James saw the Virgin approaching by the sea in a stone boat.
Built on the cape which the Romans considered the end of the world, it is now the place where all the pilgrims see their journey end with the sun hiding under the sea.