The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) to Finisterre is the only route that walks along the Atlantic coast following the Finisterre Way (or “Camino de Finisterre” in Spanish), from Santiago to Finisterre, to the place known as “The End of the World”.
The Finisterre Way is even older than Christianity itself, andthere is evidence that the pagans made their way to Finisterre on the Costa da Morte, where they believed that the sun died and the worlds of light and darkness came together. It was in that precise moment in which the sun died that the pagans prayed and made offerings of gratitude to the Gods.
Once we’ve arrived at Finisterre, we can continue on the route to the Our Lady of the Boat Sanctuary in Muxía, which is another traditional pilgrimage spot in a stunning location bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.
Your trip begins in Santiago de Compostela, a vibrant city with an impressive old town. Santiago is considered to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Explore Santiago and its landmarks before embarking on your journey towards the “end of the world”.
From Santiago de Compostela to Negreira- 22km
We will begin our walk on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela from the Praza do Obradoiro square. Along the trail, we will pass through small towns and over ancient Roman bridges. Our destination for today is the medieval city of Negreira. We recommend setting apart some time to visit Pazo do Cotón, the country house of the Cotón family, and the chapel next door that is dedicated to San Mauro.
From Negreira to Olveiroa- 33km
We continue the Camino along the side of a mountain and the Barcala River. As we make our way up to Mount Aro, we can enjoy excellent views of the Fervenza reservoir before entering the wild Serra de Castelo and the Xallas River Valley.
From Olveiroa to Cee- 19km
From Olveiroa, we will continue along the Finisterre Way to Olveiroa. From this point on, our path will follow the river bed to Logoso and we will pass by the hermitage of Nosa Señora. Next the trail will descend through the pinewoods of Alto do Cruzeiro da Armada. From here we will be able to get a nice view of the sea.
De Cee a Finisterre- 16km
On our last day of the Camino, we will travel along a beautiful trail that borders the cliffs and coves of the coast. Our final destination is Cape Finisterre, where we will stay in a magnificent lighthouse. From the lighthouse we can really appreciate the beautiful sunset.
This is going to be our last day and we will get to truly enjoy the landscape of Finisterre. We can also decide to continue along the coast until arriving at Muxía. If you wish to continue to Muxía, please contact us.
Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.
All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Santiago.
All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.
Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino de Santiago.
However, for a series of details that we will reveal throughout this text, the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre is, among all of them, a very special experience both for the stretch and for the peculiarities of this pilgrimage.
As in Santiago Ways, we always want to offer you the best, we will give you all the necessary and pertinent information to make your experience in the Camino de Santiago something unforgettable. You just need to enjoy it.
Why choose the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre?
1.- The first reason to choose the Camino de Finisterre is that of its symbolism. Indeed, in antiquity and even with the discovery of America, this Cape was regarded as the last place in the world.
That is why in the Middle Ages many pilgrims went there to contemplate what was considered the abyss of the Earth or the last point of continental earth that existed. Reliving the same feeling and following the footsteps of our predecessors is an incomparable experience.
This is an extension of the Camino de Santiago, which has as kilometre zero the Galician capital. So it is a good time to embark on a new route that is not too busy.
3.- The landscapes: One of the most powerful reasons to make the route from Santiago to Finisterre is to enjoy the landscapes that we will find along the way. Later in this article, we specify to which places we refer, in particular, in the part of "Places that you cannot miss" on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre.
4.- It is a good time to reflect: for all the people who make the Camino de Santiago, regardless of the section or route you have chosen, there is a deep and philosophical sense that has to do with the effort made. This is not understood until it has been done at least once.
The Camino de Santiagois a path of great benefit to our existence that will bring us many memories. For this reason, the extension between Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre is a good time to dedicate some time for reflectionand to think about what has been learned.
5.- Tranquillity: one of the most common aspects that make the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra is the tranquillity of the entire route. This is due to its the quiet nature and the natural environments as we travel through it.
Information about the route between Santiago and Finisterre
One of the reasons why the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra is so important is that it is the only one that does not end in the city of Santiago de Compostela, in fact, it begins there. This gives you a number of extra possibilities as a pilgrim.
To begin with, it must be said that many people use it, as we have said before, as an extension of the Camino de Santiago that they were doing through one of the many routes that the road offers. However, it is possible to do it in a different direction.
The Camino from Santiago to Fisterra, or to Muxía, which is a little further on, has a total of 87km, or 120km if you go to Muxía. It is divided into four stages that we'll detail later. On it, we will be able to continue with the same accreditation that we had previously without having to renew permissions.
In the case of those who want to start it directly from there, they can get their accreditation. The first shell is in the park of San Lorenzo, in the city of Santiago de Compostela.
Many pilgrims opt to make this way backwards (from Fisterra or from Muxía to Santiago de Compostela) so along the way you can find people walking in the opposite direction to you.
The most reserved routes of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
It must be said that the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre has a single route and does not have different alternatives as it happens with other paths. Indeed, this route is a kind of "epilogue" of the Camino de Santiago in any of the approaches that end in Santiago de Compostela or want to reach it from Finisterre.
So there is only one marked route, which does not mean that it is less interesting and beautiful than the others. So, to begin with, it has to be said that it has an incentive that others do not share: it runs along the spectacular Atlantic coast. From Santiago, we will arrive at what was known in ancient times as "the end of the world".
So then, the Camino de Santiago a Finisterre has a total distance of 87km that are divided into 5 nights and 6 days. With Santiago Ways, the option to book breakfast and dinner or only breakfast is included. You can book all year round to enjoy this unforgettable experience.
Route of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
Maps of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
So that you can have all the information possible to complete your Camino to Fisterra we enclose now the necessary maps with all the required information. They will be of great use both to organize the stages and to get to the idea of the great experience that awaits you and of all the sites that you will be get to know.
Map stage from Santiago de Compostela to Negreira
Map stage from Negreira to Olveiroa
Map stage from Olveiroa to Corcubion
Map stage from Corcubion to Finisterre
Profiles of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
With the profile of the Camino, we refer to the difficulty that the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre has with respect to others, as well as of how its layout is according to the type of terrain and its elevations. To begin with, it must be said that this is a highly recommended route for everyone, regardless of their circumstances or age.
It is very simple, and has hardly any difficulty compared to other routes of the Camino de Santiago. So, it barely has any ups or downs and we can consider that, compared to the other alternatives, the road from Santiago to Fisterra is practically flat. It also has good infrastructure and there is no problem with the terrain.
Profile stage from Santiago de Compostela to Negreira
Profile stage from Negreira to Olveiroa
Profile stage from Olveiroa to Corcubion
Profile stage from Corcubion to Finisterre
Stages on foot of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
Stage from Santiago de Compostela to Negreira
Stage from Negreira to Olveiroa
Stage from Olveiroa to Cee
Stage from Cee to Finisterre
Stage from Finisterre to Muxía
How long does the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra or Muxía take?
The approximate length of the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra is about 6 days, which can be extended by another 3 or 4 if you decide to extend it to Muxía. However, as we always say, the length of the Camino de Santiagois very relative: it all depends on what rhythm you want to take, how many stops you want to make and how much you want to stay and enjoy nature.
The ideal way is to do it is with us, as Santiago Wayshas planned everything so that you will be able to enjoy the experience fully.
The best time to do the Camino de Santiago de Compostela to Fisterra
When it comes to making the Camino de Santiago, we have to think clearly about the question of what season is best to choose. It must also be said that this depends on the taste of each person. In any case, we want to remind you that with Santiago Ways you can book at any time of the year to fulfil your own tastes.
However, there are some indications that we do want you to consider for different times of the year:
In spring, the weather can be unstable. Normally it will not be as cold as in winter, but there is always the risk of rain. Despite everything, we can go well-equipped for it and take advantage of this time of year to enjoy the natural surroundings that are all around us.
It is the most popular time to complete any route of the Camino de Santiago. In this sense, the route between Fisterra and Santiago de Compostela was not going to be an exception. It is true that it has the advantage of the temperature: In the north of Spain, and especially on this route, it is not hot because of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Galicia's latitude.
It is indeed a perfect time to escape from the very hot areas of the rest of Spain. The only drawback could be the question of accommodation as there is a greater influx of pilgrims. However, with Santiago Ways, this will always be under our control.
Autumn is another very interesting time to make the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra-Muxía. It is due to the great beauty of all places: in a large part, we will traverse natural environments with deciduous trees that will tint all the mountains and paths of spectacular colours of yellow, brown and green. Completing the Camino from Santiago to Finisterre is always a great experience for your senses.
Although it may seem that we are going to be very cold, the characteristics of this route make it ideal for a pilgrimage to Santiago during the winter. In fact, being close to the ocean, we will be able to benefit from the lower temperatures and, with it, continue knowing that frost will not appear.
There is always the risk of storms, but the flow of the route and the charm of the snow will be powerful incentives to go on.
Guide to the places that you cannot miss on the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
We want to offer you a list of the most interesting places along the route of the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra. In this part, we will talk about its main places of interest, as well as the best hostels and cottages where to sleep and the best places to eat.
Places of interest
Ponte Maceira is a medieval-style village that has all the charm of the past and all the enchantment of an enclave of great importance for many centuries. It has mills and a bridge of great beauty that you cannot miss.
The Finisterre Lighthouse
The Finisterre Lighthouse is one of the main attractions on this Camino from Santiago to Fisterra because of its emblematic design and the great satisfaction it gives you as you observe it. You can't leave without taking pictures of it.
Where to sleep – The best lodgings
It is important to make clear that one of the greatest advantages that you will have when organizing the Camino de Santiagowith Santiago Ways is that we offer you the best accommodation both for the quality of its facilities and for the care they offer you and the environment in which they are located.
Where to eat – The best restaurants
Naturally, it is very important to eat well throughout our journey on the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra. Therefore, here we want to leave you with some recommendations on where you can eat to taste the best specialities of the area.
El Pirata: This seafood restaurant located in Fisterra has great value for money. For an affordable price, you can enjoy the best seafood in this emblematic Galician area.
Etel and Pan: This new concept restaurant in Finisterre proposes us more select gastronomy, composed of gourmet products that will delight the most demanding of tastes.
Don Percebe: For those of you who search for a more "authentic" place to eat, we recommend the simple but very popular "Mr. Barnacle" restaurant.
Origin of the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra
Finally, we cannot finish this text without talking about what the origins of the emblematic route between Santiago and Fisterra are. It must be said that, contrary to what most people think, this route is not a recent one.
It is, in fact, one of the oldest and we can almost find its origins in the Roman era when it was travelled on for reasons very different from that of pilgrimages.
Apparently, there were several villages that considered Fisterra as the end of the Earth. That caused many of them to establish some temples here dedicated to the worship of the sun. Some say that it was the Apostle James himself who ordered that they be destroyed because they were cults that differed from Christianity.
Either way, the origin of this route has always been open and could be a good "pagan" contrast regarding the Christian purpose of the rest of the Camino de Santiago. That is another reason why the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra is so special at the end of the day.
The Camino de Santiago to Finisterre with Santiago Ways
Other users’ opinions about the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
And, since it is always better to know what others have said about us, we also want to share with you some opinions of other users who have completed the Camino from Santiago to Finisterre with Santiago Ways.
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Pablo Alejandro Martin
Se preocupan de que el alojamiento sea no solo adecuado, sino bueno, confortable y calidad.
Una organización perfecta para disfrutar esta increíble experiencia.Los alojamientos fueron estupendos, el traslado del equipaje muy puntual. En fin, si van a hacer el Camino de Santiago, no duden en contratarlos. Gracias.
Lurdes Ortega Benito
Acabo de llegar de hacer el Camino de Santiago por el Camino francés. Estoy encantada de la experiencia y la organización . Se lo recomiendo a todo el mundo. Genial . Gracias.
Silvia Carneros Parra
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CRISTINA SERRANO GIMENEZ
Hemos hecho el Camino Francés des de Sarria con nuestras hijas de 8 y 10 años y han tenido una experiencia muy bonita, tanto que quieren repetir la experiencia con el Camino Portugués. Hemos compartido en familia unos días inolvidables. Los alojamientos han sido excepcionales. Hemos estado en sitios con mucho encanto y muy confortables. Contratamos la media pensión y ha sido una buena idea. Los desayuno, comidas y/o cenas geniales. La gente de los alojamiento muy amables. Nuestra experiencia con Santiago Ways ha sido fantástica.
No os lo penséis, viajar con esta compañía es genial. Todo perfecto conforme a lo contratado y eso que lo hice con tan solo una semana de antelación. Sólo tuve un pequeño problema con el taxista que me tenía que devolver a Sarria y me lo solucionaron en menos de 10 minutos. Repito con ellos SEGURO. Sólo añadir que no se si tienen servicio de transporte de mi coche desde la salida hasta Santiago, si no es así, le aconsejaría que lo ofrecieran. Por lo demás, PERFECTO!!!
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Experiencia maravillosa junto a Santiago Ways, todo salió perfecto, buen acompañamiento, excelente alojamiento, y siempre gran servicio. Gracias, seguro voy a repetir el camino junto a ustedes.
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Muy buena y confiable la agencia de viajes. Los alojamientos fueron excelentes! El traslado del equipaje fue perfecto. Muy satisfechos de haber elegido a Santiago Ways
El servicio ha sido fantástico. Dejábamos las maletas por la mañana en los hoteles y a la hora de comer, ya estaban en el otro hotel. Los hoteles/pensiones/casa rural son muy buenos y muy bien situados ( así por la tarde después de la caminata podíamos ir al centro del pueblo y poder dar una vuelta.
Mi experiencia con Santiago Ways fue excelente. Quedé muy satisfecha con el servicio prestado, los hostales, pensiones o albergues eran de primera calidad. La elección a nivel de restaurantes también estuvo a la altura. Y el Guía (Juan Peleteiro) lo mejor... Un sobre 10 sin dudar. Si vuelvo a realizar otro viaje de este tipo, por supuesto que contaré con ellos. Muchas gracias.
Hace poco he hecho el Camino De Santiago con Santiago Ways. La experiencia ha sido estupenda y recomiendo encarecidamente al equipo De Santiago Ways. La elección de los alojamientos, el traslado de equipajes y el asesoramiento permanente en cuanto lo he requerido, han hecho de mi viaje una muy grata experiencia que, muy pronto, volveré a repetir con ellos. Sin duda, una excelente elección. Felicidades.
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My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubertread more
08:29 23 Oct 18
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jillread more
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14:00 11 Oct 18
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18:12 23 Sep 18
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20:51 17 Oct 17
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10:05 05 Dec 16
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