After the arrival in Finisterre, and the visit to its cape, some will set out on the way home. Others, seduced by the beauty of the area and the addiction that Camino de Santiago generates they will decide to continue until Muxía. The truth is that at this point of the route, missing the stretch that separates Finisterre from Muxía is a pity.
In the next two stages separating Finisterre from Muxía we will find pilgrims walking in both directions. Towards Muxía will go those who continue to Finisterre from Oliveiroa, like us.
In the opposite direction, we will find those who took the detour from Oliveiroa that leads directly to Muxía.
On today’s stage we will travel along the Costa da Morte, enjoying a beautiful landscape and crossing various parishes in Finisterre and Sardiñeiro. The stage concludes in Lires, in the municipality of Cee.
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Itinerary stage Finisterre – Lires
Today’s route is short, at 13.6 kilometres. The section, which runs along good terrain, has only a little unevenness. The ascent to Rial is the steepest, but the climb is just over 60 metres.
Finisterre (km. 0). Beginning of stage
Practical tips for this section: In Hermedesuxo de Baixo some pilgrims continue along the road, following the alternative route known as Rostro.
This route links with the official in Padris and is shorter, but it is not worth much because it runs entirely on asphalt, because although in the last section you can see Rostro Beach, among the pine trees, at no time you step onto the sand. Buen Camino!
We leave Finisterre going back on our steps. We walk towards Langosteira Beach, but before arriving, at the Baixar Cross, we deviate on the road, following the signs of the marker that is located next to the Hotel Arenal.
On the paved road, we arrive at the Parish of San Martiño de Duio, where, next to the pilgrim path, its church stands (km. 1.7). By a roundabout we cross Escarlas (km. 2.8) and arrive at Hermedesuxo de Baixo (km. 3.6), which appears on our left.
In this village, the pilgrim route diverts to the right towards San Salvador, although some pilgrims continue along the road following the variant to Rostro. We follow the official route to avoid the asphalt, even if it is a little longer.
After crossing San Salvador, through a wooded area we go back to Rial (km. 6,3). Then we go down to Buxán (km. 7).
Buxán (km. 7).
Practical tips for this section: In Padris, the Rostro variant converges with the official route. Buen Camino!
From this hamlet we continue to Suarriba (km. 7.9), which is located on our right, and then continue to Castrexe (km. 8.6). We enter Padrís along a tracks surrounded by plots (km. 9.7).
Leaving town, we take a beautiful path covered with ferns, which separates the pine borders, to go towards Canosa (km. 11.8). From here we start the descent to Lires, advancing along the river, through shady stretches.
Entering Lires, we find the Church of San Estevo. After this, we turn right next to a country house. On ascent, we head to the centre of the town.
Lires (km. 13,6). End of stage
Practical tips for this section: In Lires, you will find various lodgings and services. As well as a magnificent beach where you can enjoy the afternoon. See you tomorrow!
The small village of Lires is an ideal place to relax, to enjoy the beach and walk along its estuary. You can also visit the Temple of San Estevo, if you did not do so when you entered the village.
In the village you will find pilgrims who follow the path of the Camino de Santiago and others who walk on the Camiño dos Faros. Many pilgrims will discover this second route at this point in their journey and many will consider whether to follow it.
Some people continue from Lires to Muxía on the same stage. We believe that the town has enough charm to stop for a night to enjoy it.
Comments stage Finisterre – Lires
Here are some tips for the penultimate stage of the Camino de Finisterre.
Precautions stage Finisterre – Lires
Today’s stage signalling can be somewhat confusing, as it points in both directions, since the stage can be completed both from Finisterre and Muxía. In the section separating Canosa from the end of the stage, it is advisable to concentrate on the signage.
If you plan to stay overnight at the pilgrim’s hostel in Muxía, you should know that it is essential to seal your credential in Lires. Moreover, the stage has no added difficulties for cyclists or people with reduced mobility.
Food stage Finisterre – Lires
At this point on the Camino de Finisterre you should already know that the gastronomy of the area is strongly based on seafood. Nevertheless, we remind you some of the products that you can enjoy at this stage.
- All types of Seafood
- Bacon with turnip tops
- Filloas (Pancakes)
Services stage Finisterre – Lires
Get to know the main healthcare services, cafes, ATMs and restaurants that are located on this stage of the Camino de Finisterre.
Map stage Finisterre – Lires
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Profile stage Finisterre – Lires
Find out about the profile, altitude and degree of difficulty on each section.
What to do on the stage Finisterre – Lires
Here we provide you with information about places of interest that will come your way in the penultimate stage of the Camino de Finisterre.
Playa de Lires
Lires Beach, located on the Costa da Morte in Galicia, is shaped like a shell and is formed by white sand. The sand is divided in two by the mouth of the River Castro.
Iglesia de San Martiño
The Church of San Martiño is located in the parish of Duio, at the foot of the Camino de Santiago. The name of the parish refers to the city of Dugium, which was submerged under water and which according to legend, collected in the Codex Calixtino, was visited by the disciples of Santiago the Apostle, to request his burial.
The temple dates back to the 18th century and is Baroque in style. Its structure consists of a single nave, with an open-plan floor. Attached to the north side of the main chapel, the sacristy is located.
The main façade is of pentagonal design. Above the main door you can see the image of the patron of the church, finished in granite.
The small village of Lires, with less than 150 inhabitants, belongs to the municipality of Cee. The beautiful location is visited every year by hundreds of pilgrims who tour the Camino de Santiago or the Camiño dos Faros.
The town is very marked by the presence of the estuary Lires. It is formed by the mouth of the River Castro and is the natural boundary between the municipalities of Muxía and Cee. On one side is Lires Beach and on the other, Nemiña Beach, with great ornithological richness.
The village was a precursor in Spain for rural tourism, and on its streets we find some of the first rural houses in the country: Casa Raúl and Casa Lourido, still in operation. It is also known for being the birthplace of Concha Blanco, a famous Galician author.
Its streets are formed by traditional buildings. In the village, you can visit the beach and the Church of San Estevo, located at the entrance of the village.
Iglesia de San Estevo
The Church of San Estevo is the parish church in the town of Lires. Its construction dates back to the 17th century and was built on the remains of an earlier church, which was closer to the estuary.
The structure of the temple represents a good example of the traditional architecture of the area.