Finisterre is a Spanish municipality located in the province of La Coruña, a region rich in legends, fascinating rituals and some of the best seafood in Europe.
Many pilgrims continue their way after arrive to Santiago to this point, considered “the end of the world” This route crosses paths, Roman bridges, medieval cities and historic lighthouses.
Discover with us your magic, and get excited to know the place where everything ends!
THE HISTORY OF THE CAMINO DE FINISTERRE
The origin of this route is not known with certainty. However, formerly it was thought that Finisterre, in Latin Finis Terrae, was the westernmost point in the world and, therefore, the end.
The Camino de Finisterre is even older than Christianity itself, and there 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.
THE ROUTE TO THE END OF THE WORLD
The way from Santiago to Finisterre takes us to Costa da Morte, Coast of Death, which is named like that because of its sheer cliffs and its bumpy sea of intense swell.
Today, the Camino de Finisterre is a unique experience to dive between its legends, admire the views and visit the moving villages full of seafaring tradition that we’ll find along the coast, like Cee, Corcubión or Muxía.
This route of the Camino de Santiago has few stages, but they’re very long ones, testing the pilgrim resistance.
It is important to know that you can walk to two possible destinations from Santiago de Compostela.
- From Santiago to the lighthouse of Finisterre: 5 stages
- From Santiago to Muxía: 4 stages
- From Finisterre to Muxía, or backwards!: 1 stage, indicated in both ways
- The complete triangle: from Santiago to Finisterre, from Finisterre to Muxía and from Muxía to Santiago: 10 stages
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.
If you want to continue your route to Finisterre, remember that Santiago Ways helps you with the preparations of your itinerary and the organization of your trip. Included Muxía!
MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE CAMINO DE FINISTERRE
The legends around the Camino de Finisterre have been transmited orally in this lands since they were firstly inhabited by clans.
This millenary route is full of magical enclaves, legends of lost towns and esoteric rites, which will take us into the most fascinating popular culture of Galicia.
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The Ara Sollis Altar, where the sun dies
The legend about Ara Sollis tells us about a group of people who wanted to find the Sun’s hiding place, where did it go during the night? Where was it hiding?
Obsessed about finding an answer to that questions, they left their lands behind in order to walk eastbound and that was how, chasing the sunset, they arrived to Galicia: the wild Atlantic Ocean stopped them.
From Finisterra they saw the sun going underwater and they marvelled, thinking that it was exactly there where the star spend the night, hiding between the waves. That’s why they rushed into building in that place an altar that they called Ara Sollis.
El terrible Vaker and his misdeeds
¡Ten cuidado al hacer el camino de Santiago a Finisterre!
The history of the Camino de Finisterre tells us that in Hospital, a small town where the ways to Finisterre and Muxía get divided, there was a terrible monster calle Vaker.
Vaker used to kidnap pilgrims that spent the night in Hospital, in order to eat them! Well, maybe he’s still doing that… Who knows?
FINISTERRE, AN INCREDIBLE PLACE TO DISCOVER
If you have already decided, and you are going to do the Camino de Finisterre, we suggest you some things that you can do in this incredible place
The Finisterre Lighthouse
This Lighthouse, considered the most important in Europe, became the most important guide for sailors who arrive to the rugged Galician coast. You can not miss its beautiful sunsets!
Visit its port and enjoy a walk through this beautiful fishing village. You will find bars and restaurants where you can taste the best of Galician gastronomy.
A gastronomic route
In the Galician coast it is very traditional to go for canes and wines between 12 and 2 approximately. In that time slot, restaurants, bars and taverns always accompany your drink with a tasty skewer.
Castle of San Carlo
The Castle of San Carlos, built in the eighteenth century to defend against enemy attacks is another of the great symbols of the town located at the end of the world. This building houses the Museum of the Sea.
Finally, remember that, if you decide to go to Finisterre, to continue with the tradition, you have to burn a garment that you have worn during the Camino. Fire means another form of purification where, in addition, one gets rid of the material to make room for the new.
In our post we give you some recommendations that you should keep in mind if you are going to do the Camino de Santiago
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