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Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre

General Description: This is a fairly common extention of the routes to Santiago, an extention that ends at the Atlantic Ocean at Finisterre - Land's End. 89 km from Santiago de Compostela to the lighthouse at Finisterre. Through Negreira, Cée and Concubión to the port of Finisterre and on to the lighthouse. In past centuries, pilgrims continued 29 km up the coast to the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Barca in Muxía, a further extension that is made easier by being waymarked in both directions.

Waymarking: The route is marked with yellow arrows as on the francés but also with concrete milestones which have a stylized blue and yellow shell symbol.

Terrain: Like the Camino francés in Galicia, there is considerable up and down crossing river drainages.

When to go: The route is passable year round except that November through the end of February is not recommended. Climate tables for Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña.

Accommodation: There are pilgrim-dedicated albergues in Negreira, Olveiroa, Cee and Corcubión and in Finisterre itself. In addition there is commercial lodging in the form of hotels, hostales, pensiones and casas rurales in almost every village.

Guidebooks: Confraternity of Saint James: Finisterre (2009). The Confraternity is also making their Finisterre guidebook available online in PDF format for a donativo. (PDF 2009) It is not uncommon for guidebooks for the francés to have a section on the Finisterre extension also.

Internet links: The Confraternity of Saint James has an overview of the extension to Finisterre and Muxía. The Club Montaña Ferrol has a comprehensive site with information about numerous paths in the Galicia including a 99-page document (PDF, 4.0MB, dated 2003, Spanish) "Los 8 Caminos de Santiago en Galicia" which contains a substantial amount of information on all the routes through Galicia to Santiago. The Xunta de Galicia has a section with extensive information on that portion of the Camino Fisterra - Muxía including history, tourism, albergues, other services and Santiago itself.

Video links: From the Camino video series produced by the Spanish television channel TVE:
     Muxia Fisterra, 0:27:36, Spanish, 2004

Other remarks: After walking with crowds of other peregrinos during the last week of the Camino francés, the route to Finisterre will be be peaceful and seemingly sparcely populated. A certificate of completion, called a Fisterrana, is available from the albergue in Finisterre.

Rev 12/28/14

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