On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Finisterre to The End of the World

July 9, 2013 — 6 Comments
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The ancient fishing community of Finisterre is rich in history, and not only a land of importance for the Camino de Santiago, it’s an inspiration for those seeking their own magic. Cape Finisterre, (Cabo Fisterra), has long been the site of spirituality, reflection, battles, and tragedies at sea. Centuries ago, when the world was still considered flat, many journeys ended at Cabo Fisterra, where the sun disappears over the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. Finisterre means “lands end” in Latin, and on our journey today, we shall go to the end of the world.

I left my last post, On and Off The Camino Finisterre in Finisterre, Spain, overlooking the Praia de San Roque from my hotel room. Let’s continue our journey at the castle, Castelo de San Carlos.

Castelo San Carlos Finisterre fisterra Galicia

 

The castle had very limited hours when I was in Finisterre. If you want to look inside, you may need to plan ahead.

Castelo San Carlos Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

A little backtracking to see the 18th century Chapel of Nosa Señora Bo Suceso, that I missed in my previous post.

Chapel Nosa Señora Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

This is the Igrexa Parroquial de Santa María das Areas. A church has been in this spot since the 12th century, but this is a later version. Let’s take another look…

Igrexa Parroquial Santa María cruceiro Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

iglesia santa maria cruceiro Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 The scenic steep cliffs along the road.

ocean flowers Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 You can’t miss this statue of a pilgrim.

pilgrim statue Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

The colorful slopes with the yellow provided by broom. In case you’re wondering, the small, rather unsightly, development was supposed to be recreational properties. I don’t know if they’re finished yet. In the distance is the first view of Faro de Fisterra, the famed lighthouse. Let’s walk a little closer…

coast lighthouse Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

The Camino leaves the side of the road and follows this path for the final stretch.

path lighthouse Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 A modern cruceiro against another splendid backdrop.

cruceiro Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

flowers ocean Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

The café is in the building on the right. Okay, we are almost there!

museum Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

The End of The World!

After 900 kilometers from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, we have arrived at the 0 kilometer bollard at the end of the world. I stopped here for a moment and not only reflected on my journey to this point, I thought about my late mother who had passed away only three months earlier. My journey on the Camino de Santiago and my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, are both dedicated to my mom.

0 kilometer bollard Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

I hope you enjoyed this post as we made it to the end of the world. I’m not finished yet though. On my next post, The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Visiting The End of the World, I’ll take you past the 0 kilometer bollard and we’ll visit this very important spot at the end of the world. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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6 responses to On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Finisterre to The End of the World

  1. A very lovely post Randall… Keep up the good work. By the way, The Travel to Spain Daily ==> http://paper.li/SpainInUSA/1364522560 selected this post as one of their top stories of the day. (today) Congrats mon ami!

  2. I’m about a week back home but during the nights I’m still roaming along the Camino. And during the day, I’m dreaming about the next year Camino 🙂 What will you do next year, Randall?

    • Hi Peter. I’m so happy your Camino was very rewarding. That’s why you’re dreaming about it. Where is your next Camino? Next year, I would like to walk the Via de la Plata from Cadiz. Enjoy the rest of your summer 🙂

  3. Right on the first day, after crossing the Pyrenees, I felt, I have to go on the Camino next year again. At that moment I thought about the same Camino (Francés). But when I reached Boadilla del Camino, I found there on the free shelf a small guide of Camino del Norte and in Santiago another one of the same way. And I hope (know) that you will continue you posts on the Camino del Norte, right? 🙂 So it seems that I will follow the same order of Camino walks as you :-).

    • Glad you’re planning another Camino, Peter. I am not sure where this blog will take me. My main goal is for it to make money on its own or else I can’t go on with all the time I am spending on it. I enjoy writing it and hope to continue with more journeys including the Camino del Norte. Have a great time planning your next Camino 🙂

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