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.
The castle had very limited hours when I was in Finisterre. If you want to look inside, you may need to plan ahead.
A little backtracking to see the 18th century Chapel of Nosa Señora Bo Suceso, that I missed in my previous post.
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…
The scenic steep cliffs along the road.
You can’t miss this statue of a pilgrim.
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…
The Camino leaves the side of the road and follows this path for the final stretch.
A modern cruceiro against another splendid backdrop.
The café is in the building on the right. Okay, we are almost there!
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.
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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