For many pilgrims, their journey on the Camino de Santiago does not end in Santiago de Compostela. For many centuries, we have traveled the ancient path to Finisterre (Fisterra in Galician) on the Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death. In ancient times, Finisterre was considered by many to be at the end of the world, until Columbus and others proved them wrong. Nevertheless, watching the sunset on the horizon of the Atlantic is one of the amazing sites that you can look forward to.
If you only have a few days to walk a Camino, you may want to consider the Camino Finisterre. It’s only 93 kilometers (58 miles) and you may be more interested in completing a Camino instead of a portion of the Camino Francés. If you have an extra day, you can add the pilgrimage to Muxía, about 30 kilometers north of Finisterre. You can also expect the Camino Finisterre to be less crowded than the last 100 kilometers of the Camino Francés.
Before we start our Camino Finisterre, let’s take a quick look how the route leaves the Praza do Obradoiro, the large plaza in front of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. The Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos is on your right, and the Palacio de Rajoy or Ayuntamiento de Santiago is on your left. The Camino Fisisterre leaves the plaza by following a narrow street on the right hand side of the Ayuntamiento.
First, let’s go to the middle of the plaza where I ended both my Camino Francés and Camino del Norte. This stone commemorates the Camino de Santiago being declared the first European Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987. In 1993, the pilgrimage route was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time to begin a new journey…
To The End Of The World!
Looking back at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the morning skies. As I mentioned in my post, The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Views From The Praza do Obradoiro, lighting on the cathedral is best in the evening with the setting sun. As you can tell, I had a beautiful spring day.
One last stop to view the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos, an important landmark for the Camino.
This is the Rua das Hortas which leads down the hill.
After the Parque San Lorenzo, the Camino travels through a rural area.
Sarela is a small community on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela with the bridge over the Río Sarela.
The peaceful river looking downstream.
The signs clearly point the way to Finisterre. I don’t remember any time that I had a problem finding the route.
After a short climb, we have one last look at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Even through the morning haze, it’s still a magical sight.
The Galician track through a eucalyptus forest.
These are the bollards for the Camino Finisterre. In Galicia, always walk in the direction of the rays.
A walk through scrubland and…
a beautiful walk through a eucalyptus forest.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop as we near the village of Carballal. It was sad to leave Santiago de Compostela, but I wouldn’t be gone for long. On my next post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Carballal to Ponte Maceira, we’ll continue through villages and eucalyptus forests, and view one of the most amazing settings along the Camino de Santiago. Please join me.
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