The famed lighthouse at the end of the world, Faro de Fisterra, is one of the most recognized landmarks in all of Galicia. The lighthouse was built in 1853, and on a clear day, can be seen from 30 kilometres out at sea. The northwest coastline of Galicia is rough, jagged, and treacherous. Therefore, it was given the appropriate name, Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death. Numerous vessels from ancient times to the present are resting on the floor of the Atlantic with lives lost multiplied many times more. It’s not only pleasure and fishing boats that have had distress, but well-documented naval battles between the French and English occurred just off Cabo Fisterra. Visitors are also reminded to be careful walking on the slippery rocks as deaths on the coastline around the lighthouse have also occurred.
I left my last post, On The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Finisterre to The End of the World, here at the 0.00 kilometer bollard at the end of the world. As a pilgrim, you arrive here full of emotion, and grateful that this part of your journey is over, and you’re safe and sound. Once you begin walking the Camino though, the pilgrim knows his or her journey never ends. I know mine continues. Now, let’s take a look around the end of the world at Cape Finisterre.
These memorials and dedications are nearby.
The aforementioned Faro de Fisterra, the famed lighthouse.
The fire pit where pilgrims offer up a piece of clothing to be burned as a ritual in the sense that the end of their Camino is part of a new beginning of life. A handwritten note is often included, possibly in memory of a loved one, or to repent one’s sins.
Adjacent to the fire pit is the famed bronzed boot mounted on stone. It’s also a symbol of the end of this part of your journey. For some pilgrims, the worn boots are sacrificed and burned in the fire pit. Let’s take a closer look…
I had to venture as far as I could past the lighthouse on Cabo Fisterra, remembering that on these steep rocky cliffs, people have lost their lives.
Just a little more… That’s enough!
Here’s me at the end of the world.
Looking back at the lighthouse.
The crucerio at the end of the world. Pilgrims place stones, on this and similar crosses along the Camino de Santiago for various, very personal reasons. They may include a note on paper or cloth, possibly in memory of their journey and the lessons learned. Maybe they’re letting go of the past while looking forward to a new beginning. It could be a special note to themselves—a promise to keep, a memory of a loved one, or a repenting of a sin. Possibly, they’re saying goodbye to someone in their lives while looking forward to greeting someone new. Whatever the reason, it’s personal and meaningful.
I love the sign: “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”
A popular activity off Cabo Fisterra is dolphin watching. Sometimes, the pods can be seen from the Cape. This statue symbolizes the importance of these truly amazing and beautiful creatures to the waters off of Cabo Fisterra.
I hope you enjoyed this post as we made it as far as I would go to the end of the world. You may think our journey is over but we’re not finished yet. On my next post, Visiting The End of the World at Cabo Fisterra, Monte Facho, we’ll continue to the summit of Monte Facho with amazing vistas of the famous beach, Praia do Mar de Fora, the town of Finisterre, the coastline, the cape, and the sea. Please join me as we continue to explore the end of the world.
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