Visiting Cabo Fisterra, Monte Facho and Praia do Mar de Fora

August 14, 2013 — 8 Comments
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Before I left home for the Camino de Santiago, I chose a small stone from a beach in Vancouver, Canada. I carried the stone to England, France, and across Spain to Finisterre, Galicia. On the famed beach, Praia do Mar de Fora, I gently tossed the stone from the Pacific Ocean into the Atlantic. Then, I picked up a small stone from that very spot on Praia do Mar de Fora and carried it home. I tossed it into the Pacific off the same beach where picked up the first one. All this was to honor my recently departed mother who would have been thrilled to know that I walked across Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

I left my last post, Visiting The End of the World at Cabo Fisterra, Monte Facho, with this view of the famed western beach, Praia do Mar de Fora from the summit of Monte Facho. This was a beautiful spot to sit, relax, and take in the vistas. If you have time, I really recommend making the short climb up Monte Facho. It’s well-worth the effort!

Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

Here’s an interesting view of Cabo Fisterra showing both of the beaches, Praia do Mar de Fora on your left and a little beyond Finisterre, Praia da Langosteira is on your right. Only a day before, I was in the hills in the distance on the right side.

Praia Mar Fora Langosteira Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

Looking toward Finisterre and the Corcubión Estuary, Ría de Corcubión. The town of Cee is far in the distance.

Praia Langosteira Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

Turning about 180 degrees and looking down at the steep cliffs of the Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death. A trail below is awaiting so you can explore the lower elevation of Monte Facho.

cliff Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

 Beautiful with the yellow broom.

sea cliffs Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

While descending, I zoomed in on the town of Finisterre.

galicia Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

I was tired on my first day and instead of heading right to the beach, Praia do Mar de Fora, I chose to find my way along this seldom used trail to one of the outer neighbourhoods of Finisterre.

path Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

I’ill give one word of advice. If the upcoming weather looks uncertain, make sure you see the sunset if the skies are clear. This was the next day with a weather system coming in. I went in the evening but the cloud rolled in and a sunset wasn’t going to happen. Still, it was a very scenic walk on the way to Praia do Mar de Fora.

broom Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

I stopped and watched horses in this field beside the beach.

horse Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

 

field Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

This was the next afternoon. I just wanted to visit the beach and work on my writing. Also, after walking so much over the past few weeks, a little relaxation was in order.

boardwalk Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

  The sand dunes had some interesting vegetation including this…

dunes Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

 lovely flower.

flower Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

I picked a relaxing spot and sat for a few hours. As you can tell, the beach was rather quiet on this cool Spring day.

beach Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

Off these rocks, I tossed the stone from the Pacific and chose another to take home with me.

sea Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

 

waves Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

 

sea Praia do Mar de Fora fisterra Spain

 

This was later on that same evening. I was determined to see the famed sunset.

Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

Well, I never had the classic Praia do Mar de Fora sunset but was still very happy. I had looked forward to this scene since I left home, as I walked across the Camino, and every time I listened to the Pat Metheny Band’s, To The End Of The World.

sunset Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

I made it to the end of the world 🙂

Blogging the entire Camino Frances and Camino Finisterre turned out to be much more involved than I had originally expected or intended. Really, I had only planned to post a few dozen photos corresponding with my book. Instead, I have well over 100 blog posts and about 2000 photos. I hope you have enjoyed it. It has been my pleasure writing these posts and I hope I have given you a better idea what it’s really like to walk the Camino de Santiago. If you haven’t already, I really hope you can enjoy your own journey one day. Thanks for your time.

If you have my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, or have ordered it, I really appreciate your support. It’s also out on Kindle and Kobo. My Goodreads and Amazon pages have reviews and more information. Please share this post, and thanks for your time.




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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8 responses to Visiting Cabo Fisterra, Monte Facho and Praia do Mar de Fora

  1. You amaze me, Randall, with your stunningly picturesque posts…. Not really, for I’ve grown to admire each and every one of them. This one was in particular, very moving with the mention of that small stone that you carried from Vancouver…. Priceless!

    Keep up the good work, I do enjoy stopping in, mon ami 🙂

    • Thanks so much. As always I appreciate your kind words. I really hope you can walk part of the Camino one day. As always, thanks for stopping by, mon ami 🙂

  2. Lovely story about carrying the stones for your mother. And lovely photos too 🙂

  3. This has been by far the most amazing account of the caminos I have ever come across, read or bought. At 76 I hope to start my camino at last and your information has helped me make many decisions about which one and how to go about the journey. A small taste of the camino del Norte six years ago so I thought but I now wonder if I was actually on the camino primitivo.
    Your blogs are just wonderful .

    • Thanks Lynne. I really appreciate your comment. I have a little book that you may be interested in too 🙂 I hope you can walk at least part of the Camino really soon. Take a section that you’re comfortable with, or that you are fascinated with, and have a very pleasant journey. All the best and Buen Camino 🙂

  4. Hi Randall,
    All beautiful pictures, I enjoyed all the scenes..and a little familiar place those wooden fench..Thank so much for sharing your amazing life journey…well done!

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