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!
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.
Looking toward Finisterre and the Corcubión Estuary, Ría de Corcubión. The town of Cee is far in the distance.
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.
Beautiful with the yellow broom.
While descending, I zoomed in on the town of Finisterre.
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.
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.
I stopped and watched horses in this field beside the beach.
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.
The sand dunes had some interesting vegetation including this…
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.
Off these rocks, I tossed the stone from the Pacific and chose another to take home with me.
This was later on that same evening. I was determined to see the famed sunset.
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.
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.
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