In ancient times, the Romans built a road to the summit of Monte Facho and it’s believed that a settlement once stood on the mountain. Ruins and artifacts from throughout the centuries have been found on Monte Facho. For some pilgrims, locals, and notables, the mountain has become a final resting spot; a finality of the journey of life. For others, it’s a place of birth, at least of conception. It may be (or may not be) interesting to note that there’s one specific and famous stone on Monte Facho that sterile couples from centuries ago (and quite possibly, recently too), following a Celtic rite of fertility, would have sexual intercourse to hopefully conceive. I only saw one couple on my entire trek to Monte Facho and they were fully clothed. As for me, I was alone and, at the time, had no idea about the famous stone or its location.
I left my last post, The Camino Finisterre in Spain, Visiting The End of the World, here, at the statue that pays tribute to the dolphin and their importance to the waters off Cabo Fisterra. Let’s continue. We have a small mountain to climb.
To Monte Facho, I took the obvious route, following a road that turned off the main road before the parking lot. You can see the road in the center of the photo. It led to a fine lookout that you can’t miss. From there, I followed a service road, for the most part, to near the summit. After that, there was some easy climbing on rock. This is looking at Monte Facho, from near the turnoff. The mountain was accented by the yellow from the broom.
After a little bit of climbing, looking back at the lighthouse, Faro de Fisterra. The road that I just followed is on the left.
Looking out to sea with the jagged coastline of the Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death.
After more climbing, there were entire fields of yellow broom.
I presume this building serviced the communication tower.
Well, this is quite pretty. I’m not talking about the road but the heather which, like the yellow broom, was also in full bloom. Let’s take a closer look…
After a short climb up rock to the summit of Monte Facho, this was one of the views that awaited. Below, is the famous western beach of Finisterre, Praia do Mar de Fora. While the area around the lighthouse was very busy with tourists and pilgrims, the summit of Monte Facho only had a couple who were just about to leave. This was a tranquil and scenic spot.
Here’s me on the summit of Monte Facho.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I really recommend the short climb to Monte Facho. If you’re wondering, you don’t have to return to the lighthouse to get back to Finisterre. There are trails that lead you down the mountain toward Praia do Mar de Fora and the adjacent neighbourhood. Just be careful on your descent. Our journey at the end of the world isn’t finished yet. On my next post, Visiting Cabo Fisterra, Monte Facho and Praia do Mar de Fora, we’ll continue with more magnificent views from the summit of Monte Facho before visiting the beach, Praia do Mar de Fora. Please join me as we continue to explore the end of the world one last time.
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