Visiting The End of the World at Cabo Fisterra, Monte Facho

July 22, 2013 — 8 Comments
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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.

dolphin cape Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

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.

monte facho cape fisterra Camino Galicia

 

After a little bit of climbing, looking back at the lighthouse, Faro de Fisterra. The road that I just followed is on the left.

monte facho lighthouse Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 Looking out to sea with the jagged coastline of the Costa da Morte, the Coast of Death.

monte facho cliff fisterra Camino Galicia

 

After more climbing, there were entire fields of yellow broom.

monte facho broom fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 I presume this building serviced the communication tower.

monte facho road Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 

monte facho sea Finisterre fisterra Camino Galicia

 

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…

monte facho fisterra Camino Galicia

 

 

monte facho heather broom Finisterre Camino Galicia

 

 

monte facho heather broom Fisterra Camino Galicia

 

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.

Praia do Mar de Fora Finisterre fisterra Spain

 

Here’s me on the summit of Monte Facho.

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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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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 The End of the World at Cabo Fisterra, Monte Facho

  1. Dr Sadia Rashid July 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the trail which u took of Mount Facho….the scenic views were awesome…the flora was awesome….very quaint and ur descriptions took me along..as if I was there…u take people to worlds never visited…reality..yet a dream

    • Thanks Sadia. Glad you enjoyed this post. This was a favorite walk of mine. I love climbing and then seeing the vistas. One day, maybe I’ll make it to your country. Thanks for taking the time to stop by 🙂

  2. Peter Pfliegel July 23, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Hi Randall,
    the date of your post is the same as that of my last day in Finisterre. Before the sunset, I burned some of my clothes and then we had picnic with Guilane on that steep rocky slope facing the ocean.
    I’m in Muxía already. I walked 960 km in 33 days with backpack and several others without.
    Even I decided to walk Camino before knowing you, your book, your photos and our correspondence inspired me a lot. Thank you very much! Peter.

    • Peter, congratulations on your Camino. I’m very happy for you. You have walked a great distance and I’m sure it has been very rewarding. I’m glad I could help you a little. Buen Camino, my friend. Have a safe return home 🙂

  3. Once again a fantastic post, I see from the above comments others agree….as well as your picturesque/informative post was selected as 1 of the top stories of the day (July 24th,2013)—-> http://paper.li/Dunnie77 Way to go Randall, keep up the great work! 🙂

    • Thanks again Meesh. I think you would enjoy walking here on Cabo Fisterra. Brilliant colors especially in the sunshine. Always appreciate you sharing my posts 🙂

  4. Hi, Randall 🙂

    Thank you for the interesting description on your Camino (or Caminho, I speak better Portuguese) to the Worlds End.
    If possibly, I would be very interested to learn more about the stone you mentioned,
    which couples were (or are) using in some fertility magic.
    If there is a source of information you know about it, I would be very thankfull if you shared it, because I´m at the moment studying similar practises elsewhere in the Iberian peninsula and France.

    Sincerely, Henna, a caminheira também.

  5. Hi Henna. Sorry, I don’t speak Portuguese but would be interested in knowing a few words, especially if I ever walk the Camino Portugués. Regarding the stone, I only know a little. John Brierley mentions it in “A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Finisterre: Santiago, Finisterre, Muxia.” It’s mentioned in Wikipedia, but otherwise, I can’t find many English sources. Maybe if you research in Spanish, there would be others. I would mention again that I don’t think that many of the pilgrims who travel to The End of The World actually venture up Monte Facho. I would really recommend that everyone does the short climb on a nice day. It’s such a beautiful view! 🙂

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