Route to Finisterre and Muxía

5 Stages | 120 km

The most mystical and spiritual route of the Camino de Santiago

The Way to Finisterre and Muxía is the extension of the Camino de Santiago that links Santiago de Compostela with the enigmatic Costa da Morte. An ancient journey to the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean that symbolized the purification and healing of the soul of the pilgrims.

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Road to Finisterre and Muxía

The Way to Finisterre and Muxía is a fairly quiet route without big slopes. You will find very interesting villages, such as Ponte Maceira, listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain. You will pass through picturesque rural villages, pazos, cruceiros and countless hórreos. The rain will become your travel companion, you will end up falling in love with the misty mornings walking through the lush Atlantic forests.

Already in A Costa da Morte, you will enjoy beautiful landscapes framed by the wildest and wildest coast. Important villages of seafaring tradition, paradisiacal beaches, lighthouses and steep cliffs from which to contemplate the most beautiful sunsets in Spain.

Road to Finisterre and Muxía

Where to start the route to Finisterre and Muxía?

From Santiago de Compostela

The great peculiarity of the Camino to Finisterre and Muxía is that unlike other routes, it does not lead pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, but starts from the very square of Obradoiro to go to the legendary Costa da Morte.

It is for this reason that many of the pilgrims who come to the city of the Apostle, decide to extend their pilgrimage and complete the 4 or 5 stages that separate Compostela from Finisterre and Muxía. There are even those who, after visiting both final destinations of the Jacobean route, continue walking back to Santiago making an almost circular route.

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History of the route to Finisterre and Muxía

Its history begins many centuries ago, when the Romans were convinced that the earth was flat, a kind of solid plate floating on a mysterious and enigmatic ocean, the so-called Mare Tenebrosum. Finisterre, or Finis Terrae, was considered the last place on Earth.

But this Way was already considered a place of pilgrimage for the Celts, who chose it as an important place of worship to the sun, the Ara Solis. Here the sun was seen for the last time each day, giving beginning to the great mystery, the world of the dead or the island of eternal youth.

Therefore the route was born as a pagan path that had nothing to do with Christianity. However, with the discovery of the remains of the Apostle St. James and the Christianization of the peninsula, it soon became part of the network of roads frequented by pilgrims on their way to Compostela. After the consolidation of the Camino de Santiago in the Middle Ages more and more pilgrims decided to continue their journey to Finisterre, in search of the supernatural mysticism that surrounded A Costa da Morte.

But Christianity is also part of the history of the Way to Finisterre. It is said that the apostle himself destroyed the altar of the Ara Solis on his pilgrimage through the peninsula, building in its place the hermitage of San Guillermo, now disappeared.

The Codex Calixtinus also records that the remains of the apostle were taken to Duio, a village near Finisterre, in order to request the king’s consent to bury them. According to legend, the passage of the apostle’s disciples through this place was a trap that Queen Lupa designed to prevent the saint from being buried in Galicia.

Like the other Ways of Saint James, the Way to Finisterre underwent a great development in the Middle Ages. However, it also recorded a significant decline from the 16th century onwards.

From the 20th century onwards, the administrations, associations and regional entities gave new value to the Way to Finisterre. They carried out important dissemination and promotion tasks and created their own pilgrimage certificates, such as the Fisterrana and Muxiana, which accredit the pilgrim with the completion of the route.

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