4 Stages / 120 km
Everything you need to know about the Way to Finisterre and Muxía
Get ready to discover the Way to Finisterre, the Way to the end of the World, kilometer zero of all the Caminos de Santiago . A place where the Celts worshiped the sun with mysterious rituals and sacrifices. But that a long time later, pilgrims from all over the world continue to come to purify themselves and burn their garments.
This Trail has become popular in recent years, as more and more walkers are attracted by the wildness of the ocean and its spectacular sunset , considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
Brief history of the Camino a Finisterre
Its history begins many centuries ago, when the Romans lived convinced that the earth was flat, a kind of solid plate that floated on a mysterious and enigmatic ocean, the so-called Mare Tenebrosum. Finisterre, or Finis Terrae , was considered the last place on Earth .
The Ara Solis
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 king star was seen for the last time each day, beginning 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 Santiago and the Christianization of the peninsula , it did not take long to join the network of roads frequented by pilgrims heading 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 Camino a 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, currently missing.
The Codex Calixtino also states that the remains of the apostle were transferred to Duio, a town near Finisterre, to request the consent of the king and be able 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 rest of the Caminos de Santiago, the Camino a Finisterre underwent a great development in the Middle Ages. However, it also registered a significant decline from the 16th century.
Starting in the 20th century, the regional administrations, associations and entities once again valued the Way to Finisterre. They carried out important tasks of dissemination and promotion and created their own pilgrimage certificates, such as the Fisterrana and Muxiana
Signposting of the Way to Finisterre
The signage of the Way to Finisterre is perfect throughout the route. You will find every few kilometers the typical kilometer marker as well as the yellow arrow. The division of the Way between Muxía and Finisterre is also perfectly signposted with kilometer markers in both directions.
As in almost all routes, you have to be especially careful with the signs. Since it is common for accommodation and restaurants to try to attract pilgrims by placing arrows and unofficial signs to guide pilgrims to their establishments.
Stages of the Way to Finisterre
As you may already know, the Camino a Finisterre is the only one of the Caminos that has Santiago de Compostela as its starting point . The usual thing is that pilgrims who finish any of the Jacobean routes in Santiago, decide to extend their trip beyond the Cathedral.
There are several routes to End ISTE rre, the most popular features 99 km from Santiago to Finisterre and can be done in just five days. If you have more time, we recommend lengthening the route a little more and doing the Finisterre and Muxía Way
As for its difficulty, it is a fairly quiet route and without major slopes . You will find very interesting towns, such as Ponte Maceira , listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain. You will pass through picturesque rural villages, country houses, crossroads and countless granaries. The rain will become your travel companion and you will end up falling in love with misty mornings walking through the lush Atlantic forests.