FROM SANTIAGO TO FINISTERRE (90km)
The Way to Finisterre (Fisterra) is the only Jacobean route in which Santiago de Compostela is the beginning of the pilgrimage, and not the goal. It is a mystical and spiritual route made from time immemorial. More and more pilgrims, once they arrive to Santiago, decide to continue their steps until the so called “End of the Earth” or Finis Terrae. If you decide to take this route you will be amazed by its history, its legends and the impressive landscape of this coast.
Arrival in Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, kilometer zero of the Jacobean routes, becomes this Way to Finisterre in your starting point.
No pilgrim leaves Santiago without passing through the Plaza del Obradoiro, attending the pilgrim’s mass and visiting its imposing Cathedral. It is usual to embrace the Apostle, see the Botafumeiro and contemplate the spectacular Portico de la Gloria. But without a doubt, Santiago is much more than its Cathedral; a walk through its squares is enough to realize that it is a truly living city. Live music concerts, performances for children, parks, monuments, charming viewpoints, markets and a thousand other things that will make you fall in love with this fairytale city.
Santiago de Compostela – Negreira
You will start your first stage of the Way to Finisterre from the same Obradoiro square. After leaving the city, the route runs through meadows and forests of pines and eucalyptus, until you reach one of the most beautiful villages of the stage, Ponte Maceira. It is a beautiful rural village, located in the course of the Tambre river, in which its great stone bridge of Roman origin stands out. There are many legends that circulate about this ancient bridge, such as the one that tells that during the Roman persecution of the disciples of the Apostle Santiago, the bridge collapsed due to divine intervention, killing the persecutors.
After passing Ponte Maceira, only a few kilometers remain to reach your final stage, Negreira, where you will find all the necessary services. In Negreira, you must visit its most emblematic monument, the Pazo de Cotón. Associated with this medieval fortress is the chapel of San Mauro, known today as the chapel of Cotón. To relax and rest you can drop by the recreational area of Covas, where you can eat something and swim in the river.
Negreira – Olveiroa
This is the longest stage of the Way to Finisterre, as it is more than 30 kilometers that separate Negreira from Olveiroa. Although long, this stage is not very difficult, as it runs through terrain with little slope. Along the route you will enjoy a totally rural landscape, crossing large meadows, immense forests of native trees and small villages, where the friendliness of its people will give you the impetus to reach the goal. A few kilometers before reaching the end, you will be able to admire the incredible views of the reservoir of A Fervenza, on the descent of Mount Aro. Once in Olveiroa, you will have all the services to rest and recover after this long stage.
Olveiroa is a rural environment that has suffered for years from the evils of depopulation. However, today it has become a renewed environment with the restoration of its heritage. The most outstanding heritage elements are its hundred-year-old hórreos.
*Note: it is a function of the availability of accommodation, it is possible that this stage ends earlier. Specifically in A Picota, municipality of Mazaricos. It is also possible to request the itinerary directly with a stop in A Picota, in order to make the stage shorter and to make the general distribution of the route more balanced.
Olveiroa – Cee
From Olveiroa you will head towards Cee, to finally meet the Atlantic Ocean, a sign that the goal is getting closer. You will leave from the Castrelo reservoir and continue climbing until you have a spectacular view of the Xallas River. At 5 kilometers from the start, you will find the village of Hospital, where we recommend stopping before continuing, as the rest of the route runs along lonely rural paths until you reach the Fisterra and Muxía forks. Once you reach this fork, you must take the option to the left to continue descending towards Cee, your final stage.
Cee, located between Touriñan and Fisterra Cape, is part of the Costa da Morte. In this place you can enjoy the privileged natural environment and relax on its beautiful beaches. As for the heritage, there is a castle called the Prince’s Castle, which was built on a rocky outcrop (for defensive reasons) during the reign of Charles III. It is currently privately owned and only retains the defensive wall of the closure with the sea
Cee – Finisterre
Today’s stage is a beautiful and quiet walk near the sea, passing through pine forests, beaches and cliffs. In Corcubion it will be worth stopping for a walk in the old part of the town, declared a Historic-Artistic Site. Here, you can also swim in the beach of Quenxe, protected from the winds and storms so typical of the Costa da Morte. Afterwards, you will continue your walk enjoying the wonderful green landscape and the rocky Atlantic coast until you reach the desired goal, Finisterre. It will be worth your while to take a walk through the town before setting off for the real goal, Cape Finisterre. Just 3 kilometers uphill you will be taken to its famous lighthouse to watch one of the most spectacular sunsets in the world, with the sun setting over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
No doubt, you will be grateful to take a well-deserved rest after these days of walking, strolling around Fisterra, its port and its market; and enjoying the rich local gastronomy. After a bit of leisure tourism we recommend you as a cultural plan to visit the Museum of the Sea, located in the Castle of San Carlos which was built in the 18th century.
Once the Way is finished, it will be worth dedicating one more day to this beautiful fishing village of the Costa da Morte. After visiting its iconic lighthouse, you can take a walk through its labyrinthine streets and enter any of its taverns to taste a good plate of fish, feel the sea breeze walking through its beautiful port and learn the tragic stories of shipwrecks that give name to this mysterious coast.
Congratulations Pilgrims, you have walked to the “end of the world”!
*After leaving the accommodation, end of service.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 6 days / 5 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- PRIVATE SHELTERS
- Extra night in Santiago: 25 €/pax
- HOSTELS, HOTELS AND GUESTHOUSES
- Single room supplement: 80 €/pax
- Breakfast: 35 €/pax
- Half Board: 120 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 55€ ind. / 70€ double
- PRIVATE TRANSFER
- Transfer from Finisterre to Santiago: 110 €/pax
- 195 € pax in Private Shelters
- 295 € pax in Hostels and Hotels
The perfect choice if you are travelling alone, have a small budget or feel like experiencing the Camino 100%. The hostels are the perfect accommodation to meet other pilgrims. They have mixed rooms organized in bunk beds, bathrooms separated by sexes, equipped kitchens, laundry and common areas where you can relax and rest.