THE WAY WITH DOG: MUXIA AND FINISTERRE
Now you can also reach the End of the World accompanied by your inseparable four-legged friend! Take this way to Muxia and Finisterre with your dog!
The Way to Finisterre (Fisterra) is the only Jacobean route where Santiago de Compostela is the beginning of the pilgrimage, and not the end. 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
Santiago de Compostela, kilometer zero of the Jacobean routes, becomes this Way to Finisterre and Muxía in your starting point, always accompanied by your dog.
No pilgrim leaves Santiago without passing through the Plaza del Obradoiro, attending the pilgrim’s mass or 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 – 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 Road 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.
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 your first 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 by 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.
The day begins by skirting the coast and enjoying a beautiful sea landscape. The stage, although short, can be somewhat confusing as you will find pilgrims walking in the opposite direction: those who after passing Olveiroa have taken the detour to Muxía and now walk towards Finisterre. The path advances, with the sea always present, between small villages, forests, corn fields and quiet paths until it reaches the sandy area of Rostro beach. You will walk through the village of Padrís, and then enter the forest towards Lires, your end of stage.
The Lires estuary has an important ornithological richness and notable examples of popular and religious architecture, such as the Romanesque churches of Santa Locacia de Frixe and Santa Maria de Morquintián .
Lires – Muxía
Baja 3h 15,3 Km
Today you will reach the goal of your Path accompanied by the sea and by imposing beaches.
After leaving Lires and crossing the Castro River, you will enter the municipality of Muxía. You will reach Vaosilveiro, Frixe and Morquintián, with stretches of asphalt among other rural roads. The last effort of the trip is the ascent to the top of Aferroas and the Facho de Lourido mountain. We will arrive at the village of Xurarantes and border the beach of Lourido, already in the vicinity of Muxía. We end this journey here, accompanied by our dog all the way to Finisterre and Muxía. We are sure that there is no more faithful travel companion than this one.
Muxía: You have many reasons to visit this town: the mysticism of the church of A Virxe da Barca, also known as the Sanctuary of the Sea because of the beauty with which the waves break on the cliff, the Cabo Touriñán, the quiet beaches and the winding roads that invite you to get lost, its people, the Romanesque churches and the traditional buildings, and of course, the best gastronomy of the sea and the land in Galicia.
Road completed. Once you have enjoyed your last day as pilgrims, it is time to pack up, go home and take stock of the trip. A road that has made you see things in a different way, from which you will take your backpack loaded with new friendships and wonderful and unforgettable moments with your dog, creating with him an unbreakable bond. We are sure that your travel companion is also happy to have shared this trip with you
** After leaving the accommodation, end of the trip.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 8 days / 7 nights accommodation
- Luggage transfer during the stages
- Transfer of your pet’s luggage
- Complete documentation
- Pilgrim’s Credential
- Dog’s credentials
- 24-hour telephone assistance
- Travel Insurance
- Single room supplement: 135 €/pax
- Extra night: 90€ double / 70€ single
- Transfer with dog from Muxía to Santiago 135€ (max. 4 pax)
- 415 € pax. double room
ACOMMODATION WITH DOG
Pet Friendly Hotels
We have selected for you and your pet the best dog friendly accommodations available on this route. From Santiago, you will stay in small family pensions where you and your dog will feel at home, rural houses in idyllic surroundings and hotels with all the comforts to guarantee you the maximum enjoyment on your Way to Finisterre and Muxía.