When medieval pilgrims reached
Santiago many continued to Finisterre on the seacoast.
Until 1492 there was no knowledge of the world being round or of another
continent across the sea so Finisterre was considered the "end of the
earth". It was a mysterious and sacred place since pre-historic
From Santiago you can walk the route in 4 days and return by taxi to
Santiago. Or you can take a one day guided bus tour to see both
Finisterre and Muxia.
1 Santiago to
Negreira This is a
path less travelled than the route from Sarria to Santiago so much of it
is wild countryside with few people. Some of this day is through
eucalyptus forest so there is shade. There is one long climb of
about 3 km Legend says that the bridge at Negreira was destroyed
to keep Roman soldiers from pursuing followers of St James
Distance 22 km.
Day 2 Negreira
Some of today's route is on hard roads
with much ascent. There are few villages along the way.
Distance 26 km
Day 3 Abeleiroas to
Today's walk is
mostly downhill to the port town of Cee. Distance
Day 4 Cee to Finisterre This is coastal
walking with the final two km into Finisterre on a sandy beach. On
arriving in Fisterre it is still another 6 km out the cape to the
lighthouse and the true "end of the world".
Distance 21 km
Day 5 Depart There are buses that go between
Finisterre and Santiago five times a day. Some buses take 1.5
hours and others take 3 hours. A taxi takes a little over
To continue to Muxia is another 30 km.
Cost for four nights: $870 Cdn per person based on double
Included: Four nights accommodation with private bath