When the Camino de Santiago ends in Finisterre

Completing the Camino de Santiago and reaching Compostela has a lot of merit. However, more and more pilgrims are deciding to continue their adventure to the Atlantic Ocean, specifically to Cape Fisterra. Pambre tours gives you the opportunity to do it.

Finisterre (from the Latin “finis terrae”) was considered by the Romans as the place where the world ended. According to a legend, the disciples who carried the body of the Apostle Santiago traveled to Dugium (today’s Finisterre) to bury him. But they were never able to finish the journey and his remains were found in places near Compostela.

If you have decided to complete the traditional stages of the Camino, you probably know that after the Offering to the Apostle, there are a series of rites and traditions of purifying character that symbolize the beginning of a new life, freeing us from sins and other material burdens. One of them consists of bathing in the beach of Langosteira. Another is to burn our pilgrim clothes to get rid of everything material and start a new path of inner peace (we recommend you to dispense with this practice as it is somewhat dangerous). The third tradition consists of attending the Pilgrim’s Mass with religious devotion. And finally, there is watching the sunset at Cape Fisterra. This last rite symbolizes death and resurrection to a new life.

For many in this place you can contemplate the most magical sunsets in the world.

Watching the sun go down in the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean is undoubtedly an unforgettable moment; but continuing our tour to Finisterre gives us other experiences worth remembering. We have already mentioned the beautiful tradition of taking a bath in the Langosteira beach, kilometers before arriving to Fisterra, to purify the body. But if the temperature does not allow it, we can complete our tour seeing the closest European lighthouse to America. Located about 3 km. from the village and built in 1893, it offers spectacular views of the ocean and the entire Ría de Corcubión.

Another excellent plan is to visit the Castle of San Carlos (XVIII century), the chapel of Nosa Señora do Bo Suceso, or why not? visit the fish market and enjoy the best fish and seafood that the brave waters of the Costa da Morte give us. We especially recommend you to try the razor clams (called here “longueiróns”), to which a gastronomic festival is dedicated in August.

Traditionally, this route was completed when arriving at the chapel of Santo Cristo de Fisterra (place where pilgrims used to burn their clothes). But some decide to continue their journey to the village of Muxía to visit the sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Barca. Legend has it that the Virgin came to this place to comfort the apostle Santiago, and did so aboard a stone boat whose remains are preserved next to the chapel. Its location gives us another opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, sitting next to the so-called “miracle stones” and with the waves crashing at our feet.

Remember that the continuation of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre, also has its own accreditation: the “Fisterrana”. To get it you will only need the same pilgrim’s credential used to obtain the Compostela (and already provided by Pambretours) and pick up your “Fisterrana” at the hostel in Fisterra.

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