Walking the Camino to Finisterre and Muxia

  • 7 Nights
  • From 745 Per Person
  • Flights available (optional)
  • Spain
The wonderful Camino to Finisterre and Muxia is the only Camino de Santiago route that begins in the city of Santiago de Compostela; taking pilgrims to the Atlantic Ocean, firstly to Cape Finisterre and then to the picturesque coastal village of Muxia.

It takes four walking days to walk the nearly 90 kms that separate Santiago de Compostela from Cape Fisterra (Fisterra in Galician language) but we recommend you continue for an additional two days to lovely Muxia and its fascinating Our Lady of the Boat Sanctuary (Virxe da Barca), perched on the rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Galicia’s Finis-Terrae, the ‘edge of the world’, was believed by pre Christian communities to be ‘Lands End’ and the place were the world of the living got closest to the other world. Many fascinating traditions and myths are alive and well in this beautiful region.

From Santiago de Compostela to Negreira and the town of Cee the route takes pilgrims mainly out of the city and into rural Galicia, walking down country lanes, forest tracks and farmland. As you approach Cee, the first coastal town on the route, you can get your first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. From then on, particularly the last stretch of the Camino trail into Muxia, will reward you with wonderful coastal scenery, pristine sandy beaches and stunning views of rugged cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Camino to Finisterre and Muxia is a great trail particularly from June to September, when can enjoy a swim in some of the many sandy beaches along the way, such as Langosteira and Lires, always following carefully the safety guidelines for each beach.

If you are walking to Finisterre you can request the ‘Finisterrana’ pilgrim certificate at the local town council; and if you are continuing your Camino journey to the fishing village of Muxia, you can also request the ‘Muxiana’ certificate. Our Camino to Finisterre and Muxia self guided tour can be adapted to your needs so you can stay for additional nights in Santiago de Compostela, for instance, to explore the city further. Enjoy this magical Camino de Santiago journey to the ‘end of the world’.

Walking the Camino to Finisterre and Muxia

The wonderful Camino to Finisterre and Muxia is the only Camino de Santiago route that begins in the city of Santiago de Compostela; taking pilgrims to the Atlantic Ocean, firstly to Cape Finisterre and then to the picturesque coastal village of Muxia.

It takes four walking days to walk the nearly 90 kms that separate Santiago de Compostela from Cape Fisterra (Fisterra in Galician language) but we recommend you continue for an additional two days to lovely Muxia and its fascinating Our Lady of the Boat Sanctuary (Virxe da Barca), perched on the rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Galicia’s Finis-Terrae, the ‘edge of the world’, was believed by pre Christian communities to be ‘Lands End’ and the place were the world of the living got closest to the other world. Many fascinating traditions and myths are alive and well in this beautiful region.

From Santiago de Compostela to Negreira and the town of Cee the route takes pilgrims mainly out of the city and into rural Galicia, walking down country lanes, forest tracks and farmland. As you approach Cee, the first coastal town on the route, you can get your first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. From then on, particularly the last stretch of the Camino trail into Muxia, will reward you with wonderful coastal scenery, pristine sandy beaches and stunning views of rugged cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Camino to Finisterre and Muxia is a great trail particularly from June to September, when can enjoy a swim in some of the many sandy beaches along the way, such as Langosteira and Lires, always following carefully the safety guidelines for each beach.

If you are walking to Finisterre you can request the ‘Finisterrana’ pilgrim certificate at the local town council; and if you are continuing your Camino journey to the fishing village of Muxia, you can also request the ‘Muxiana’ certificate. Our Camino to Finisterre and Muxia self guided tour can be adapted to your needs so you can stay for additional nights in Santiago de Compostela, for instance, to explore the city further. Enjoy this magical Camino de Santiago journey to the ‘end of the world’.

Itinerary

Our Camino to Finisterre and Muxia self guided walking tour generally includes:

  • 7 nights in selected 3-star hotels and guesthouses
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage transfers on walking days, so your luggage will be delivered to your next stop (One 20kg luggage piece per person)
  • Pilgrim travel pack with holiday information, pilgrim passport and route notes
  • Transfers to accommodation when required

OPTIONAL

  • Flights
  • Dinners
  • Airport pick up
  • Hotel upgrades to boutique and luxury hotels or Paradores where available
  • Travel insurance
  • Talk to our team if you require additional services

CAMINO TO FINISTERRE AND MUXIA ITINERARY

DAY 1 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Today you will arrive in Santiago de Compostela to start your Camino to Finisterre. You will check in to your hotel in the city centre and explore the beautiful Old Town. Read our blog post Things to do and see in Santiago de Compostela for inspiration.

DAY 2 – WALKING FROM SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA TO NEGREIRA – 21KMS

The first day walking the Camino to Finisterre from Santiago de Compostela takes you out of the city, starting from Praza do Obradoiro, to the tiny village of Negreira and passing the medieval bridge of Ponte Maceira, which has seen pilgrims passing over the River Tambre since the 14th century when it was built.

DAY 3 – WALKING FROM NEGREIRA TO ABELEIROAS – 29KMS

Today is the longest walking day of the whole route, therefore the most challenging, but it is a gloriously rural stage, with lovely oak and sweet chestnut forests to walk through, in the valley of the Xallas River. You will spot many of Galicia’s iconic ‘cruceiros’ (way crosses) and ‘horreos’ (granaries) along the way. Your stop for today is the tiny hamlet of Abeleiroas.

DAY 4 – WALKING FROM ABELEIROAS TO CEE – 25KMS

The Camino to Finisterre continues today across the Galician farmland and countryside from Abeleiroas to the tiny village of Olveiroa. As you start your descent into the village of Cee you will catch the first glimpse of the sea! Cee is a coastal town where you will find all the services you need.

DAY 5 – WALKING FROM CEE TO FISTERRA – 16KMS

From Cee the Camino trail continues through the historic village of Corcubion and then along the scenic coastline of Fisterra Bay to the town of the same name. Praia Langosteira just before you reach the town centre is a popular spot for swimming. It is approximately 12kms from Cee to Finisterre town, and further 3.5kms to the famous Cape.

DAY 6 – WALKING FROM FISTERRA TO LIRES – 16KMS

From Fisterra the Camino continues to the hamlet of Lires, rewarding pilgrims with beautiful coastal scenery. There are wonderful beaches in the Lires area, ideal for a stroll or a swim on balmy days.

The region is well known for its seafood and fresh fish; not only octopus but also unusual delicacies such as gooseneck barnacles ‘percebes’ harvested from dangerous cliffs in the area.

DAY 7 – WALKING FROM LIRES TO MUXIA – 15KMS

Today is your last walking day on the Camino and enchanting Muxía is the destination for the day. The Our Lady of the Boat Sanctuary, Virxe da Barca, sits perched on the rocks by the Atlantic Ocean and is home to an important pilgrimage in September. Just by the chapel, you will find the village’s famous ‘rocking stones’ believed to have curative powers.

You can request your Muxiana pilgrim certificate from the Tourist Office in the village.

According to legend, the Virgin travelled on a stone boat to this area to help Saint James spread the gospel, hence the name of the sanctuary and this fascinating cult to unusually shaped stones.

DAY 8 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA AIRPORT

Today, you will get picked up in Muxia and travel back to Santiago de Compostela airport to catch your flight back home. If you’d like to have more time to explore Santiago de Compostela, our travel experts can organise an additional night in this fantastic city.

The Camino to Fisterra and Muxia self guided tour is completely flexible and we can adjust it to your individual needs, adding nights, rest days and services for instance. Our travel experts will organise a memorable experience for you.

  • Price per person sharing, on a twin or double room with private bathroom
  • Single rooms available on request
  • A deposit is required to secure your booking
  • Please note this is a self guided Camino tour, if you are interested in joining a Camino guide group, you can find all the details on upcoming departures on our page CAMINO GUIDED TOURS.

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