Camino Finisterre - Muxia Way
From Santiago, walk the Camino Finisterre and reach the end of the world and burn your past!
For many pilgrims their pilgrimage comes to an end in the city of Santiago de Compostela. However, dating back almost to the discovery of the tomb of Saint James the Apostle in the 9th century, many of the pilgrims, from both the Iberian Peninsula and those who travelled from elsewhere, decided to continue their journey to the Costa da Morte ("Coast of Death") on the Camino Finisterre. Located in the westernmost part of Galicia, looking out onto the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean and what many believed to be the end of the known world is Cape Finisterre. Here pilgrims have been know to throw their shoes into the sea to symbolise their new beginning in life on finishing the Camino.
The Camino Finisterre can include both the towns of Fisterra and Muxía. These towns both have a rich history and beautiful legends like that of the Sanctuary of Nosa Senora da Barca outside Muxía, where it is believed to be the vestiges of the stone boat that the Virgin Mary sailed on to visit St James and encourage him on his preachings. Read more about all of this and the Way of Saint James history here.
Unlike the other Ways on the Camino the Camino Finisterre is the only route that starts in Santiago and has its final destination at Cape Finisterre, just over 3km outside of Fisterra or alternatively the fishing town of Muxía, or both if you haven't had enough walking!
After completing the Finisterre Way you can claim the Fisterra-Muxia pilgrim credential and bring back the original proof of completion of the Camino - the scallop shell. As the scallop shell is native to the shores of Galicia, the shell functioned as proof of completion and that the pilgrim had actually seen the ?end of the world? - Fisterra. It also had practical purposes; you can use it for gathering water to drink or for eating out of as a makeshift bowl. It also acted as a metaphor, the grooves in the shell, which come together at a single point, represent the various routes pilgrims travelled, eventually arriving at a single destination the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Com