Camino Finisterre - Finisterre to Muxía | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Finisterre - Fisterra

0.80km
1.90kms.
Altitude: 
27

Finisterre is the end of the world, and for anybody walking west, the beginning of the end. From the city center only 3km remain to the Cabo (lighthouse and restaurant). On the other hand, 31km remain for anyone wishing to turn North and continue to Muxía. Quite a few albergues have cropped up in the last years, but only the Xunta albergue can provide you with the official document, the Fisterrana, declaring your completion of the walk. You are advised to have all of your stamps in order, for they are on the lookout for anybody who might have taken the bus.

This is the sort of place where salty air mixes with cheerful rendezvous and pilgrim farewells. Pilgrimage to this point, the most westerly point of continental Europe, predates that of Santiago. As unique as this might make it, Finisterre has managed to maintain a low profile. The harbor restaurants, now enjoying their recently rebuilt environs, continue to do grilled sardines and pimientos de padron the way they always have.

Bus service returns to Santiago from in front of the municipal albergue several times daily and is easy to sort out. The schedule is posted at most albergues. Be mindful of the phrase "Enlace" which indicates a change in buses along the way and a potential delay when traffic is heavy. The drivers are serious fellows, and not very talkative. If you find yourself standing with a group of people on the side of the road, unsure of what is going on, be patient. If you are in more of a hurry, taxi service can get you back to Santiago as well.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, is a quick geography lesson. Contrary to perception, the walk to the lighthouse is Southerly. The beach approaching Finisterre, the Playa Langosteira (lobster), faces East. This puts the setting sun, and nostalgic glances towards home for North Americans, on the other side of the peninsula; a little over 1km from the municipal albergue. If you fancy a plunge into the Atlantic, naked or otherwise, the relatively private beach there will oblige... just saying. If you go, be extremely mindful of the strong currents which will quickly pull you from the beach when the waves roll in. The beach is unmonitored.

For those of you wishing to continue onward to Muxía, I have separated the notes and put those into "San Martiño de Duio." The elevation profile as well begins there.

Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Albergue de Peregrinos de Fisterra
Real, 2

Xunta
36 6 Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos de Fisterra on the Camino de Santiago
2 Albergue O Encontro
Campo

Private
5 12/15
3 Albergue de Paz
Víctor Cardalda, 11

Private
30 10
4 Albergue Finistellae
Manuel Lago Pais, 7

Private
20 12 Photo in Albergue Finistellae on the Camino de Santiago
5 Albergue do Sol e da Lúa
Private
22 10 Photo in Albergue do Sol e da Lúa on the Camino de Santiago
6 Albergue Cabo da Vila
Coruña, 13

Private
24 12 Photo in Albergue Cabo da Vila on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Cabo da Vila on the Camino de Santiago
7 Albergue Por Fin
Federico Avila, 19

Private
11 10 Photo in Albergue Por Fin on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Por Fin on the Camino de Santiago
8 Albergue Mar de Rostro
Alcalde Fernández, 45

Private
11 10
9 Albergue do Mar
San Roque

Private
18 10 Finisterre - Fisterra - Albergue do Mar
10 Albergue Arasolis
Ara Solis, 3

Private
16 10 Photo in Albergue Arasolis on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Arasolis on the Camino de Santiago
11 Albergue Mar de Fora
Potiña, 60

Private
38 10 Photo in Albergue Mar de Fora on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Mar de Fora on the Camino de Santiago
12 Hostal Mariquito
Santa Catalina, 44-46

Hostal
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13 Hotel Áncora
Alcalde Fernández, 43

Hotel
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14 Hotel Finisterre
Federico Ávila, 8

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Finisterre on the Camino de Santiago
15 Alojamiento Mirador Fin da Terra
Montarón

Pension
Photo in Alojamiento Mirador Fin da Terra on the Camino de Santiago
16 Hotel Playa Langosteira
Lugar de Escaselas, 1

Hotel
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17 Hotel Rústico Prado da Viña
Camino Barcia

Hotel
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18 Hotel Naturaleza Mar da Ardora
Potiña, Playa de Mar de Fora

Hotel
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19 Albergue Buen Camino de Sonia
Atalaya, 11

Private
50 10/12
20 Albergue Oceanus Finisterre
a Coruna, 33

Private
Photo in Albergue Oceanus Finisterre on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Oceanus Finisterre on the Camino de Santiago

San Martiño de Duio

2.00km
Altitude: 
51.6

The route to Muxía has grown up a bit over the last five years, but services along the 29km stretch way remain scarce. Lires and Frixe both have bars, and Lires has a few guesthouses if you wish to split the walk into two days.

To find the way to Muxía, head back along the road you came in on. At the cruceiro that marks the end of the beach stay on the road. It curves left at the cruceiro, and then curves right. Turn left (uphill) at the first street, and follow that straight on to San Martiño. IF you stayed at any of the albergues in Finisterre that are at the upper part of town, ask them for directions because the route described above might take you somewhat out of the way.

Lires

0.80km
Altitude: 
47

Lires is the few places between Finisterre and Muxía where you can expect to pick up supplies. It also has a beach within 1.5km.

There are four Casa Rurals that offer accommodation, and at the time of writing, all were bookable online.

Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Casa Raúl
Lugar de Lires, 5

Casa Rural
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2 Casa Lourido
Lugar de Lires, 15

Casa Rural
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3 Casa Luz
Lires, 35

Casa Rural
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4 As Eiras
Lires, 82

Private
22 12 Photo in As Eiras  on the Camino de Santiago

Frixe

2.50km
Altitude: 
66

There is a bar, but you have to deviate from the camino by a few hundred meters to get there. The beds in town, at Casa Ceferinos, are not your typical pilgrim fare, but they are quite nice.

Name booking.com
1 Casa Ceferinos
Lugar de Frixe,15

Casa Rural
Photo in Casa Ceferinos on the Camino de Santiago

Muxía

Altitude: 
8
Name Beds Price booking.com
1 Albergue de peregrinos de Muxía
Enfesto

Municipal
32 6
2 Bela Muxia
Encarnación, 30

Private
36 12 Photo in Bela Muxia on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Bela Muxia on the Camino de Santiago
3 Albergue A Muxía
Enfesto, 12

Private
40 11 Muxía - Albergue A Muxía Muxía - Albergue A Muxía
4 Albergue Da Costa
Doctor Toba, 33

Private
10 11 Photo in Albergue Da Costa on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Da Costa on the Camino de Santiago
5 Hostal La Cruz
López Abente

Hostal
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6 Hotel de Encanto A de Loló
Virxe da Barca, 37

Hotel
Photo in Hotel de Encanto A de Loló on the Camino de Santiago
7 Albergue Arribada
José María del Río, 30

Municipal
42 12 Photo in Albergue Arribada on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Arribada on the Camino de Santiago