Pilgrims Walking the Camino

camino Finisterre – Muxía TOUR

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre ⇒ Muxía

The Camino from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxía traverses a short, but absolutely picturesque stretch of western Galicia all the way to the Atlantic coast.

Leaving the jolly hustle and bustle of the city of Santiago behind, it leads pilgrims into the tranquil, hilly greenery characteristic of these lands.

Through thick, mossy forests, across fertile fields, past dreamy little villages and culminating in magnificent seaside panoramas, this Camino breathes with calmness and magic, and it invites to contemplation and to profound reflections.

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the Highlights

The tradition of walking beyond Santiago to Finisterre – the End of the World as it was known in the middle ages – and on to Muxía is rooted deeply in history. Pilgrims of old would bathe in the Atlantic to symbolize the ending of their journey, and worship in Muxía, where Virgin Mary had appeared to Apostle James.

However, these lands were sacred to the Celts even in pre-Christian times, and there is a truly mysterious, magical sensation that envelopes those who walk this Camino.

Today just like before, many pilgrims add this Camino on top of their Way – the French, the Portuguese or whichever other one – to Santiago. It is both relatively short and fairly easy to walk, and Finisterre as well as Muxía are true jewels, both worth considering spending more than one day in.

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Already in pre-Christian times, many people regarded this region as sacred and suspected higher powers to be at work here. The Celts worshiped the sun and other natural gods in variety of different rites. Many Celtic stones can still be found along the coast, and the atmosphere here is undeniably special. In medieval times, pilgrims often used to carry on from Santiago de Compostela towards Finesterre – this place was thought to be the westernmost part of the Europe and, therefore, the end of the known World. A ritual of bathing in the sea signified the end of the pilgrimage, and many of today’s pilgrims keep this tradition alive: since the Camino runs right next to the Langosteira Beach, they go for a dip before walking into town. Medieval pilgrims would also look for a scallop shell to take home as a souvenir and in order to prove to friends and family that they had made it.

Many other traditions and customs are connected with the arrival at Finisterre. It is custom nowadays to walk across the town and on to the very Cape, until the “Kilometer 0” stone post by the Lighthouse, and to watch the sunset from one of the big boulders. Until recently, pilgrims used to burn their clothes and leave their boots on the rocks, perhaps as a sign of lightness and liberation after a strenuous journey. This custom has been recently prohibited by the Spanish authorities for safety and environmental reasons.

Muxía is a small, remote town surrounded by the Ocean. The mystical coastline here was already held sacred by the Celts, who performed various animist rituals here and whose sacred stones can be found around the area. Muxía is also home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of A Barca, set atop a cliff right by the roaring Atlantic. As the legend goes, back in the day, Apostle James was not having much success converting the locals to Christianity. He prayed to Virgin Mary, and she appeared before him here and gave him new hope. The stones around Muxía’s Cape are said to have belonged to the stone ship that Holy Mary had arrived on, and powerful energies permeate the entire area.

tour details

Tour Type: Self-Guided

Availability: April through October

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  • April 01 – June 30: Regular Season
  • July 1 – September 15: High Season
  • September 16 – October 31: Regular Season
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Duration: 8 Days Total / 6 Days Walking

Total Distance: 119.3 km. (74.1 mi.)

Average distance: 19.9 km. (12.4 mi.) / Day

Prices (per person):

Double Room:
Starting at € 370

Single-Occupancy Room:
Starting at € 580

What’s Included:

7 nights in single / double room

En-suite facilities

English-speaking emergency assistance
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Your full digital Travel Info Package
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We are proud to be working together with hand-picked, high quality and mostly locally owned and operated service providers.

Your journey will be booked through, and your Travel Package will include all the information you will need to access your lodging locations and to process your check-in.

Optional Add-ons:

Luggage transfer on walking days

Breakfasts (subject to availability)

Lodging for additional night(s) stays

Airport transfers
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If you wish to walk your Camino Stages with a light backpack, carrying only the basic necessities, we will be happy to arrange for your luggage to be forwarded from one hotel to the next on your walking days.

Breakfasts are not available everywhere, and they are often served late, starting around 8 am. However, if you wish to include breakfasts, we will be happy to do so, where possible.

Spending an extra night in a given town throughout your journey is often a good idea: you give your body a rest, relax and enjoy exploring the town. In Santiago, two nights are included in most of our Tours by default as we believe it’s the least a Pilgrim would need to enjoy the City; however, you have the option to opt out of it.

We will be happy to arrange for an airport shuttle transfer for you from your airport of arrival to the starting point of your journey. The same goes for the departure, unless you end your journey in Santiago and fly out of Santiago Airport. In that case, a taxi can be easily arranged for the time of your choice directly at the Reception Desk at your Hotel.

What’s NOT Included:

Flighs

Travel Insurance

Tour guide

Meals
Details ⇒

We do not book flights, nor organize any rail or commercial bus-line travel. However, if you need assistance in deciding how to get to and back from your Camino Tour, we will be happy to assist you with tips and ideas!

We strongly recommend to all our travelers to get a Travel Insurance; however, we do not sell any such policies. For our international clients, it is best to get a policy in their country of residence, as some countries offer insurances only to their own residents.

This is a date-flexible tour; therefore, it is self-guided – no Tour Guide will be accompanying you. If you are interested in joining a Group Tour with a Tour Guide, please check our Guided Tours page. (Note: our Guided Tours take place on set dates that are planned ahead.)

tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Santiago de Compostela

Whether on foot along one of the Caminos, or by plane, train or bus – your travels have brought you to Santiago de Compostela. Check in, and spend the rest of the day enjoying and exploring this amazing city!

Day 2: Santiago de Compostela – Negreira • 22.1 km. (13.7 mi.)

Shortly after walking out of the historic center of Santiago, the Camino winds you up gradual hills through a beatiful, forested area. And just as you think that you have left the city far behind, an unexpected opening reveals an awe-inspiring, panoramic vista of the cathedral of Santiago and the old town. The Camino then contibnues over hills and tranquil, dreamy forests until the next surprise: the absolutely stunning medieval bridge of Maceira. Passing through a few quaint Galician villages, you eventually reach today’s destination: Negreira.

Distance: 22.1 km. (13.7 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Negreira – Lago (A Picota) • 26.5 km. (16.5 mi.)

A charming, weathered, typical Galician church on the very edge of Negreira is worth taking a peek into as you leave town. Today, the Camino will lead you through the typical Galician landscapes, with interchanging forests, rolling hills of saturated greenery, and several sleepy little villages. As today’s accommodation lies somewhat off the Camino, in A Picota, a transfer will take you there from between Lago and Abaleiroas.

Distance: 26.5 km. (16.5 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Lago (A Picota) – Cee • 25.9 km. (16.1 mi.)

In the morning, a transfer will take you back to the Camino, to the last day’s point of departure. You can enjoy a lovely lunch and rest in the village of Olveiroa, which spills a charming, medieval atmosphere. You will then go up and down the rolling, forested hills and, just as you begin to descend toward today’s final destination, you will be able to see the Ocean for the first time. The town of Cee, with its seaside promenade, rewards pilgrims with great seafood and pretty beach.

Distance: 25.9 km. (16.1 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Cee – Finisterre – the Cape of Finisterre • 16 km. (9.9 mi.)

Just beyond Cee, after you leave the bay of Corcubión, you will ascend the heights of Saint Roch (San Roque), from where you will be able to see the coast and some secluded beaches. Instead of walking the last 2.5 km. (1.6 mi.) into Finisterre along the promenade (the Camino), you can opt to take off your boots and walk the beach: on the sand or ankle-deep in the water. If you wish, you can also make use of an ancient Pilgrim custom: to get into the Ocean’s water as a symbol of purification upon your journey. This Beach is the best if not only place to do so: the beach on the other side of town picturesque as it is – is extremely dangerous because of underwater currents! Once you get into the town of Finesterre, the Camino will lead you out of it on the other side and on toward the Cape – the End of the World – with the iconic lighthouse and the “Km. 0” stone post. Congratulations, Pilgrim: you have made it to the End of the World! If you were collecting stamps regularly in your Credencial del Peregrino, you can get receive a “Fisterrana” a certificate of completion of the Camino Finisterre, issued free of charge. Finisterre, with its amazing seafood and its charm and calming atmosphere, feels almost out of time and space. It is very well worth considering spending a full extra day and one additional night here.

Distance: 16 km. (9.9 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 6: Finisterre – Lires • 13.5 km. (8.4 mi.)

Today’s journey is a short one, and it is not physically straneous, either; therefore, there is no need to rush out of Finisterre at the first light of the day. Enjoy the morning in the town! If you would like to treat yourself to a tasty (late) breakfast / brunch before setting out, we highly recommend the Cafe La Frontera, located diagonally opposite from the bus station. Once you leave Finbisterre, the Camino will wind across farmed fields until it will plunge into lush, dense and fertile forest. Now and again, you will descry the roaring of the oceanic waves at a far distance, penetrating the serene stillness of the thick, mossy forest. Enjoy this lovely walk and, later, at your today’s seaside-located destination of Lires, you will also be able to enjoy the sunset at the beach bar.

Distance: 13.5 km. (8.4 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 7: Lires – Muxía • 15.3 km. (9.5 mi.)

Over country lanes and narrow paths through woods much like yesterday’s, you will walk to the pilgrimage destination of the Virgin Mary: Muxía. As the Legend goes, back in the day, Apostle James was not having much success converting the locals to Christianity. He prayed to the Virgin Mary, and she appeared before him and gave him new hope. The Celtic stones around Muxía are said to have belonged to the stone ship she’d arrived on and the Church, set atop the cliffs, is truly magical! As today’s journey is also a short one, there will be plenty of time to explore this beautiful place. And, much like in Finisterre, a local Certificate of Completion – La Muxiana – can be obtained here upon presenting your Credencial del Peregrino, provided you collected the necessary stamps in it.

Distance: 15.3 km. (9.5 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 8: Departure from Muxía

Multiple buses run daily between Muxía and Santiago. The ride is approx. 2.5 hrs., and the fare is paid directly to the bus driver. Transfer back to Santiago, from where you can continue your journey back home. Alternatively, you can spend an extra night in Muxía, or in Santiago.

¡Buen Camino!

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Breakfast (note: not available in some places, and often served after 8 am)

Luggage Transfer (on walking days)

Additional Nights (beyond what's included in the itinerary)

tour combination options

our camino Finisterre – Muxía Tour is often booked together With:

Full Camino Francés

St Jean Pied de Port ⇒ Santiago

Starting at € 2,380

Distance: 790 km. (491 mi.)

Duration: 40 Days Total / 37 Days Walking

Difficulty: moderate

Camino Portugués: Coastal

Porto ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting at € 820

Distance: 269 km. (167 mi.)

Duration: 15 Days Total / 12 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy

Camino Francés: Last 100 Ks

Sarria ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting at € 360

119 km. (74 mi.)

Duration: 8 Days Total / 5 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy