camino Finisterre TOUR
Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre
The Camino from Santiago westward to Finisterre 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.
The tradition of walking beyond Santiago to Finisterre – the End of the World as it was known in the middle ages – is rooted deeply in history. Pilgrims of old would bathe in the Atlantic to symbolize the ending of their journey, look for scallop shells on the beach, watch the sun set into the Atlantic and burn their worn-out clothes. Many of these traditions and customs survive to our day.
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 is a true jewel, where spending more than one day in is well worth considering.
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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.
Tour Type: Self-Guided
Availability: April through October
- April 01 – June 30: Regular Season
- July 1 – September 15: High Season
- September 16 – October 31: Regular Season
Duration: 6 Days Total / 4 Days Walking
Total Distance: 90.5 km. (56.2 mi.)
Average distance: 22.6 km. (14 mi.) / Day
Prices (per person):
Starting at € 280
Starting at € 390
5 nights in single / double room
English-speaking emergency assistance
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Luggage transfer on walking days
Breakfasts (subject to availability)
Lodging for additional night(s) stays
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:
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 give you 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.)
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: Departure from Finisterre • 13.5 km. (8.4 mi.)
Multiple buses run daily between Finisterre and Santiago. The ride is approx. 3 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 Finisterre or in Santiago, or walk on to Muxía.
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