The Camino Finisterre to Muxía Extension, 28.2 Kilometers (
17.5 Miles) 
~ A Second and True End of the World

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Extending your Camino Finisterre to Muxía, the second, medieval "End of the World," is a rewarding and intense experience, especially if you are seeking more Presence in an intimate place.

As modern measurements now know, Muxía is actually the westernmost point of mainland Europe, not Finisterre, and is the actual "end of the world!" But who actually cares?

"For untold thousands of years we traveled on over rough paths, not simply as peddlers or commuters or tourists, but as men and women for whom the path and road stood for some intense experience: freedom, new human relationships, a new awareness of the landscape. The road offered a journey into the unknown that could end up allowing us to discover who we were."  ~ John Brinckerhoff Jackson

If you are planning to walk to the "End of the World" on your Camino de Santiago it is very difficult for many to choose between the two ends of the world:  Muxía or FinisterreWell, I say, walk to both if you have the time! (Muxía is pronounced moo-SHEE-ah).

It matters not from which direction you start this walk, the distance is the same, and it is well waymarked from either direction. 

Maps and Stats of the Camino Finisterre to Muxía

Here is my Google map, which I created from my GPS application. I included amenities that pilgrims find useful, however I did not include all the accommodations nor restaurants/cafés in either Finisterre or Muxía. They are just too numerous to add to the map. I did add municipal albergues on the map, as they take no reservations. I also added the places where we have stayed, and can recommend them. 

If you are looking for accommodation in Finisterre, click here. If you are looking for accommodation in Muxía, click here. These links will take you to, where you can reserve ahead. I thank-you for booking through this website. I appreciate your patronage!

I started my GPS at the Baixar Cross, so you may need to add/subtract distance, from the total of 28.2 kilometers, depending on where you actually start. We started from our Hotel Áncora, a few meters more.

The Camino starting in Finisterre, begins as not-too-bad ups and downs as you amble along the coastal hills. As you can see in our elevation profile below, the long hill is saved for last, in the second half of a long day. It is a significant 260 meter climb (850 feet). Fortunately, the climb up is long and gradual, with the steepest part just before the crest, followed by a much steeper decline on the other side.

We still chose to do it in this direction, and were glad. As for me personally, I felt the best was saved for last. I enjoyed Muxía immensely. I felt like it was a more intimate place than Finisterre. Choose your own way! There seemed to be about an equal number of pilgrims traveling in either direction. 

Elevation Profile Camino Finisterre to MuxíaElevation Profile Camino Finisterre to Muxía

Photo-Rich Travelogue of the Camino Finisterre to Muxía

Our Camino Finisterre to Muxía begins at the north end of town by the Baixar Cross, overlooking the long Langosteira Beach. 

We were so very fortunate to arrive here at the perfect moment of this vibrant sunrise. I took many photos and paused here a while. What we lacked in the sunset the night before at Cabo Fisterra, we found at sunrise instead. 

Baixar Cross at the Beginning of the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaBaixar Cross at the Beginning of the Camino Finisterre to Muxía

After locating the cross, stay on the major route north from Finisterre, the AC-445 and turn up the hill, away from the beach. See the sign, below, showing that you are leaving the town of Fisterra. 

Walking Along the AC-445 Through FisterraWalking Along the AC-445 Through Fisterra

Walk along for about 400 meters and come to this intersection, shown below with the Aldea San Martiño de Abaixo,. Here you encounter your first waymark, pointing back the way you came, towards the cross and Fisterra. This waymark is positioned at the best vantage point for pilgrims coming down the hill from the left, walking in reverse, starting in Muxía.

There are separate granite waymarks for Fisterra and Muxía. There are no kilometer indications on these markers, between the towns, only the direction of travel. 

If you are following the way to Muxía, as we are here, you follow the waymarks that say, "A Muxía," or "To Muxía," in English. For pilgrims coming from Muxía, they follow the waymarks that say, "A Fisterra" or to Fisterra (Finisterre), like the one shown below. At every intersection, you will find both of these waymarks.

Reverse Waymark to FisterraReverse Waymark to Fisterra

If you look on the other side of the intersection, to your left, you see the waymark "A Muxía," the one to follow to Muxía, shown in the photo below. And so it is on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía! 

Waymark at the Restaurante Asador in FisterraWaymark at the Restaurante Asador in Fisterra

Turn left at the Restaurante Asador and begin climbing the hill towards the town of San Martiño as the name of the road implies, the Aldea San Martiño de Abaixo (San Martiño Low Road).

Lovely views of the beautiful Langosteira Beach and Bay are on your right shoulder for much of the way immediately leaving Finisterre. The day was already overcast. It made for a glorious morning light show.

I could have stayed here for some time, just watching the changing light, but of course, I didn't! I craved the momentum of the journey. 

Views of Langosteira BeachViews of Langosteira Beach

In 3/4 kilometer, enter the town of San Martiño and pass by the lovely little country church, below. 

Parroquia de San Martiño de DuyoParroquia de San Martiño de Duyo

Continue through town and walk parallel to the Praia Langosteira towards the next town of Escaselas.

Walk Towards EscaselasWalk Towards Escaselas

In another kilometer, at the intersection in Escaselas, turn left and northward here. 

Rich at Left Turn in EscaselasRich at Left Turn in Escaselas

Walk for only 150 meters and turn left again in the direction of the next town of Hermedesuxo. It is a long straight road to the town. 

Long Straight Road to HermedesuxoLong Straight Road to Hermedesuxo

800 meters of walking later, at a total of 3.1 kilometers into the day, you come to a main intersection, and take a right turn on the diagonal (2nd turn from right) onto a secondary road, following a sign for the Casa Dugium, a 5- bedroom rural home for a group of 10 guests. This waymarking was unclear when we walked through here, so make sure you look carefully. We saw a faint yellow arrow on the pavement that we followed. 

Walk on this secondary road to the north of Hermedesuxo, shown below, and notice a bright blue building with dormers, ahead. This is the Café Bar La Razón. At 3.3 kilometers into the day, it is a few steps off the Camino, about 170 meters onward from the diagonal turn. It is just past a stone hórreo and to the right, also shown in the photo below. We were thrilled to see it open at 8:00 a.m., since we had no breakfast yet. We were there minutes before 8:00 and she was already open!

Toward the Café Bar La Razón, Past the HórreoToward the Café Bar La Razón, Past the Hórreo
Bright Blue Building on Side Street ~ Café Bar La RazónBright Blue Building, Steps Off the Camino ~ Café Bar La Razón

After our lovely breakfast, we walked along the Camino for another 200 meters, and passed by the Casa Dugium, (not pictured). It looks like a very comfortable place to stay. A few hundred meters onward, the road ends at this hórreo, below and the long off-pavement lanes begin. 

Pavement Ends After HermedesuxoPavement Ends After Hermedesuxo

From the end of the pavement, the pilgrimage traveler gets to walk on wonderfully rural lanes, through the coastal countryside, climbing up a nice grade. Follow the well-marked lanes for almost 3.0 kilometers, to the next landmark, a wayside rest area for pilgrims, "Descanso Peregrino" in the next town of Buxán.

Rural Lanes Through CountrysideRural Lanes Through Countryside
Double Granite Waymarks ~ A Common Sight on the Camino from Finisterre to MuxíaDouble Granite Waymarks ~ A Common Sight
It Starts to Rain in the ForestIt Starts to Rain in the Forest

This lovely place of respite, which is reached after 6.1 kilometers total, was created by a Camino Angel, and calls it Mi Mansión Perogrulla. Click on the link to read her fascinating story.

Descanso Peregrino"Descanso Peregrino"
Sign Says "Help Yourself"Sign Says "Help Yourself" at Pilgrim's Rest Area

Just beyond the rest area, where we did not linger because of the rain, the road becomes paved as you enter town. Ahead is this lovely intersection, where the Camino goes to the left at these stone hórreos. One hórreo was even still in use, as its original intent! Take an almost immediate right, heading west through town. 

Turn Left at HórreosTurn Left at Hórreos on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía
Hórreo With Corn on the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaHórreo With Corn!

100 meters onward through Buxán, a right turn takes you by this lumber mill. 

Right Turn at Lumber MillRight Turn at Lumber Mill

After the lumber mill, enter a beautiful cultivated pine forest, continuing to walk on narrow pavement as the road leaves town. It is through here that if you stay alert and look around instead of at your feet, as we are all prone to do, that you will catch glimpses of the wild and distant beach, the Praia do RostraThe walk is downhill from Buxán, towards the beach.

Paved Road Through Forest Leaving Buxán on  the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaNarrow Paved Road Through Forest Leaving Buxán
Glimpses of Praia do Rostra Through the Pine TreesGlimpses of Praia do Rostra Through the Pine Trees

It Can Happen ~ A Thoughtful Diversion

Keeping your eyes open to look left and right, instead of down at your feet, is so important, or the pilgrim misses this view!

Reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the band, Yes, "It Can Happen:"

"Look up, look down
Look out, look around
Look up, look down
There's a crazy world outside...

This world I like
We architects of life
A song, a sigh
Developing words that linger
Through fields of green through open eyes
This for us to see...

It can happen to you
It can happen to me
It can happen to everyone

Keep looking, pilgrim, for your crazy world!

Back on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía

And then the cultivated forest opens and the beach comes into full view, despite the mist and rain. 

Praia do Rostra on the Camino de Finisterre a MuxíaPraia do Rostra

After 650 meters on the narrow road, turn left onto another paved road, admiring the beach for another 150 meters as you walk along this road. Then the Camino Finisterre to Muxía turns left on yet another gravel lane by a cluster of homes in an area called Suarriba. The road ahead is clear. The long gravel lane leads you to the next beach hamlet of Castrexe, after 7.85 kilometers into the day.

Road Towards the Beach is Clear AheadRoad Towards the Beach is Clear Ahead
Hórreos Line the Beach in Castrexe on the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaHórreos Line the Beach in Castrexe

After 600 meters, the lane ends in town, turns right and onto the pavement briefly. 

Just before the turn and hórreos, above, is another rural guest home called the Casa Costureiro, (+34 687 44 77 030). Another option for the pilgrimage traveler to shorten the Camino from Finisterre to Muxía. 

After walking in town on pavement for 100 meters only, take a left back onto unpaved country lanes. Then, it's onward and upward on these muddy lanes toward the next village of Canosa.

Continue on Lanes Toward CanosaContinue on Lanes Toward Canosa

In 650 meters turn right at a T-intersection to briefly join the pavement. Then in less than 200 meters, come to another T-intersection, take a left turn, 75 meters later take another left onto a lane and its back into the verdant forest. Everything was so green in the drizzling rain. 

We were more protected from the rain in the forest, but in the open it felt like the rain was coming down sideways from all directions!

Rich Negotiates Rainy RoadRich Negotiates Rainy Road
Two-Track Lane Near A CanosaTwo-Track Lane Near A Canosa

It is about 2.0 kilometers farther, on these off pavement tracks when you arrive in the town of Canosa, after 10.8 kilometers. Meander through the town for about 250 meters, following clear waymarks. There are no services in this very small town.

On the north side of town, after walking through town and its small cluster of buildings, as you are leaving, pass a very nice picnic area and a fountain. Then head out on the open road again, onward toward Lires. 

Stay Left in CanosaStay Left in Canosa
Nice Picnic Area and Fountain in Canosa on the Camino from Finisterre to MuxíaNice Picnic Area and Fountain in Canosa
Stay Right After Fountain in CanosaStay Right After Fountain in Canosa
Leave Canosa on Secondary RoadLeave Canosa on Secondary Road

The pavement gives way to forest roads as the Camino bends northward. 

Forest Path Towards LiresForest Path Towards Lires on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía

After the forest section, the Camino Finisterre to Muxía meanders on a path as it follows the river, the Rego da Carbaliza. You can see Lires ahead.

Lires Lies Ahead on the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaLires Lies Ahead

The path bends, crosses the river and comes to a T-intersection in town. Turn left and head towards the town church, below. It is about 2.0 kilometers from the center of Canosa to the center of Lires. 

Parroquia LiresParroquia Lires

The Halfway Point at Lires

After the church, the Camino turns to the right and begins to climb a steep hill. You have to work for your midway break. The Café and Pensión As Eiras Lires is just up the hill and to the right, not quite 1/2 kilometer from the church. They also have an Albergue As Eiras here.

It was about 13 kilometers into our Camino Finisterre to Muxía, a little less than the halfway point, when we arrived at the café. As the elevation map at the top of the page shows, this a great refueling stop, just before the long, long 8.3 kilometer hill climb to the top on Monte Facho de Lourido in the second half of the day.

Café As Eiras in LiresCafé As Eiras in Lires

When we stopped here in Lires by 10:30 in the morning, the place was already bustling with pilgrims. The Café As Eiras is only one of two cafes in town, the second only a few meters farther, so be prepared for a long wait for any service.

There is a picnic area on the other side of town as you are leaving Lires, if you prefer your break there, and if the weather is nice. 

You can make the choice to do this camino in two stages, and stop here for the night as many pilgrims do. There are many more accommodations here than in the past. On your way through town, the Camino passes by the Casa Raúl, the Aparthotel Ría de Liresthe Casa Lourida Lires, the LiresCa and the Casa Luz (+34 981 74 89 24), on the way to the café. 

Steps to the east of the cafe is the Apartamentos Casa Enrique, the Fragas da Canteira, the Casa Jesús and the Cabañas de Lires. The Cabañas da Ría are to the north side. 

It is about 15 kilometers more to get to Muxía from Lires, or about a 3-4 hour walk. 

After our break, we headed northward through town, bending to the right in a few  meters, to pass by the aforementioned picnic area, with a fountain. Turn right again after the picnic tables and in a few more meters, the pavement turns to a lane, lined with pavers that descend to the Río do Castor in a bit more than 1/3 kilometer total. Cross the river on a nicely paved footbridge, shown below. 

Cross the Río do Castro on the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaCross the Río do Castro on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía
Paved Path After the Río do CastroPaved Path After the Río do Castro

This nicely paved path continues for about 1/4 kilometer as it climbs up from the river. Where it ends, the Camino turns to the left onto a dirt road. For another 1/3 kilometer it follows the dirt road, coming to a T-intersection with a paved road. Turn left here. The long, straight paved road leads you one kilometer onward and into the next town of Frixe

The Next Town of Frixe AheadThe Next Town of Frixe Ahead

It was a bit difficult to get my momentum going again, after lunch, for the long climb, but soon I was into the rhythm of walking once again. The rain did seem to abate a bit while we were in the café, so that was helpful.

I put my head down, and went into a rhythm of breath and footfalls, finding that stillness of mind and heart within the action of my body.

It is a de-efforting of the mind, and an allowing of the body to flow on its own. It is a sweet place - one that I try to teach my yoga students, and despite the climbing I felt a new freedom.

When you arrive at the first intersection in Frixe, take the street on the diagonal, up the hill, shown in the photo below.  

Take Diagonal Street Up Hill in FrixeTake Diagonal Street Up Hill in Frixe

Pass by a very convenient sheltered rest area with beverage vending machines, at about 15 kilometers total. Take note of this great area that would be a reprieve from the rain if you need it! We kept going. 

Beverage Vending Machine and Rest Area in FrixeBeverage Vending Machine and Rest Area in Frixe

If you want to stay here there is a rural guest home called the Casa Ceferinos, about 1/2 kilometer to the east, off the Camino Finisterre to Muxía, in town.  

The paved secondary road becomes a dirt forest lane, shortly after leaving Frixe. 

Pavement Becomes Dirt Forest LanePavement Becomes Dirt Forest Lane

It is all forest lanes, crossing paved roads along the way, for the next 2.4 kilometers of gradual climbing to the next town of Guisamonde. It continued to rain lightly throughout our walk. 

Cross Over to Another Forest LaneCross Over to Another Forest Lane
Cross Over AgainCross Over Again on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía
Pass Double Granite Waymark in the ForestPass Double Granite Waymark in the Forest
Nearing GuisamondeNearing Guisamonde

In Guisamonde, after 17.4 kilometers, the Camino turns right onto the pavement, shown below. We hooked up with a young man from Germany, and here is Rich walking and chatting with him. The town is only a cluster of buildings and you walk very quickly through it. 

Walking Through GuisamondeWalking Through Guisamonde

After Guisamonde, the Way starts seriously climbing on pavement for 1.6 km towards the next town of Morquintián.

Walking in the rain, with Rich and the German chatting away up ahead, allowed me the space to ruminate and process all the happenings along the Camino. You may find yourself doing the same especially as your journey comes closer to the final steps. My thought processes were not all that happy on the long hill climb. Of course, I just wanted it to be over. 

My knee was giving me some issues, and while I was walking OK, I was worried because it was stiffening up at night. The long hill slog did not ease my worry. It was about 18 kilometers into the day and I knew I was almost at the end.  

Noticing your tendencies is an important function of any inward journey, and I was indeed getting to know myself on this Camino from Finisterre to Muxía. For the great wise Spirit always sends us many situations for growth.

Having the long, open road and the rain helped me to take a closer look at myself. I often wish that I didn't have to process thoughts and feelings so much, but on this day, with the ambiance of Presence, I was indeed discovering just another aspect of myself. I tried to be at peace with my process, since it was only me judging, and in this moment I detached from judging myself for once!

As it is said, the outward journey prepares one for the inward journey. We journey onward, as pilgrimage travelers, to open our hearts to this very possibility.

On the Long Paved Road to Morquintián on the Camino from Finisterre to MuxiaOn the Long Paved Road to Morquintián
The Steep Pavement Climb BeginsThe Steep Pavement Climb Begins
Entering Morquintián at Stone Hórreo on the Camino Finisterre to MuxiaEntering Morquintián at Stone Hórreo after 19 Kilometers into the Day
Cruceiro in Morquintián ~ Brings My Mind Into FocusCruceiro in Morquintián ~ Brings My Mind Into Focus
The Town of Morquintián on the Camino Finisterre to MuxiaThe Town of Morquintián

About 200 meters after the fountain and cross in Morquintián, there is a newly opened Bar O Camiño Marisol, after 19.1 kilometers total, just in case you need sustenance for the final 100 meter, 2K push to the top!

There is more walking on pavement beyond Morquintián on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía.

Climbing Out of MorquintiánClimbing Out of Morquintián

We could see the windmills up ahead, and I knew that the high ridge where they lived was our destination! You can barely make out the windmill through the mist in the photo below. 

First Windmill Sighting on Misty Ridge AheadFirst Windmill Sighting on Misty Ridge Ahead

In about one kilometer after leaving Morquintián, come to a T-intersection and turn right onto another paved secondary road. It is a steep climb on this road, shown in the photo below, for another 1/3 kilometer, before the Camino goes to the left on a dirt road, towards the mountain-top at Facho de Lourido. 

Left Turn Towards Facho de Lourido AheadLeft Turn Towards Facho de Lourido Ahead

Climbing in Galicia is always towards the ridge line and the windmills, and today on the Camino from Finisterre to Muxía was no exception! It is about one kilometer of climbing to the top, on the dirt road, pictured below. 

Windmills Getting Closer Along the Dirt Road to the Top on the Camino Finisterre to MuxiaWindmills Getting Closer Along the Dirt Road to the Top
Weather Worsens in the Open Exposure - Is That Sleet?Weather Worsens in the Open Exposure - Is That Sleet?

Just when you think you are at the top, the road bends, and now follow the line of high power lines, to climb a bit more. 

Windmills Close to the TopWindmills Close to the Top
Last Upward Push by Power LinesLast Upward Push by Power Lines
The Camino Top at Facho de LouridoThe Camino Top at Facho de Lourido

And suddenly we were at the top. The rain was still coming down, at times in more frozen form!

We had difficulty finding the way from the top. We couldn't find any waymarks. All we found was a wooden stick arrow on the sandy soil, pointing us to the right on another dirt road. A helpful pilgrim had created it. As we took a few steps ahead, we could see concrete blocks, where construction of a paved road was taking place. This just had to be the Camino ~ and it turned out, it was.

At about 21.5 kilometers into the day, at the top, where the road bends to the right and away from the windmills on the ridge,  as shown in the photo above, look for a right-hand turn. Take it!

Most likely, when you pass through here, the road will be completed and it will be well-marked. If you are still climbing, you have gone the wrong way! There are a lot of confusing goat tracks all around here. 

After the turn, the road descends quite steeply and in a more easterly direction. We were happy to see the granite waymarks. 

Paving the Road AheadPaving the Road Ahead
Continue the Steep Descent Towards XurarantesContinue the Steep Descent Towards Xurarantes
A Peregrino on the Road to Finisterre, Late in the DayA Peregrina on the Road to Finisterre, Late in the Day

In 1.5 kilometers from the top, the Camino takes a right turn, then an immediate left, to join this tractor lane, shown below, towards the next town of Xurarantes. 

A Break in the Trees AheadA Break in the Trees Ahead

At a total of 2.0 kilometers from the top, enter the town of Xurarantes as the sign below announces on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía.

The Town of Xurarantes AheadThe Town of Xurarantes Ahead

Take a left hand turn in the center of town, which is only a cluster of buildings, and walk on pavement toward Muxia! The center of Xurarantes is a distance of 2.0 kilometers from the top and almost the end of the steep descent. The town of Muxía is still 3.2 kilometers away from Xurarantes, and the 0.0 kilometer waymark is yet another 1.0 kilometer, for a total of about 4.0 km left to go from here.

Continue to descend steeply on the road leaving Xurarantes, and in just less than 1/2 kilometer, turn right onto the DP-5201 at the intersection shown at a distance in the next photo. Is that the coast coming into view?

Right Turn Ahead Onto DP-5201 on the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaRight Turn Ahead Onto DP-5201

Descend steeply on the DP-5201 as it makes a hard bend to the left at the bottom of the hill. Walk by the sign that announces that it is 2.0 kilometers to Muxía! 

Continue walking on the shoulder of the now-wider road for the final 2k to town. Pass by the lovely Playa de Lourido, shown below. Our day, still rainy, was anything but a beach day, so onward quickly we went. In fact, out on the wide-open road it seemed to be raining harder again!

Playa de LouridoPlaya de Lourido on the Camino From Finisterre to Muxía
Follow the Long DP-5201 Towards Muxía on the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaFollow the Long DP-5201 Towards Muxía

After the Lourido Beach, the route turns northward and becomes a coastal road, and the small kilometer marker below, on the left side of the road says one kilometer! My tiring body was happy to see it. We were being pelted with rain along the Costa da Morte! At least there is a nice sidewalk and shoulder to walk upon!

The Coastal Road ContinuesThe Coastal Road Continues
Muxía Just Ahead on the Camino Finisterre to MuxíaMuxía Just Ahead

Along here the coastline is rocky and rugged. It is easy to see how it got the name, "Costa da Morte" or Coast of the Dead. Walking along it gave me feelings of wildness and freedom. The sun was even trying to break through!

And finally, we arrived in Muxía, at our albergue along the western coastal road, the same DP-5201, at almost exactly 3.2 kilometers from the town of Xurarantes.

I did not take a photo of the very nice albergue and pension where we stayed, the Muxía Mare, but I did take a photo of the coastline right in front of it, shown below. 

Costa da Morte by the Albergue Muxía MareCosta da Morte by the Albergue Muxía Mare

The Muxía Mare is a small and intimate place, and I love the ladies that run it. I have stayed here twice, and will go back again. Click on the link to book it. We always get a double room, but the albergue is very nice, clean and with privacy curtains by each bunk. 

I have also stayed at the Albergue Bela Muxía and would recommend it as well. It is on the north end of the peninsula, closer to the point. 

There are many, many places to stay in Muxía, including the municipal, Albergue Público de Peregrinos de Muxia which I placed on our interactive Google map, above. I also placed all the private albergues on the map, the Albergue Da Costa Muxia, the Albergue Arribada, the Albergue@Muxía and the Hostal La Cruz. To see additional choices of hotels, click here

After joining up with our friends who had done the northern extension to Muxía, we set out in the evening together for the final one kilometer walk to the 0.0 kilometer marker and the Nosa Señora da Barca church. Here is where the church meets the sea at the wild rocky coastline.

From the DP-5201, in the center of town, you come to a very small park, at about 27 kilometers. It is here that you follow the waymarks and turn off the highway, onto the Rúa Coido, to the left. 

It is essentially a straight shot north from here, for the full kilometer, taking no turns, as the street becomes the Rúa Virxe da Barca (Virgin of the Boat Street) as it nears the famous church.

Here is Rich and I below, at the final "End of the World," posing by the zero kilometer waymark, with the Monument to the Prestige oil spill behind us and the famous Nosa Señora da Barca church at the bottom of the hill in the distance. 

The Prestige Monument is in honor of where an oil tanker leaked 70,000 gallons of oil into the Atlantic in November of 2002.

0.0 Km Marker, the Prestige Monument and the Nosa Señora da Barca Church, Muxia0.0 Km Marker, the Prestige Monument and the Nosa Señora da Barca Church

Reflections on the Camino Finisterre to Muxía

There is a different energy here, along the wild Costa da Morte, one of freedom, accomplishment, inner reflection and great satisfaction that accompanied me on this beautiful walk. 

For more photos of this fabulous place, see my Muxía article. 

This day was fraught with rain, yet we carried on, meeting the walk with gusto and perseverance. It was not my best day, yet it carried insights and new awareness. My walks never cease to help me understand myself better and better. The forward momentum has a way of providing this. I have always said that moving the body, also moves the heart and the soul. You just never know exactly how!


May your own Camino from Finisterre to Muxía bring you intense experiences, freedom, new human relationships, and a new awareness of the landscape. May you find your own true self, on your own Camino de Santiago very soon! 

You can purchase our digital guide book in PDF format. The latest version includes the northern route to Muxía as well as recent route changes! Click here for your copy! Don't carry the weight of a book, carry our digital eBook instead!

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  1. Day Twenty-Two A on the Coastal Route of the Camino Portugués, Vigo

    Feb 24, 24 07:43 AM

    Café Don Gregorio on the Praza Princesa
    Day twenty-two, Part A on the Coastal Route of the Camino Portugués, is a very short stage, using the high, flat and easy plateau trail system, called the Senda da Auga.

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  2. Day Twenty-One on the Senda Litoral of the Camino Portugues

    Feb 13, 24 04:22 PM

    Capela San Campio
    Our day twenty-one on the Senda Litoral of the Camino Portugués was a fabulous walk along the sea, passing beach after beach!

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  3. Day Twenty on the Senda Litoral of the Camino Portugués

    Feb 06, 24 03:56 PM

    Turn off PO-552 here
    Day twenty on the Senda Litoral of the Camino Portugués, shares the beginning 7.6 kilometers with the Coastal Route.

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Need suggestions on what to pack for your next pilgrimage? Click Here or on the photo below!

Carbon Trekking Poles

Carbon fiber construction ( not aluminum) in a trekking pole makes them ultra lightweight. We like the Z-Pole style from Black Diamond so we can hide  our poles in our pack from potential thievesbefore getting to our albergue! There are many to choose from!  ( See more of our gear recommendations! )

Gregory BackPack - My Favorite Brand

An ultralight backpack should serve you well for years, like my Gregory has - six Caminos in all! My 28L Women's pack gets a 5-star on Amazon (Ones for Guys too)!

Microfiber Towel Set

Do not forget your quick-dry microfiber towel!

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