Camino to the Coast

About the Experience

This is where you wander. Where the cliffs plunge steeply to the sea and the sun disappears beneath the horizon, this is your Finisterre. Leave behind your hustle and bustle, and make room in your heart for the high plateaus, forested tracks, country villages, and the stunning coastal headlands where the pace slows to that of centuries of sea faring life.

One foot after another, you walk 118 kilometres of this lesser trodden route from Santiago to Muxía and onwards, to the coast, to the ‘end of the world’ of Finisterre.

Since the 9th Century, pilgrims have been taking these same steps as the final stretch of the itinerary traced by the Milky Way to the westernmost explored part of continental Europe. So too, it is said that the Virgin Mary arrived in Muxía, the remote rocky peninsula to the north of Finisterre, by stone boat to uplift St. James in his preaching.

The collective past is alive on this trail, so too is your epic present. As you take your final steps of the trek, collect your Fisterrana, a certificate of completion of your pilgrimage to ‘Finis Terrae’. Celebrate this journey. Celebrate this life. Celebrate this existence that embraces you like the trusted ground beneath your steps.

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Camino to the Coast

About the Experience

This is where you wander. Where the cliffs plunge steeply to the sea and the sun disappears beneath the horizon, this is your Finisterre. Leave behind your hustle and bustle, and make room in your heart for the high plateaus, forested tracks, country villages, and the stunning coastal headlands where the pace slows to that of centuries of sea faring life.

One foot after another, you walk 118 kilometres of this lesser trodden route from Santiago to Muxía and onwards, to the coast, to the ‘end of the world’ of Finisterre.

Since the 9th Century, pilgrims have been taking these same steps as the final stretch of the itinerary traced by the Milky Way to the westernmost explored part of continental Europe. So too, it is said that the Virgin Mary arrived in Muxía, the remote rocky peninsula to the north of Finisterre, by stone boat to uplift St. James in his preaching.

The collective past is alive on this trail, so too is your epic present. As you take your final steps of the trek, collect your Fisterrana, a certificate of completion of your pilgrimage to ‘Finis Terrae’. Celebrate this journey. Celebrate this life. Celebrate this existence that embraces you like the trusted ground beneath your steps.

Day One: Santiago to Negreira

At 9am, meet your Wild Women Camino guide in the lobby of Hotel Monumento San Francisco in Santiago. From here, you will begin your walk out of the Plaza de Obradoiro in front of the famed cathedral. The route leaves the winding city streets, past the Carballeira oak forest of San Lourenzo, and takes you into the countryside with lovely pastoral scenes. A mix of large, modern houses, and traditional red roofed stone houses will accompany you throughout your route towards the medieval bridge of Augapesada. Walk through Carballo, Trasmonte, and the gorgeous village of Ponte Maceira, home to an elegant 14th Century bridge. Your day ends in the modern town of Negreira, known for its pastry shops and the fortified, medieval Pazo de Cotón.

  • Hiking Distance: 21 kilometres

Day Two: Negreira to Las Maroñas

Today’s route passes through a mix of forests and farms. Facilities from here to Muxía are very limited and you will feel very much ‘out in the countryside’. Following an old camino real, with fabulous views across multiple valleys, your route winds its way in and out of oak forests, thick with ferns and ivy, and past the tiny hamlets of Zas, Peña, and the evocatively named Porto Camiño. Arriving into Las Maroñas, you’ll glimpse the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria and its wonderful raised stone granaries.

  • Hiking Distance: 20 kilometres

Day Three: Las Maroñas to Dumbría

Leaving Las Maroñas, you will follow quiet paved roads around Monte Aro with superb views of the Fervenza Reservoir. Enroute, the village of Corzón has an interesting church with a detached bell tower and a rare gallery cemetery. Stunning rural architecture awaits you in Olveiroa with its precariously balanced stone hórreos, the village cross, a communal wash house, and the thick stone houses. From here water dominates for a while as you cross over the Xallas River heading towards Hospital, a village that used to have a pilgrim’s hostel but is now dominated by a carbide factory. Here, you will leave the heavily trodden trail to Finisterre & head northwest for a few more kilometres to Dumbría where you will end your day.

  • Hiking Distance: 23.5 kilometres

Day Four: Dumbría to Muxía

Wake up this morning to leave the sleepy village of Dumbría and trek forest tracks, quiet roads, grassy trails, and stone paved segments of the old camino real. The ubiquitous eucalyptus is a large part of your day, interjected with the small villages of Senande, Quintáns, and San Martiño de Ozón, known for its enormous granary and Benedictine Monastery. You climb, and then descend to Merexo before heading around the bay leading to the small fishing community of Muxía. Today culminates at the Punta da Barca, on the rocky point where the 17th Century chapel of Nosa Señora da Barca stands. Here you can find the hull, sail, and rudder of the stone boat that brought the Virgin Mary to this magical spot.

  • Hiking Distance: 23 kilometres

Day Five: Muxía to Lires

Depart Muxía via the main road, and follow the coastline past the sweeping white sands of Lourido Beach before beginning an ascent of Monte Facho, up through pine and eucalyptus plantations. The panorama view from here is breathtaking. You’ll descend past the Romanesque church of Santa Maria at Morquintián, through Guisamonde to the village of Lires nestled on the River Lires, home to a large trout farm and numerous sea birds that make their home in the protected lagoon.

  • Hiking Distance: 14 kilometres

Day Six: Lires to Finisterre

The sound of the sea pounding its waves is your constant companion as you skirt the shoreline for most of the day. Your trail begins by following the River Lires on its short journey to the ocean, taking in the beaches of Nemiña and Lires. You move southwards over the headland, past the tiny community of O Rostro. Then you wind your way on small country roads through the communities of San Salvador, Escaselas, and San Martiño de Duio. You are afforded vistas of the huge bay of Langosteira as you approach the town of Finisterre from above. Finisterre itself is a bustling town of robust sailors and fishermen. Onwards & upwards for a few more kilometres to the end of your journey…and the world, at Cape Finisterre. Here stands the old lighthouse keeping watch where the sea, spirit, and nature come together dramatically and beautifully.

  • Hiking Distance: 18 kilometres

Day Seven: Finisterre to Santiago

After breakfast this morning, you will transfer back to Santiago together before parting company at the Hotel Monumento San Francisco.

 

*This itinerary may change slightly due to accommodation availability, rain, festivals and spontaneous side trips.

** We have the luggage van to transport your luggage and you if you feel you need some assistance while on this journey.

*** This is not an endurance race, nor a competition. Please be respectful of all the different paces and walks of life that come together on this group trip.

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