Santiago to Finisterre – The Road to the Stars

Spain

Holiday overview

Destination

Spain


Type

Pilgrim Routes, Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 475 pp


Duration

5 nights


The extension of the Way of Saint James to Cape Finisterre is also an historic pilgrimage route. Many pilgrims, once in Santiago, decided to pursue the ‘Way to the Stars’ (Camino de Estrellas) to Finisterre.

Santiago de Compostela to Cape Finisterre:

 

The extension of the Way of Saint James to Cape Finisterre is also an historic pilgrimage route. Many pilgrims, once in Santiago, decided to pursue the ‘Way to the Stars’ (Camino de Estrellas) to Finisterre. Finisterre (Fisterra in Galician) was both the end of the known world until Columbus altered things and the final destination of many of the pilgrims who made the journey to Santiago in past centuries. There are various explanations as to how this continuation came about (one such is that is was based on a pre-Christian route to the pagan temple of Ara Solis in Finisterre, erected to honour the sun) but is it also known that a pilgrim infrastructure existed, with “hospitals” in Cée, Corcubión, Finisterre itself and elsewhere. Pilgrims in past centuries also continued northwards up the coast to the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Barca in Muxía, 29km north of the “end of the world” itself. The Camino passes remote hilly villages and finishes at steep cliffs of Spain’s westernmost point.

Day 1: Arrival at Santiago de Compostela – Overnight B and B

 

Day 2: Walk Santiago – Negreira

Taking the Plaza del Obradoiro as your starting point, you leave Santiago de Compostela. Today, the Camino passes many small villages and Roman bridges. Neigreira is a town of medieval origin whose most outstanding monuments are the country house of Coton (Pazo do Coton) and an adjoining chapel dedicated to St Maurus. Overnight Negreira Hotel Tamara – Dinner in the hotel 5h30 walk – 22 km

 

Day 3: Walk Negreira – Maronas

Passing the river Barcala, you continue climbing the hillside of Monte Aro, after which the Camino enters the wild Serra de Castelo and the Xallas valley. Transfer 17h00 from Moranas to Mazaricos for overnight Casa Andanzas – Dinner in the accomodation (transfer by owner of the Casa. 5h30 – 22 km

 

Day 4: Transfer from Mazaricos to Moranas – walk Moranas – Cee

At first we follow the river Logosa and pass the Hermitage of Nosa Senora. Then, as we descend through the pine groves of Alto do Cruxeiro da Armada, the sea appears before us.Overnight Hotel Larry – Dinner in the hotel 7h – 30 km

 

Day 5: Walk Cee – Finisterra

Today you will enjoy a fabulous coastal walk along cliffs and by coves to the Cape FinisterraOvernight Hotel Playa Langosteira on the sea shore – Dinner not included 5h – 21 km

 

Day 6: End of the trip after breakfast