Fisterra, the last pearl of the West.

The Romans called it Finis Terrae – the “end of the world”. Since it was the westernmost point of the world at the time, they thought that life ended here. Although we know today that this is not the case, its magnetism and magic are indisputable. The line of the horizon and its calm waters make us feel part of something bigger, and it prompts us to ask ourselves what lies beyond.

Modesto Fraga once wrote that Finisterre is both the end point of the West and the starting gate into the unknown. A world of dreams, spirituality and the mysterious, arising from an enormous tradition of ancestral rites guarded in the memories of time.

FINIS TERRAE

Finisterre, Fisterra, Finis terrae, the end of the world … there are many names for this very special place. It is a municipality in the province of A Coruña belonging to the region called Finisterre and it constitutes the final point of the Camino de Santiago. It is the “epilogue to Fisterra,” where pilgrims have the opportunity to visit nine municipalities (Ames, Negreira, Mazaricos, Dubría, Cee, Corcubión, Fisterra and Muxía). A stage where you can enjoy spectacular views, cliffs and wild beaches.

CUISINE

As one would expect from a seaside village, the typical gastronomy of Fisterra is based mainly on fish and shellfish. Crab, lobster, scallop, barnacles and, above all, the longueirón (razor clam) are all local specialities. Longueirón are the signature dish of the village, a shellfish of exceptional quality that is very abundant in the area.

Here fresh fish are traditionally cooked in a stew, grilled or roasted. Our fish stew is prepared as caldeirada with garlic, better known as “a la gallega” (Galician style). It is a dish of extraordinary quality and magnificent flavours. Special mention should also be made of the empanada (a type of pasty). Although this is a typical Galician dish, in Finisterre it is especially good.

THE END OF THE CAMINO

Many pilgrims do not consider Santiago de Compostela to be the spiritual goal of their journey. Quite the opposite. This status belongs to the path to A Costa da Morte, an intensely mystical route to the place where the sun was once believed to die. To see that dying sun sinking into the infinitude of the Atlantic Ocean is the goal of many pilgrims.

This route is known as the epilogue to Fisterra, or the extension to the Camino de Santiago. Heading to Fisterra means travelling a further 89 kilometres, through a total of nine municipalities along the way: Ames, Negreira, Mazaricos, Dumbría, Cee, Corcubión, Fisterra and Muxía, but we can assure you that it is worth the effort. And the road to Fisterra passes by our door.

The Christian extension of the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra (and also from Fisterra to Muxía) took place shortly after the discovery of the tomb of the Saint, but it is from the 13th century onwards that Finisterre truly became a place of pilgrimage. Today the extension continues to gain popularity among pilgrims and offers various enticing options.

Many walkers decide to keep walking the route, attracted by the idea of finishing their itinerary at the sea and a desire to discover A Costa da Morte. Whether calm or stormy the sea rewards the pilgrim with dramatic views of one of the most majestic coastal strips of the Iberian Peninsula.

 

The name A Costa da Morte brings to mind the danger and endless number of boats shipwrecked here over the years but Fisterra has some of the calmest seas of the region. This is an itinerary where a legendary destination, the beauty of the path, and the nature and heritage of one of the most sublime Galician territories meet. It is a place full of magic and stillness, filled with beautiful examples of Romanesque art as well as the diverse traditions that are still followed today.

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