Finisterre can be a quiet place to rest but there are also many opportunities to get to know this magical land in greater depth. To visit monuments and places full of stories and legends.

 

Finisterre has many parishes; Duio, Fisterra, San Martiño de Duio and Sardiñeiro. The choice of locations to visit is forever growing. However the most popular is Cabo Fisterra. This cape has been a place full of mysticism since ancient times and it was in its waters that the sun was believed to die at the end of every day.

CAPE FISTERRA ROUTE

The first tourist route worth mentioning is “Cape Fisterra”. The route runs through San Guillermo, Pedra Santas and the Lighthouse of the cape. This route starts at the port and on towards San Carlos Castle (18th Century), and continues to the Church of Santa María das Areas (12th Century) and beyond.

Following a visit to the church, the walk to the top of the Monte San Guillermo begins. It consists of a small path from where you can see one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Villa de Fisterra and the sea.

From here, we will walk towards Monte Facho. This path will take us to Piedras Santas where we will be able to observe another spectacular panorama of Fisterra and its peninsula. If your return route follows the path, on the way down the track you will first find a viewpoint and then arrive at the Lighthouse.

FISTERRA ROUTE – THE BEACH OF ROSTRO

On this path, we leave Fisterra behind us to go towards Atalaya and on to San Martiño de Abajo. Once in the village, the aim is to arrive at Castro de Duio, and from there, go through village towards the beach of Arnela. Later, following the same road, the route reaches Denle, from where the route heads to Castromiñán, continuing along the road to access Playa de Rostro.

FISTERRA ROUTE – MONTE SEOANE

This route begins in Santa Catalina Street and heads to Langosteira Beach. It goes along the promenade and then leaves the asphalted trail to cross Calcoba, and then follow a path that will take us to the village of Mallas.

 

When we reach this point, the route heads to the church and then to the old school. From here, at the intersection point, the route forks off left towards Mount Seoane, the highest in the municipality at 158 meters.

HISTORY

Finisterre has historic monuments such as the Castle of San Carlos, a fortification built by King Carlos III in the 18th century to guard the coast from foreign attacks.

 

The Church of Nuestra Señora de las Arenas was built in the 12th century. This historical-artistic monument contains the Saint Cristo de Finisterre, also known as “Cristo da Barba Dourada” (Christ of the Golden Beard). Thousands of pilgrims kneel before him after finishing their journey in Finisterre, having burnt their clothes, bathed in the sea and collected their scallop shell. These actions allow them to return to their lives as new men and women following their pilgrimage.

Other monuments to highlight are the capilla del Buen Suceso built in the 18th century and located in the centre of the town, dedicated to the virgin of the same name.

The tourist market is also a place of interest. It is inside a building by the architects Creus e Carrasco and is where all the fish and seafood in the area is auctioned. The most important lighthouse in the region of A Costa da Morte is also located in Finisterre. It guides the navigation of boats with its lights, and dates from 1868. This is one of the most visited places in Galicia, second only to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

 

The Monument to the Emigrant is dedicated to emigrants who went to Argentina and other American countries, as well as their families. It is the work of the sculptor Agustín de la Herrán Matorras and was established in 1993.

Finally, an interesting place to visit in Finisterre is the Cemetery of the End of the Earth. It is an unfinished work by the architect César Portela, but has received many architecture awards.

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