Compostela - Fisterra (Finisterre) - Muxia

12 - 17 May 2011


Santiago de Compostela

Cabo Fisterra: faro

Muxia: Santuario da Virxe da Barca

In 2006 we walked the Camino Frances from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Compostela. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 we walked in France from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
As in ancient times, many pilgrims continued their way from Compostela to Fisterra (Finisterre - "the end of the world"), we decided to walk from Compostela to Fisterra and further on to Muxia in May 2011. The Compostela-Fisterra camino is about 90km long and many pilgrims walk it in 3 long stages. We decided to divide this stretch into 4 stages:

We walked the 30km from Fisterra to Muxia in two days: We didn't pass the nights in refugios but easily found a room in one of the hostales mentioned in the excellent guide:
John Brierly: A Pilgrim's guide to the Camino Finisterre
Santiago - Finisterre - Muxia
Findhorn Press Ltd. 2011 ISBN 978-1-84409-535-3
This guide contains a lot of useful information concerning the path, distances, accomodation, restaurants, history, legends, etc.
We booked most of our hostales through bookingDOTcom, but it seems cheaper to book directly by telephone some days in advance. The advice of a hotel owner was: look at the site of bookingDOTcom and call the hotel directly. The telephone numbers of all the hotels where we stayed can be found in the aforementioned guide.
As I'm a fervent user of a Garmin 60CSx GPS, I prepared the tracks using the Mapsource Topomap Spain V4, on which most of the camino is indicated. For an unknown reason the stage from Cee to Fisterra fails.
However, it pointed out that the camino on this map differs quite often in a significant way from the real path that is very well signed. It seems the camino now follows less asphalt and main roads than before.
I registrated the 6 tracks on my GPS and these tracks can be downloaded here: I hope this information can be useful to other peregrinos.

Herman Serras, May 2011

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