Camino Santiago de Compostela to Cabo Finisterre

This walk can be done as an extention to any Camino de Santiago. It's the older reason people, like the Romans, walked across the top of the Iberian Peninsula, following the Milky Way to the ends of the earth (as it was known). Our recomendation is to go through Muxía rather than head straight to Fisterra (the name of the town). Also, we recommend going the extra 3 km to reach Cape Finisterre. Great scenery and an amazing climax to see the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean from the cape.

Technical sheet
No. 4447590
A Santiago de Compostela walk posted on 20/12/20 by El Sud. Update : 06/04/21
Author's time Author's time : 5 days
Distance Distance : 116.03km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 2123m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2274m
Highest point Highest point : 476m
Lowest point Lowest point : 4m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Santiago de Compostela
Starting point Starting point : N 42.88058° / W 8.545677°
Arrival Arrival : N 42.882888° / W 9.271684°

Step by step walk

This walk needs several days, please find the details below.

First Stage Camino Cabo Finisterre - Santiago to Negreira

Time to leave Santiago behind and follow the sun going west. It's more or less downhill as far as Aguapesada, then there's a bit of a climb over Alto do Mar de Ovellas, where we have to go up 210 metros in about 2 km, up to Carballo. Then it's a stroll, crossing the Tambre river and into Negreira.

Second stage Camino Cabo Finisterre - Negreira to Santa Mariña

This is an easier stage than the classic 33.6 km from Negreira to Olveiroa, through a really rural environment but with a few uphill climbs. In the first ten kilometers we cross lush forests of pine, chestnut and oak trees, then we go through a clearer patch of land. At the end, there's a small village that is friendly and worth exploring.

Third Stage Camino Cabo Finisterre - Santa Mariña to Dumbría

The first 3 km of this stage are fairly simple but then there is a bit of a climb up to Monte Aro. Our route goes up to a viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic view, but there's no need to go all the way to the top, because 500 meters before the top there is a right turn and the begining of a steep descent along a dirt track. On the descent of Mount Aro, good views over the Xallas valley can be enjoyed, including the great Fervenza reservoir.

Fourth stage Camino Cabo Finisterre - Dumbría to Muxía

You can almost smell the sea (and almost see it) but there's still over 20 km to Muxia, although the sea comes into view long before. The route alternates sections of tarmac, without much interest, with several stretches of dirt road through forests. Looking at the profile of the stage, you can see that the descent towards the coast is not exactly easygoing, rather a continuous up-and-down, with moderate unevenness.

Fifth stage Camino Cabo Finisterre - Muxía to Cabo Finisterre

The route is well signposted in both directions, between Muxía and Fisterra. Despite the proximity to the sea, don't expect a walk on the beach. Today's journey runs through a rural and lonely territory, with dirt roads, forests and demanding slopes. There might be walkers coming from Fisterra, so say "Hola" and maybe chat a while. Get started early and look for a lunch stop in Lires, a town located right in the middle of the day.

Useful Information

More detailed information can be found in the descriptions of each stage of the walk. Waterproofs should be standard kit as it rains a lot in Galicia. Talk to the locals and fellow walkers, there are lots of interesting stories out there. Look after your feet (and the rest of your body) and take time to rest when required.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

There are lots of things to see along the way. Take time to enjoy the route and remember, this is not a race and plans should be flexible. Don't leave any rubbish and don't damage the environment. Say hello to fellow walkers and help anyone who needs it. Take care of yourself and make the most of the moment!

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