Extension to Fisterra and Muxía
The best alternative to find oneself, reflect and go beyond. This is the true philosophy of this variation of the Camino that starts where all the others end and takes us to the end of the world, until Finisterrae, to meet our inner being and depths. It’s difficult to find terms to describe this route, with such a strong symbolic charge in which the religious, the magical and the pagan meet, but also the story and the myth, and the spiritual together with the earthly.
It’s a different camino: it begins in the Plaza del Obradoiro itself and has two different arrival points that are authentic symbols of Galicia: Fisterra and Muxía. The first one is the westernmost point of Europe, the last stronghold of land known for the Romans, whose coast was home to the Ara Solis, an altar dedicated to the cult of the sun that the Apostle ordered to destroy. Cradle of all kinds of pagan beliefs, nowadays it’s still the theatre of purification rituals where pilgrims get rid of the earthly by burning their clothes or leaving their shoes.
The second goal is Muxía, with the shrine of a Virxe da Barca looking up imposingly to the sea challenging the roughness of the waves in the well-known Costa da Morte. The Virgin arrived there in a small stone boat to encourage the Apostle Santiago because of the little credibility his words had among the people of these lands.
This itinerary is so unique and attractive that it’s currently one of the routes gaining more pilgrims year after year. It’s divided in four long stages and a fifth stage can be added between Fisterra and Muxía.
Santiago – Negreira (21 kms / 13 mi)
Negreira – Olveiroa (33 kms / 20,5 mi)
Olveiroa – Fisterra (30 kms / 18,6 mi)
Olveiroa – Muxía (31,5 kms / 19,5 mi)
Fisterra – Muxía (28 kms / 17,4 mi)
Route of the sea of Arousa and River Ulla
Here’s a different way to do the Camino. Attached to the historical story, this path imitates the journey that made the rowboat carrying the remains of the Apostle until its arrival to the town of Padrón. The small boat was tied to a massive block of granite (el Pedrón) preserved currently beneath the main altar of one of the churches of this village, the church of Santiago.
The path can be started from O Grove harbour or from Ribeira harbour. Both aside the biggest Galician estuary, the Arousa one, and it is said that its inhabitants were the first to spot the stone boat bearing the decapited body of the Apostle. From there we have to sail 40 nautical miles through the sea and the Ulla River until reaching Padrón, and continue walking 24,6 kilometresto complete the itinerary up to Compostela.