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Camino Finisterre: Santiago to Finisterre

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Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago de Compostela
Day 2: Ponte Maceira
Day 3: Santa Mariña
Day 4: Oliveiroa
Day 5: Cee
Day 6: Finisterre
Day 7: Departure

Overview for Camino Finisterre: Santiago to Finisterre

Finisterre translates as “the end of the world” and for many pilgrims the journey is complete when they can walk no more, reaching Cape Finisterre on the Costa da Morte (“Coast of Death”), located in the westernmost part of Galicia and looking out onto the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Here pilgrims have been known to throw their shoes into the sea to symbolise their new beginning in life after completing the Camino. The Camino Finisterre is a great way to finish the Camino de Santiago, continuing from Santiago de Compostela.

Starting from the magnificent cathedral in Santiago, walk through the beautiful Galician countryside. The Camino Finisterre passes remote medieval villages and finishes at the steep cliffs of Spain’s westernmost point, Cape Finisterre. The trail is clearly marked and requires a reasonable level of fitness. When you arrive in Fisterra, you can obtain your Finisterre Pilgrimage Certificate.


Itinerary for Camino Finisterre: Santiago to Finisterre

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Day 1: Arrive at Santiago de Compostela

If you arrive early, we strongly recommend to take time to explore this great city – or book an extra night before the holiday.

  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 2: Santiago – Ponte Maceira

As you leave from Santiago, make a point of looking back at the city for memorable views. The rest of today’s walk takes you through leafy woodland and green fields with intermittent villages. Cross a Roman bridge and end the stage in the pleasant town of Ponte Maceira.

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 3: Ponte Maceira – Santa Mariña

You’ll need an early start and a good breakfast to help you manage the long but gradual climb out of Negreira. One you reach the ridge, you can enjoy the pretty forest paths, peaceful rural roads and attractive scenery all the way to the village of Santa Mariña.

  • Walking for the day: 24 km, 6-7 hours
  • Overnight in a 2-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 4: Santa Mariña – Oliveiroa

This stage is relatively short so you can have a late start to recover from the previous day. Follow country lanes and enjoy the scenery as you climb to Monte Aro before your final descent into the village of Oliveiroa.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 2-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 5: Oliveiroa – Cee

Today’s walk is far less hilly and quite scenic, taking you between mountains, windmills and forests for your first sighting of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Finisterre. Reach the peak of San Pedro and make your way slowly down the steep hill to the charming village of Cee with its small sandy cove and colourful fishing boats.

  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 6: Cee – Finisterre

Your final stage! The day begins with a climb through Concorbión, after which you’ll head back down to the beach. From here, the Finisterre Way more or less follows the coastline and the extensive Langosteira beach towards Finisterre, offering beguiling views of the cape. You walk skirting the cliffs, taking in the wild Atlantic coast. The “end of the world” is further 3 km from the fishing village and is marked with a lighthouse.

  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel, breakfast included

Day 7: Departure

Departure after breakfast. There are several buses that run every day back to Santiago where you can pick up your onward travel.

Hotels for Camino Finisterre: Santiago to Finisterre

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Accommodation is in nice, 2 and 3-star hotels, located close to the route of the Camino. All of them have private en-suite rooms and offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included (usually buffet breakfast / coffee and toast/bread/croissant) on all days. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Most places serve hearty and reasonably priced pilgrim dinner menus.

Travel for Camino Finisterre: Santiago to Finisterre

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You are best to fly in and out of Santiago de Compostela.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Arrival in Santiago de Compostela

There is a shuttle bus from the airport of Santiago to the centre of Santiago with different stops in the city (check www.empresafreire.com).

Departure from Finisterre

There are several buses that run every day back to Santiago where you can pick up your onward travel. Check the Monbus website for up-to-date schedules.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 15 kg per person). When arriving at hotels, sometimes your luggage will have been taken to your room awaiting your arrival. However don’t be surprised if in some places your luggage is waiting for you at the reception desk. please politely ask someone from the staff if you need assistance to bring it to your room.

Country Info

Up-to-date travel advice on Spain is available here.

Trip Info for Camino Finisterre: Santiago to Finisterre

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This walk is graded moderate and includes walks of 16 km per day on average, the longest one is 24 km (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The routes are well waymarked, and the itinerary is very easy to follow. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from 15 March till the end of October. Best months to visit are April – June and September – October as in summer months it may become too hot (and crowded). The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 15 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots or trail running shoes
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Camino Finisterre: Santiago to Finisterre

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  • 6 nights in nice hotels in private en-suite rooms (2 and 3-star)
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information (road book)
  • Pilgrim Kit: passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira)
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 15 kg per person)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price.

To see the price of the holiday for your desired dates, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
  • Airport transfers

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