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 reaches the steep cliffs of Spain’s westernmost point, Cape Finisterre.
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Day 1: Arrive at Santiago de Compostela
If you arrive early, we strongly recommend taking the time to explore this great city – or book an extra night before the holiday.
- Overnight in a 3-star hotel (Hotel Lux Santiago or similar), 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 country hotel (short transfers between Ponte Maceira and the accommodation included), 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. Once 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 3-star country hotel (short transfers between Santa Mariña and the accommodation included), 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 (Casa Loncho or similar), 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: 20 km, 5 hours
- Overnight in a 3-star hotel (Hotel Insua or similar), 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 2-star hotel (Hotel Prado da Viña or similar), 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.
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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.
Breakfast is included (usually buffet breakfast/coffee and toast/bread/croissant) on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the 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.
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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.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
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.
Up-to-date travel advice on Spain is available here.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
This walk is graded easy to moderate and includes walks of 16 km per day on average, the longest one is 24 km (read more about difficulty grades).
The routes are well way-marked, 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 no 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 the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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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 (roadbook)
- 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 / representativeSupplements
- 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
- 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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