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.
- Santiago de Compostela cathedral
- The peaceful and beautiful Camino de Santiago to Finisterre
- Cape Finisterre and its lighthouse
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Day 1: Arrive in 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.
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Santiago de Compostela (Hotel Lux Santiago or similar)
Day 2: Santiago – Ponte Maceira | 17 km
As you leave 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
- Accommodation: 3-star country hotel (Casa O Folgo or similar; short transfer between Ponte Maceira and the accommodation included)
Day 3: Ponte Maceira – Santa Mariña | 24 km
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 beautiful scenery all the way to the village of Santa Mariña.
- Walking for the day: 24 km, 6-7 hours
- Accommodation: 3-star country hotel (Casa O Folgo or similar; short transfer from and to the accommodation included)
Day 4: Santa Mariña – Olveiroa | 13 km
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 Olveiroa.
- Walking for the day: 13 km, 4-5 hours
- Accommodation: 2-star country hotel (Casa Loncho or similar)
Day 5: Olveiroa – Cee | 20 km
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
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel (Hotel Insua or similar)
Day 6: Cee – Finisterre | 16 km
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
- Accommodation: 2-star country hotel (Hotel Prado da Viña or similar)
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.
What to Expect
Accommodation is in nice 2-star and 3-star hotels and guesthouses located close to the Camino route. 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.
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- Lux Santiago (Santiago de Compostela)
- Casa O Folgo (near Negreira)
- Casa Loncho (Olveiroa)
- Hotel Insua (Cee)
- Hotel Prado da Viña (Finisterre)
*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.
Difficulty & terrain
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 very well way-marked, and the itinerary is straightforward 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 the beginning of March until the end of October. The 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.
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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Santiago de Compostela.
By train or bus
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.
- 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 (1 pc up to 15 kg per person)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches and dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Local tourist tax & entrance fees (payable on the spot)
- Personal expenses
- Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘Included’ in the programme
Options, extras & supplements
- Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights in Santiago de Compostela