Finisterre translates as ‘the end of the world’, and the Camino Finisterre, between Santiago and Cape Finisterre, is the last lap for many pilgrims to push themselves into nature as far as they possibly can go. The full name is the Camino Finisterre-Muxía or Fisterra in Galician, and it’s an official part of the Camino de Santiago, still marked by the iconic golden scallop shell (or vieira). Some people finish in Cape Finisterre, but this itinerary continues along the coast to the fishing village of Muxía, covering 120km of forests, wild seascapes and remote landscapes. With luggage transfers.
We also have a shorter version of this tour, which finishes at Finisterre, covering 90km over six days.
- Santiago de Compostela cathedral
- Santa Mariña church
- Cape Finisterre
- Costa da Morte
- Santuario de Nosa Señora da Barca
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Day 1: Arrive in Santiago de Compostela
If you arrive early, we recommend taking the time to explore the city and its cathedral, or book an extra night before the holiday.
- Accommodation: Hotel Lux Santiago or similar in Santiago de Compostela
Day 2: Santiago – Negreira | 21km
Leaving Santiago behind, head through Lost Pilgrims’ Gateway, downhill through eucalyptus and pine forests to the Sar River. Continue on past Figueiras, then Villestro, Roxos and Alto do Vento. Once in Augapesada, climb up to the top of Mar de Ovellas, and take in the views of Amaía Valley. Next, walk through Carballo, Trasmonte, Reino and Burgueiros. When you get to the Tambre River cross over Ponte Maceira bridge. Finally, take the wooded footpath next to the river up to Chancela to reach Negreira.
- Walking for the day: 21km, 5h, ↑475m ↓545m
- Accommodation: Casa Néboa or similar in Negreira
Day 3: Negreira – Olveiroa | 23km or 34km
Today’s walk has two options, the shorter route (23km) includes a taxi transfer to Vilaseiro (payable locally) to then join the walk to Olveiroa. Alternatively, the longer walk of 34km starts from Negreira, where you cross the Barcala River and continue alongside cornfields, pine and eucalyptus-lined trails for the first few kilometres. You will also walk past some traditional architecture, such as the As Maroñas granaries and the Romanesque church of Santa Mariña. Leave Santa Mariña and follow the route to Mount Aro (556m). From here, continue on to Campo Valado, Porteliñas, Abeleiroas and the Corzón viewpoint. Finally end the day heading through A Ponte Olveira to the centre of Olveiroa.
- Walking for the day: 34km, 8h, ↑535m ↓410m
- Accommodation: Casa Loncho or similar in Olveiroa
Day 4: Olveiroa – Cee | 19km
From Olveiroa, the camino follows the Xallas and Hospital Rivers to Logoso before passing Nosa Señora Chapel. After the chapel, the trail continues downhill through the pine groves of Alto do Cruceiro da Armada. Today’s walk is less hilly and a beautiful one, winding between mountains, windmills and forests. Reach the peak of San Pedro before descending to the village of Cee with its sandy cove and colourful fishing boats.
- Walking for the day: 20km, 4-5h, ↑200m ↓480m
- Accommodation: Hotel Oca Insua or similar in Cee
Day 5: Cee – Finisterre (Fisterra) | 16km
Shortly after leaving Cee, arrive at Corcubión, with its old quarter declared a historical-artistic site. From Corcubión, tackle the steep hill that leads to Campo de San Roque and the village of Vilar. Follow the coastline and Langosteira beach to arrive at Finisterre (Fisterra). End the day on the tip of Cape Finisterre at the mythical lighthouse and km zero of the Camino de Santiago.
- Walking for the day: 16km, 4h, ↑310m ↓245m
- Accommodation: Hotel Vida Finisterre Centro or similar in Finisterre
Day 6: Finisterre – Lires | 16km
The extension to Muxía begins at the Baixar Cross in Finisterre, travelling through unspoiled, countryside with views of the Costa da Morte. End the day in the small town of Lires, with its traditional hórreos and rural houses.
- Walking for the day: 16km, 4.5-5h
- Accommodation: Casa As Eiras Lires or similar in Lires
Day 7: Lires – Muxía | 14km
After a long, steady climb from Lires to Facho de Lourido, the final descent brings you down to the coast. Relax a while on the white sands of Lourido beach before following the coastal road to the fishing village of Muxía. Make sure to visit the sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Barca, where it is believed that its holystones have curative powers. According to tradition, you have to walk nine times under the Pedra dos Cadrís to cure your ailments.
- Walking for the day: 14km, 4h
- Accommodation: Hotel A de Lolo or similar in Muxía
Day 8: Departure
Departure after breakfast.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their proximity to the camino, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
Important: We aim to book you into each town listed on the itinerary. However, in the event of low availability, we may book you two nights in the same town with provided transfers. Also, on some occasions, your accommodation can be located a few kilometres away from the trail, Similarly, if this is the case, we organise transport to/from your accommodation.
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- Lux Santiago (Santiago de Compostela)
- Casa Néboa (Negreira)
- Casa Loncho (Olveiroa)
- Hotel Oca Insua (Cee)
- Hotel Vida Finisterre Centro (Finisterre)
- Casa As Eiras Lires (Lires)
- Hotel A de Lolo (Muxía)
Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included 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 and terrain
This walk is graded moderate with daily distances of up to 24km; there is one longer 34km walk on day three which can be shortened with an optional transfer (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 maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.
When to go
This trip is available all year round. 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. For more information, see our blog on Best time to walk the Camino de Santiago.
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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Santiago-Rosalía de Castro Airport (SCQ)
By train or bus
Arrival in Santiago de Compostela:
- There is a shuttle bus from the airport the centre of Santiago with different stops in the city
- Santiago de Compostela is very well connected by train to many destinations in Spain. For more details, see the national rail operator Renfe or use the Omio planner above
Departure from Muxía:
- There are three buses that run every day from Muxía back to Santiago (2-3h) where you can pick up your onward travel. Check the Monbus website for up-to-date schedules.
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 breakfasts
- Pilgrim kit (Credentials and shell)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (one piece per person, max 20kg)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Optional transfer to shorten the walk on day three
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Local tourist tax and entrance fees (payable on the spot)
- Personal expenses
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- 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