A side trip to Finisterre

When the Journey ends there is more

Dewey is standing at the Finisterre with the Atlantic Ocean behind him.
Standing at the end of the Ancient World

It has been months since I walked the Camino de Santiago. Yet, I did not tell

the story of a side trip.  See, the journey doesn’t necessarily end at Santiago de Compostella, it continues to Cabo Finisterre.  There are some pilgrims who walk the extra 90-some km.

Many years ago pilgrims also continued to Cabo Finisterre; unlike today, when they arrived they would strip of their clothes and ceremonially through it in the ocean.  Today there are some who burn their clothes at the end of the journey, symbolically marking the end of the old and the start of the new.

I did not walk to Finisterre, after 800 km my feet needed a rest.  So, I did the next best thing – A bus tour.

Early in the Morning

It was an early start as the sun barely thought to make an appearance.  It was also the end of October and 8:30 am is still early dawn.  There were a few of us on the tour, about 8 people.  We were a small group.  And in my opinion always better than a bigger group.

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The guide surprised with an early morning stop at Negreira.  Here was the beautiful Puente Maceira (Ponte Maceira).  This bridge dates back to the 13th Century.  It crosses the Rio Tambre.

It always amazes me how beautiful these old structures are and if you look at them you can hear the people working and building them.  Just think how many feet have crossed this bridge over the past 800 years.  The stories it must be able to tell, simply amazing.

En Route to Ézaro

The is the waterfall Ézaro, it is one of only 7 waterfalls in Europe that empties into teh ocean
Ézaro, one of only 7 waterfalls in Europe that empties into the ocean.
The town Muros with houses and teh ocean in the background
A town on the way to Finisterre

Ézaro is a waterfall, but it is not just any waterfall.  It is one of only seven waterfalls in Europe that empties into the ocean.  It is a nice site to visit.  Once again, we were lucky.  There wasn’t any other tour groups there and we had the beautiful views all to ourselves.

On the way to Ézaro we pass through a town called Muros, it was an old fishing town and harbour.  Unfortunately, we did not have much time to explore this town, it was basically eat lunch and a very quick walk around.

Finisterre – we have reached the end of the known world

Dewey at the 0 km marker at Finisterre
The 0 km marker at Finisterre
The ocean and Cabo Finisterre
That’s it, beyond this point, it is just ocean … if only.

Finistere basically means “Earth is done.”  Well, not in the way that the it is the end of all, but rather that this is where all land ends, it is the end of the world and all that remains is the blue waters.  Oh, how little did they know.

There is also a lighthouse here and you are able talk walk beyond the lighthouse towards “the end of the ancient world.”

Here is also a 0 km marker, marking the end.

And a recent history lesson

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The last stop for the day was at Muxía.  Do you know or remember this name at all?  In 2002 this was ground zero for the Prestige oil spill.  Today there is a monument erected lest the world for get.

Waiting is more adventure

After this stop we were on our way back to Santiago de Compostella.  After an evening of night time photography I headed back to my hotel.  I had to be up early the next morning for the next adventure … Madrid!

 

One Comment

  1. Terry Hagen

    Thank you for the photos and story of the side trip. It must have been a bit of a strange feeling to have been where others thought they were at the end of the earth. I look forward to a bit of the story of Madrid.

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