Finisterre on the Camino
Cape Finisterre is well-known as being one of the final destinations of the Camino de Santiago. In medieval times Europeans believed it was the westernmost point of land and therefore the end of the earth.
These days 190,000+ pilgrims arrive in Santiago every year, and about 5% of them walk on to Finisterre.
While Nate and I haven’t yet walked the Camino to Finisterre (but we’re pleased that a couple of our teammates have been able to), we’ve had the privilege of visiting it several times, both with pilgrims and with family. Today I wanted to share this beautiful little fishing village and cape with you.
The town itself sits along this harbor:
In late June we took our friends Mark and Gayle, and their four pilgrim friends Miriam, Felisa, Alfonso, and Abel, to see Finisterre. It was a nice and sunny day:
Nate and three of the kids sitting along the harbor:
This is the Castillo de San Carlos (Castle of Saint Charles), built in the late 1700’s during the reign of Charles III of Spain:
Up and inside the castle grounds:
In recent years the castle was converted into a fishing museum. It’s a small space but exhibits take you through some of the tools, boats, and nets Gallegos have used for centuries to fish. Display cases within show miniature boats:
The view from the castle:
Usually, after we’ve explored the town and the harbor, we hike or drive along the main road to get to Cape Finisterre, the point that was considered the end of the world. On the way we pass this famous statue of a pilgrim:
Once at Cape Finisterre, the kids like to climb this rock and sit or stand at the foot of the cross:
We first went to Finisterre with Nate’s parents a few years ago, and Dad Walter took this photo of our family. I can’t believe how little the kids look:
Pilgrims Alfonso, Mark, and Abel at the stone Camino marker that displays “0.00 km.” In other words, they can’t walk any further west!
The Finisterre lighthouse:
Pilgrims sitting by the water at the end of their journey:
Beautiful views on the cape:
There’s always an outdoor art exhibit in front of the lighthouse. This summer these tiled sails are colorful and interesting to look at:
Lastly, a parting look at Cape Finisterre as it sits quietly on the ocean, waiting for more pilgrims and visitors to arrive:
May it one day welcome you as well! Buen Camino.
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