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gschmidl

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Hello everyone,

caminoways.com claims that one can request the Muxiana and Finisterrana when walking the Camino Dos Faros. As far as I understand, both of those certificates require sellos, and the Camino Dos Faros is not (yet?) a route recognized by Santiago, so how would this work?

Thanks!
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Hello everyone,

caminoways.com claims that one can request the Muxiana and Finisterrana when walking the Camino Dos Faros. As far as I understand, both of those certificates require sellos, and the Camino Dos Faros is not (yet?) a route recognized by Santiago, so how would this work?

Thanks!
Hola!

I don't know of any route recognized by Santiago but I guess you mean the authorities of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. If so Muxiana and Fisterrana has nothing to do with pilgrimage to the tomb of St.James. They are merely certificates of acomplishment and not THE Compostela. Camino Dos Faros doesn't ends in SdC so it can't be "official" route. BUT you can walk it and then continue from Muxia to Fisterra and on to SdC and only then you will be able to obtain Compostela (for last 100km on foot).

Buen Camino!
 

gschmidl

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Camino(s) past & future
Kumano Kodo (11/2018), Camino Sanabres (4/2019)
Sorry, it appears I wasn't clear. I was under the impression these two certificates required a sello from Santiago and a second one from somewhere between Santiago and Muxia/Fisterra, but, coming from the other side on a non-camino route, you would not have any sellos and thus no proof of walking. How, then, could one request the Muxiana and Finisterrana?
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
From my understanding and experience the Fisterrana is given when walking from Santiago to Finisterre by the municipal albergue in Finisterre (no Cathedral involvement). The same is true for the Muxiana but that was issued if I recall correctly by the tourist office in Muxía. Neither make you eligible for the Compostela.

You can receive a Compostela (given in the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago) if you walk Finisterre - Muxía - Santiago or Muxía - Finisterre - Santiago but make sure you also get a stamp in Lires.

The Camino dos Faros is not an official Camino route but after doing it you could continue to Finisterre or Muxía then walk into Santiago as described above.
 

gschmidl

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Kumano Kodo (11/2018), Camino Sanabres (4/2019)
Ok, I'm afraid I'm still explaining badly. Forget about the Compostela.

How do you "prove" you walked the Camino Dos Faros in order to claim the Muxiana and Fisterrana without sellos? Since you're not walking from Santiago, or past Lires. I assume there are no sellos on the Camino Dos Faros, or is that wrong?
 

David Tallan

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Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
As LTfit says above, the Fisterrana is given by the municipal albergue in Finisterre and the Muxiana by the local tourist office in Muxia to those who walk to those locations. Traditionally, the starting point for the walk is Santiago de Compostela or somewhere else through Santiago de Compostela. But I don't know if there are any published requirements. The only one that I have heard is to get a sellos between Finisterre and Muxia if you are getting both. If you have heard that the certificates are given to thos who walk the Dos Faros, then presumably Santiago de Compostela is not a necessary starting point. You would collect sellos from places along the Dos Faros and present them in Finisterre and Muxia. Anyone can give a sello. They don't have to be licensed by or registered with the authorities in Santiago de Compostela. (I've been known to give some myself. :))
 

gschmidl

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Ah, I see, that was the information I was missing! Thanks all.
 

KinkyOne

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I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Ok, I'm afraid I'm still explaining badly. Forget about the Compostela.

How do you "prove" you walked the Camino Dos Faros in order to claim the Muxiana and Fisterrana without sellos? Since you're not walking from Santiago, or past Lires. I assume there are no sellos on the Camino Dos Faros, or is that wrong?
The sellos aren't problem because you can obtain them in churches, turist offices, bars, museums, anywhere. Even ordinary business stamp (for bills for example) is enough when the place where obtained is visible. But as stated above a question is if you could get Muxiana/Fisterrana after walking CdF. I would say yes because both can be issued when walking either direction between M or F as long as you get the stamp in Lires. That's 30+km and CdF is longer so I can't see real reason you couldn't get either of them.
 

Via2010

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06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
The Camino dos Faros is from Malpica to Fisterra along the coast (186 km in total). The section between Muxía and Fisterra is also a part of the Camino. So I guess you can obtain a Fisterrana when you come from Muxía and have stamps from Muxía and Lires. In Lires, in the albergue "As Eiras" I found flyer with Information about the Camino dos Faros last June. So this seems to be a popular stop along that way. Probably you could contact them for further information.
 

Maxie

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Ingles 15
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I've walked the Camino dos Faros. The route between Muxia and Fisterra is not the recognised Camino route which runs inland where the Dos faros hugs the coast.
I have both certifiates that the OP mentions the Fisterra one is obtained by walking from Santiago, the Muxia one is obtained by walking between Fisterra and Muxia.
 

David Tallan

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Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I've walked the Camino dos Faros. The route between Muxia and Fisterra is not the recognised Camino route which runs inland where the Dos faros hugs the coast.
I have both certifiates that the OP mentions the Fisterra one is obtained by walking from Santiago, the Muxia one is obtained by walking between Fisterra and Muxia.
Does that mean if I walk from Santiago to Muxia without going through Fisterra (turning right at that fork in the road instead of left) I won't be able to get the certificate because I didn't come from Fisterra?

I wasn't expecting that.
 

Maxie

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Frances 15,16
Ingles 15
Norte 16, 17
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Portuguese 17
You can do it that way as well. Make sure you have two stamps between Muxia and Fisterra. I got my certificate at the municipal alburgue in Muxia and also at the municipal in Fisterra.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Does that mean if I walk from Santiago to Muxia without going through Fisterra (turning right at that fork in the road instead of left) I won't be able to get the certificate because I didn't come from Fisterra?

I wasn't expecting that.
No, you can get the certificate in Muxia when you walk from Santiago. If you just walk from Finisterre it is required that you get a stamp in Lires.
 

Pelegrin

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Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
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Camiño dos faros has 7 lighthouses ( I think ). A Spanish speaker who doesn't know Galego can think that there are only two.
 

gschmidl

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Camino(s) past & future
Kumano Kodo (11/2018), Camino Sanabres (4/2019)
Camiño dos faros has 7 lighthouses ( I think ). A Spanish speaker who doesn't know Galego can think that there are only two.
I don't speak Spanish, but surely "dos" here means "of the", not "two", otherwise a preposition would be missing (like "Camino de Dos Faros", or something)?

Thank you to everyone else for the insightful comments posted in my absence.
 

Pelegrin

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I don't speak Spanish, but surely "dos" here means "of the", not "two", otherwise a preposition would be missing (like "Camino de Dos Faros", or something)?

Thank you to everyone else for the insightful comments posted in my absence.
Yes ,"dos" here means "of the" because is Galician: Camiño dos Faros.
In case of only 2 lighthouse, in Galician would be : Camiño dos dous Faros. In Spanish: Camino de los dos Faros
 

woofer

Member
Hello everyone,

caminoways.com claims that one can request the Muxiana and Finisterrana when walking the Camino Dos Faros. As far as I understand, both of those certificates require sellos, and the Camino Dos Faros is not (yet?) a route recognized by Santiago, so how would this work?

Thanks!
Hi there. The Camino dos Faros as said by others, has nothing to do with The Camino de Santiago. I've walked it - it's wonderful. Forget about sellos. Caminoways give you a Credencial, but it is for the "extended Camino and starts from Santiago (placenames are written on the Credencial. This DOES NOT COINCIDE with the Malpica to Fisterra route !I believe Caminoways were wrong to say that you could get certificates from those two towns. There is slight ongoing confusion in that peregrinos assume that the Fisterra - Muxia route is identical on both Caminos. It isn't. the dos Faros route takes 2 days - there are only a few hundred metres in common - and the Compostela Way only takes one day. The dos Faros is far more spectacular and well worthy of doing on it's own merits ! Hope this helps !
 
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Via2010

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Does that mean if I walk from Santiago to Muxia without going through Fisterra (turning right at that fork in the road instead of left) I won't be able to get the certificate because I didn't come from Fisterra?

I wasn't expecting that.
Don't worry. You can equally obtain a Muxiana if you head for Muxía first. Just make sure that you have a stamp from Olveiroa. That is what they are looking at because you can not reach Olveiroa by bus.

Between Muxía and Fisterra it is essential to get a stamp from Lires for the same reason.
 

pohodnica

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino primitivo
Hello! I am planning to this camino Camino de los faros in June. Can anybody advice me about this route, is it good marked,.. So the best way is to start in Malpica. Is there any guidebook about this camino?

Thanks!
 

woofer

Member
Hello! I am planning to this camino Camino de los faros in June. Can anybody advice me about this route, is it good marked,.. So the best way is to start in Malpica. Is there any guidebook about this camino?

Thanks!
Check the websites of the companies offering self-guided tours
 

woofer

Member
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The route is very well marked. Go for the full 8 days which means you start in Malpica - not the easiest place to get to by public transport (we had to go from Santiago via A Coruńa to connect). It is not easy to do the 8 stages independently as a couple of stops have no accomodation so taxis can be used to go back to previous stop after day's walk and then get taxi following morning to resume from where you left off. We booked first 2 nights ourselves in Malpica and hired taxis then used a company for the rest of the walk. Big advantage of this was we didnt have to carry main luggage with us as there are steep climbs and some quite tricky descents where carrying a heavy backpack would be unsafe. It's a brilliant walk and I thoroughly recommend it !
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
My two adult sons saw some blue painted markers in Lires and decided to walk the coast to Finesterre. They got lost a couple of times, but really enjoyed that ine day. None of us at the time knew it was part of the unknown (to us) Camino dos Faros.
Here's a photo in Lires where my "kids" first discovered this route.
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
My two adult sons saw some blue painted markers in Lires and decided to walk the coast to Finesterre. They got lost a couple of times, but really enjoyed that ine day. None of us at the time knew it was part of the unknown (to us) Camino dos Faros.
Here's a photo in Lires where my "kids" first discovered this route.
I don't see the picture and we are very interested in walking this route from Lires to Fisterre. I can't seem to find much info. Anyone have any experience?
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
I've walked the Camino dos Faros. The route between Muxia and Fisterra is not the recognised Camino route which runs inland where the Dos faros hugs the coast.
I have both certifiates that the OP mentions the Fisterra one is obtained by walking from Santiago, the Muxia one is obtained by walking between Fisterra and Muxia.
Is it marked where the Camiño dos Faros. ...leaves the Camino usual route.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I don't see the picture and we are very interested in walking this route from Lires to Fisterre. I can't seem to find much info. Anyone have any experience?
I'm sorry, I guess I forgot to include it originally. There were rocks on the ground amongst the plants and on the rocks were painted blue sky color circles about 3" in diameter. Don't think I took a photo of the marker itself. We first saw them walking south shortly after leaving the only bar above the ocean at Lires...it was here! Screenshot_2019-01-26-07-32-00.jpg
 

intrepidtraveler

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Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
Interesting to hear that the section between Muxia-Finisterre is waymarked in blue. I walked the 3 stages preceding Muxia-Finisterre and they were marked with either green arrows or green dots. My understanding from researching the route before leaving was that green is the official waymarking color for the Dos Faros.
 

MarcelWals

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I will be there in a couple of weeks and will check the colors ;) One thing I know for sure: whatever color it is, I will enjoy it as muh as possible!

Cheers!
 

Pelegrin

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SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
I will be there in a couple of weeks and will check the colors ;) One thing I know for sure: whatever color it is, I will enjoy it as muh as possible!

Cheers!
Yellow of gorse flowers, red of heather, green, blue...
 

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