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Detour to Fisterra and Muxia before arriving at SdC

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
We're planning our Caminho Português for 2020. Last year, when we walked from Switzerland to SdC, we did not continue to Fisterra.
In 2020 we definitely want to include Fisterra and Muxía, and we were wondering whether it was possible to leave the Português before SdC, go to Fisterra and Muxía, and then end our Caminho.
We know we can go to SdC, then to Fisterra and back to SdC, but we were hoping to avoid that.
Your thoughts, suggestions, advice, warnings are all welcome!
Thank you
Bom Caminho, Buen Camino
 

peregrina2000

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Ah, great, another chance to try out my wikiloc premium!

here’s one on a bike.

But here is an idea. This trail starts in Santiago, but it goes down to Padron and then up to Muxia and down to Finisterre. But since you will be in Padron on the way in, you could pick it up there and walk through Noia.

Comparing the bike trail with this walking trail, though, you’ll see that the walking trail is mostly inland from Noia to Muxia, while the biking trail hugs the coast and goes through Muros.

Here is a walking trail that would get you from Noia to Finisterre on the coast. I haven’t compared it to the biking trail. https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/galicia-la-costa-de-ribadeo-a-a-guarda-8885651

Well, it’s a start!
 

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
Well, it’s a start!
It certainly is! Thank you Laurie!
I assume that the only trails that are marked as Camino are the ones from SdC to Fisterra and the alternative via Muxía. Gronze only shows the one to Fisterra.
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
Ah, great, another chance to try out my wikiloc premium!

here’s one on a bike.

But here is an idea. This trail starts in Santiago, but it goes down to Padron and then up to Muxia and down to Finisterre. But since you will be in Padron on the way in, you could pick it up there and walk through Noia.

Comparing the bike trail with this walking trail, though, you’ll see that the walking trail is mostly inland from Noia to Muxia, while the biking trail hugs the coast and goes through Muros.

Here is a walking trail that would get you from Noia to Finisterre on the coast. I haven’t compared it to the biking trail. https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/galicia-la-costa-de-ribadeo-a-a-guarda-8885651

Well, it’s a start!
The biking trail is great from Noia although I did not do that by bike but by car.
I should do the trail from Pontevredra to Noia and than first to Fisterre (it is a long and winding beautiful coastal route (as I remember from Noia it was about 80 kms and than to Muxia and back to Santiago . I remember I saw some places you could stay for the night but it needs some preps in advance .
My wife and I were caminping in that area some years ago and because we walked the coastal and central Portuguese caminho before we wanted to explore the area there . Beautifull . Lot of people who walk the Variante Espiritual caminho are not aware who beautifull the south western area of Galicia is.
 
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AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
The biking trail is great from Noia although I did not do that by bike but by car.
I should do the trail from Pontevredra to Noia and than first to Fisterre (it is a long and winding beautiful coastal route (as I remember from Noia it was about 80 kms and than to Muxia and back to Santiago . I remember I saw some places you could stay for the night but it needs some preps in advance .
My wife and I were caminping in that area some years ago and because we walked the coastal and central Portuguese caminho before we wanted to explore the area there . Beautifull . Lot of people who walk the Variante Espiritual caminho are not aware who beautifull the south western area of Galicia is.
Obrigado @Albertinho ,
Your suggestion of going first to Fisterra sounds logical.
Is there a lot of road walking between Pontevedra and Noia, and then on to Fisterra? Our reference is the Camino del Norte, where we enjoyed the coastal alternatives, and walking along the cliff edges.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF April 4- May 12, 2018
CP April 2019
We're planning our Caminho Português for 2020. Last year, when we walked from Switzerland to SdC, we did not continue to Fisterra.
In 2020 we definitely want to include Fisterra and Muxía, and we were wondering whether it was possible to leave the Português before SdC, go to Fisterra and Muxía, and then end our Caminho.
We know we can go to SdC, then to Fisterra and back to SdC, but we were hoping to avoid that.
Your thoughts, suggestions, advice, warnings are all welcome!
Thank you
Bom Caminho, Buen Camino
[/ i too am walking the CP this fall and was wondering the same thing so thank you for asking the question and thank you to all the forum members who answered.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Frances (x4), Finisterre, Aragon, Via de la Plata, Portuguese 2011 -2015. Hospitalero 2015
Are you interested in getting a Compostela. If so, I don't think the last 100km would qualify as not all is walking towards Santiago, also it is not a route recognised by the authorities.
Maybe more knowledgeable members could comment.
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
Obrigado @Albertinho ,
Your suggestion of going first to Fisterra sounds logical.
Is there a lot of road walking between Pontevedra and Noia, and then on to Fisterra? Our reference is the Camino del Norte, where we enjoyed the coastal alternatives, and walking along the cliff edges.
In fact you follow the road along the coast. It winds round bays and "rias" so called fjords in Galego ,the language in that area of Spain.
And the road follows the coast. As I wrote we took the trip by car when camping in the area. We have seen some peregrinos but they were bikers.
I wonder if it should be better to continue to Santiago and start from there to Fisterre and Muxia. Then you will be assured of albergues and a waymarked path.
Part of the coastroad from Noia is very remote at times. Here and there a small village. Furthermore there is nothing .
Great views ; you see Fistere from a long distance. It is a landmark .
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Are you interested in getting a Compostela. If so, I don't think the last 100km would qualify as not all is walking towards Santiago, also it is not a route recognised by the authorities.
Maybe more knowledgeable members could comment.
It is possible to obtain Compostela even if you walk Fisterra-Muxia-SdC or Muxia-Fisterra-SdC. The OP will walk even more than that but only the last 100km counts.
 

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
Are you interested in getting a Compostela. If so, I don't think the last 100km would qualify as not all is walking towards Santiago, also it is not a route recognised by the authorities.
Maybe more knowledgeable members could comment.
Interesting advice, @camino-david , and something we had not considered.
How do I contact the authorities to find out? @t2andreo , do you know how I can find out?
Thank you!
Buen Camino
 

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
In fact you follow the road along the coast. It winds round bays and "rias" so called fjords in Galego ,the language in that area of Spain.
And the road follows the coast. As I wrote we took the trip by car when camping in the area. We have seen some peregrinos but they were bikers.
I wonder if it should be better to continue to Santiago and start from there to Fisterre and Muxia. Then you will be assured of albergues and a waymarked path.
Part of the coastroad from Noia is very remote at times. Here and there a small village. Furthermore there is nothing .
Great views ; you see Fistere from a long distance. It is a landmark .
Thank you @Albertinho .
Finding accommodation would be the only issue. Having walked coastal alternatives on the Norte, we are not worried about not having markings and signpostings. Also we will not be limited to albergues, but if accommodation is not available, we would have to reconsider or find alternatives.
Buen Camino
 

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
It is possible to obtain Compostela even if you walk Fisterra-Muxia-SdC or Muxia-Fisterra-SdC. The OP will walk even more than that but only the last 100km counts.
Thank you @KinkyOne , we were indeed considering either of those two, although Fisterra-Muxía-SdC is our preference for logical (geographically) reasons.
Did you walk either or these and obtained a Compostela?
Buen Camino
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Thank you @KinkyOne , we were indeed considering either of those two, although Fisterra-Muxía-SdC is our preference for logical (geographically) reasons.
Did you walk either or these and obtained a Compostela?
Buen Camino
Here is the link to Pilgrims Office in SdC:

You won't have major problem finding accommodation (unless if you'll walk in high season) because that region around Noia and Muros is very very touristy.

And no, I obtained Compostela only twice. First time after my first complete CF when my Camino family talked me into it and second time I obtained "pro vicario" Compostela for a father of my good friend who had terminal cancer at that time.
Personally I don't need a paper and I even don't remember where I put my first one. The road is my goal ;)
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Interesting advice, @camino-david , and something we had not considered.
How do I contact the authorities to find out? @t2andreo , do you know how I can find out?
Thank you!
Buen Camino
By force of logic, if you qualify for a compostela after walking Finisterre-Muxia-Santiago (more than 100 km) https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/compostela-for-commencing-in-finisterre-or-muxia.57451/#post-652808, if you start hundreds of kilometers earlier, surely you will qualify as well!
 

AJGuillaume

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