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Finisterre Day Tour recommendation

kathyj1421

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances -SJPdP - Burgos Sept (2017)
#1
I'm finishing my Frances Camino first week in October and I'm looking for a recommendation for a tour for Day Trip to Finisterre. Can someone recommend a tour company or if you have used one of the tour companies, was it worthwhile? Can you recommend one company over another? Or is there a better way to see finisterre?
Should I book it weeks in advance?

Thank you for your feedback.

Here is the one I was planning to book.

https://www.ultreyatours.com/daytours/finisterre/
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances 2013 - Camino Portugues 2014 - Camino frances 2016
#2
Not to ignore what you are saying - but it is very easy to go by yourself. There´s buses from santiago central busstation several times every day. Then you can take the wonderful walk out to the lighthhouse where there is a cafe and back again. And you don´t have to follow the timetable of a group. Great restaurants in Finisterra. You just take the early morning bus and return in the afternoon. I can find the timetable for the bus if you want.
 

kathyj1421

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances -SJPdP - Burgos Sept (2017)
#3
Thank you so much for the feedback. That sounds like a great option. I'm meeting a friend in Santiago too. The timetable would be wonderful if you have it. I appreciate it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances 2013 - Camino Portugues 2014 - Camino frances 2016
#4
Thank you so much for the feedback. That sounds like a great option. I'm meeting a friend in Santiago too. The timetable would be wonderful if you have it. I appreciate it.
The bus station is "fairly" close to the Cathedral - 10-15 minutes walk. Well at the moment there´s a bus leaving 9 and 13. Return to Santiago 15 or 16.45 or 19. In finisterra it´s not really a station - just a stop. Going back you just get on the bus arriving from Santiago. I would recommend 9 and go back 19. Timetable may change when you are there. If in doubt - the tourist office/hotels and albergue know the exact times. You buy your ticket at santiago bus station the same day. Going back to santiago you buy your ticket on the bus. I myself did not go back to santiago - but also went to Muxia.
 
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Gumba

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Camino(s) past & future
CF with my husband and two boys in March 2018
Planning a winter CF in 2019/2020
#5
jesper, can you go Santiago-Finisterra-Mixia-Santiago in a day via the bus you mentioned above?? Would you recommend this or just go to Finisterre?

Thanks
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances 2013 - Camino Portugues 2014 - Camino frances 2016
#6
jesper, can you go Santiago-Finisterra-Mixia-Santiago in a day via the bus you mentioned above?? Would you recommend this or just go to Finisterre?

Thanks
Well - it is of course possible. But you need to take taxi from Finisterra to Muxia as I did. If I remember correctly there is no bus between the two places. And you wont have much time to see the sights both places. Both towns deserve atleast 1 day each. I stayed 2 days in Finisterra and 2 in Muxia. If you just want to go and visit just one - finisterra or muxia - I am hard pressed to choose one. I am sure there are a lot of people in this forum that will tell you to choose Finisterra and just as many will say Muxia.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#7
I'm finishing my Frances Camino first week in October and I'm looking for a recommendation for a tour for Day Trip to Finisterre. Can someone recommend a tour company or if you have used one of the tour companies, was it worthwhile? Can you recommend one company over another? Or is there a better way to see finisterre?
Should I book it weeks in advance?

Thank you for your feedback.

Here is the one I was planning to book.

https://www.ultreyatours.com/daytours/finisterre/
Hi, Kathy,

I'm somewhat reluctant that folk on this forum will give you very enthusiastic advice about bus tours because mostly we are walkers after all.
See this print screen for random info: https://prnt.sc/g2rusm
And if you wish to search for specific dates: http://www.monbus.es/en

I think the best way to see Fisterra and Cabo Finisterre is to do a bit of Google and then find your own way. Including the sleep in Fisterra because the highlight is watching the sunset at the Cabo.

Have a great time!
 
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Anemone del Camino

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#8
Honestly there is very little "siteseeing" to do in Fisterra other than arriving there, walking for 5 minutes along the port and then walk up to the faro in about half an hour (or a 7€ taxi) with a pop in the local church. Same for Muxia: arrive, walk along the coast to the chapel (15 minutes) walk back. I really fail to see what a tour guide would show you and explain that you couldn't figure out in a blink of a eye.

This being said, the bus schedules are not the best, so perhaps the difference in cost is then added value.

There are many more buses to/from Fisterra than to/from Muxia. Make sure you buy your return ticket before hand and line up early to get a spot on the bus as they fill up quickly in medium to high season.
 
#9
Honestly there is very little "siteseeing" to do in Fisterra other than arriving there, walking for 5 minutes along the port and then walk up to the faro in about half an hour (or a 7€ taxi) with a pop in the local church. Same for Muxia: arrive, walk along the coast to the chapel (15 minutes) walk back. I really fail to see what a tour guide would show you and explain that you couldn't figure out in a blink of a eye.

This being said, the bus schedules are not the best, so perhaps the difference in cost is then added value.

There are many more buses to/from Fisterra than to/from Muxia. Make sure you buy your return ticket before hand and line up early to get a spot on the bus as they fill up quickly in medium to high season.
Hi, Anemone,
I agree with you that there is very little "sightseeing" to do in Muxia, but I hope you aren't suggesting there is very little to do in Muxia. :D For someone who has walked for weeks and weeks, sitting on those rocks and washing the waves crash from a multiplicity of vantage points, each one more glorious than the next, is one of the few times in my life that I am content to "sit and do nothing."
 
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Anemone del Camino

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#10
Hi, Anemone,
I agree with you that there is very little "sightseeing" to do in Muxia, but I hope you aren't suggesting there is very little to do in Muxia. :D For someone who has walked for weeks and weeks, sitting on those rocks and washing the waves crash from a multiplicity of vantage points, each one more glorious than the next, is one of the few times in my life that I am content to "sit and do nothing."
No no Laurie. I love Muxia, sitting on those rocks to meditate, and them enjoy a plate of percebes. But a tour guide cannot add any value in those activities vs doing it alone.

Only value to the "tour" would be better schedule. Other than that I just don't see it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walked in "2016"
#11
Hi Kathy,

I think that for a day trip I like the travel plan you include in your note. It sounds reasonable at 40 euros per person and it includes both Finisterra and Muxia. However, if would like to relax in one place for an extended time, you may be better off just going to Finisterra by bus or other means. Last year after the completion of our walk to Santiago, three of my friends and I went to Finisterra for a about 4-5 hours by car. The car was arranged for us by the hotel we stayed in. The total cost came to 100 euros, with each one's share being about 25 euros. We had a splendid time in Finisterra, and were able to bathe our feet in the Atlantic Ocean. Since burning your clothes are not allowed any more at Finisterre, this was a form of ablution and renewal for us. I think ocean waters have a much greater appeal for me from a cleansing perspective than burning clothes. I loved it.

Gadfly
 
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Tigger

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#12
I'm finishing my Frances Camino first week in October and I'm looking for a recommendation for a tour for Day Trip to Finisterre. Can someone recommend a tour company or if you have used one of the tour companies, was it worthwhile? Can you recommend one company over another? Or is there a better way to see finisterre?
Should I book it weeks in advance?

Thank you for your feedback.

Here is the one I was planning to book.

https://www.ultreyatours.com/daytours/finisterre/
As others have said, it is cheaper, easier and more fun to make your own way to Finisterre. We three walked to the bus station from near the Cathedral ( or it is about 6 euro in the taxi ), bought tickets just before the 9am bus left ( we went the fast direct way there and the lovely longer coastal route back) walked out to the lighthouse, visited the fish markets, had lunch, shopped then walked along some of the sandy beaches and put up for the night in a beachside hotel that was cheap for three in a room and had a great dinner, reversing the trip back the next early afternoon on the bus. A lovely sojourn.
 
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2012, 2015 ,2017
#13
I took a bus tour this time...it was the only way (other than in a car) to get to Fisterra and Muxia due to the bus strikes and my volunteering schedule.
I enjoyed it. We were 7 plus driver and he delighted us with wonderful stories. We had enough time to spend at the waterfall and in Muros and after the Cabo at Fisterra (drive up is great...walked it a few times already) we had a 2 hour lunch break on our own. This gave me time to walk over to La Frontera to have lunch there and chat with Christine and Manuel. Final stop was Muxia which truly was my destination (no Camino without saying hello to my stones....yes I have my own) and some interesting stories courtesy if our guide. Easy ride back to Santiago in time for tapas.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
#14
I went on one of the day tours on a bus too. Personally, I found it a good value for the money. We got to see a lot, learned a lot of history, had a great seafood lunch looking out at the water, walked on the beach, saw the waterfall, and so much more. For 40€ it is a bargain.
 

TaijiPilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2011), Camino Frances (2015), Camino Ingles (2017), Camino Muxia (2017)
#15
I'm finishing my Frances Camino first week in October and I'm looking for a recommendation for a tour for Day Trip to Finisterre. Can someone recommend a tour company or if you have used one of the tour companies, was it worthwhile? Can you recommend one company over another? Or is there a better way to see finisterre?
Should I book it weeks in advance?

Thank you for your feedback.

Here is the one I was planning to book.

https://www.ultreyatours.com/daytours/finisterre/
If you really want to visit both Finisterre and Muxia and are limited in time, I would recommend a day tour because of efficiency and being able to see more. In 2011, we took the regular bus to Finisterre and back as a day trip. In 2015, we took one of the day tours - don't remember the name, and I would only suggest you find out if lunch is included and where it would be. In 2017, I walked from Santiago to Muxia because from that day tour, I knew Muxia would be landsend for me.
 

Tay

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#16
Just to note the public bus from Santiago central bus station takes 3 hours to Finisterre. I went in mid May and there was a smaller faster bus which I managed to get on (it seems you had to be selected, as not everyone waiting to go got on, can anyone explain this?) which took an hour, so keep the journey time in mind when planning.
Buen Camino :)
 
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Tigger

Guest
#17
Just to note the public bus from Santiago central bus station takes 3 hours to Finisterre. I went in mid May and there was a smaller faster bus which I managed to get on (it seems you had to be selected, as not everyone waiting to go got on, can anyone explain this?) which took an hour, so keep the journey time in mind when planning.
Buen Camino :)
I mentioned this is my comment on this thread but have no idea why this is so. We were lucky that we caught the bus and it suited us to go the 'express' bus out to Finisterre and the more leisurely scenic route back.
 

JLWV

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Levante (2014-2016)
Levante 2017 initiated again
#18
Last year when I arrived at Santiago, we (my wife was waiting me there) were offered, in the street, a guided tour to Muxia and Fisterre. We accepted it. The bus picked us at the hotel at 9AM and go directly to Muxia where we had a guided visit for some 15 mn and 30 mn free time to walk about. Then we moved to Fisterre, where we had again free time, before going to the harbour for lunch. Then we moved to Carnota to see the largest horreos of Galicia and the nice church. Last we went to Dumbria to see the mouth of the rio Ezaro, the only one in Southern Europe that flows to the ocean through a waterfall. At 7PM we were back to Santiago, and I think it has been a good option. I don't remember the name of the company, but as said before, they offer their trip in the streets of the center.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled SJPP to SDC September 2016
Starting Camino Ingles June 2018
#19
We used 'Tour Galicia' company last month for a four destination day trip Similar to JLWV.
TheIr office is at the Parque end of Rua do Franco and the cost was €35
It was a great day and Maria, our guide, was superb.
Left at 9 am back at 6:30 pm. Lunch not included.
I recommend it.
 

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