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Finisterre or Muxia first?

Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#1
Quick question hopefully.
If walking from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia is there a general opinion on whether to go to Finisterre or Muxia first?
Is one easier to get back to Santiago from?
And do you need to book the bus back or can you just turn up?
Cheers

Sitting in the sun drinking beer with my wife in Barbedelo - life is good
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#2
Quick question hopefully.
If walking from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia is there a general opinion on whether to go to Finisterre or Muxia first?
Is one easier to get back to Santiago from?
And do you need to book the bus back or can you just turn up?
Cheers

Sitting in the sun drinking beer with my wife in Barbedelo - life is good
If you are planning to take a bus back to Santiago, then end in Finesterre as it has more options for bussing, which is why I went to Muxia first. Being a much more quiet town it had fewer busses running.

You can purchase your bus ticket in Finesterre from the driver, or ahead of time; I've done both. If the bus fills up and more pilgrims are still in line they send out another bus, which arrived several minutes later when I was there at the end of May.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2014,2016),Primitivo (2015), San Salvador (2017), Norte (2018), Ingles (2018)
#5
It's true it is much easier to get a bus in Finisterre, but it is quite possible to get one in Muxia with a bit of planning. Imo the walk into Finisterre from sdc is stunning, particularly as you descend into Cee. Only my opinion, no answer is wrong. Off topic but you would not believe what my autocorrect wanted to change sdc to!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (March-April 2018)
#6
I went to Muxia first. I decided to end of my Camino walking there. After a night in Muxia, I took a taxi to Finisterre. After five weeks of walking, the taxi ride was challenging. My body was use to moving at 3 to 4 km per hour. The bus ride from Finisterre back to Santiago was better and the scenery is gorgeous. I think the bus from Muxia to Santiago is a quicker trip but you miss the beautiful Galician coastal route that Finisterre to Santiago provides.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Finisterra-Muxia 2017; SK Camino Kosiče-Levoča Oct 2017; El Norte March 2018; Ingles Nov 2018
#7
Quick question hopefully.
If walking from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia is there a general opinion on whether to go to Finisterre or Muxia first?
Is one easier to get back to Santiago from?
And do you need to book the bus back or can you just turn up?
Cheers

Sitting in the sun drinking beer with my wife in Barbedelo - life is good
I’ve only walked Finisterra then on to Muxia but feel it’s the best way because Santiago is busy, Finisterra is less busy and Muxia is total peace, a beautiful end to a Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago in 2015 and Camino Finisterre in September 2017
#8
I’ve only walked Finisterra then on to Muxia but feel it’s the best way because Santiago is busy, Finisterra is less busy and Muxia is total peace, a beautiful end to a Camino.
I totally agree with Colette. Myself and 5 friends did this last September. Muxia is the perfect end to this Camino. One part is total peace. Round the other side of the head land the mighty Atlantic comes crashing in onto the. The little church dedicated to Our Lady of the Boat. overlooks this rocky headland and you can pray peacefully and light a candle. We shared a taxi back to Santiago on the Saturday morning and ended with the pilgrims mass at lunchtime. Amazing. Buen camino and Ultreia x
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago in 2015 and Camino Finisterre in September 2017
#9
I totally agree with Colette. Myself and 5 friends did this last September. Muxia is the perfect end to this Camino. One part is total peace. Round the other side of the head land the mighty Atlantic comes crashing in onto the. The little church dedicated to Our Lady of the Boat. overlooks this rocky headland and you can pray peacefully and light a candle. We shared a taxi back to Santiago on the Saturday morning and ended with the pilgrims mass at lunchtime. Amazing. Buen camino and Ultreia x
Sorry meant to say that the Atlantic comes crashing onto the rocks!
 

JRO

Member
Camino(s) past & future
santiago to muxia
#10
It's true it is much easier to get a bus in Finisterre, but it is quite possible to get one in Muxia with a bit of planning. Imo the walk into Finisterre from sdc is stunning, particularly as you descend into Cee. Only my opinion, no answer is wrong. Off topic but you would not believe what my autocorrect wanted to change sdc to!
We went to Muxia first, mostly due to the transportation issue. Muxia, at least the rebuilt church and rocks, are far more reflective than Finisterre; in retrospect, it would have been nice to end there. However, we were able to attend Mass at the chapel on the rocks in Muxia - I think it was at like 4 or 5 pm. Muxia is much smaller and less commercial too. You can get a certificate of completion in both of those towns too, just so you know - and they are very pretty.
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
#12
I would not miss walking to Finesterre first and then on to Muxia. The walk is stunning as far as views and towns go. Muxia is a fitting end and there is an early am bus back to Santiago.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino del Norte Irun to Ribadasella (2016)
Camino Primitivo Oviedo to Santiago (2016)
#14
Quick question hopefully.
If walking from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia is there a general opinion on whether to go to Finisterre or Muxia first?
Is one easier to get back to Santiago from?
And do you need to book the bus back or can you just turn up?
Cheers

Sitting in the sun drinking beer with my wife in Barbedelo - life is good

I was so glad I ended my Camino in Muxía. it is interesting to read that others did too!
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#15
I walked Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia. As Gitti said, the scenery is beautiful and it is a very enjoyable walk. I didn't have any trouble getting the bus from Muxia back to Santiago. It left in the morning. Just ask around (or ask your hospitalero/a).
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#16
My first Camino I walked Santiago go Finisterre and taxied back with friends. It was a fantastic walk that I'm sure that I would have enjoyed a lot more if I hadn't had the worst cold that I'd had in decades! I did my fellow pilgrims a favor and stayed in private rooms so that they wouldn't have to hear me coughing up a lung. :) After a couple of nights in Santiago I bused to Muxia where some friends from home picked me up and took me to their place in Camelle for the night.

Last year I walked Santiago - Muxia - Finisterre, with an overnight stop in Lires. A nice relaxing coda to my Camino. I had heard that the Xunta albergue in Dumbria was something special, and I wasn't disappointed, the building was designed beautifully, though I was disappointed in the standard metal bunkbeds.

If I have time this year I'll probably do Santiago - Finisterre - Muxia to see how that walk into Finisterre is when I can breathe through my nose. :D
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2016
#17
Quick question hopefully.
If walking from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia is there a general opinion on whether to go to Finisterre or Muxia first?
Is one easier to get back to Santiago from?
And do you need to book the bus back or can you just turn up?
Cheers

Sitting in the sun drinking beer with my wife in Barbedelo - life is good
Did it two years ago, May 2016. We went to Muxia first, the reason being that it's a lot easier to return to SdC from Finisterre; many more buses and you don't have to book ahead of time,
Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF - April/May 2017
CP Central - Sep./2017
CP Coastal - Sep./2018
#18
I enjoyed Muxia last and then took the 6:30 am bus back to Santiago the next morning. Having a final memory and picture of the ocean and rocks in Muxia is priceless. It is a wonderful place to say goodbye to the country that takes such good care of us.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago in 2015 and Camino Finisterre in September 2017
#19
I enjoyed Muxia last and then took the 6:30 am bus back to Santiago the next morning. Having a final memory and picture of the ocean and rocks in Muxia is priceless. It is a wonderful place to say goodbye to the country that takes such good care of us.
Quick question hopefully.
If walking from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia is there a general opinion on whether to go to Finisterre or Muxia first?
Is one easier to get back to Santiago from?
And do you need to book the bus back or can you just turn up?
Cheers

Sitting in the sun drinking beer with my wife in Barbedelo - life is good
Hi, we walked from Santiago to Finistère and muxia last September. Muxia is the ultimate destination for the end of the Camino. Its so Beautiful, so wonderful. The Atlantic crashing on the rocks below the church of Our Lady of the Boat where you can pray quietly and light a candle and give thanks. Apart from Santiago, it is my most favourite place. Very spiritual, very emotional.
 

edgard

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino portugues
#20
I walked from Porto to Santiago..Cape Fisterra and then to Muxia..and returned to Santiago..by foot. Nice to do. From Cape Fisterra to Muxia is it very calm. And..Muxia is much much nicer then Cape Fisterra
 

SoyGalego

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Fisterra 17
Ingles/Muxia/Fisterra 18.
#22
I've done it both ways and I think there are pros and cons for both. I personally enjoyed the scenery better walking to Muxia first and then to Finisterre and would recommend doing it that way around. However, you miss the town of Cee doing it that way and that's quite a nice town as well. The hospitaleiro in Muxia told me that most pilgrims tend to walk to Muxia and then to Finisterre to finish. It's a personal choice I'm afraid.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Holland- Lourdes (France)- Santiago. 109 days (2014)
#23
Quick question hopefully.
If walking from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia is there a general opinion on whether to go to Finisterre or Muxia first?
Is one easier to get back to Santiago from?
And do you need to book the bus back or can you just turn up?
Cheers

Sitting in the sun drinking beer with my wife in Barbedelo - life is good
Hi,
I wasn't sure too iff it was easy to find my way back from Fisterra to Santiago but then the guy from the albergue laughed and said: you can find your way from Holland to Santiago, do I need to say more?
Ghehe, the way back was beautiful and it was that I stopped in a new albergue ( 2 years ago) just 10-12km above Santiago otherwise I would have walked it in two days (especially the second day) without noticing lol .... well, thats not true because the second day i was almost dead lol of tiredness
But I guess more people walk to Fisterra then to Muxia so iff you walk the opposite way it;s more easy when you see walking the other pilgrims the other way, you see where they come from.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, St Jean PdP, March 18 (2018)
#24
My opinion....
Fin first, because...
there are lots of beautiful views you won't see prior to fin.
The bus from Muxia is only 2 hours.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Finisterre, Muxia (2013)
Camino Portuguese (2018)
#26
Hi, Rich. Santiago-Finistere is a nicer walk than Santiago-Muxia. Consider walking first to Finistere, spend a night or two there, depending on your time and desires, then walk further to Muxia. The walk and view are also nice. You can return by bus to Finistere the same day. Or the next, directly to Santiago.
The life is good, as you said.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#27
Arrived in Finisterre today - a wonderful and beautiful day. Tomorrow it’s off to Muxia and then our Camino is over...well this one is ;)
 

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