Yes, it's very well-marked in both directions now.
There is only one route to walk between Finisterre and Muxia. The differences come from whether you want to go first to Muxia or first to Finisterre.
This is my favourite section of the Camino! I've done it 3 times & each time was a different experience, but all good! Last time was 2019. I like to finish in Muxia, a small fishing village, that just 'spoke to me' the fist time I arrived there. Finisterre is lovely, but way too commercial for me; each time busier. The lighthouse, of course is special, but my feet were so sore the last trip, I actually got a taxi out to the lighthouse after dinner. The taxi guy, noting my flip-flops & swollen feet, asked me if I was heading back to SdC the following morning, but I told him I intended walking to Muxia. It's quite a distance & one of my favourite little villages on Camino, so I wasn't missing it! As (Camino)luck would have it, coincidentally, he was from Muxia, so he offered to pick me up at my albergue the next morning & drop me at Lires, to continue on to Muxia. That took approx 10kms off my trek that day, which was very hot, so it was one of the best decisions I made! I had breakfast at a lovely cafe in Lires & wandered on to Muxia, getting there slowly ... but getting there!
Could not agree more. The half way mark is a fine hotel/ albergue that had great views and a super owner.Yes, walked it Muxia-Finisterre-SdC in 2018, beautiful and solitary from Muxia-Finnisterre and reasonably well marked (but getting lost is hard if you have a map) and fun if you don’t. Spent an extra day in Muxia at the start to see the church, “boat,” etc. It’s a charming port. Finisterre-SdC is well marked, easy and not very crowded. And the walk along the coast leaving Finisterre is very nice. Buen Camino
You can qualify for a Compostela if you walk Muxia - Fisterra - Santiago or Fisterra - Muxia - Santiago. The journey has to include both Fisterra and Muxia because walking directly from either town would be well under the cathedral's 100km minimum rule.I wanted to find out if this route qualified for a Compostella as it would be a shame for them to walk that far and not receive one.
The certificates that you can collect in Fisterra and Muxía aren't Compostelas. They are the Fisterrana and Muxiana.I only heard about the Compostella the 2nd time, which you get in Muxia at the tourist office
The Camino Finisterre and Muxia circuit are well marked, you will have no problem following the Yellow Arrows. I've walked it many times, I usually turn due west (to the left) at the Cruce option just beyond Hospital. It's a personal choice, both routes are beautiful but I prefer to end my Camino in Muxia...Buen Camino
Hi Catherine.Hi Vince I have contacted the pilgrims office regarding the compostela as it is relevant for some of our group but not for me. Others on the forum have confirmed it's OK and as it's over 100km like other routes then I agree. We intend starting at lighthouse, walk to finisterre, lires, muxia and back. Getting a transfer SDC to Finisterre. We walked two caminos 100km with our daughter aged 11 and 15. Great family experience. Sure they get tired but sure don't we all. Enjoy
Thank you for this information. I did realise that qualify you need to do 100k. My concern was that possibly this did not constitute and official route but other have also confirmed this is ok.You can qualify for a Compostela if you walk Muxia - Fisterra - Santiago or Fisterra - Muxia - Santiago. The journey has to include both Fisterra and Muxia because walking directly from either town would be well under the cathedral's 100km minimum rule.
A lousy 14kn short , if you walk to the Lighthouse its .....90km .......there should be one.would be well under the cathedral's 100km minimum rule.
There was no minimum distance rule at the time of my first Camino. You talked to someone on the cathedral staff about your journey and your motivation then they gave you a Compostela. You could ask for and receive a Compostela without having walked at all if the priest agreed that your visit was a spiritual exercise. The 100km rule was introduced around the time of the 1993 Holy Year which marked a massive change in the nature of the Camino. The Xunta saw the potential visitor appeal of the Camino and created the first purpose-built chain of albergues and promoted the Holy Year very vigorously. A very deliberate and remarkably successful marketing exercise.A lousy 14kn short , if you walk to the Lighthouse its .....90km .......there should be one.
My 2 bobs worth is a commercial decision by the bosses.
The peace in walking from either Muxia or Finisterre [ vice versa ] was a beautiful feeling Rick.When adding these towns unto a long camino to SdC you should carefully consider how to end your journey,
I remember in 2015 i wanted to walk back from Muxia to Santiago, I got lost and i knew it after a while (also walked Olveiroa - Muxia before ), but i continued the road, to see where the end is! So i ended up on a nice abandoned beach with one bar, where I had a couple of Estrella's and i excepted my destiny. So i did spend 2 more days in Muxia....Yes, it's very well-marked in both directions now.
When I first walked from Muxia to Santiago (2014), it was only marked in one direction (Santiago to Muxia), and I got lost a few times. The last time (Feb 2020) there were brand new signs pointing both ways.
Vince, to get the Compostela you have to walk 100 contiguous km on a recognised route that finished in SDC, supposedly with a religious or spiritual intent.Thank you for this information. I did realise that qualify you need to do 100k. My concern was that possibly this did not constitute and official route but other have also confirmed this is ok.
Hello KangaVince, to get the Compostela you have to walk 100 contiguous km on a recognised route that finished in SDC, supposedly with a religious or spiritual intent.
It might be wise to check with the cathedral to ensure they will issue Compostelas to the children. It certainly used to be the case that the person had to be old enough to understand the religious/spiritual intention. I have no idea if there is any set age, but I know that babies and very young children have been refused. Probably if they are old enough to take first communion? Age for that? I have very limited knowledge of Catholic practises.