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Murxia and then Finesterre?

I made it to Santiago today via the Portuguese route. It really is a lovely walk and very different in character from the Frances or what I have seen of the Plata.

We are now looking forward to a rest day tomorrow and then onto Finesterre. We had originally thought of going to Finesterre and then Murxia, but Nuno Rebiero (who is working on a guide book for the Protuguese route (who also arrived today)), recommended going to Murxia first. This seems like a good idea to me because it does seem satisfying to end at ´the end of the world´.

I really enjoyed Brierely´s guide to the Portugues and was looking around in Santiago for a copy of his Finesterre guide. The two bookshops I visited on Rua do Vilar didn´t have it (one sold out). Can anyone think of another bookshop in Santiago that might have it? I have all day to track it down.

In the meantime, I have the downloaded Raju guide and some info on the route from the Gallego Tourist office ( a printed info sheet from the informacion xacabeo office listing places and distances and the little booklet they produce with basic route info and lots of pretty pictures. Will this be enough? How well way marked is the route from Santiago to Murxia and then to Finesterre? We will be staying in hotels, pensions, etc rather than the albergues. We would rather not spend more than 50 euros per room (on the Portugues, we were normally paying about 30 for an ensuite room). Is there any place that people can particularly recommend at the end of the stages? Do we need to book ahead? I met a Dutch cyclist (who started in Holland). He had just come back from Finesterre and said it was like a zoo.

We enjoyed Portugal so much that we decided to go back home via Porto. I tried the RENEFE website to see if I could get train times from Santiago to Porto. Brierley says that this is possible. However, I was told that the site couldn´t find this information. We are going to walk down to the train station and ask in person. I´ll report back.
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peregrina nicole said:
We enjoyed Portugal so much that we decided to go back home via Porto.

Check ALSA. They have an excellent bus service to Porto from Santiago.


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