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Santiago - Fisterre or...?

Priscillian

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Perhaps a silly question but I am wondering whether it would be better to walk from Santiago to Fisterre and on to Muxia or the other way around?
Whad'ya'all think?
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JohnnieWalker

Nunca se camina solo
I don't think it matters if you aren't bothered about getting the Certificates in Finisterre and Muxia. I walked fom Santiago to Muxia and then round to Finisterre. 'Twas lovely.
Regards

John
 

Priscillian

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Frances 1999, Aragones 2000, Desde Le Puy 2002, Portuguese 2009, hoping RDLP 2014
Thanks, John:
This what I drove last year and loved it. What about accommodation between Santiago and Muxia? Any (cheap) suggestions? I have a certificate from Fisterre from years ago.
T
 

Alan Pearce

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Hi John - re your reply earlier. To get the certificates from Finistere and Muxia, is it then necassary to walk to Finistere first? If you just wanted a certificate from Muxia is it still necessary to go via Finistere, or can you take the diversion on the way? Is there a bus service to Compostela from Muxia? Thanks.
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JohnnieWalker

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Hola - if you walk from Santiago to Muxia and collect some sellos on the way they will be happy to giver you the Muxia Certificate. There is a dedicated Pilgrims' Office in Muxia and a luxurious albergue :)

There are buses from Muxia to Santiago.
 

Alan Pearce

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Thank you Johnnie. If the Good Lord's willing [and the creeks don't rise] I'll make it to Muxia in mid-May next year.

Alan

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Vigdis

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Camino Frances 2008/2009, Roncesvalles-Burgos Oct. 2012
Sorry my ignorance, but why are people going to Muxia? :)

Finisterre was "the end of the world", so I thought that's also where pilgrims ended their journey.
Is Muxia another place where pilgrims went/go for traditional purposes?
 

peregrina2000

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To be honest, I think many of us continue on to Muxia so that we can just keep walking. :D But I know there is a historical basis that escapes my mind right now. The church on the rocky point is a spectacular location and is the source of its own pilgrimage, I've been told.

The only thing I would add about the choice between Santiago-Fisterre-Muxia vs. Santiago-Muxia-Fisterre, is that the although Fisterre feels more like an appropriate ending point to me (out at the lighthouse), if you walk Santiago to Muxia to Fisterre, you miss the Hospital - Fisterre part of the walk. That stage includes some walking on the moors till you hit the place where you can see the ocean and then descend to Cee. And there's a lot of nice beach walking on that segment as you get closer to Fisterre, which is very nice for those of us who live far from an ocean.

Frankly, I was surprised at how "inland" the Fisterre-Muxia walk was. Right before Muxia there was an option to walk through dunes and on the beach, but most of it is on small roads through rural developments. And now that the death-defying hop across the river has been eased by a real bridge, all the fun is gone!

so all this is to say there are pros and cons each way, and the only way to solve the dilemma,I guess, is to do a complete circle -- Santiago - Fisterre-Muxia-Santiago and see it all.

buen camino, Laurie
 

Thornley

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Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
Hi Vigdis,

a few years ago [06] we were have a pulpo in Melide.
A bit tired and nearing the end of our camino.
Outside a group of elderly men on Harleys pulled up. They were spanish and having a ride.
We move up on the communal chairs to allow all to sit......a got a pitcher of red from the lads which was our third and not needed.
On hearing our Australian voices they immediately shower appreciation on a travel from afar.
** they then offered their thoughts ** the hearts of the spanish is Muxia.
A year later we found that on walking the camino from Porto that Padron was the original stop from Portugal and not Santiago.
Never sit in the front row my Dad once said and you will see more.
David
 
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If you want to finish your Camino in solitutde then walk Hospital to Muxia.

In June 2009 I did not meet a single pilgrim and walked all day by myself. Heavenly. :lol:
 
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