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ZachChurch

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2021
Hello, I am new to the forum and looking for any guidance on planning my walk! Because I can only get away for about 2 weeks I was thinking to start in Sarria and end in Finisterre/Muxia. If anyone has done this particular trip or has any advice please let me know. Thinking to go somewhere between august and October. Thank you!
 
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If you can choose any two weeks between August and October, I would suggest mid-September, when the temperature may be comfortable and school holidays are over.

The distance from Sarria to Finisterre is around 208km. And from Finisterre to Muxia is another 28km. If you are comfortable walking 25 km to 30 km per day, you might finish the whole thing with time to spare. But that's actually fine because you are free to spend time exploring Santiago or heading off on another Camino route.

You can also do this in reverse. The route from Finisterre to Muxia and then to Santiago is over 100km and qualifies for a compostela. (But if you walk directly from Finisterre to Santiago, it's not far enough).
 

filly

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2021
I would recommend heading to Santiago, then Muxia and onwards to Fisterra.

The hike between Muxia and Fisterra is glorious and quiet. You then finish in busy Fisterra where there is plenty of accommodation and better transport back to Santiago. You can then head off to the lighthouse at peace...

The Albergue in Muxia is situated to take advantage of the Atlantic outlook. Be warned, the water is very cold at any time! Muxia is a delight. En route to Muxia there is a good Albergue at Dumbria.

2021 is a special year ‘Jacobeo’ where the Saint’s day falls on a Sunday. Generally these are busier years... but this year will be different! Still, there may be accommodation issues if social distancing measures are continued in Albergues ( reduced capacity; no kitchen facilities etc. )

I walked the Francès again in October 2020. Perfect!
 

Maxy

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My wife and I did this a couple of years ago in September. However, we are getting on in years and decided to plan a longer stay in Santiago before taking the bus to Finisterre and walking to Muxia. We throughly enjoyed it, especially the contrast between the very busy route from Sarria to Santaigo and the solitude of the way between Finisterre and Muxia with very few pilgrims in comparison. We used the Brierley Sarria-Santaigo-Finisterre guide book and found it just what we needed. Buen Camino
 

Chris Gi

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My wife and I did this a couple of years ago in September. However, we are getting on in years and decided to plan a longer stay in Santiago before taking the bus to Finisterre and walking to Muxia. We throughly enjoyed it, especially the contrast between the very busy route from Sarria to Santaigo and the solitude of the way between Finisterre and Muxia with very few pilgrims in comparison. We used the Brierley Sarria-Santaigo-Finisterre guide book and found it just what we needed. Buen Camino
Where did you find the Brierley book or is it just a final part of the Camino Frances book?
 
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I have Elle Brierley's book for Porto to Santiago in preparation for a trek in spring 2022. I highly recommend this resource. I plan to end my Camino by addition of Muxia - Finisterre section if time and $$$ permit.
Its Elle Bieling! And thanks for the vote of confidence! You can find me in the resources section or at PilgrimageTraveler.com
 

Maxy

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The John Brierly book is available through Amazon isbn 978-1-912216-02-4. There are many other guides but this one worked for us. Elle Bieling for my planned Portugese in a couple of years time?
 
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Hello, I am new to the forum and looking for any guidance on planning my walk! Because I can only get away for about 2 weeks I was thinking to start in Sarria and end in Finisterre/Muxia. If anyone has done this particular trip or has any advice please let me know. Thinking to go somewhere between august and October. Thank you!
HI Zach
I have done 4 Caminos always ending in Santiago. I used the John Brierley and found them excellent for daily planning. On one occasion my son met me in Santiago and he drove me along the route to Finisterre and it looked beautiful. I bought the Brierley guide book for it and again found it excellent. I plan to use it later this year.
Buen Camino
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ZachChurch

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Past OR future Camino
2021
If you can choose any two weeks between August and October, I would suggest mid-September, when the temperature may be comfortable and school holidays are over.

The distance from Sarria to Finisterre is around 208km. And from Finisterre to Muxia is another 28km. If you are comfortable walking 25 km to 30 km per day, you might finish the whole thing with time to spare. But that's actually fine because you are free to spend time exploring Santiago or heading off on another Camino route.

You can also do this in reverse. The route from Finisterre to Muxia and then to Santiago is over 100km and qualifies for a compostela. (But if you walk directly from Finisterre to Santiago, it's not far enough).
Thank you Raggy! Wonderful info. Really appreciate it :) I think I will take your advice on mid-september.
 

ZachChurch

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Past OR future Camino
2021
I would recommend heading to Santiago, then Muxia and onwards to Fisterra.

The hike between Muxia and Fisterra is glorious and quiet. You then finish in busy Fisterra where there is plenty of accommodation and better transport back to Santiago. You can then head off to the lighthouse at peace...

The Albergue in Muxia is situated to take advantage of the Atlantic outlook. Be warned, the water is very cold at any time! Muxia is a delight. En route to Muxia there is a good Albergue at Dumbria.

2021 is a special year ‘Jacobeo’ where the Saint’s day falls on a Sunday. Generally these are busier years... but this year will be different! Still, there may be accommodation issues if social distancing measures are continued in Albergues ( reduced capacity; no kitchen facilities etc. )

I walked the Francès again in October 2020. Perfect!
Thank you Filly! I will look into going santiago to Muxia and then to Finisterre :) Sounds great!!!
 

ZachChurch

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
My wife and I did this a couple of years ago in September. However, we are getting on in years and decided to plan a longer stay in Santiago before taking the bus to Finisterre and walking to Muxia. We throughly enjoyed it, especially the contrast between the very busy route from Sarria to Santaigo and the solitude of the way between Finisterre and Muxia with very few pilgrims in comparison. We used the Brierley Sarria-Santaigo-Finisterre guide book and found it just what we needed. Buen Camino
Thank you Maxy! Just ordered that exact guide per your recommendation. Appreciate you!
 

ZachChurch

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
HI Zach
I have done 4 Caminos always ending in Santiago. I used the John Brierley and found them excellent for daily planning. On one occasion my son met me in Santiago and he drove me along the route to Finisterre and it looked beautiful. I bought the Brierley guide book for it and again found it excellent. I plan to use it later this year.
Buen Camino
Vince
Thanks Vince! I ordered the John Brierley and am looking forward to my first Camino :)
 

filly

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2021
With all due respect... and not wishing to denigrate or initiate a huge discussion... but I personally find that the approach of John Brierley is just not for me. Ivar showed my the new publication last October, hot off the press.

Being multi-lingual (but terrible elementary Spanish!), I often resort to French guidebooks and for accuracy and cool information veer to German Outdoor/Rother guides.

I treasure an early CSJ Plata guide from dear departed Alison Raju. She was tops on ecclesiastical architecture. Incidentally I used her guide for the Oslo to Trondheim St Olav’s Way (a statue of Saint James features on Trondheim Cathedral’s West front and is garlanded on St Olav’s feast day, 29 July).
 
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