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Cabo Fisterra

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Cabo Fisterra

The "finisterrae". Why would someone want to go to the end of the world?

Costa da Morte

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Costa da Morte

Here was the end of the world, the 'Finis Terrae' of the Romans. Specifically, Cabo Fisterra, a fascinating place...

The way of Saint James

The Route to Fisterra by bike

We propose biking along the only pilgrim’s route that does not end, but that actually starts in Compostela. And finishes in Fisterra, the true end-of-theworld for the pilgrims who long ago used to observe the magnificent spectacle of the Sun sinking into the Atlantic Ocean. This is a way that is full of legends, myths, history and tradition, with green landscapes and the seaside towns of the Costa da Morte.

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  • Starting point: Santiago de Compostela
  • Destination: Fisterra
  • Days: 4
This is a way that is full of legends, myths, history and tradition, with green landscapes and the seaside towns of the Costa da Morte
This is a route to enjoy the landscape, the artistic heritage, the gastronomy and the sea.

We propose biking along the only pilgrim’s route that does not end, but that actually starts in Santiago de Compostela. And finishes in Fisterra, the true end-of-theworld for the pilgrims who long ago used to observe the magnificent spectacle of the Sun sinking into the Atlantic Ocean. This is a way that is full of legends, myths, history and tradition, with green landscapes and the seaside towns of the Costa da Morte.

Further information...
-Cathedral of Santiago. www.catedraldesantiago.es
-Hostel of Santiago de Olveiroa. Teléfono: 658 045 242
-Fisterra Pilgrim’s Hostel. Teléfono: 981 740 781
-Castle of San Carlos. Fisterra Fishing Museum: open from 10:30am-1:30pm and from 16:00pm-19:00pm

Route - Day 1

Santiago as the starting point

 

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We suggest arriving in Santiago de Compostela in the evening. The city, open and hospitable, offers all types of lodging: hostels, charming country hotels, inns or lodging houses. The jewel is the state-owned hotel Parador del Hostal dos Reis Católicos.

Visiting the cathedral is a must

Our first encounter with the cathedral from the square known as Praza do Obradoiro is very exciting. The square is given this name because it was under construction for almost 100 years and it was here where the quarrymen who chopped rocks day in day out had their workshops (obradoiros). It is thanks to them that today we can marvel at the majestic Baroque facade, built between the 17th and 18th centuries, presided by the figure of the Apostle Saint James, wearing a pilgrim’s robe and cape and holding a staff.

The Apostle is represented in each of the buildings that surround the square. You can see him portrayed as a I day 1 I Santiago as the starting point The Pórtico da Gloria, sculpted by Master Mateo, is a masterpiece of Spanish Romanesque warrior mounting his white horse, as the Apostle or as Saint James the Pilgrim. In order to find him you must look closely at the neoclassical facade of the Pazo de Raxoi, the façade of the Hostal dos Reis Católicos and the facade of the Pazo de San Xerome.

The Pórtico da Gloria,
sculpted by Master Mateo,
is a masterpiece of Spanish Romanesque
To discover the interior of the temple we will climb its magnificent staircase, which is in fact two, one inside the other. As we enter we first see the famous Pórtico da Gloria, a masterpiece of Spanish Romanesque carved by Master Mateo. It consists of three arches, whose sculptures symbolically represent the heavenly Jerusalem.
The Apostle Saint James can be found again in the central marble column, where the genealogy of Christ is represented and, halfway up, the hand prints of the pilgrims that traditionally leaned on this pillar can be seen. One of the most typical rituals is embracing the Apostle in the shrine of the Main Altar. After this ritual we will then stop before its relics, kept in a silver urn, inside the crypt.

A stroll through Santiago’s old quarter

We recommend you devote the rest of the afternoon to explore the historic centre of Santiago, declared World Heritage Site. Let the art of the stones surprise you. After observing the façades and squares around the cathedral, you will be captivated by the streets of medieval origin, such as Rúa Nova and Rúa do Vilar, Preguntoiro, Algalias (de Arriba and de Abaixo) or Casas Reais. And you will also discover the charm of squares such as Toural or Cervantes.

Tapas dining along the Rúa do Franco and A Raíña

As this is your first night in Santiago, we suggest that for dinner you choose the typical Galician helpings. This is a good way to enjoy a bit of all the essential dishes of the Galician cuisine, such as octopus cooked feira style, stewed meat ao caldeiro, Galician pie (empanada), thinly sliced seasoned meat (raxo), sausalge filling (zorza),pig’s ear; shellfish from the Galician rias, such as mussels, cockles and clams; or seasonal products such as Padrón green peppers or xoubas (small sardines). You can try all these delicacies in the many taverns and restaurants located in the old quarter. The Rúa do Franco and Raíña streets house the majority of these establishments.
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