Its setting as being “the end of the earth”, is also an incentive to set off on the Road to Santiago, since all travelers always want to go that much further, to the end of the road.
Thus the Roman historian Lucius Florus told of how the legionnaires of Rome watched in holy terror as the sun set over the ocean, when it reached the Finis Terrae, in the XII century BC. The Finis Terrae, Finisterre, or Fisterra as it is called in Galicia, became, from that time onwards, an obligatory spot to visit for all those who had taken part in the Saint James Way.
If the route from Santiago to Fisterra is made along the coast, the traveler will find a Compostela in miniature in Noia. It was the French archbishop, Berenguel de Landoire, who, after being made to feel unwelcome by the Santiago people, established his residence there, building churches and palaces. At the mouth of the estuary, the rooftops of the fishing village of Muros are grouped together, immediately followed by the open coast towards Fisterra. This is a coastline with wide stretches of sand open to the ocean and high mountains behind them. The most impressive of its elevated and mysterious pink rocky granite crags is Monte Pindo, the Celtic Olympus of the Galicians. And finally, the town of Fisterra, surrounding its central Plaza del Ara Solis, a nostalgic reminder of the altar raised by the Romans to worship the setting sun.
Today a lighthouse guides the incessant parade of ships along one of the busiest maritime stretches in the world. We are now no longer at the end of the world, but at the end of the Road to Santiago. All that remains is to return, to return to Santiago happy and satisfied. Having completed the Road to Santiago is a medal that can always be worn with pride. If you have reached Fisterra, even more so.
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