If you are interested to enjoy scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Galician rocks with it’s shaky stones in Finisterra then you should come to the Lighthouse and Hotel “O Semaforo” situated at the southernmost tip of peninsula. Then climb up on the rock. Although there is steep grade don’t worry that obstacle is short and quite surmountable even for the old people. When just go north about to kilometers along the Ocean shore till you see the Ocean beach. Unfortunately all old paths leading down to the beach are overgrown by the very thick shrubs. These shrubs can turn your cloth in to rags very easily. That’s you if you don’t have adequate physical fitness, cloth and footwear don’t try to walk down the slope to reach that beach. Just turn right and go down through the forest to Finisterra and walk to the beach through the city. All distance is going to be about four kilometers and it will take from forty minutes up to one and half hour to accomplish that trek.
Church of Santa Maria das Areas is the parish church of Finisterra. It was built in XII century and is still active. Church is situated at the Southern outskirt of Finisterra. It is impossible to miss this church when you are walking or driving along the main road from Finisterra to the southernmost tip of the cape where the Lighthouse and hotel “O Semaforo” are.
Only one bastion of fort San Carlos survived till nowadays. It was built in XVI century to defend the city and harbor of Finisterra from pirates. There is maritime museum in inside this fort now. Monument of Christopher Columbus was installed near the entrance to museum in 1992 during the celebration of 500 years anniversary of his discovery of the New World. So, you can find what to do even in the very small city like Finisterre.
There is small bay and beech under the fort. Swimming is forbidden there according to the official announcements but local children and their parents are swimming exactly here with greatest pleasure.
Although you can scarcely call tiny Finisterra a city but even there you can find some lovely monuments.
These monuments are:
Monument dedicated to Galician emigrants who being dispersed through all world around took part in creation of better world. This monument is situated at the junction of Paseo Ribeira, Paseo Calafigueiro and Rua Federico Avila not far from the Finisterre Bus Station.
This anchor spared from the old ship sent to the metal scrap. That anchor installed at Paseo Ribeira near fish market dedicated to the local sailors.
Monument of Pilgrim girl is situated halfway between Finisterre and Lighthouse.
One of several Cruseiros is situated near the souvenir market two hundred meters away from the hotel “O Semaforo”
One more cruseiro is situated at the Y-junction of Avenida Coruna with Rua San Roque and Fisterra in the northern outskirts of the settlement.
Finisterra the End of the World and the End of the Way.
There are three main pilgrimages exist for all Christians. First is to Jerusalem, second to Rome and third to Santiago de Compostela. So, since 813 AD (first official pilgrim was registered in 950 AD) till nowadays pilgrims go to Santiago de Compostela to venerate Apostle Jacob also known as Saint James. And then according to medieval tradition further west to the coast of Atlantic Ocean to Finisterra or the End of known in the Middle Ages World. Traditionally pilgrims were collecting cockleshells there the symbols of Saint James and this particular pilgrimage. And according the same tradition people are enjoying the view of the sunset sitting on the rocks over the Atlantic Ocean. Here is the real end of the way of Saint James or Fin de Camino. Since all our life is the long and difficult pilgrimage it is the place where pilgrims finish one stage of their way to God and start another. Atmosphere is very friendly there. There are a lot of atheists and non Christians among the pilgrims. Look at the sun and think about eternity. The best and traditional place to observe sunset is the western coast of southernmost tip of Finisterra peninsula.
Finisterra has two wonderful beaches. As you can see at the picture Finisterra itself is situated on Eastern coast of the isthmus connecting peninsula with the mainland. Peninsula runs from North to South, the Atlantic Ocean washes West coast of the peninsula and its East coast is washed by the waters of internal bay known as Ensiada da Langosteira (Gulf of the Spiny Lobster). The isthmus is no wider than eight hundred meters. So, the wonderful ocean beach exists on the western coast of Finisterra peninsula. It is worth to have a trip there just to relax. Unfortunately the ocean water is cold even in June. The waves are high and there are a lot of sand and small stones in the waves. That’s why it is better to swim in the beach which is situated on the coast of internal bay. The water is much warmer there and the waves are not so violent as in the Atlantics. If you see at one of my pictures you would easily realize that I thought I was catching the wave with my camera but in fact the wave caught me and my camera! Anyway the beaches of Finisterra are the places where you can enjoy sun and water of Galicia.
Many of the hikiers who walk the whole Camino De Santiago decide to walk up to finisterre after Santiago where they then abandon their boots.
some people burn the boots, some throw them in the ocean and some hang then there in various poles.
They have even built a little statue of a boot to celebrate that tradition.
It´s a rather odd sight, but a very funny one i think.
Next to the cape you have a little village by the name of Finisterre and it is actually a very nice little town with a nice harbour full of restaurants so it makes a perfect place to stop for lunch.
It´s a little fishing town that still has a very original vibe and i would say you should not miss visiting it if you are going out to the cape anyway.
There is a very nice lighthouse by the cape that is still working and it is one of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe.
It also has a little visitor center which is worth taking a look at while you are out by the cape.