How Long is the Camino Finisterre: A Journey to the End of the World

The Camino Finisterre, also known as the Finisterre Way, is a unique extension of the Camino de Santiago that takes pilgrims to the rugged coastline of Finisterre, Spain. 

How long is the Camino Finisterre ? In this article, we will explore the length and stages of this short Camino as well as some useful insights and tips for those seeking to embark on this captivating Camino pilgrimage to the “End of the World

How long is the CAMINO FINISTERRE ?

The Camino Finisterre is an ancient pilgrimage route that starts in Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the traditional Camino de Santiago and is the only Camino that actually starts in Santiago. 

I walked the Camino Ingles first on this journey and am continuing onto the Camino Finisterre and looking forward to reaching the ocean.

From Santiago, pilgrims continue their journey westward towards the Atlantic Ocean, reaching the dramatic cliffs of Cape Finisterre. 

The Camino Finisterre spans approximately 91 kilometres (55 miles) from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre, immersing pilgrims in the untamed beauty of the Galician coastline.

FACT: It is also the only Camino that walks away from Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.

Stage Breakdown of the Camino Finisterre

To help you plan your pilgrimage, let’s break down the Camino Finisterre into 4 key stages:

Stage 1: Santiago de Compostela to Negreira

The first stage covers around 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Santiago de Compostela to Negreira. 

Leaving the bustling city behind, pilgrims traverse picturesque landscapes of forests, small villages and farmlands. 

This stage serves as a transition from the Santiago de Compostela to the rugged coastal landscapes of the Camino Finisterre.

Stage 2: Negreira to Olveiroa

From Negreira, the trail continues to Olveiroa, spanning approximately 33 kilometers (20.5 miles). 

This stage presents pilgrims with scenic countryside views, quiet rural paths, and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Galician landscape. 

As you approach Olveiroa, you’ll witness stunning views of the distant mountains and rolling hills.

Pilgrims by the sea in Cee on the Camino Finisterre
Pilgrims by the sea in Cee on the Camino Finisterre

Stage 3: Olveiroa to Cee

The third stage covers around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Olveiroa to Cee. This section of the Camino Finisterre brings pilgrims closer to the coastline, offering glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. 

The trail takes you through charming villages and rural landscapes, providing a sense of connection with the natural surroundings before walking down into the coastal town of Cee.

Stage 4: Cee to Finisterre

The final stage spans approximately 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) from Cee to Cabo Finisterre, where the journey culminates at the “End of the World.” 

This stage offers breathtaking coastal views, towering cliffs and pristine beaches. As you approach Cape Finisterre, the symbolic end point, you’ll be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to witness awe inspiring sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.

We stood at the end of the world looking out at the ocean and threw the small stones we had carried throughout our Camino journey as far as we could.

arriving in Finisterre after completing The Camino de Santiago
arriving in Finisterre after completing The Camino de Santiago

Factors Affecting Duration and Completion Time

The duration of the Camino Finisterre can vary depending on your individual circumstances and preferences. 

Factors such as walking pace, physical fitness, and the time allocated for rest and exploration will impact the overall duration of the pilgrimage. 

I recommend allowing approximately 4-5 days to complete the entire Camino Finisterre which allows for a more relaxed pace and opportunities to soak in the coastal beauty.

Tips for Planning and Preparing for the Camino Finisterre

To make the most of your Camino Finisterre experience, consider the following tips:

  • Obtain a Pilgrim Credential: Just like the Camino de Santiago, having a Pilgrim Credential allows you to collect stamps along the way and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Ensure you have essential items such as comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, a lightweight backpack, and personal necessities. 
  • Remember to pack a hat, sunscreen, and a rain jacket, as the coastal weather can be unpredictable. Check out my Camino packing list.
  • Familiarise Yourself with the Route: Study maps, guidebooks, and online resources to become familiar with the stages, accommodations, and services available along the Camino Finisterre.
  • The Camino Finisterre is best enjoyed from spring to autumn when the weather is milder and services along the route are more readily available. However, be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially along the coastal sections.
  • The Camino Finisterre offers unique coastal landscapes and breathtaking views. Take the time to explore the beaches, enjoy fresh seafood on the Camino and witness the stunning sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.


After finishing The Camino Finisterre we ended up having some celebratory beers in a local bar when the strangest ceremony took place.

A druid came out (He was the bartender I think) and started starting mixing something in a large bowl before he starting talking in a weird tongue. 

Everyone in the bar went quiet and watched and listened to the bartender, sorry I mean Druid, as he started reading an ancient spell and ritual. This is the Galician tradition called the Conxuro da Queimada.

I’ve researched this and it’s a tradition that dates back to Celtic times when Paganism was widely practised in Galicia and also the final trail of the Camino de Santiago and the remains of St James.

The druid then mixes into the liquid items such as brandy, coffee, cinnamon and lots of sugar whilst incanting further details of their powers and sometimes with some humour. The Spanish people in the bar were absolutely howling.

I think the liquid is 60-70% alcohol and is burned to reduce some of this.

As all the patrons stand quietly huddled around a large bowl, the bartender-turned-druid he then burns the liquid and it has a bright blue flame. He lifts the flaming liquid out of the bowl and pours it back in. Its quite a show.

After about 20 minutes he finally shouts something out loud and the locals chant back at him as he walks around the bar to cheers.

We were then invited up to get a small cup of the liquid, which we did straight away.  In for a penny in for a pound.

It was hot and sweet and believe it is supposed to bring good luck and cleanse your soul.

It was a great tradition to see and pay for, as we got a bill for the cups we drank. Well worth seeing and I hope you get to see this after walking the Camino Finisterre.

Conclusion: A Journey to the Edge of the World

The Camino Finisterre offers pilgrims a captivating extension to the Camino de Santiago, leading them to the rugged beauty of Cape Finisterre. 

Covering approximately 91 kilometres (55 miles), the Camino Finisterre pilgrimage immerses travellers in the untamed landscapes of the Galician coastline. 

As you embark on this journey to the “End of the World” let the rugged cliffs, vast ocean vistas, and coastal serenity inspire reflection, renewal and a deep connection with nature.


Q: Can I walk the Camino Finisterre without completing the Camino de Santiago?

A: Yes, you can walk the Camino Finisterre as a standalone pilgrimage. However, it holds a special significance for pilgrims who have completed the Camino de Santiago, as it represents a continuation of the journey to the symbolic “End of the World.”

Q: How long does it take to walk the Camino Finisterre?

A: The Camino Finisterre can be completed in approximately 4-5 days, depending on your pace and the time allocated for rest and exploration. 

Q: Are there accommodations and services along the Camino Finisterre?

A: Yes, there are accommodations available along the Camino Finisterre, including albergues, guesthouses, and hotels. However, it’s advisable to check availability and make reservations in advance, especially during the busier seasons.

Q: Can I continue my journey to Muxía after reaching Finisterre?

A: Yes, many pilgrims choose to extend their pilgrimage by continuing to Muxía, a nearby coastal town that holds its own spiritual significance. 

The journey from Finisterre to Muxía spans approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles) and offers pilgrims the chance to explore more of the Galician coastline.

Q: Is the Camino Finisterre well-marked?

A: Yes, the Camino Finisterre is well-marked with yellow arrows, scallop shells, and signposts, similar to the Camino de Santiago. However, it’s always helpful to carry a guidebook or use a reliable smartphone app for navigation.

Q: Can I get a Camino certificate for walking The Camino Finisterre?

AOnce you have completed the Camino Finisterre you can obtain the official certificate of completion, which is known as the FisterranaThis can be obtained at the local tourism office in Finisterre.

If you have walked the Camino to Muxia you can obtain the Muxiana from the municipal albergue in town for a small fee.

You will need to have all your stamps in order within your Camino passport, from Albergues, bars, cafes and churches along the routes.

Also read about How to get your Compostela after walking the Canoed de Santiago.

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