The last few days have been a real highlight! After leaving the magnificent city of Santiago
with its winding medieval streets, we travelled to the Finisterre peninsula in north western Spain. On arrival at the small seaside town which Galicians call Fisterra – we went straight to the atmospheric ‘Faro’, the lighthouse situated at ‘the end of the earth.’ Here there were many fantastic photo opportunities, including capturing the beauty of the wildflowers against the sun-drenched seascape, despite the cool winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean.
Welcome tapas over a glass or two of local vino that evening saw us sharing experiences of the day and discussing plans and options for our last weekend together. Some of the more intrepid walkers (to date) decided on a slow breakfast and an easy walk into town followed by a seafood lunch by the colourful harbour. Others opted to walk from the neighbouring seaside town of Cee across the hillside back to Finisterre, taking in magnificent ocean vistas. Efforts next day by some to see the remains of ‘a finger of St James’ in a nearby church proved unsuccessful when we arrived to find that the church caretaker had gone to town to buy flowers for the alter.
Perhaps the most beautiful day of our whole Camino was saved til last! A 13 km walk along delightful woodland paths and farming tracks from Finisterre to the small village of Lires. Views of the brilliant blue of the Atlantic were never far from sight. In the afternoon, a short stop in the lively port of Muxia (n.b. three members of our group walked the entire 28kms here from Finiserre!) before heading to the tiny fishing village of Camariñas where the art of handmade lace making is still practiced by local women. A final group dinner, comprising local seafood capped off a magnificent day!
On this, the last day of our tour, we headed back to Santiago with promises to share photos and find ways to stay in touch. Some are heading straight back home, others have a little more time to enjoy the European Spring and hospitality before returning to cooler climes. The consensus is that it has been a great time together, truly a ‘Camino with a Difference!’ exploring roads less travelled in north western Portugal and Spain.