The Fisterra and Muxía Way

This route originates in the city of Santiago and its goal is in Cape Fisterra and the Sanctuary of the Virxe da Barca in Muxía.

Muxía-Fisterra:

  • Length 90.9 Km
  • Difficulty Medium

Fisterra-Muxía:

  • Length 117.6 Km
  • Difficulty Medium
Fishing boats in Fisterra Harbour

Until the end of the Middle Ages, the Costa da Morte was the last outpost in the known world. The place from where pre-Roman peoples believed that souls ascended to heaven. A mythical, symbolic place which would leave the Roman conquerors open-mouthed when they saw the sun disappear behind the immense ocean. From then, the farthest point of Cape Fisterra magnetised all its visitors.

The Fisterra and Muxía Way, is the most faithful realisation of the historical cry of the pilgrim exclaiming Ultreia! (“Let us go farther beyond!”), while another responds with Et suseia! (“And higher!”). In effect, it is beyond the goal in Compostela and, after prostrating themselves before the remains of the Apostle Santiago, many pilgrims decide to get to know this end of the world, and they do not hesitate to overcome the sacrifices of the hard days they have just endured in order to walk, at least, four or five days more. Fisterra is 89 kilometres away and Muxía 87.

Fisterra-Muxía Way map

The Fisterra and Muxía Way is the most faithful realisation of the historical cry of the pilgrim exclaiming Ultreia! (“Let us go farther beyond!”), while another responds with Et suseia! (“And higher!”).

The history of this route has involved a mixture of paganism and the subsequent process of Christianisation. From the XII century, the Codex Calixtinus already linked this Way with the Jacobean tradition. Moreover, two of the most popular religious devotions of Galicia have their centres in Fisterra and Muxía: the Santo Cristo de Fisterra — which the Licenciado Molina (XVI century) affirmed “was visited by the most fervent pilgrims who come to the Apostle”— and the Sanctuary of the Virxe da Barca in Muxía.

The double place name of the Way — Fisterra and Muxía — indicate that they constitute the ultimate destination, the end after the goal. At Olveiroa, the Way forks: we can arrive first at Fisterra through Corcubión, or at Muxía. Regardless of our decision, walking between the two towns is a must as the route is impressive, the maximum expression of light and nature.

We will have left behind the extremely beautiful initial exit from Santiago among centenarian carballeiras (oak woods) and the course of the poetic River Sarela. Then, the walk through the medieval town of Negreira and the cattle-raising region of Xallas.

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