4 ways to get to Finisterre from Santiago de Compostela
Many of you ask us how to get to Finisterre once you finish the Camino de Santiago in Compostela. In this article we explain the 4 most common ways to reach the End of the Earth.
- By bus with the company Monbus: The most convenient is to get it in the Bus Station (about 20 minutes walking from the Cathedral). Keep in mind that the fastest route lasts 2 hours, but some bus spend 3 hours to get to Fisterra or Santiago back). The price of the ticket is a bit more than 13 euros. From the stop in Fisterra to the Lighthouse you still have about 4 kilometers. The bad thing about the bus is that if you go and come in the same day you can stay 6 hours inside the bus.
- By foot walking the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra: it is 89 kilometers and most of the pilgrims do it in 3-4 days. In our Way to Fisterra we dedicate 4 stages and we offer the best services to the pilgrims from 269 €. If you want information click here.
- With our full-day guided tours: It leaves at 9 in the morning and returns at 17:30 or 18:00. There are several options: with or without lunch. Always accompanied by a guide who will show you the hidden secrets of the area. We visited Pontemaceira, the viewpoint of Paxareiras, Carnota, the waterfall of Ézaro, Fisterra and Muxía, as main points. It cost from € 35 without lunch up to € 50 with lunch included. Find more information in the section of SERVICES
- Private transfer to Finisterre: With a knowledgeable chauffeur of the area and for only € 30 per person if you are 4 passengers. In our website you have the option to launch the service to get more fellow travelers or you can hire it for who you want for 120 € (minimum 1 person and maximum 4, please ask for a budget if you are more travelers)
We have listed the 4 main options, although you could also approach Fisterra by bike with our bike rental service, do you dare?
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We are not going to fool you: it has been very difficult to choose only 5 restaurants in Santiago de Compostela where you can enjoy a well deserved dinner at the end of the Camino de Santiago. Anyway, we are going to try and then we complete our selection.
A tulla: an historical in Santiago, but so hidden that some compostelan people would not know where to place in Entrerrúas. It stands out for the home cooking, with dishes of all the life, with base and without stridences … a house of meals. You can also order an octopus, a broth, a stew, or choose for between the delicious and recommended vegan dishes of the menu.
And in case of Plan B: A de Morgan (Algalia de Arriba), La Tita (Rúa Nova), O Dezaseis (Rúa de San Pedro) …
Fish and Seafood
Sexto II: one of the best-value restaurants in Rúa do Franco and especially if we talk about seafood. It is one of the most complete for eat raciones (kind of big tapas) or sit quietly to eat a good fish, a meat “a la piedra” (grilled in a hot stone) or any of its seafood: razors, clams, scallops, seafood rice or even the seafood platter.
And in case of Plan B: A Barrola and El Pasaje (Rúa do Franco), La Tacita de Juan (Calle Hórreo) …
Bodegón Gonzaba: Located in the Ensanche area, on Calle Nueva, it keeps the secret of the best ribeye in Santiago de Compostela. If you visit, you will not be disappointed with veal, cow or beef. Accompany it with some peppers, potatoes and any of the good wines they use to work with.
And in case of Plan B: Tito El Cierto Blanco (also in New Street) …
A Maceta: there works one of the chefs with greater projection of Galicia. Any dish you taste will have the spark you are asked for an innovative dish. The menu is highly recommended and although the menu is changing you might be lucky enough to try the barbecue rib, the zamburiñas, the mackerel sashimi, the cheek … do not miss the choice of desserts (chocolate or torrijas mmmmmmm)
And in case of Plan B: Horta do Obradoiro or Casa Marcelo (Rúa Hortas), A Tafona (Rúa Virxe da Cerca), Café de Altamira (Rúa das Ameas) …
A Casa TS: of the last to arrive in Santiago in the area of the Rúa de San Pedro, has already made a place as a restaurant highly recommended for its vegetarian and vegan cuisine. You can not leave without trying the recommendations made by the managers: from tomato tartar, broccoli au gratin, catrina sandwich, “croquetas de la huerta”, … to the delicious desserts and cocktails.
And in case of Plan B: Hervor Fervor (Praza das Penas), A Tulla (Entrerrúas) …
Many are missing and perhaps many of pilgrims could ask for a classic on the Camino de Santiago: Casa Manolo in the Plaza de Cervantes. Very close we propose a Plan A: A Cepa in Algalia de Arriba. The menu is very simple as it usually has 3 first and 3 seconds to choose from, but it is very homey, plentiful and economical (what it was years ago Casa Manolo)
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We want to speak about the importance of good food during your adventure on the Camino de Santiago. First of all you must know that you do not go to war or cross the desert or the jungle: you have to feed well and hydrate better, but not take it to the extreme.
All the routes of the Way of Santiago have better services and the unforeseen ones are less and less. Anyway, it is always good to have a small selection of food to draw on at any time.
What food can we include in our backpack? Of course nuts, raisins, figs, chocolate, sticks of cereal and some bread, sausage and cheese. Take care! We are not saying that you carry all this, it is only a recommendation of those that you can take and that endure well the storage and the heat of a backpack.
Also, in addition to water you can also include milkshakes or milk juices mainly for the first hours of the morning. Remember not to carry bricks or large bottles, as it all adds weight to your back.
It is important in the Camino to eat a small amount, even if it is often. Start the day with a breakfast as complete as possible based on dairy, carbohydrates and some fruit. Do not put hour for lunch: it is better to do the main lunch of the day at the end of the walk since it is not at all advisable to walk with a full gut. At night you will see how the body asks you for a lighter dinner.
If in the daily life we are recommended to drink a liter and a half or two, in the Way to Santiago we must drink at least double as much. Do not wait to spend a long walk to drink until we are satisfied (it is not good to wait or fill us). Take with you a plastic bottle of 0.5 l or sports ones that usually include 0.75 l. If you wait a hot season you can take with you an aluminum thermo that will hold cold the water. Although alcohol is not recommended to recover at the end of the stage … how good you feel with a shandy in a terrace after the shower!
Let us end with 2 last recommendations:
- Eat at least one full meal a day based on carbohydrates and proteins
- Do not dedicate the Camino de Santiago to do the Bikini Operation: if you eat healthy and you walk the daily kilometers that the body asks you, you will notice a slight improvement without having to take food from your mouth.
You can read in the Pilgrim Credential that you can do the Way of Saint James for three kinds of motivations: Religious, Religious-cultural or Cultural Only. In 2016 for religious reasons, 44.26% of the pilgrims arrived in Santiago de Compostela; For religious-cultural reasons, 47.74%; And for Cultural Only reasons 8%.
We can affirm, however, that 100% of the pilgrims make the Camino de Santiago for Gastronomic reasons. Everyone wants to know the typical dishes of the area and one of the most recognized is the rich Galician gastronomy.
What are the kings of the typical dishes of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia?
1. Octopus: mainly the Feira style, with its cachelos, its good oil and with salt and paprika, but if you have the chance we recommend you try it on the grill. Who does not know Ezequiel or Garnacha in Melide?
2. Empanada or Galician Pie: you can fill a pie almost with everything, but the most typical are those of Xoubas, zorza, liscos, tuna, cod with raisins, …
3. Padrón peppers: in Galicia you can taste different varieties of peppers (Arnoia, Guntín, …) but the best known and with more adepts come from Padrón, right in the Portuguese Way. By the way, better if you get little spicy ones.
4. Lacón con grelos, caldo and cocido: from a more punctual season and with less influx of pilgrims as it is the winter, but it gets you power to continue walking.
5. Fish and seafood: we can not add much about the quality of the products of the Galician Rías. Take the step of the Way through the sea villages to get up to the top of the area (Fisterra, Arcade, Redondela, Cee …)
6. Tart of Santiago: the dessert par excellence of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. The almond cake, of the true almond, can not be bought in the tourist places in Franco St. Come to the confectionery of the city or the Convent of San Paio de Antealtares (to touch the sky)
Extra Bonus: do not miss the melindres, the filloas (kind of pancake) or the stones of Santiago.
We started a series of articles on the blog about places, stages, equipment, etc … that we consider essential to carry out your Camino de Santiago and the first of them is about elements that inexcusably must include in your backpack.
We will try to escape the typical things because we all know that we have to take 2-3 changes of clothes, a polar or windbreaker, a small medicine cabinet, … remember also that the most suitable size is about 30-35 liters and that if is possible to weigh less than 10% of your weight. Do not include anything just in case you end up repenting. We start with:
1.- Multi-socket plug: remember that sometimes you have to charge the mobile and external battery, both for day and night. In addition, you will always give your partner another option to charge your mobile. Note that the plugs should not be monopolized.
2.- External battery: they charge fast and give you an extra life with the mobile. You will use it more than you thought. You could also carry the solar adapters but the quality of the load is not the same.
3.- Toxogel, Vicks Vaporub or similar: If you have well hydrated and relaxed your feet, the blisters will not appear. If you apply a good amount at night you will not need it in the morning. Toxogel at the end of the stage is a very good relaxer for the legs and feet.
4.- Pillowcase: depends on how punctilious we are, but we can assure you that more than once you will ask about the hygiene of the previous pilgrim who laid his head on your pillow
5.- Utility knife: you can always come to cut a few strings, open a can or finish bursting the “Abrefácil” impossible of packaged products, type sausage, for example.
6.- Earplugs: those who do not wear them end up buying them. There we left that …
7.- Microfiber towel: a classic on the Way. We have a love-hate relationship since in the end you end up drying yourself with clean clothes, but hey … it’s a must because of its small size and quick drying.
8.- Ibuprofen: our friend at the daily breakfast. Our little secret to better withstand the pains of joints and muscles.
There are more essential and many of them are personal: a camera, a flashlight, a poncho against the rain, some leggings, safety pins or clips to hang clothes, “lagarto” soap, … for us the experience was teaching us the way we were going less some of the elements of our list and so now we do not forget them. We assume that new items will be added in the future as the way also advances in amenities. (Which is not a question of pain)
Now if you want you can contribute your essentials to enrich the list and helping us among the pilgrims to improve our experience. Do not miss anything!
It is true that the great attraction of Santiago de Compostela is the Cathedral and the Old City. Many of the most visited monuments are in the Zona Vieja, such as the Fresh Food Market or in the area closest to the old wall of Compostela, such as the gardens of the Alameda or the Park of San Domingos de Bonaval with the Museo do Pobo Galego.
From our experience the visitors who receive the capital of Galicia spent a day to visit the city or at most two days. It is also verified by statistical data of overnight stays, but we know that the fact of staying 5 nights does not mean that they are 5 days visiting the city, right?
But Santiago is more than the streets of Zona Vieja or the Cathedral. Santiago de Compostela is a city made for pilgrims and students, for tourists, travelers and citizens. What we intend is to win from you one more day, at least one more day, in Santiago de Compostela. Follow us through our recommendations:
Parks and gardens
2. San Domingos de Bonaval
4. Residences Zone – Campus Sur
5. Carballeira de San Lorenzo
6. Eugenio Granell
7. Galeras and Finca do Espiño
8. Mount of Almaciga
9. Ponte Mantible
10. Parque da Música, Vista Alegre and Burgo das Nacións
11. Fermín Bouza Brey and Alexandre Bóveda
12. Waterways of Sar, Brañas de Sar and Sarela
Contemporary Design Architecture
13. City of Culture
14. CGAC and Faculty of Communication Sciences
15. SGAE Headquarters and Fundación Autor
16. Actions in Av. Xoan XXIII and Biblioteca Anxel Casal
17. Trisca socio-cultural center
18. Housing Avda. De Barcelona
19. Churches of San Juan and San Fernando
20. Reordering of the former Banco de España
21. CGAC Galician Contemporary Art Center
22. Museo Centro Gaiás
23. Eugenio Granell Foundation and Museum
24. Museum of the Holy Land
25. Museum of the Colegiata de Sar
26. USC Museum of Natural History
27. Museum of Sacred Art
28. Mupega Museo Pedagógico de Galicia
29. Casa de la Troya Museum
30. Parque de la Alameda (towards the Cathedral)
31. Park of the Alameda (towards the Residences)
32. Parque de San Domingos de Bonaval
33. Monte Pedroso, Granja do Sexto and Monte Pío
34. Carlomagno Park
35. Belvís Park
36. Mount of the Almáciga
37. Monte do Gozo
Restaurants outside the Old Town
39. Siro González
40. La Tacita de Juan
41. La Pepita Burguer
42. La Cavita
43. La Burguería
44. La Cibeles
45. O Tamboril
46. Las Bodeguillas de Santa Marta, San Roque and San Lázaro
47. A Tafona
48. Auga e Sal
49. O Sendeiro
51. Terra Nosa
52. Cierto Blanco
53. Markesa Izakaya
54. A Casa TS
55. La Industrial
57. And many, many more where the compostela we put the boots
Here you have 57 reasons to stay one more day in Santiago de Compostela enjoying it thoroughly and live the city as one of us. We have mixed less known elements of the Zona Vieja and we have enriched it with jewels hidden in the area outside the walls.
Another of the riches of Santiago is its situation since it is located in a central communications hub in Galicia. From Santiago you will be in Coruña or Pontevedra in half an hour long; In Vigo, Ourense or Lugo in a horita; You can start the Rías Baixas Routes or Costa da Morte … If you choose Santiago de Compostela as your base to know Galicia will be your best decision.