- This is the 4th time I have done this walk, twice from the Finisterre side, and last year and this, from the Muxia side. It starts slow, then is hard work getting up high, then it’s easy along the top, and then hard getting down again. Last year it rained the whole time, this year, yesterday and. today, I am walking in beautiful sunshine.
I should perhaps mention one important monument of Muxia. It is the Santuorio de Nosa Senora. Unfortunately it was destroyed by lightening on Christmas Day 2013. It is hoped that it will be rebuilt quickly.
I had trouble finding my way out of Muxia but was eventually on the way. It began with a walk along the coast then up, up, up into the hills. Last year it was raining all the way, this year beautiful sunshine. Once up the going is good although one has to remember that it’s still 28 kms, so not getting any easier on the last day.
It can also be confusing with the waymarkers which are now pointing sometimes one way for those going to Finisterre and the opposite way for those going to Muxia. In the middle is the little township of Lires. One must have to 2 stamps from Lires to be eligible for a credential at the end of the journey. Otherwise one could have the distance, so Lires is the proof that the distance has been walked. At Lires I met the 2 Spanish women who doing this part as well. I also met 4 young guys who have walked from St Jean Pied de Port. They said they had stayed an albergues every night.
If Lires is approximately halfway, then there was still a way to go. One advantage of this route of course is that you are meeting people going both ways. Finally the long downhill into Finisterre. I chose to walk the final kms along the walkway by the sea leading into town, rather than from the hills, as this seemed a better way to finish the journey.
I found the municipal albergue and received my credential. My journey was almost over. I still needed to spend time in Santiago de Compostela.