ROUTE NOIA – FINISTERRE
On this route from Noia to Finisterre we walk the extension of the St. James Way to the “End of the world”, towards the place that was once the most famous western point, along the coast of the Ría de Muros – Noia. We will visit beautiful fishing villages and also mythological Places that combine the greatness of nature and the faith of people.
A journey between the limits of the quiet Rías Baixas and the unspoiled wilderness of the Costa da Morte.
From the most beautiful city in Spain to the small Compostela.
One of the hundred most beautiful cities in Spain is located very close to Santiago. Included in this list since 2019, we will be surprised by the beautiful centenary bridge and the medieval character of the cobbled streets.
If we continue our route and look at the coast, we will find the city of Noia, which the writer Otero Pedrayo christened “little Compostela”. The old town full of buildings of historical and artistic value reveals the secrets of a place that, according to legend, Noa founded.
Fishing villages and endless granaries.
On the coastal path, we will visit cities that keep the original spirit of the sailor settlements, the former architecture of the cities dedicated to fishing. Even today, depending on the tide, we can watch fishermen and boats in the harbor and follow the tracks of the nets on the docks.
This is a very lively area in summer. With its proximity to Santiago, with a very rich and delicious cuisine of seafood and lovely sandy beaches to cool off, it is a must for a summer vacation in Galicia, although it is less crowded than other areas further south.
Exactly behind one of these endless beaches, the longest in Galicia, we also find the “HOREOS” the granaries of incredible length.
The waterfall that falls into the sea.
If we go along the coast on our route, leaving the Ría de Muros / Noia in the south and following the Atlantic coast, we will find increasingly spectacular images of nature. High mountains that jut out over the sea like balconies and the only river on the entire European continent that flows into a spectacular waterfall directly into the Atlantic.
The end of the world.
After their conquering advance through the countries of the European continent, the Romans believed they had reached the end of the world when they reached the coast of Finisterre.
This was already a magical place for the pre-Christian inhabitants of this area, who celebrated their worship of the sun on the promontory of the Cape. No wonder, because the sunsets here are spectacular with views of an ocean that seems infinite and shows the profile of the Galician coast.
For many pilgrims, this is also the final destination of their St. James Way, the magical climax, and also the symbol of a new beginning.
But we must not forget that there have been thousands of shipwrecks throughout history at the foot of this legendary place, which is why this area is known as Costa da Morte (The Coast of Death). Towering cliffs, rugged cliffs and a raging ocean form the perfect mix which poses a great danger to sailors. Despite its dangers, this clash is of the elements.
a spectacle that is worth watching from the land,
Departure from Santiago / Silleda / Lalín