Discover the Camino Finisterre, the unique pilgrimage route that diverges from Santiago de Compostela to culminate at the picturesque coastal town of Fisterra.

The Camino Finisterre stands apart as the sole official pilgrimage route that doesn't culminate in Santiago de Compostela. Instead, it concludes near the town of Fisterra, home to the symbolic kilometer zero marker.

Spanning approximately 90 kilometers, this route pleasantly surprises with its serenity. Despite my initial expectations, it wasn't overrun with fellow pilgrims, perhaps because it's considered more of an extension rather than a primary pilgrimage path. And if you've already conquered the Camino Francés, with its nearly 800 kilometers under your belt, why not tack on the extra 90 kilometers to reach kilometer zero?

km 0 at Finisterre

Fun fact: Finisterre is Spanish for “the end of the world," and fittingly so, as it marks the coastline of Fisterra.

But why the dramatic name? Well, back in the day, folks believed that the edge of Europe was essentially the edge of the world itself. And Fisterra, perched on this westernmost tip, was seen as the literal end of Europe.

This is the official endpoint for every Camino pilgrimage, where you'll find the iconic kilometer zero marker.

Personally, I absolutely adored the Camino Finisterre. It's just three or four stages long, and you'll encounter fellow pilgrims from various routes of the Way of St. James.

Oh, and that moment when you catch sight of the ocean for the first time? It's unforgettable.

And let's not forget Fisterra itself – it's a charming little town worth exploring. If you have a few extra days to spare, why not spend them at the literal end of the world?

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