The villa, Fisterra
Finisterre derives from the Latin name Finisterrae, which literally means “End of the Land“. Finisterre stands out as a rocky peninsula, the source of many Pagan and Christian legends, renowned for its natural beauty and spectacular sunsets. It is also for the pilgrims the end of the “Camino”. As a seaside town, it is famous for its gastronomy based on fabulous fresh fish and seafood. Walking along its streets you could clearly feel the spirit of a fishing town. Finisterre has some spectacular beaches, including O Rostro, Arnela, Mar de Fora, Langosteira, Riveira, and Corbeiro. For its singularity it should be a must in your agenda.
Its name derives from the Latin finis terrae, the end of the earth; it is also the end of the Pilgrims way to Santiago. The geographical singularity of Fisterra captivated from the very first moment to everyone who wanted to see the end of the World, where the Earth finishes and the sea starts. That is what the Roman Legions thought when they saw the sun entering inside the sea.
The singularity of Fisterra comes from several legends surrounding this place, where the religion, the sea and the stone are completely engaged: Ara Solis, San Guillerme Church, Orca Vella, Piedras Santas (holy stones), Santo Cristo de Fisterra, and the City of Dugium, are some of them. Thanks to the memories of the people from Fisterra, these legends are still alive, mesmerizing, with the gorgeous sights from Fisterra, to everyone who goes to visit the End of the World.
Fisterra is formed by an ancient kernel grown in amphitheater shape over the seaport. Its houses and narrow streets are both typical and unique. At the center you can find the Ara Solis Square. At the outskirts, on the way to the lighthouse, you can see the most interesting monument in Santa María das Areas, the Church. And also located within the historical site the San Carlos Castle also stands out.
The seaport is where most of the activity takes place in the village, and the fish market is the first touristic one in Galicia. The fishing fleet, consisting of several small inshore vessels, use different fishing gears, as fishing longline, pots, traps and so on. At any time of the day we will find seafaring people shuttling back and forth, repairing their nets or in the fish market biding their catches. The fishing cluster is one of the most traditional in the village. The good quality of the fish and seafood make them to be in great demand in other markets.
Fisterra is an extraordinary spot for watching the migratory passing of several seabirds which search for shelter and rest in the sandy grounds and swampy inlets among Rostro and Langosteira Beaches. The rocky islands, as those of Illas Lobeiras, sheltered a great colony of European herring seagull, Lesser black-backed seagull, yellow legged seagull and European shag.
+42° 54′ 41.14″, -9° 15′ 52.43