From the Virgin Mary’s stone boat in Murxia we drove a little over half an hour south to the “land’s end”–Fisterra (as the name means) where some pilgrims continue to walked from Santiago de Compostela to reach kilometer 0.000 on the Camino de Santiago. It’s also here where Mother Mary of Jesus supposedly had rested on a mountain top, on stones that seem to float when sitting on them (Piedras Santas), during her journey to see James. Here’s our visit to Fisterra in pictures.
It was an ambitious travel plan because we don’t usually visit 2 places in one day. But we had to do it and it was well worth it!
Fisterra was our original destination as the more known destination than Murxia. I simply wanted to see “the end of the then-known world”, let the boys swim on the Atlantic coast in one of the westernmost points of Spain, and see how we would survive the Galician winds on rugged shores.
But then I chanced upon an elusive piece of information about Mother Mary resting atop the mountain in Fisterra when she supposedly visited this part of the world to give a prep talk to James who was getting disheartened with his apostolic duties.
That, I thought, would be interesting for me and quite important for my wife, and for the kids, a likely a difficult climb up the hill.
Unfortunately, I could not find any more information about it. Instead, I chanced upon a BBC article that mentioned Murxia as the site where the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, allegedly arrived on a stone boat to encourage James (Santiago), the-apostle-now-Saint, to continue to spread the word of Jesus in this land of the Gauls and pagans.
Apparently, some 40 years after the death of Jesus, James (now a Saint) moved to the northern Spain/Portugal to follow his his calling to Christianize this land populated by Gauls and pagans. He was feeling down, or so the story goes, by the difficulty of this task and that’s when Mother Mary came to him on a stone boat.
So, it looked like Mother Mary landed on the rocky and rugged coast of Murxia and later travelled to Fisterra and rested atop the mountain on big stones that move with the touch of a single finger.
That would be an important destination for my wife who is a practicing Catholic. We could not pass up the opportunity to see the site of the stone boat at the Sanctuario de la Senora de la Barca (Sanctuary of the Lady of the Boat or Santuario da Virxe da Barca in Gallego). So we “double booked” to see Fisterra right after Murxia on the same day.
It was exhausting but we all had fun. The boys had beach time and it was quite something else to see the sun set on a wild beach on the Galician Costa da Morte (Coast of Death).
Many pilgrims make it to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, but (apparently) only a few of those would keep on walking until they reach the “real” end (or beginning) of the road at two places: (1) here in Murxia and (2) in Fisterra. Whowouldvethunk?!?!?!
The wild and windswept beach of Praia Mar de Fora on the Atlantic ocean in Fisterra. . . por FIN!
After a kilometer walk from our position at the the beach at Praia Mar de Fora, we drove from Fisterra to Santiago de Compostela. Fisterra is about an 1.5 hours from our base campground in Santiago de Compostela .
Next stop: Onwards and southwards do Porto, Portugal.
Where to stay in santiago de Compostela? save money. go Camping As Cancelas
NOTE: In case you’re wondering. . . No, we have not received any form of compensation or freebies or anything at all for reviewing or mentioning this camping site or any others on our blog. We just do it for the fun of it.
If you are heading to Santiago de Compostela or making it your homebase on the road, check out Camping As Cancelas. It is the only campsite in Santiago de Compostela and a little less than a 3-kilometer walk to the Cathedral (or a 15-minute bus ride). This campground is kid-approved and family-friendly for its play areas, swimming pool and proximity to the city center. CHECK OUT OUR QUICK REVIEW of Camping As Cancelas and what to see in Santiago de Compostela in pictures through this link.