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Finisterre, or Cape Finisterre, is the westernmost point of Spain. It is in the A Coruna province in the region of Galicia.
Finisterre, which means end of the earth, is the most westerly town in Spain and is the final point of the Way of Saint James, though many pilgrims finish at the cathedral of Santiego de Compostela. It is 90 km from Santiago de Compostela.
For tourists Cape Finisterre has steep cliffs dropping down to the ocean and has some lovely beaches. These include Arnela, Mar de Fora, Riveira, and Corbeiro.
The town itself is not really a tourist destination, it is a working fishing town. Its popularity is mainly due to its position at the end of the Pilgrim Way, and the "end" of Spain. However it has a fairly pleasant harbour and some really excellent fish restaurants. Grilled sardines and grilled squid are two of Finisterre's specialities.
After lunch at one of the fish restaurants head up the hill to the ruined castle. The ruin is not particularly interesting but gives good views over the coast and along the Ria de Corcubian.
Places to Visit Nearby
The beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela is a must for anyone visiting Galicia and for anyone traveling the Pilgrims Way.
South of Finisterre is Pontevedra located on the beautiful Ria de Pontevedra and near to here Combarro is interesting for its horreos which are unusual grain stores on stilts all along the water front.
Map of Finisterre and places to visit
Finisterre places to visit
See more places nearby in the Galicia guide