As I grow old, I wonder if walking is the right speed to explore this world more often.
Long gone are my twenties, when I used to take planes with the same frequency as someone else would take trains or buses. They were fast, convenient, and would take me everywhere in the old continent for just a few bucks, more than once a month. And so I went over 20 times to all the countries that surround mine, ten or more to their neighboring ones, etc. Covering this way the whole of Europe, in a weird quest to be everywhere as many times as it was needed.
No one – or just a few silenced voices that did not reach me – would talk about the carbon footprint attached to them back then. How blind I was.
Luckily, I woke up from this nonsense a good few years back. Ever since I realized how wrong that was (talk about flygskam or flight shame) I’ve been trying to slow down, picking my trips carefully, trying to avoid planes at all costs if possible while replacing them for trains, buses, car sharing, biking or walking, and looking for fun options to keep traveling and exploring without hurting our planet as much as I used to.
- Embracing walking
- Walking the Finisterre Camino to Muxia with CaminoWays
- Authentic Galician Experiences
It’s never too late to change the way we travel and start caring for our home.
And a good way to get your foot on the door of the responsible travel wave is to embrace walking. Cheaper than anything else, it keeps you in shape and allows you to connect with people and places in a whole new level. And our beloved Camino de Santiago is a great way of getting started.
Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, a match made in heaven
Since the Middle Ages, what in the beginning was withheld for a religious bunch, it has evolved into one of the most recognized pilgrimage paths on earth.
In fact, there are many different routes that offer everyone willing to step out of their comfort zone and travel differently, a new way of enjoying stunning destinations, heartwarming locals, delish meals, and a sense of camaraderie with your fellow pilgrims that no faster trips can.
Once you try it, chances are you’ll love it
Giving it a go is a risky business because, as many former Camino de Santiago pilgrims would tell you, walking the way to Santiago creates addiction.
I myself walked some of them. Like the last 100km of the northern route when I was only 13 years old alongside my 10-year-old brother and dad, different parts of the French and Portuguese routes when I was older in larger groups, and recently the stretch from Fisterra (or Finisterre) to Muxia, two seaside towns on the wonderful Death Coast, with Jose last spring.
I know. I still have to walk the road alone. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time, and one day I’ll simply start walking. Few people have it as easy as me, living so close to the end of it.
Walking the Finisterre Camino to Muxia with CaminoWays
Meanwhile, let me tell you how good the last one was.
Brief (they were only two days walking the stages Fisterra – Lires and Lires – Muxia), with good spring weather (neither too cold nor too hot), the perfect company (Jose, the best adventure companion I could dream of) and the invaluable support of a leading company such as CaminoWays, which helped us with the planning of the Finisterre Camino stages, the hotels, the transfers and the general infrastructure of this micro-adventure to make it a success; truth is we had so much fun we cannot wait to start planning our next walking getaway.
First stage of the Finisterre Camino: Fisterra – Lires
After a delicious seafood dinner at A Palaxa restaurant, a comforting night at the Mar de Ardora nature hotel, and a breakfast spread with freshly squeezed orange juice, cured meats, cheese and homemade sweets, we left (later than we should have, it takes time to build a routine) to Lires walking across the streets of Fisterra before reaching the Langosteira inlet.
Fisterra Cape, located in the westernmost point in Spain, has long been known as the final goal of the pilgrims who, after arriving in Santiago de Compostela, approached the Atlantic Ocean before returning to their land. However famous in the past, it continues to be a key destination within the Camino. For this reason, and the ocean views that awaited us, we chose this route.
We had not even started to descend towards Langosteira beach when we already appreciated the influx of tired but exultant pilgrims who arrived from the previous stage (presumably 25km away, the coastal town of Cee). Without any doubt, after walking for days, weeks or maybe months; they had picked up the right rhythm, getting up early. So far, we had walked only two kilometers. Yay us!
We decided to start walking a little faster, without stopping to take as many photos as we are used to. It was that or skipping lunch, so we had no choice.
A few scattered showers that we manage to avoid cum laude (for sure bars in the middle of nowhere are sent by God himself), an animal cast worthy of Noah’s ark (we saw cows, goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, and other smaller species), lots of lush flora (among which were chestnuts, oaks, pines, eucalyptus, ferns, gorse bush, and a myriad of different flowers), and an honesty bar – that finally turned out to be the best pit stop of the day after – later, we finally arrived at Lires, well past lunchtime.
Oh well, we still had dinner. And it was a sweet one at the Lires hotel where we were staying that night, As Eiras.
Second stage of the Finisterre Camino: Lires – Muxia
About Camino Ways
Having extensive experience in this industry, we have experienced first-hand how committed this company is to make each package and experience something unforgettable. Camino Ways managed to excel at this from the very first day with a few unique touches:
- Extensive information offered on their website, that allows you to get ready in due time, without any added stress, to make the most of the experience avoiding unnecessary hassle, pains, and discomforts.
- Highly customized packages. From self-guided solo travelers to small groups, and guided groups; the company is ready to satisfy all needs tailoring to their individual requirements and making every holiday unique.
- Great selection of accommodations, luggage transport companies, and restaurants. They have all been tried and tested, resulting in a safe choice, and have the perfect combination of comfort and luxury you would expect from a holiday while keeping it authentic and raw.
- Welcome pack sent by email with lots of info and via postal service to your base before getting started with your luggage tags and the pilgrim’s credential to be stamped as you go – a staple of any pilgrim!
- Fast and attentive 24/7 customer service.
- Hyper detailed written itinerary and route map, with exact coordinates and directions. It is virtually impossible to get lost!
That said, it is easy to understand how their customer satisfaction level is skyrocketing, with over 900 raving reviews and an Excellence Certificate by TripAdvisor achieved in 2018.
Authentic Galician Experiences
Want a chance to see the real Galicia while embarking on a soft adventure?
Then look no further as it does not get more authentic or memorable as slowly walking from village to village, enjoying the Galician countryside, mountains, and beaches; and engaging in deep conversations with locals after the day’s walk over a glass of wine in the town’s bar.
Hidden wonders that you won’t be able to have on a packed day trip from one of Galicia’s main cities for sure. Trust us, we were born and raised here!
Disclaimer: We partnered up with CaminoWays to bring you this post. They kindly offered us a tailor-made Finisterre Camino to Muxia package last Spring and are currently offering you a sweet discount of 20€ off when quoting the CaminoWays promo code AWORLDTOTRAVEL at checkout. Enjoy!