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Finisterre to Lires to Muxia


We had a wonderful hike to Lires.  The ocean view was spectacular.

Ocean View to Lires

We were so lucky to pass a horreo that was actually being used.

Preparing corn for Horreo

Horreo being used

We walked through forests.

Waling through forest - to Lires

The yellow arrows and shells we passed showed both ways because some pilgrims walk to Muxia first.

Double arrow

Dopuble shell sign

The views of the ocean and the cliffs along the ocean were wonderful.

Ocean View

Cliff along ocean

We stooped along the way for fresh roasted chestnuts.

The purple flowers were delightful.

Purple Flower

The local people always greeted us with friendliness.

Locals near Lires

We stopped along the way to eat fresh roasted chestnuts at a locals place.

Chestnuts 2

Mary, Maureen, and I took a lovely walk along a path to the beach.  We saw several  rookeries of cranes along the way, but I couldn’t get a good photo of them.

The shore line was spectacular.  We spend a couple of hours just watching the waves crashing into the rocks.

Waves in Muxia

And just relaxing by the shore.

Nancy by shore in Muxia

Mary in Cee

We spent hours just watching the waves.  I know we have a fabulous coastline in Oregon.  I guess having walked 600 miles made this one really special.

Our sunset in Lires was pretty spectacular.

Sunset in Lires


Our walk to Muxia was only 15 km. The path was a bit confusing and we first ended up on a ridge along the shore.  It was such a beautiful spot.

Nancy on the way to Muxia

I was actually able to take this next photo with the timer on the camera.

Way to Muxia

We walked around town trying to decide which albergue we liked the best.  Finally we decided on Delphin which is on the rúa Marina on the seafront.  This is where they stayed in the movie, “The Way.”

We got our Muxiana which is the special certificate for people who walk all the way to Muxia.

The name Muxia comes from Mongia land of monks from the nearby 12th Century Romanesque monastice church San Xulián de Moraine.  These monks came here in 1105 in an effort ot suppress the pagan rituals that were being practised at that time.  Muxiá’s main claim to fame and the reason why it is so intimately connected to the Santaigo story is in the legend of Nosa Señora da Barca in Galician which is located in a very unique spot, right by the ocean, and believed to have been a sacred place of cult for villagers since pre-Christian times. It seems the locals weren’t an easy crowd to convince and convert to Christianity, as pagan rituals were deeply rooted and widespread.

Nosa Señora da Barca


It may also be called  Santuario da Virxe de Barca which stands on a rocky ridge above the surf.

Santuario da Virxe de Barca

Legend has it Muxía was the landing place of the stone boat that carried Virgin Mary when she arrived in Galicia to help Saint James convert the locals. The granite stones you will find near the sanctuary are said to be the remains of the Virgin Mary’s stone boat: the sail, the helm and the boat itself. Since the 12th century, pilgrims on theCamino de Santiago have travelled further on after reaching Santiago de Compostela to pay tribute to Our Lady of the Boat in Muxía.

The ‘remains’ of Our Lady’s boat are also known by other more popular names, and believed to have special curative powers (quite possibly dating back to before the Christianization of the area). The sail is the so-called ‘pedra dos cadrís’ believed to cure back ailments, rheumatic pains and even helping with fertility issues if walking under the stone nine times. The stone boat itself is the ‘pedra de abalar’, a rocking stone also believed to predict catastrophes and have healing powers.

Pedra dos Cadris

I can’t remember the story of this stone.   I think it was cracked during a storm and has something to do with two lovers.

Cracked stone

This entire trip has been so inspiring.  Much of the time I was walking over the past few days I have been flooded with thoughts about all the things for which I will always be grateful.  I have much to process when I return home.

We had views of the town below us.

Muxia from Above

Muxia from Above 2

On our way back down we met a man who was picking Kale for his pigs.  We couldn’t resist taking photos with him.

Rose with Man and Kale

Nancy and Man with Kale

We went to dinner, did our laundry and had a lovely sunset.

Sunset in Muxia

Rose had to leave in the morning on the early bus.  Mary, Maureen and I  had one more day to spend in the Muxía area so we decided to take one more hike (sans backpacks) to another town outside of Muxía.  It was a very enjoyable hike.  Here are some of the photos from the day.

Muxia Panorama





We had a wonderful last day in Muxía.  In the morning we had to catch the 6:30 bus back to Santiago de Compostela.  Mary, Maureen checked into the Last Stamp Albergue and I left my backpack there.  We wandered around Santiago for most of the day and then I had to catch the bus to the airport.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

6 thoughts on “Finisterre to Lires to Muxia

  1. You are amazing, Nancy. Congratulations and thanks for taking us along on your adventure.


  2. Safe journeys home, Nancy. This trip has made memories for you for a lifetime.


  3. Nancy,
    We are all excited to have you come home to us. I have loved reading your daily blogs about this experience.


  4. Have a good flight back! You sure have had an amazing trip!


  5. Thank you SO much for sharing your journey with us, Nancy. I enjoyed every post. Blessings, dear lady. Have a safe and peaceful journey home. Love to you, Meredith


  6. Thank you so very much for blogging. Sharing your journey has been meaningful for us. I have enjoyed reading your posts for the past two months. Welcome home with your memories of a lifetime.


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