Finisterre to Muxia


We bought “excursion” tickets that provided transportation to Muxia which is a little fishing town with picturesque views. Our driver Martin stopped at the beach at Lires. This part of the coast is called Costa da Morte, Coast of Death.

We saw a few people in wet suits surfing. We were told the water is quite cold.

Our guide Martin said this is the cove of death and there are a lot of shipwrecks caused by the treacherous rocky shore. There are very strong rip tides.

This is called the Monument to the Prestige Tanker that spilled 70,000 gallons of oil into the Atlantic Ocean in 2002.

This is the famous Nosa Senora de Barca (Our Lady of the Boat) church. As the legend goes, the Virgin Mary herself met St. James at this very site and helped and encouraged him in his preaching throughout Galicia. It is also believed that by a miracle of God, the body of the saint, after his beheading at the hands of the Romans, was carried in a boat to Muxia where it was only discovered many years later and taken to Santiago.

Legend also has it that Muxia was the landing place of the stone boat that carried the Virgin Mary when she arrived in Galicia to help Saint James convert the locals. The granite stones found near the church are said to be the remains of the Virgin Mary’s stone boat: the sail, the helm and the boat itself.  This long rock is the boat. Part of it broke off and now they are having experts come to see how it can be repaired.

The piece of stone that broke from “Mary’s boat” has been moved near the church. They are hoping experts will find a way to reunite the two pieces.

This stone would be the sail and it is called the “pedra dos cadris” and believed to cure back ailments, rheumatic pains if you walk under the stone nine times.

David went around and under the stone twice. I think they got the legend wrong, this probably causes back ailements.

This is the inside of Our Lady of the Boat church. If you look along the sides, you can see some of the boats hanging on display.

This is our $37 room at the Hostel in Muxia. Great view of the Atlantic from our window.

For lunch we had Galician fish, mussels and the above pork dish.

There is a beautiful beach just a few minutes from our hostel which is where we hung out in the afternoon. We found some nice shells. David and I went swimming even though it was a little bit on the chilly side.

Santiago – Finisterre – Muxia is another Camino that can earn a Compostela. It’s short and only takes 3-4 days to complete. We’ll pass on this one. Maybe next time.

One last pilgrim’s meal — Octopus casserole and meatball casserole.

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Jane is a resident of Browndale neighborhood in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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