DAY 44: WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
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.
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.
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.