The Compostela, the Fisterrana and the Muxiana

For the most curious and lovers of the Camino de Santiago we wanted to bring to the pilgrim's blog the differences between: The Compostela, The Muxiana and the Fisterrana. These last two are quite unknown, unlike the traditional Compostela.

The Compostela

The Compostela is the document that is sent, for centuries, to the pilgrim who has made the Camino de Santiago, for religious reasons or faith. At present, it must be proven that he has walked, at least Los Last 100 Kms, until Santiago de Compostela, or the last 200 Kms, if it was done by bicycle. It is issued at the Pilgrim's Office, located at Rua das Carretas, 33 next to the Cathedral, upon presentation of the Pilgrim Credential.

At each stage they must seal it, in the different boxes provided for that purpose, at least two per day (at least at the beginning and at the end of each stage). The sealing can be done in the multiple establishments that you will find on the route: churches, shops, restaurants, town halls, hotels, etc.

We invite you to read our article about how it is  The arrival of the pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela.

We set course for Camino de Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia, what one day was the «End of the known land»; where they will present us with «La Fisterrana» and »La Muxiana»

The Fisterrana

The Fisterrana is the document that is obtained in the Albergue de Fisterra, certifying that the "end of world«. It can be requested by those pilgrims who make the stretch Santiago de Compostela-Finisterre. There is no own pilgrim credential, so it is used the same as to obtain La Compostela, the operation of the stamps being the same.

Its origin comes from 1.997, when the City Council of Fisterra created a document accrediting for the pilgrims who made the journey of the Road to Finisterre with origin in Santiago de Compostela and were approaching the end of the world.

The Muxiana

For those traveling to this other location on the Costa da Morte. In Muxía, according to legend, the Virgin arrived in a boat to instill encouragement to Santiago when he was preaching in Hispania. In this town we find the Sanctuary of Santa María la Barca.

Compostela is awarded by the Cathedral Chapter, unlike La Fsiterrana and La Muxiana, which are sealed by the municipality of Finisterre and Muxia. The exception to the rule, is to walk from Finisterre to Santiago «backwards» in which case and walking at least 100 Kms (passing through Fisterra and Muxia) you could choose La Compostela.

If we have seen the arrival to Santiago before, let's see what "the old pilgrims" used to do when they arrived in Fisterra:

Fisterra Tradition

There were three rites of purification, death and resurrection.

1º.- BATHING 

Purification of the body. It is done in the beach of Langosteira, two kilometers before entering the town. The pilgrim took off the dust of his entire route and clean began his countdown to reach that end of the road so hard and important for all pilgrims.

2º.- BURN THE CLOTHING

Through this rite, the pilgrim gets rid of everything material and with the fire try to burn everything that you want to undo and that will not benefit you to start a new life.

3º.- SEE THE SUNSET

Death and Resurrection, the death of the sun at sea and the resurrection the next day, like the resurrection of the pilgrim in the day to day of his walk

Fisterra was once "the end of the world and the known land«, A secluded corner that everyone longed to reach to contemplate the sunset and lose their sight in the distance of the ocean.

If you do not do the Camino de Santiago on foot from Santiago de Compostela, you can take as a base Santiago de Compostela, and hire an organized day trip through Finisterre, Muxia and Costa da Morte. Such a pleasure for the senses.