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: La Compostela, La Muxiana and La Fisterrana. These last two are quite unknown unlike the traditional Compostela.

The Compostela

La Compostela is the document that has been issued, for centuries, to the pilgrim who has made the Camino de Santiago, for religious or faith reasons. Currently, it must be proven that the Camino de Santiago from Sarria or the last 200 km, if you have done the Camino de Santiago by bicycle. It is issued in Pilgrim Office, located at Rua das Carretas, 33 next to the Cathedral, upon presentation of the Pilgrim's Credential.

In each stage they must be sealed, in the different boxes arranged for this purpose, at least in 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 on how it is The arrival of the pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela.

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We set course for Road from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia, what one day was the "End of the known land"; where they will give us "La Fisterrana" and "La Muxiana"

The Fisterrana

The Fisterrana is the document that is obtained at the Fisterra Lodge, proving that the "end of world". It can be requested by those pilgrims who make the Santiago de Compostela-Finisterre section. There is no credential of the own pilgrim, 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 an accrediting document for the pilgrims who made the route of the Road to Finisterre originating in Santiago de Compostela and were approaching the end of the world.

The Muxiana

For those who travel to this other town on the Costa da Morte. In Muxía, according to legend, the Virgin arrived in a boat to instill courage in Santiago when she preached in Hispania. In this town we find the Sanctuary of Santa María la Barca.

Who issues these Certificates

The Compostela is granted by the Cabildo de la Catedral, unlike La Fsiterrana and the 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 opt for La Compostela.

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

Fisterrana Tradition

Three rites of purification, death and resurrection were performed.

1st.- BATH

Purification of the body. It is done on the Langosteira beach, two kilometers before entering the town. The pilgrim thus dusted off his entire route and started his countdown clean to reach that end of the road so hard and at the same time important for all pilgrims.


Through this rite, the pilgrim gets rid of everything material and with fire tries to burn everything that he wants to get rid of and that will not benefit him to start a new life.


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

In the past, Fisterra was “the end of the world and the known land”, a secluded corner that everyone longed to get to watch the sunset and lose sight of the ocean.

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

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