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.
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"
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.
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.
Three rites of purification, death and resurrection were performed.
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.
2nd.- BURN THE CLOTHING
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.
3º.- SEE THE SUNSET
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.