La Compostela, la Fisterrana y la Muxiana Certificates

For the most curious and lovers of the Camino de Santiago we want to bring to the pilgrim blog the differences between: La Compostela, La Muxiana and La Fisterrana. These last two documents are quite unknown unlike the already traditional Compostela.

La Compostela

This the document that has been issued, for centuries, to the pilgrim who has made the Camino de Santiago, for religious or faith reasons. At present, it must be proven that the pilgrim has run at least the last 100 km, to Santiago de Compostela, or the last 200 km, if it has been run by bicycle. It is issued in the Pilgrim’s Office upon presentation of the Pilgrim's Credencial. The Pilgrim’s Reception Office is located near the Cathedral, at Rúa das Carretas, 33 which is accessed from the Praza do Obradorio via Rúa Costa do Cristo.

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

We invite you to read our article about how is the pilgrim's arrival in Santiago.

La Fisterrana

Tt is the document obtained at the Hostel of Fisterra, confirming that the pilgrim has reached the "end of the world". It can be requested by those pilgrims who make the Santiago de Compostela-Finisterre section. There is no specific credential of the pilgrim, so it is used the same as to get La Compostela, with the same operation of stamps.

Its origin comes from 1997, when the Town Hall of Fisterra created an accrediting document that verifies the pilgrims have made the route of the Way to Finisterre from Santiago de Compostela and were approaching the “end of the world”.

The same happens with La MUXIANA for those who travel to this other town on the Costa da Morte. In Muxia, according to the famous legend, the Virgin arrived on a boat to encourage and cheer Santiago up when he preached in Hispania. In this locality we find the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de la Barca.

The Compostela is issued by the Canonry of the Cathedral, unlike La Fisterrana and La Muxiana that are issued by the mayoralty of Finisterre and Muxia. The exception to the rule, is walking from Finisterre to Santiago "backwards" in which case if the pilgrim walks at least 100 km (passing through Fisterra and Muxia) the pilgrim could get La Compostela.

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

Fisterrana tradition

Three rites of purification, death and resurrection were performed.


Purification of the body. It is made on the beach of Langosteira, two kilometers before entering the village. Pilgrims get rid of the whole route dust in that way and afterwards clean they started their countdown to reach this end of the very hard way but at the same time so important for every pilgrim.


Through this rite, the pilgrim gets rid of all physical things and by using the fire tries to burn everything that he wants to throw out and that will not benefit him to start a new life.


Death and Resurrection, the death of the sun in the sea and resurrection the next day, as 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 arrive to contemplate the sunset and lose sight of the distance of the ocean.