Cape Finisterre (01.10.2014)

It has become a habit to take my motorbike every second or third day and to visit a new place on the coastline. On Wednesday I drove to Cape Finisterre. In Roman times it was believed to be the end of the known world. The name Finisterre derives from the Latin finis terrae, meaning “end of the earth”. It is sometimes said to be the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsua. However, Cabo de Roca in Portugal is about 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) further west and thus the westernmost point of continental Europe.

Cape Finisterre is the final destination for many pilgrims on the Way of St. James, the pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Just where the road finishes you will find a prominent lighthouse at the top of Monte Facho.

Langosteira beach

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Pilgrim crossing Langosteira beach on the way to Cape Finisterre lighthouse

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Cape Finisterre lighthouse – Terminal of the Way of St. James

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