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Leg 9 - Finisterre Spain

Cape Finisterre is a rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Galicia, Spain. The name Finisterre, like that of Finistère in France, derives from the Latin finis terrae, meaning "end of the earth" … wait what???

In Roman times it was believed to be an end of the known world. It is sometimes said to be the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. However, Cabo da Roca in Portugal is about 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) farther west and thus the westernmost point of continental Europe. Even in Spain Cabo Touriñán is farther west.

Monte Facho is the name of the mountain on Cape Finisterre, which has a peak that is 238 metres (781 ft) above sea level. A prominent lighthouse is at the top of Monte Facho. The seaside town of Fisterra is nearby.

The town pier has a FREE dock for visitors (no power or water though) but awesome to be dockside to easily get our bikes off to go exploring. Met up with a Danish couple on a Bavaria 36. Too funny when he said we were cluttering his list of blue-tooth gear to find his solar panel monitor and our boat is broadcasting 5 solar panels, 3 inverters, 2 chart plotters (wifi), and our little 32inch TV.

March 25 (Leg 9) Camarinas to Finisterre - about half way there....

Rounding the point of Cape Finisterre

One of the most iconic sailing photos on earth.

Finisterre is a fishing town and very busy in the mornings and evenings with their daily catches. Mostly trawler boats here.

Igrexa (Church) de Santa María das Areas

The Finisterre Lighthouse.

Big views from the lighthouse perch.

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. Cape Finisterre is about a 90 km walk from Santiago de Compostela.

Castelo de San Carlos

This was the church who's bells rang frequently.

Many of the backyards had crypts on stilts all through the town.

It sure was nice to have a public dock that everyone could use for no fee.

Another great exploration on the books. March 25-27, 2022

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