Fisterra: Once the Corner of the World

Long ago, people believed that the Earth was flat and that beyond the horizon lies the eternal abyss that leads to nowhere. People banished unwanted persons by sending them to the horizon and throw them into that eternal abyss. Thus, the westernmost points of the land was introduced as the end of the world.

Cape Fisterra, or Finisterre, was once known as the end of the world. It is a cape in the Galician area of Spain, which is widely believed to be the westernmost point of Spain (that title belongs to Cape Touriñán). Before the discovery of Cabo da Roca in Portugal, Fisterra was known as the westernmost point of Europe.

Way to Cape Fisterra.
Way to Cape Fisterra.
Camino de Santiago sign.
Camino de Santiago sign.

A lighthouse stands at the tip of the land facing the vast Atlantic Ocean, where the American continent lies beyond the horizon. The lighthouse is a 6-minute drive from the nearest village, Fisterra. There are beaches and traditional Galician houses in Fisterra for the day travel, but be sure to make your way to Faro de Fisterra (the Fisterra lighthouse) before the sun sets.

Faro de Fisterra.
Faro de Fisterra.
The parking lot.
The parking lot.

The lighthouse houses a hotel and a small cafe and there’s a souvenir shop in the parking area. Be sure to be there at least 2-3 hours before sunset, because the place will be packed. Also, the wind is very strong here and after sunset it tends to get chilly so don’t forget your anti-wind jacket and hairband to tie your hair.

Rocky cliff everywhere
Rocky cliff everywhere
The lighthouse from the tip of the land.
The lighthouse from the tip of the land. You can see me sporting a denim jacket while battling the wind.

I first knew of Fisterra from the book Night Train to Lisbon (there’s also a film released in 2013). I recommend the book for its philosophical themes on the human existence and on finding one’s character and identity.

The sunset.
The sunset.

Love,

San

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