October 5th, late afternoon
A few more stops along the Galician seaside and then we were at ‘Finisterre’, Latin for ‘Earth’s End’.
Beyond which ‘there be monsters’. Rather cute monsters too, a group of about eight dolphins went frolicking by. Also known by its Spanish name ‘Fisterra’, this point also marks kilometer 0,00 of El Camino de Santiago.
I really wanted to get a photo of the route marker for my Spanish course, but when we arrived they were filming a National Geographic special and really hogged the milepost.
We carried on to the lighthouse.Inside the lighthouse were chairs made of a whalebone.
There were also stalls selling scallop shells, the symbol of ‘El Camino de Santiago’.
Many people hung the shells from their backpacks for the pilgrimage.
I guessed that the people on ‘El Camino de Santiago’ deserved priority at the route marker but there was such an endless stream of them. I was surprised at how many people actually went on this somewhat gruelling pilgrimage. I finally gave up trying to get it in context of the site and took my shot of the post marker by zooming in close!
More on our October 2014 trip to Northern Spain.