Finisterre’s lighthouse has became a tourist highlight that attracts visitors and pilgrims that extend the Camino de Santiago until the sea. Finsiterre, as it is reflected on this name, was long regarded as the end of the known Earth, and indeed it still feels like a remote site. The wild landscape prevails over its surroundings while population settlements are sheltered deep into the ría, the sea inlet. Even tough, there are interesting contemporary projects and buildings located within the particular landscape of Costa da Morte (Death’s Coast), representing important characteristics of the Galician society, from the relation stablished with the sea to relation with death.
Thousands of pilgrims walk kilometres to arrive further than the end: Finisterre.
Walk around with the eyes of an architect
Thousands of kilometres of coastline define countless types of sea limits.
A great diversity of heritage located in unbeatable locations
New projects by internationally recognized and local architects.
New homes create new ways of inhabitating Galician heritage.
New cultural buildings in the heart of historic towns as the Museum of Pilgrimage by the architect Manuel Gallego Jorreto in Plaza de Platerías in Santiago de Compostela.
The atlantic coast is the most populated area, however between the hundreds of villages, sandy beaches offer an extensive variety of landscapes.
Finisterre’s town is located in the Southern coast in a natural harbour protected from the Atlantic Ocean. It stands as an example of the seaside fishing villages that are spread all around the Galician coastline. The new fish market, located right in the sea front, shows how contemporary projects seek to solve the previous disorder generated with the 20th century developments. In addition it points out the importance that fishing still holds for the Galician coast.
Some interesting contemporary interventions were developed lately in the cape’s natural space: renovation of the lighthouse as a hotel, the new reurbanization of the area to manage the increasing number of visitors and a new cemetery located down hill designed by Galician architect César Portela.
- FINISTERRE IS A GREAT DESTINATION FOR A CUSTOM TOUR: on a day tour from Santiago de Compostela you will reach Finisterre and come back knowing so much about coastal and rural Galicia.
Header picture taken by Hisao Suzuki
Left picture by rvr arquitectos