Cape Finisterre

Cape Finisterre is a rock-bound peninsula in the uttermost west of Galicia, Spain. Cape Finisterre is the westernmost point of Spain, though not of Continental Europe (that honour belongs to Cabo da Roca in Portugal), and its name, like that of Finistère in France, derives from Finisterrae in Latin which literally means "Land's End". Cape Finisterre has a notable lighthouse on it and nearby is the seaside town of Fisterra. Cape Finisterre has some spectacular beaches like O Rostro, Arnela, Mar de Fora, Langosteira, Riveira, and Corbeiro. Many of the beaches are framed by steep cliffs leading down to the "Mare Tenebrosum" (or dark sea, the name of the Atlantic in the Middle Ages). There are several rocks in this area associated with religious legends, such as the holy stones, the stained wine stones, the stone chair, and the tomb of Orcabella.

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. It is traditional for pilgrims to burn their clothes and/or boots at the end of their journey at Cape Finisterre. Because it is a prominent landfall on the route from northern Europe to the Mediterranean, several Battles of Cape Finisterre have been fought nearby, and the coast has been the site of numerous shipwrecks and founderings, including that of the British ironclad HMS Captain, with nearly 500 lives, in 1870.

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