The last stage is again a very interesting one, especially between Praia Arnela and Fisterra when you walk very close to the cliffs and appreciate once more the skill and bravery of fishermen that stand on exposed corners to get the best catch. The section between Castrexe and Praia Arnela can be skipped, but then you will miss the last 1.5 km of sandy and desolate beach before Fisterra.
Challenge: 20 km / 12,5 mi, 8 hrs, 820 m ascent, 780 m descent
Shorter route (Starting at Playa Arnela): 14 km / 8,5 mi, 6 hrs, 625 m ascent, 665 m descent.
Don’t let the total distanced discourage you. Even the maximum stage of 20 km becomes doable if you walk first to your hotel in Fisterra, check in, take a shower and postpone the last and the most symbolic part of the Camiño (approx. 7.5 km, 330 ascent and descent) to later that night or very early next morning: the loop-walk to the Cape Fisterra which is a magic place to be around at sunset or dawn. Although the walk afterwards, back to the town of Fisterra along the road is a bit of an anti-climax, you share that with pilgrim’s who’ve often come a very, very, long way and who’s faces glow with satisfaction and emotion as they have finally reached ‘the end of the world’: Finis-terrae.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: you can upgrade to the tiny design and delicatessen hotel at the Cape Hotel Semaforo de Fisterra, which also means that you'll shorten the walk to 7 hrs (16.3 km / 10 mi, 745 m ascent, 640 m descent).