Holiday in Santiago de Compostela

MUXIA: The economy of Muxia. like many of the small fishing ports around the coast, has suffered in recent years. Along with the severe weather along the western seaboard it shows the effect of its extreme location. It doesn’t appear to have yet grasped the potential that lies in the resurgence of interest in pilgrimage. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise, as it remains largely undeveloped with few tourists outside the brief summer season (and festival in September). However, accommodation is limited and pilgrims are beginning to discover the beauty of this remote headland as evidenced in the many enquiries received at the recently opened information centre. The name Muxfa is perhaps derived from Mongia or land of monks. It has certainly been long associated with religious endeavour. The parish church of Santa Maria has Romanesque elements. A newly paved path links it with La Barca. A walk around the harbour and through the old town will acquaint you with an authentic Galician fishing village.

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There is no journey upon this earth that a man could not make if he sets his heart upon it. There are no mountains and no rivers that he cannot cross if he sets his heart upon it. He who knows how to go about it can live comfortably even in hell.

The Practical Path: This is another long day but over half is on forest tracks through eucalyptus which provides shelter from the wind and rain or possible shade from the sun. Refreshments and bocadillos are available in Os Muinos (4.4 km) Quintals (9.9 km) Senande (15.1 km) and Dumbna (20.2 km).

Leaving the Hostal La Cruz Head out of town passing the sign for Berdoias and after only [300m] pick up the first waymark and cross over the road onto a path and around the edge of the praia Espineirido for [900m] turning Left out to the Punta Espineirido [300m] and steeply up towards Monte de Chorente by a wall of gorse. Warehouse (left) dogs. At the top of the rise there is a splendid view back over Muxia w ith the Santuaria La Barca extreme right and the Hostal La Cruz extreme left. On the right hand side of the Ria Camariiias is the town of the same name (famous for its fine handmade lace) and behind it the Cabo Vilan with its extensive wind farm. From here enter up through the woodland onto a walled lane to the village of Chorente [600m] turn Right and Right again [100m] then turn up Left [50m] and after [550m] you reach:

CAPELA DE SAN ROQUE / CRUCEIRO A pleasant woodland rest area. Head downhill straight over main road [300m] and take the i/»signposted road passing a rest area into Moraime [400m] and the XIIc Igrexia de St. Xulian de Moraime. Continue over the green and down steps and over the main road by ruined house, keeping straight on path that winds its way down to a quiet road [400m] that runs parallel and below the main road for [500m] into:

OS MUINOS (Os Munos above it). A busy town with cafe/bar and hotel. The way marked route brings us behind the village by turning up Left by farmacia and over the rio Negro [200m] and immediately Left into narrow street for [100m]. Turn up Right in square (shaded picnic area by waterfall doh n concrete road on the left 50m) and up a secondary road parrallel with the main road through the hamlet of Os Munos. After [300m] turn Left (after last house) in the direction of Merexo. This quiet road circles around a fine sandy bay Enseada de Merexo for [1.5km] before we veer up Right for [50m] around side of house onto a wide forest track that winds its way up and around the Pena da Serra for [1.4km] into the top of San Martina. Here we turn Left all the way straight down to the bottom of this sprawling hamlet [550m] veering sharp Right for [200m] to:

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