This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Fisterra.
With a classic harbour, expansive views across the Ría de Corcubión, and beautiful sandy beaches, the small fishing port of Fisterra has become a draw for tourists looking to explore Spain’s western edge. While most travelers in the area continue on to Cabo Fisterra, this quaint town has a lot to offer the visitors who stop in for a stay.
The town’s name comes from the Latin “finis terrae,” which means “land’s end” – fitting for a village situated on a remote peninsula along Spain’s rocky Costa da Morte. Because of the numerous shipwrecks along this western shore, “Coast of Death” isn’t really a stretch. However, there is more to Fisterra than these somewhat bleak assessments.
Made up of narrow streets, this ancient fishing village was built around the central Plaza de Ara Solis, which features an impressive 18th century chapel – Nosa Señora do Bon Suceso. Hostels and hotels here are quite limited, but visitors can find accommodations further down the coast at Cape Finisterre, as well. Holiday rentals are also becoming a popular option for tourists planning a stay in Fisterra, but hostels in the central part of town are a great way to get a feel for this unique Spanish village.
Venturing from your hostel or hotel in this small town, you’ll pass by the parish church of Santa María de Fisterra, home to the Chapel of Santo Cristo. Drive a bit further, and you’ll find a spectacular lighthouse, located on a 600-metre promontory, “Monte Facho.” In fact, this part of Spain is filled with picturesque scenery and beautiful landscapes for visitors to explore.
Buses run regularly to Fisterra from Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña, which can be reached either by plane or via train. Transportation in Fisterra is limited, so visitors who plan to do any traveling around the area would benefit from renting a car.
Written by local enthusiast for Fisterra hostelsJakob Lombardi