The “Coast of Death” is usually known as a place where intrepid sailors live, with deep and ancestral traditions and full of superstitions and legends, passed down from father to son during the long winter nights, when storms prevent the ships from going out to sea and in which Death is the protagonist, due among other theories to the fierceness of the sea on these coasts. A sea that shows no mercy to ships or men, making the bottom of the sea a blue cemetery for hundreds of sailors.
The legends speak of this land being the End of the World, the frontier with Death, since in ancient times it was believed that the earth was flat and Fisterra was considered the westernmost point of the European continent, that is to say, the point in Europe closest to the end of the world.
They also said that here, in Finis terrae, ended the Way of the Stars, nowadays the Way of St. James, where ancient Celtic walkers came from all over Europe to the place where the Sun died every day to be reborn a new life of Light, hence the name “Coast of Death“.
Fisterra has also been associated with the Ara Solis. Tradition has it that the Romans found there an altar to the sun (Ara Solis) built there by the Phoenicians and that the Apostle Santiago had it destroyed shortly afterwards.
Also on Mount Facho are As Pedras Santas, two large, almost round stones to which certain gifts are attributed, such as fertility. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary and her son Jesus, on the journey they made to Fisterra, after leaving the stone boat in Muxía, sat down to rest on these stones, giving them the gift that, despite their weight, anyone with only one hand could move them. On the other hand, it is also said that the Virgin Mary appeared to some shepherds on these stones.