Day 10! A Picaraña to Santiago de Compostela!!
Of course we set out in the dark. The race was on! Santiago de Compostela or bust!
The first thing to peek up out of the darkness at us was a little…bizarre to say the least.
But we soon had daylight…just in time to see our first milemarker that broke the 10km mark!
It felt like it took us no time at all to get to the city limits.
Again, a glorious day filled with sunshine!
Making our way into the city was a little misleading. We kept thinking we were going to turn a corner and be there…only to find one neighbourhood after another…staying forever on the outskirts.
But we were definitely getting there.
How about one more gorgeously picturesque bridge to walk over before reaching the cathedral? Don’t mind if we do!
One quick stop as we reach the town proper…to get our first stamp of our day!
One last piece of street art before we finish our last day…
One last moment of confusion…
One last hórreo…
I had the great idea of walking AROUND the cathedral so we could come in at the same place as the Camino Frances and see the pipers in action before taking in the cathedral’s facade.
For the first time, we walked into this little covered part not to the sound of a piper, but to a guitar.
WE MADE IT!
We quickly made our way to the pilgrim’s office to queue up for our compostelas (the certificates of completion)!
Compostelas in hand, we made our way to the very first cafe we came to and rewarded ourselves with a full breakfast each! One of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten!
We were fortunate enough to get to see the Botafumeiro swing during mass that afternoon! It doesn’t always happen, so we were thrilled to witness it!
So ends another Camino! There was more, of course…but the finish line was crossed! The next day we even took the rooftop tour of the cathedral. If you ever do the Camino, make sure to look into taking the rooftop tour! The views are amazing. Just being on the roof of the cathedral is quite spectacular in itself!
Thinking of doing the Camino? Do it! You’ll love it, even if it nearly kills you or your feet. It’s an experience of a lifetime!
You might even go back for more. This was my 3rd Camino. Loved every minute of it, even when I wanted to cry over the absolute PAIN my feet experienced. When it’s all over, the foot pain becomes a distant memory. You remember the moments and the beauty.
Senda Litoral Route – Caminho Português – September 2022- 280km in 10 days! PORTO, PORTUGAL to SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN.
I’m also an author. One of my novels, a young adult story, is set on the Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago. THE CAMINO CLUB. It follows six teens on their journey from Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela. The teens walk with court appointed counselors in a juvenile delinquent program that will see them free of their records once they make the journey to Santiago…a clean slate. Think of a more diverse The Breakfast Club, but on the Camino de Santiago over two weeks instead of in a school library on a Saturday. Give it a look! It’s available wherever books are sold. Here’s the Amazon USA link.