Hike the Pilgrimage Route into Santiago de Compostela – (3.1 or 6.2 miles)
Discover Galician nature on a visit to one of the world’s foremost pilgrimage destinations.
Feel the pilgrimage
Popular European destination
Level 3: Active - good mobility needed
7 hrs 30 min
Appropriate clothing (knees must be covered) and comfortable walking shoes
This part of The Way is typically traversed after ending the full route to Santiago and is one of the most beautiful paths to walk into Santiago. Other parts of the French Way take you into Santiago along new roads with modern buildings. Once you arrive at the starting point, you have 3.1 miles of walking through paths along the forest, hills, and rivers. Enjoy a path through nature, which ends at the Santiago Cathedral.
At the cathedral, your guide will provide information on the monument, and you will have free time to rest or visit the inside of the cathedral on your own. Guides will provide a full explanation of Obradoiro Square, including the cathedral, the city hall, the Colegio de San Xerome, and the Hostal dos Reis Católicos. The latter was built as a hospital for pilgrims during the reign of the Catholic kings in the 15th century. Today, it is one of the most beautiful hotels in its class.
Enjoy a guided visit of the outside of the cathedral at Obradoiro Square. Here, we can see the baroque 18th-century façade on the cathedral’s west side, showing the apostle James as a pilgrim. It also shows a representation of the urn where the remains of the apostle appeared. On the north side we find the Plaza de Azabacheria, so named because of the guild who worked with the gemstone jet, with a neoclassic façade. At the south of the square we find the platerias (where silversmiths from the Middle Ages worked). It is the only façade of the cathedral in Romanesque style. Finally, we will visit La Quintana Square, where you will find the Holy Door. Step inside the temple with your guide for a full visit of one of the most important Catholic sanctuaries and the burial place of the apostle Saint James the Great, the patron saint of Spain and Christian martyr.
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing (knees must be covered) and comfortable walking shoes
Walking information: 3.1 miles of walking over uneven paths, possible mud if raining, slippery Cobblestone in Santiago
Wheelchair accessible: No.
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