And now it is the final day on the Camino. We were going soon to arrive in Santiago de Compostella. We did not have much to walk on that day . Only 5 km through eucalyptus forest . The plan was to arrive in Santiago to be on time for the 12:00 mass.
When we arrived in Santiago, we walked along Rua San Pedroto to reach the Plaza de Obradoiro. It is where we could say: “We are arrived. This is it .” We got a bit emotional and hugged each other. We saw many pilgrims arriving and trying to get a sense of their experience.
I was a bit disappointed to see main facade of the Cathedral as it was in the middle of some restoration work.
Still , we took photos and quickly we got inside the Cathedral for the mass. We were hoping to see the swinging of the butafumeiro. It is not happening every day. Butafumeiro means “smoke expeller”in Galacian. This incensory is one of the largest censers in the world, weighing 80 kg and measuring 1.6o m in height. Eight red-robed “tiraboleiros” pull the ropes, producing increasingly large oscillations of the censer. During the mass, it is forbidden to take photos but at the moment the butafumeiro is in action, everyone take pics.
After the mass, we had our last picnic on Monte Pedroso. From the mountain, we had a view on the city.
We had time to walk in the historic quarter. In 1985 the city’s Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a local guide, we toured the Romanesque and Baroque Cathedral and its museum. The city was busy with pilgrims and tourists. But it is mainly a walking city. We got some rain but we were wearing our raincoat. We had time to walk inside the Parador that has sumptuous architecture and great decoration. We met our group for the last supper at 20:30. It was another amazing dinner with great food and wine . We enjoyed it to the max. We said good bye to each other. We were not quite sure if we would see each other the next morning at breakfast.
On this last photo , to the right is the Cathedral. In front is the Parador (the hotel where we slept- it was founded as a pilgrim hospital at the end of the 15th C) and to the left is a government building.
After breakfast, we had time to walk some more in the city. We saw many shops and restaurants. We sat down for a while in front of the Cathedral to watch the action with the pilgrims arriving. We took a cab to the airport for a flight to Barcelona where we were going to spend 4 days.
What a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone. The company we chose for this adventure is called ON FOOT IN SPAIN. It was great for us because we didn’t want to do the whole route and everything was organized for us.
Thanks again for reading. Shall we visit Barcelona together ? I hope so. I will soon publish posts about our visit in this city.