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march-fixer: Track 3022 in area near Unid, Unid ()
Camino Frances - O Monte de Gozo to Santiago
Length: 5.2km, Creator time taken: 1h15m, Ascent: 130m, Descent: 223m
Places:Start at Lon -8.49605, Lat 42.8884, end at Lon -8.54393, Lat 42.8796 4km W from Start Logged as completed by 1
Day 36 - O Monte de Gozo to Santiago
Very emotional this morning as we made our way down into the outer suburbs of Santiago. It can be difficult at times to find the correct route as the traffic, multiple streets and paths are a distraction. We passed no end of sculptures, statues and monuments related to the Camino.
After what seemed an age we reached the edge of the Old City and Porta do Camino. The old paved streets are wonderful and exude charm. After a short distance you approach the northern side of the Cathedral (on your left) and head past it down under the famous archway. The Hospitalario is just to your right hand. This brings you out into the impressive square in front of the Cathedral. There is no doubt that it is a very emotional time. Even in the early morning there are other pilgrims making there way to the same spot and more than likely you will meet up with others you met earlier along The Way. It is only then that you fully realise that you have actually done it! We managed to do it start to end without a single blister or ailment - well worth a votive offering in the Cathedral.
The fabulous Parador Hotel looks over the square. It is housed in the previous Bishop's Palace. If you are feeling very flush you can celebrate with a comfortable night here. We celebrated the next day with lunch here for free! Not many people know that The Parador originally entered into a contract to supply 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners FREE to the first pilgrims in line queuing at the garage gate. We checked it out and were third in line. We were treated to a lovely lunch (best option I believe) in the special Pilgrims Dining Room.
The Hospitalario opposite the north side of the Cathedral has a buffet breakfast every morning for just €5 where you can eat all you want and enjoy as much coffee as you wish. It is not restricted to pilgrims.
Do not miss the swinging Bottafumeria spectacle in the cathedral. This is normally at the main mass of the day at around mid-day. Have your camera or video camera charged up and pick a spot in the north or south chancel of the Cathedral rather than in front of the alter. There are special seats reserved for pilgrims with their Compostella.
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