Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Francés
from St Jean-Pied-du-Port
to Santiago de Compostela

Shell motif
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Stage 30 - Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela

Still misty but very good for walking



Road crossing


Bar on the main road


Arca: cafetria


Path through the eucalyptus forest

with the runway of Santiago airport nearby

The brass plates give the distance (to the nearest metre!) to the centre of Santiago, and read 3 km. or so higher than the series carved into the stone which we have been relying on for the last 150 km. But Santiago is now very close!

Karina celebrating her entry into the metropolitan Santiago area


Hotel with English pilgrims


House railings with scallop shells

Lavacolla: the cemetery

The radio and television station

Annette from Holland making friends with the local inhabitatnts

The monument at the top of Monte del Gozo

First view of the towers of the cathedral of Santiago, the end of the Camino

The main square of the very large refugio at Monte del Gozo, built for the Holy Year in 1993

Overall view of the refugio, which is very well organsied with excellent facilities and small dormitories sleeping 8 people

Ceramic panel commemorating the Pope's visit to Santiago

Sign in the refugio which expresses how many of us felt after all those kilometers - legless!

The road sign at the entry to Santiago

Good camino signs to guide you in to Santiago

and a knight of Santiago to greet you

The streets of the city

The final objective - the Pilgrim Office where they examine you "credencia" the stamps of all the refugios you have stayed at, and (if you have walked at least the last 100 km or cycled the last 200 km give you your "compostela" to certify that you have completed the Camino