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Söhni 🏃 and elisabeth planned a hike.
January 7, 2020
24.22 km / 07:00 h / 125 m / 377 m / max. 269 maslToday's stage takes us to our pilgrimage destination Santiago de Compostela and thus to the end of the approx. 250 km long hiking route that started in Porto.At first almost flat, later slightly hilly, we reach the pilgrimage metropolis located 260 meters above sea level on little-used local and side streets. The denser buildings over the last 10 kilometers already give an idea of the proximity of the Holy City and the inner tension increases at the end of the tour.Coming from the south-west we pass the Parque da Alameda, the old town of Santiago de Compostela and via the Rúa do Franco we reach the large square in front of the cathedral (Praza do Obradoiro). With satisfaction and relief we enter the huge church building, the origin of which in its current form dates back to 1075. For the first time in 830 - after the rediscovery of the grave of James - a predecessor church was built here.For everyone arriving here, not only the obligatory pilgrimage, the reunion with many fellow pilgrims on the large square, but also the exploration and tour of the culturally rich city with about 100,000 inhabitants is an event that leaves deep impressions.Anyone who has taken a few more days for Santiago de Compostela should not miss a visit to the new cultural temple "Cidade da Cultura" southeast of the old town. For pilgrims who still want to hike to Fisterra, the following stages can also be accessed as a gpx track.
In the small historical town of Iria Flavia with its collegiate church Sta. We briefly stop Maria at the remarkable early medieval cemetery. Through the towns of Teo and O Milladoiro we reach the historic old town of Santiago de Compostela from the south and "greet the apostle" in the cathedral.