Padrón Santiago de Compostela 21 kms
This last journey of your Pilgrimage is short and easy, as it will take you 4 – 5 hours to get to Santiago. However, if you want to arrive on time to the Midday Pilgrim’s Mass in the Cathedral, you should leave before 7.00 a.m.
Leave Padrón, heading north to the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria de Iria Flavia, an episcopal seat before its transfer to Santiago de Compostela. As a curiosity, two of the most famous writers in Galicia are associated with this site – the poet Rosalía de Castro is buried here and the Nobel Prize Winner Camilo José Cela was born next to the basilica.
After Iria Flavia, you have to follow the N550, for half a mile, and leave it, heading westwards to go through a range of villages – Romaris, Rueiro, Cambelas, Anteportas, Tarrio and Vilar – and come back to the N550 once more, by the magnificent Sanctuary of Nosa Señora da Escalavitud.
From here, take a few paths and shortcuts to get to the small village of Angueira de Suso. Then, down again to the N550, walking about half a mile by the roadside. It is the last time you will walk on this road.
In Faramello, leave the above road, not far away from Teo hostel, an alternative to Padrón hostel. Turn left to Francos Street, cross the railway and while walking a section, either arid or luxuriant, you feel you are getting nearer and nearer to a big city, first with its suburbs and then, with the depersonalization of its outskirts.
Thus, you reach Milladoiro, a suburb of Santiago chosen by many Pilgrims to end this journey in order to go very early to the Cathedral, the next day. If it is not cloudy, climb to Agro dos Monteiros where you have a good panoramic view of the city. It is a landmark of this Way as it enables you to see, for the first time, the towers of the Cathedral. Then, come down the hill, cross the railway (be careful!) and the River Sar and you will enter the town climbing the strenuous Choupana. Walk along the Avenues of Rosalia de Castro and Juan Carlos I and you will get to Ferradura Lane, where you will find the Faxeira Gate, the traditional entry to the city of the Portuguese Way. You should not get lost in the narrow labyrinth of the old medieval part as Franco Street takes you straight to Obradoiro Square and to the Cathedral, a place for giving thanks to the Apostle for the success of your enterprise.
Places and Informations about the Day