Lavacolla - Santiago

Lavacolla - Santiago
cathedral of santiago and obradoiro square
Santiago's Cathedral

Consecrated in the early 12th century, Santiago's cathedral was built in the romanesque style and later adorned with baroque elements in the 17th century.

Elevation profile of the Lavacolla - Santiago stage
Stage profile
  • 7 miles (10 km)
  • 3 hours

It is an easy trail to negotiate with moderate slopes except in one or two places. You will first see the Cathedral's spires from Monte de Gozo, signaling your imminent arrival.

Description of the stage

Santiago is only a short distance from Lavacolla. Shortly after departing we will reach Monte de Gozo (Hill of Joy), the first place from where you can see the spires in Santiago's Cathedral. Tradition has it that the first pilgrim in your group to get up the hill be crowned the "pilgrimage king" and recognized as such. After Monte de Gozo, the stage is not a particularly scenic towards the end, as the rural scenery starts giving way to urban landscape once you get close to Santiago.

You will arrive in Santiago where you can visit the famous Obradoiro square and the impressive Cathedral. You can also follow in the rest of the pilgrim's tradition that includes visiting the crypt, the Apostle's relics, climbing the Camarin and hugging the Apostle. A suitable celebration to the end of your pilgrimage.