Camino day 18 to 21 Portomarin to Santiago de Compostela

The weather started to clear up as we headed away from Portomarin for our last few days on the Camino.

Morning ritual

We headed out through the village of Monterroso before reconnecting with the walking track

Local farmer – Monterroso
Riding through Monterroso

It was a short but fresh ride into Plas de Rei. There was enough fog to require a flashing taillight on my helmet when we took to the road alongside the walkers.

We had the afternoon sitting in the sun at the albergue chatting with other pilgrims, both walkers and bikers.

Sun came out when we arrived in Palas de Rei

The next day we had another 50 km day into Pedrouzo.

We found a lovely deck at a local restaurant where the menu del dia included a pizza and a beer (wine for Ann)

Spain has great pizzas
Great to find a sunny deck on a warm afternoon
Even the glass came out of the freezer
Pilgrims Mass in the little church at Pedrouzo was so full they opened up the upstairs seating

Then it was away for our last day riding as we headed off on the 20km ride into Santiago de Compostela.

Last breakfast on the Camino

We rode the extra 600 metres up to the pilgrims’ monument at Monte de Gozo where you get the first glimpse of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. We chatted to a lovely Dutch couple and observed that 100’s of pilgrims just walked by without seeing this spectacular monument and view.

Ann celebrating the moment as only she can do.
The spires of the cathedral are visible in the background.

Then it was on to the square in front of the Cathedral for the obligatory photos

We rode 825 km in 20 day with only one puncture.

Very impressive building from the outside
The quiet garden in the Compostela Office. 1479 other pilgrims completed their pilgrimage today.
The main alter with the botofumeiro
The crypt and coffin of St James.

We then had to return our bikes to a drop-off point in the middle of the old town. As we were pushing our bikes through the street crowded with pilgrims coming into the city, we heard a shout and turned to see two Portuguese twins with who we had shared time at a couple of stops on the way

Twins from Portugal

We agreed to meet that night for drinks and a meal

What a great way to end our Camino journey. Great company and good food and wine.
We then all walked back to our accommodation past the Cathedral’s Shadow Pilgrim.

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