Walking the Camino: The Final Stage – Padron to Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre

Harvest time along The Way‏

Walking the Camino: Harvest time along The Way‏

The last few days have provided many highlights! On Thursday several members of our happy band set off in the early morning mist to walk the final 25 kms to Santiago de Compostela.  They arrived jubilant, even if a little weary, by mid afternoon.  Those who opted to walk a shorter distance reached the historic city by lunchtime with plenty of time to explore its colorful streetscapes.   The sun shone brilliantly on us all as we marked the moment with a celebratory drink beside the ancient Cathedral.

Walking the Camino: Striding it out along the Camino Portugues in Autumn

Walking the Camino: Striding it out along the Camino Portugues in Autumn

Walking the Camino: Jubilation! Arriving in Santiago de Compostela‏

Walking the Camino: Jubilation! Arriving in Santiago de Compostela‏

Next day some attended the midday Pilgrim Mass and witnessed the traditional swinging of the giant incense burner, the Botafumereiro.   We then transferred by bus to the lively fishing village Finisterre, otherwise known as the end of the earth.  A visit to historic lighthouse rewarded us with spectacular views along the Atlantic coast.

Walking the Camino: The colourful harbour in Finisterre‏

Walking the Camino: The colourful harbour in Finisterre‏

Walking the Camino: At the end of the earth, in Finisterre‏

Walking the Camino: At the end of the earth, in Finisterre‏

But for some our final day of walking along a largely undiscovered pathway from Finisterre to the attractive hamlet of Lires was the ‘jewel in the crown’!  Our photos just cannot do justice to the beauty and peacefulness of the countryside with the azure blue sea often in sight.  In the afternoon we transferred to the small harbor town of Muxia situated on a weathered headland.  Here we strolled beside ancient Celtic ruins and the dramatically sited 12th C Romanesque church before returning to Santiago where we shared our last group meal together.  The laughter and memory sharing around our table was a fitting end to a fantastic journey together along the Camino Portugues!

Walking the Camino: Our final stroll in Muxia‏

Walking the Camino: Our final stroll in Muxia‏

Walking the Camino: The ancient craft of lace making is still practised in Muxia‏

Walking the Camino: The ancient craft of lace making is still practised in Muxia‏

Walking the Camino: A pre-dinner cooking demonstration in Santiago‏

Walking the Camino: A pre-dinner cooking demonstration in Santiago‏

Walking the Camino: In Padron with a Pilgrim friend

Walking the Camino: In Padron with a Pilgrim friend

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