Based in Spain since 2006

The city of Santiago

Padrón to Santiago de Compostela

Day 8

Accommodations: Itinerary ends (B)

Our day begins with breakfast, acknowledging the mix of emotions as today signifies the end
of our time together. We then meet our local art historian of Santiago for an engaging tour of
the Cathedral and its surroundings.

After entering the fortified section of the city, the Cathedral is just a short and pleasant stroll
away. The Plaza de Obradoiro, facing the Cathedral, is informally referred to as “kilometer 0,”
and it holds special significance for the thousands of pilgrims completing their journey.

The square is surrounded by some of Santiago’s most distinguished landmarks, including the
Plateresque-style (Spanish Renaissance) Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, the Palacio de Rajoy, the
Colegio de San Jerónimo, and finally, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Our knowledgeable local guide will unravel the rich history and evolution of this architectural
marvel since the construction of the initial chapel in the early ninth century. The Cathedral’s
interior unfolds in a progression of Romanesque styles, showcasing a traditional layout typical
of pilgrimage cathedrals. Yet, the unequivocal gem within the Cathedral is the Pórtico de la
Gloria, the west Romanesque door, a masterpiece crafted by Master Mateo and completed in 1188.

The Pórtico de la Gloria boasts an assembly of over 200 sculpted figures, seemingly infused
with life as they engage in realistic interactions.

The grandeur of this culminating destination, coupled with the profound journey, makes every
moment on the trail worthwhile! Following the Cathedral tour, you are invited to partake,
should you wish, in the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon. We trust your Camino has been nothing short of
delightful, and we eagerly look forward to your return in the future!

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela