Camino Primitivo (The Primitive Way)

Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

20 km Difficulty
Almost there! The last phase of the Camino Francés begins in Pedrouzo (O Pino) and heads towards Santo Antón, on a hilly ascent to A Lavacolla. This point, 9.5 kilometres from the beginning of the day’s journey, means accessing Santiago de Compostela, and so from there you head towards the Monte do Gozo, which was remodelled during the Xacobeo 93 as a spacious area for pilgrims. Those who spent the night here begin their day now. 

The Monte do Gozo offers wonderful views over the city, with the Cathedral’s towers crowning the old town. In fact, that is why it is called “do Gozo” (of joy), as this is precisely what pilgrims feel when they finally see Santiago.  A few metres away from the Camino is a viewpoint where with two sculptures of pilgrims overlooking Santiago de Compostela

The rest of the walk is through the city itself, across the neighbourhoods of San Lázaro and San Pedro, to arrive finally at the Porta do Camiño.

In the old town, a few minutes away, the Praza de Cervantes leads to the cathedral through Acibechería Gate (so named because this was the area where masters worked on el azabache, the jet stone so typical of Santiago’s medieval architecture). You access this area at any time except during Holy Years (when the day of Saint James, the 25th of July, falls on a Sunday). If it is a Holy Year, the Porta Santa in the Praza da Quintana* will be open. The impressive Praza do Obradoiro awaits pilgrims with the façade of the Cathedral, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, the University and the Town Hall.


*  It is important to keep in mind that you cannot access the Cathedral with rucksacks, but you may leave them in a left-luggage. Correos has luggage storage service on its premises, 100 metres away from the Cathedral, at Rúa do Franco. 

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José Manuel González, Correos of Santiago de Compostela. "In Santiago, apart from the Cathedral and all the other historic squares and monuments you can find in any guide, you may enjoy taking a walk around the Alameda, with its centuries-old trees, statutes of famous Galicians and wonderful views over the old town”. In fact, one of its trees, a type of fir, an Abies known as “La Perona”, was said to have been planted there by Eva Perón in 1947, and is 25 metres tall. At the end of the Paseo de los Leones is the so-called “Eucalipto del Amor” (Eucalyptus of love), over 40 metres tall and 100 years old, encircled by a wooden bench with spectacular views of the Cathedral. Please also save a couple of hours to go to the Plaza de Abastos, the market where you can see and buy the best and freshest local specialties.  Stroll along Rúa da  Raíña and Avenida do Franco, streets where you can enjoy fine foods enhanced by good wine. And when you walk around the old town, do not forget to take a look at the roofs, to stare back at thebeautiful gargoyles and faces watching you from above”. José Manuel González, Correos of Santiago de Compostela. 

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.