The last day of the camino is one of its hardest as well. Not only is this stage 39 kilometers long, the altitude changes quite a bit as well. Many pilgrims prefer to stop on the route in O Pedrouzo (Arca de Pino) and go to Santiago the next morning.
In the first part of this day you will pass through several hamlets. The first notable stop might be in Santa Irene, where a small 18th century chapel is located.
After passing Arca do Pino and Amenal, the camino continues to Labacolla where the parish church of Sabugueira dedicated to San Pelayo is found.
Monte del Gozo (Mount of Joy) is the summit from where pilgrims can first have a glance of the Santiago cathedral.
From here there is only a small walk downhill and you have reached your final destination, the Santiago cathedral, the reliquary of the body of Apostle Saint James.
This is the end of the pilgrimage for most people although more and more pilgrims choose to continue three to four more days to reach the sea on the Camino de Finisterre.
There are two maps below as some pilgrims prefer to split this stage in two.
From Ribadiso to Arca de Pino (O Pedrouzo)Route 1,072,114 – powered by www.wandermap.net
From Arca de Pino to Santiago de CompostelaRoute 1,072,122 – powered by www.wandermap.net
You can follow this link to book online a hostel or room in O Pedrouzo or in Santiago de Compostela depending on how you decided to split this stage, or you can search for accommodation on your way!