At the O Pino town hall, I crossed the highway and gently ascended to the edge of the town. A gravel path led through a eucalyptus forest that opened up to a rural area with houses and plots of farmland. After another short climb through an open area, the Santiago airport came into view, and I watched a Ryanair plane take off. The path led to the highway, past the hamlet of San Paio, and descended into Lavacolla, which was once an important pilgrim stop but now mostly caters to airport business… From Page 191, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days. In case you’re wondering, there are three versions of spelling for San Payo. The other two are San Paio and San Pelayo. I hope I’m not confusing anyone. Maybe, we should just continue walking to Santiago de Compostela.
Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I arrived somewhere near San Peyo, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).
On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Arca O Pino to San Payo, I left Arca in the morning during my spring Camino Francés and early afternoon on my summer Camino del Norte. As you can tell, I had sunny skies for both days. My last post ended with a similar photo to this one. This was the gentle climb to San Payo from my Camino del Norte. The Santiago de Compostela airport will be upcoming on your left.
Back through a patch of forest.
Santiago is to the right.
During my summer del Norte, there were few pilgrims walking after Arca. Since I had stayed in Arca during my spring Camino Francés, I saw many pilgrims at various spots along the way. Sometimes we were spread out and sometimes there were groups of us. This was from my Camino Del Norte…
and this was from my Camino Francés.
The aforementioned Ryanair plane taking off. The Santiago de Compostela airport (SCQ) is located in Lavacolla, about 15 kilometers from the city center.
One of the more famous monoliths along the Camino shows the entrance to metro Santiago de Compostela. There is still a long walk to the cathedral from this point. This was during my Camino Francés…
and this was during my Camino del Norte. If I look happy, I was. Honestly, at one point during my summer del Norte, I wasn’t sure if I would finish. I was out of shape to start, had been sick for a few days, went two days with barely eating or going to the bathroom, battled extreme heat often without shade, had horrible blisters, scrambled to find a bed most nights, and almost got robbed. Otherwise, I had a great time!
Seriously, if you have walked this Camino Francés, I would really recommend walking the Camino del Norte for a different experience. It is quite beautiful most of the time and definitely more of a challenge, especially if you stay on the actual Camino.
Pilgrims through the years have placed wooden crosses on this fence next to the airport.
Mid-May, back along the highway.
The Camino passed through this tunnel before emerging in the community of Lavacolla.
One more short stretch through the forest before arriving…
to this road that takes us into Lavacolla.
I hope you enjoyed this post. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Lavacolla to San Marcos, I briefly visited the town of Lavacolla, which has a stream with an importance to the Camino. I’ll tell you about that next time. Please join me as I take you closer to Santiago de Compostela.
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