On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, San Payo to Lavacolla

May 17, 2013 — 6 Comments

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.

path San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Back through a patch of forest.

track San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Santiago is to the right.

Santiago sign San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


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…

San payo path Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 and this was from my Camino Francés.

pilgrims San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


The aforementioned Ryanair plane taking off. The Santiago de Compostela airport (SCQ) is located in Lavacolla, about 15 kilometers from the city center.

Ryanair plane San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


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…

Sign Santiago San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


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.

Sign Santiago Randall St Germain San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


Pilgrims through the years have placed wooden crosses on this fence next to the airport.

wood cross fence San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Early August.

path airport San payo Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Mid-May, back along the highway.

path San payo Lavacolla Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


The Camino passed through this tunnel before emerging in the community of Lavacolla.

tunnel Lavacolla Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


path Lavacolla Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 Overlooking Lavacolla.

Lavacolla Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 One more short stretch through the forest before arriving…

Lavacolla path Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


 to this road that takes us into Lavacolla.

road Lavacolla Galicia Spain, Camino de Santiago


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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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


6 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, San Payo to Lavacolla

  1. Randall,
    Every day brings me closer to the spring of 2014 and my first Camino. Your posts keep inspring me and I am trying to get ready ahead of time. I will not be out of shape, not used to walking or unable to carry my pack. Thank for sharing and providing valuable insight! Buen Camino mi amigo!

    • Mike, I will strive to arrive in Finisterre on this blog before you start next year. This has been a lot of work, much more than I had anticipated. I shouldn’t be much longer.
      I hope you get better weather than they currently have in Galicia. Good weather, bad weather, it’s all part of the journey. You have plenty of time to prepare, just don’t overdo the workouts beforehand. There’s a fine line between being in shape and being worn down before you start. I’m very happy for you. I can tell you are very excited. Buen Camino!

  2. Wow this is so inspiring, thank you. I came to your blog via pinterest where I was compiling an online vision board for the travel I’m planning to do and some of your photos just leapt out at me.
    I hear more and more about “middle-aged” people having travel adventures and it’s so exciting that we get to do that, isn’t it just the best time to be experiencing life, the world gets smaller and more accessible all the time and people like you sharing your adventures makes anything seem possible, thank you 🙂 all the best with your adventure.

    • Hi Ally. Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad my Pinterest page is working, but sadly, I’ve fallen behind updating. Yes, it’s great to experience more of life through travel or other endeavors. That’s what I strive for. All the best in your adventures too 🙂

  3. victoria de silva June 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Randall: We are 4 x 70 yrs (2 couples) Australians planning to do the last 60 km of Camino Frances in September 2015 beginning at Palas de Rei. The problem I have is that we want to do distances of 10-12 km a day. Also, we will stay at Hotels or such paid accommodation. I cant seem to find (on the net) a map of the C Frances which shows stops outside the average 20 km, which most people do. One of us has a dodgy knee, and anyway we want to do the walk at a more leisurely way and have time to enjoy the stops, before the next stage. We anticipate doing the walk in 6 x 10 km days – though we are not limited by time. Can you help? Many thanks in anticipation, Victoria de silva

    • Victoria, this is a lot more than I can write in the comments section of a post. I can do consulting via Skype for a small fee. In short, you’re roughly looking at staying in Leboreiro / Melide / Arzua / Salceda / Arca / Lavacolla / Santiago. That’s 7 days though, so there may be 2 days in there to walk farther. I was just trying to find private rooms as it is not always easy to plan when not including albergues. You will find that your options are better closer to Santiago. I hope that helps. Buen Camino 🙂

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