Camino Mozárabe (Camino Sanabrés) – day 49 – Outeiro to Santiago de Compostela 17.7 km

As mentioned in yesterday’s post Paul and I decided to take a walk to see if there was actually a village here or just a few houses. I saw a large building in the distance that could have been a hotel and we made our way towards it. And jackpot – a hotel it was, and not only that, but also a bodega. As we walked up the drive and approached the property I could see a man busy cleaning the windows. I asked if the place was open and he explained that normally they close on Mondays but circumstances dictated that today they were open because a couple of unexpected pilgrims were arriving.

I asked for a tinto de verano and the window cleaner looked a bit dubious. So I said I would be happy with a white wine, at which point he began to take interest. It turned out that the the window cleaner was the owner of the beautiful hotel and also of the attached bodega that produces the finest Alboriña wine.

I asked him about the process and if the raised vines were important to the production. He told me that 300-400 years ago the locals realised that if they raised the grapes high above the ground they could avoid the humidity that causes mould to form (which is treated these days with sulphur). He said that in those days the farmers were very poor and raising the vines allowed them to grow other crops below. He said that the portuguese Vinho Verde is made from the Alboriño grape but it has nothing to do with the sparkle, which is created with the addition of other grapes (I think – I had sampled a couple of glasses by now and may have been a bit confused).

The hotel was an absolute delight with beautiful gardens and an atmoshphere of total tranquility. And not only that, but there was wifi to boot. How perfect was that?

So as I was busily composing my blog I hardly noticed when a couple of women stepped out onto the terrace. But as I looked up I realised that they were the New Zealanders who I met yesterday. The very same that I had a connection with. We enjoyed a lovely hour or so comparing caminos, ours on a budget as compared to theirs staying in decent hotels. But what lovely company – I enjoyed our chat so much.

New Zealand Margaret and I post at the hotel

New Zealand Margaret and I post at the hotel

But back to business, if anyone is considering a trip to Santiago de Compostela and doesn’t fancy staying in the City, look up this place on the Internet. It is only a 15 minute drive to the city, but is tucked away in the fabulous Galician countryside. I will definitely keep it in mind for a future visit. Please take a look – Pazo de Galegos – I can’t find a website for them but they seem to be very well reviewed on trip advisor.

Yesterday we arrived at the Albergue second only to the Austrians and secured lower banks – and took joy in seeing the French being allocated upper bunks – that is until we realised that their bunks were above ours, however my upper Frenchman behaved impeccably…no snoring and no tossing and turning. I think entente cordiale has been restored!

I was up and out very early this morning – I was really excited to be walking into Santiago and was out of the door by 06:35 and soon passed Jesus and Mary and the Italian couple who had left before me.

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Although my guide had warned me that I would be disappointed by today’s stage, I am glad to report that it was entirely wrong. I wasn’t in the slightest disappointed – the walk through woodland and country roads was delightful. Paul caught up with me just before we reached the suburbs and I was glad to have most of the walk alone with my thoughts, and equally delighted that we would reach Santiago together after so long in each other’s company. (And I was overjoyed that he had picked up my body warmer that I had left on the back of a chair the previous evening – what a star!)

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Paul being the camino old-hand-come-sceptic that he is wasn’t interested in visiting the cathedral or even going to the pilgrims’ office to collect a Compostela. So we spent our last hour together sorting out his accommodation in Porto where he is travelling by bus right now. I did get a goodbye hug out of him – and there he was, gone!

I made my way to the cathedral for the pilgrims’ mass at 12:00 and was delighted that the new system of reserving the front pews for pilgrims with credencials worked in my favour and I sat in the front pew. I was overjoyed when a few minutes later Wilfried found me. What a lovely man he is. More hugs and catching up after a few days apart. The service was beautiful and the nun with the fabulous voice sung many times. And then to top it all off the botafumeiro was swung. How wonderful. I couldn’t find Wilfried after the service but shared hugs and congratulations with most of the people I had been walking with over the last days and weeks (including the French) and I went for a coffee with Slovakian Rastislav who is a really nice guy, and then thought it was time I went to my albergue for a shower.

The first sight of the cathedral spires. Wilfried, who I eventually found  And Rastislav, proudly showing his credencial - a truly smiley guy

The first sight of the cathedral spires.
Wilfried, who I eventually found
And Rastislav, proudly showing his credencial – a truly smiley guy

I am staying for the third year running at ‘The Last Stamp’ private albergue. It is a bit pricey at 18€, but that includes beds that are sectioned off into two sets of bunks per ‘cubicle’ with personal powerpoints, fresh bed linen and good wifi.

I won’t post any photos of Santiago because I have enough already on this blog and the cathedral is still wrapped in scaffolding so isn’t very photogenic at the moment (if you are interested to see my thoughts and photos of this beautiful city see the few posts at the end of my Camino Frances).

I hope there will be lots more to tell about the rest of today, but I will catch up with that tomorrow. For the time being, be advised that all is well in my world, the sun is shining, my feet don’t hurt, I have a spring in my step and I am looking forward to setting off towards Finisterre in the morning.

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Distance according to Wikiloc 17.7 km
Accumulated elevation uphill 266 metres
Accumulated elevation downhill 296 metres
Total distance walked 1,273.3 km, average 26 km per day

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35 Responses to Camino Mozárabe (Camino Sanabrés) – day 49 – Outeiro to Santiago de Compostela 17.7 km

  1. You have done it again! Congratulations and enjoy Finesterre

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations, Maggie on your arrival in Santiago. It has been such a pleasure following your journey. Enjoy the next stage of your journey on to Fisterra.

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  3. Lindsay says:

    What another amazing achievement maggie! Well done and look forward to
    Catching up soon xxxx

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  4. martinandbethjackson says:

    You are an exceptional individual Margaret.Well done, and all the best. I shall miss your daily blog.
    Thankyou for making the effort to continue your postings. With gratitude, Martin (nuvva walker)

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  5. David Wolfe says:

    Help I’ve just done a very long feedback post and it’s disappeared. I will try to find it or do it all again tomorrow

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  6. Heather says:

    Well done you. Another great achievement. You sound very excited – enjoy your next couple of days! Sending you a smiley face. Love Heather xxx

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  7. janpow123 says:

    Well done that girl! Please tell me that they put the flags out for you as you walked into the city as you really do deserve it. It all seemed like a lovely day although woo…€18 accomodation… Kerching! Many congratulations for your journey thus far, and again it comes as no surprise to get your lovely interesting photos. Buen Camino!

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  8. David Wolfe says:

    Congratulations on reaching Santiago. What a super post arriving in time for the pilgrims mass and all being well with your world another good bit of news your sponsorship for Cudeca Palliative Hospice Care Programme reached 1,000 euros today. I’m very proud of you and your incredible achievement. Sleep well and have a good day tomorrow

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  9. David High says:

    Fantastic Achievement Maggie,and thankyou for the Special Prayer for my Grandson,Good luck with your final stage to Finnisterre,and very well done in achieving your target of 1000 Euros for Cudeca,I am sure that with a little help from your readers we can get this total even higher.David High

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  10. Kristina Wilkening says:

    Yeah. Congrats on a HUGE walk well done! Enjoy getting your feet wet in the ocean!

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  11. Enhorabuena peregrina!

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  12. Anthony Pulle says:

    Hello Maggie, my congratulations to add to the others. Your 3rd camino and in one lifetime gives me the humble feeling. Having been for mass in Santiago C, I can share your experience.
    Well done again, David is preparing your welcome back tteat.
    Sincere wishes, Tony

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  13. Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I’ve admired your stamina and spirit of adventure.

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  14. Katherine Paterson says:

    Fantastic Maggie, just read this before going to bed, it´s made my day!!

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  15. Bonnie says:

    What a beautiful post! I have enjoyed each and every one of your days. Congratulations!

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  16. Maggie Gardner says:

    Well done Maggie what an amazing feat. Your final day couldn’t have been more perfect! Looking forward to catching up with you and hearing more about your adventure.

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  17. Frances Lazenby says:

    Well done Maggie. You must be so happy to have arrived in Santiago. Good luck on your final stage.

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  18. lynharrison4wind says:

    A spring in your step and a spring in your voice, too! Congratulations, Maggie. That was one helluva stroll. A thousands thanks for allowing us to walk in your shadow. The blog has been a stupendous labour of love. Huge hugs and much love, Lyn

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  19. Tony Rice says:

    Way to go Maggie, I’m going to miss your posts. If we ever cross paths the Casa is on me.

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  20. Evgueni Vichnevetski (Canada) says:

    Maggie, my best congratulations!!! I understand your feelings now because 2 years ago I’ve made a little bit similar way (Arles – Montpellier – Carcassonne – St-Jean-Pied-de-Port – Santiago – Finisterre. I like a lot your wonderful posts! Buen Camino a Fisterre! Evgueni

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  21. mary lynch says:

    Congratulations Maggie and well done. I was reading your posts every day but was in Barcelona and couldn’t comment. Unlike you I’m not very good with gadgets!! You sound so up-beat and happy. I wonder was Paul a figment of your imagination. Perhaps your angel, sent to keep you company (only Joking) but he sounded so nice and calm and comforting!! I’m glad you are going on to Finisterre, like a good book I don’t want this blog to end. I’ve enjoyed every step of the way with you. Congratulations on raising so much money for Cudeca, David.
    Maggie you are wonder woman, Buen camino.

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  22. ingridfolkers says:

    Congratulations Maggie… what an achievement. Like Mary, I don’t want the blog to end. Wishing you Buen Camino to Journey’s end. Ultreia y Suseia Ingrid

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  23. kim says:

    Very well done Maggie x

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    • lynharrison4wind says:

      Well done, Kim! What an enchanting place. Maggie, can JK and I please enter ourselves first on the list for a weekend away with you and David.I could even attempt to retrace your steps and walk into Santiago de Compestela if you’d be me guide.

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  24. Marianne says:

    Congratulations, Wonder Woman – you are AMAZING, Maggie! Very well done, both in completing your walk from home and for raising so much money for Cudeca xx

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  25. Christine & Malcolm says:

    Congratulations on yoursafe arrival at Santiago Maggie, it is such an honour to tell people about ‘My Friend Maggie’ love to you and your achievement. Christine & Malcolm xx

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  26. Irish Sue says:

    Congratulations honey. Your smiles say it all. You are right to be content with yourself and the world! Really proud for you Maggie. Well done. Sue x

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  27. Johanna Redelinghuys says:

    I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. My heartiest congratulations on your great achievement. thank you for taking the trouble to take us with you all the way; also for your beautiful photos to make it even more adventurous for us, back at home. Enjoy Finisterre. I will always remember our visit there because I fell in love with their Spanish bean and porkbelly soup. Buen Camino, Maggi

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  28. Aurélio says:

    Hello Maggie.
    Congratulations. I was reading your posts every day.
    I’m glad you remember me in your posts.
    Aurélio

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  29. Keith Rocks says:

    Great stuff Maggie. Loved reading your blog. Enjoy your last few days

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  30. Carel says:

    Congratulations Maggie. It was a great pleasure to follow your walk through Spain. It still is a pleasure as you are not yet at the end of the world.

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  31. Fabulous you, Maggie. What an undertaking and screaming success as well. ❤ ❤

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  32. Margot Collins says:

    Congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing all your experiences with us. I read your blog every night before I went to bed … Like others, I don’t want it to end! Best of Luck always. Take care of yourself.

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  33. Genny H. Plank says:

    Muy buen Peregrina! Congratulations! 🎉 🎈 Another feather added to your Camino cap. Even your words have a spring and lightness in them. Thank you for sharing each of your day’s challenge and adventure. It’s been a wonderful read. We will follow right through. Buen Camino!

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