Ceridwyn Writes: There can be few cities in the world as beautiful as Santiago founded on so preposterous a story, so says the Lonely Planet.
The legend of St James was the impetus for the growth of this city since 12th century. Read more
We are staying at a great little hostel in the walls of the old city – in the heart of everything.
It is called Mapoula a small family run establishment. Rates vary in the high and low season and are from 25E/night for a single in the low season. Breakfast is not included, neither is access to tea and coffee, however wifi is free and they have a computer for guest use too. They are also very helpful and friendly and there is a lift to the third floor premises – their website says:
We are in Santiago – the end point of pilgrimage for upwards of 115,000 each year who travel from all over Europe, mostly walking 100-1000 km.
Today we attended the midday Pilgrim’s Mass at the Cathedral, which is held every day. The place is packed – standing room only. Some pilgrims have just arrived and carry their staff and backpack, others have had a shower, but you can generally pick them – cargo pants, open faces, expectant and somehow also content and expectant. Read more