The Last 100

Once you’re past O Cebreiro and, on top of the Alto do Poio, celebrated the last massive incline with a cup of beer and a smoke, you’ll be entering the “Last 100.” Technically, they start after Sarria, but many pilgrims take the train to either Sarria or Triacastela to walk from there.

From here, stages become rather monotonously prescriptive: Sarria to Portomarin, Portomarin to Palas del Rei, Palas del Rei to Arzúa, Arzúa to Lavacolla or Santiago, Lavacolla to Santiago. Or, if you’re a weekend pilgrim, you’ll probably walk 35 kilometer for three days, skip Portomarin and Lavacolla.

A number of things will happen on those last 100:

For me, those last 100 are a nostalgic and not very joyful time. Santiago de Compostela isn’t my final destination, meaning I have another six to ten days of Camino ahead of me, but it’s the end of many of the great things that make the Way so special to me: the solitude, the friendships, the Meseta and its many amazing effects on a person’s mind and soul.