Alto del Perdón

Camino Francés


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At 756m the Sierras del Perdón are the highest point for the next 170km. Between going up, and going back down, it is the latter which requires more care and a sturdy foot.


The name derives from the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Perdon that once stood here. A legend tell us that it was along the climb to the alto where the devil tempted a thirsty pilgrim; offering to disclose the location of a fountain in exchange for his soul. The pilgrim refuses, and is rewarded later by Santiago himself who offers water at a much more “pilgrim friendly” price.

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