|Looking out towards Santiago|
An easy, rewarding hike
|(Source: José Camba)|
|Views to the east|
Myths and legends
|Stairs to the summit|
Today you can peek into the “dragon’s lair” on the mountain by heading to the right once you pass through the narrow crevice that divides the east and west summits—called the Rúa da Raíña or “Queen’s Street.” Keep walking along the path that skirts the northern side of the eastern summit, and you’ll eventually find a cave entrance that opens up. Don’t pull any funny business, though; I think crawling around in there is technically illegal, and once you get past the initial slope upwards, it drops off in a sheer plunge. But dragons, though!
Where and what to eat
|Chorizo criollo, barbecue pork, salad, french fries, and bread|
|Tarta de Lestedo—cheesecake with strawberry topping|
How to get thereFrom the central bus station in Santiago de Compostela, go to the Castromil ticket office and ask for the next departure for Lestedo—it shouldn’t cost more than a couple of euros. Go downstairs to the main hall and hop on the blue-and-yellow Monbus bus (same company, different name), ride for about half an hour (watching the signs carefully), and get off on the side of the highway in Lestedo, a parish of the Boqueixón municipality.
From the bus stop, it’s not hard to find your way—just look up for the mountain and start hiking, generally in a northerly direction (to the left from the highway). There are a couple of signs here and there that will direct you up.
Have you ever gone up Pico Sacro? Are you a fan of mountain hiking or rock climbing? Comment below!
For more pictures, check out my set on Flickr here.