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Mon Joie! Arriving at Mount Gozo

Mon Joie - on the Camino de Santiago
Written by Stuart Wickes

Mon Joie! Arriving at Mount Gozo

Stuart Profile SmallMount Gozo is said to be the first place on the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago from which you can see the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. It is your first glimpse of the point and pinnacle of this incredible pilgrimage. So of course there is a camino tradition associated with arriving at this spot.

First sight of Santiago Cathedral

First sight of Santiago Cathedral

Who will be first to spot them?

Tradition says that the first person to that sees the towers should jump in the air and shout ‘Mon Joie’. Of course the towers aren’t that easy to see these days with all the development that has gone on. But, with a pair of binoculars (or a zoom lens) you can still make them out.

Mount Gozo Camino de Santiago

Arriving at Mount Gozo on the Camino de Santiago

Mon Joie!

Furthermore, tradition has it that the first person to make the shout of joy becomes ‘king of the group’. Well, you can imagine how that went. Let’s just say it was a joyful moment. Before the fighting broke out.

Mon Joie - on the Camino de Santiago

Mon Joie – on the Camino de Santiago

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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