Monte do Gozo is also known as Montjoy, Montxoi or San Marcos hill. It is a small elevation of 380 meters, very close to the city of Santiago de Compostela, in the place of San Marcos in Bando. This is the point where pilgrims on the French Way can get their first glimpse of the city of Santiago and its cathedral.
A little history
Monte do Gozo is an emblematic place on the French Way. It gets its name from the feeling of joy that it awakens in the pilgrims, since this is the first point where the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela can be seen, indicating that the journey is coming to an end.
It was customary for pilgrims who had made the journey on horseback to get off their mount at this point and from then on make the journey on foot to Santiago, leading the horse by the bridle as King Alfonso XI did. Being this point so important, in the Middle Ages there was a chapel where pilgrims could kneel as a sign of gratitude.