Located in the Sierra del Perdón, a mountain range in the province of Navarra, about 10 km from Pamplona. Alto del Perdón translates to “Hill of Forgiveness” in English. The area is named after a chapel that used to stand there dedicated to Our Lady of Forgiveness. It is also the highest point of the French Way, at 770 meters above sea level. From there, you can enjoy a stunning view of the surrounding countryside.
It is here that you will see a monument to the pilgrims that consists of metal silhouettes of different types of pilgrims throughout history. The monument has an inscription that reads:
“Donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas”, which means
“Where the path of the wind crosses with that of the stars”.
Alto del Perdón is a place of spiritual significance for many pilgrims, as well as a challenge since it involves a steep climb and descent. It is also the setting of a legend that tells how the devil tempted a thirsty pilgrim with water in exchange for his soul, but the pilgrim refused and was later rewarded by Saint James himself.