Uniting the capital with Santiago
El Madrid way, joins the capital of Spain with the French Way at the height of Sahagún. Lonely road but with a special appeal.
The Camino de Madrid does not have a specific point of departure, but it is advisable to visit the parish of Santiago and San Juan Bautista in the Plaza de Santiago (better known as Opera). From there we will go to the Ramón y Cajal Hospital where we can see that the nationalization of the yellow arrows begins. The second part goes through an old ravine and later we will reach the train tracks and a bike path.
We will begin our approach to the Sierra de Guadarrama. To finally spend the night at his feet in Manzanares del Real.
Our day today runs parallel to the Sierra de Guadarrama through the Fuenfria valley. We can walk along an ancient Roman road that will give way to sections of asphalted road and dirt road. Enjoy today's stage since tomorrow we will have a more demanding mountain day.
And what you promised is due. Today we will have a hard stage but in which we can enjoy the beautiful views of the Sierra de Guadarrama. At its height, 1796 meters, the views are impressive and it should be noted that it is the highest point of all peninsular roads. Finally we will descend to the city of Segovia where in addition to the well-known aqueduct we can enjoy a cultural and gastronomic proposal.
Today we will leave the community of Madrid behind and pass to the cradle of Hidalgo don Quijote, Castilla. Despite being a long day, we will have our deserved prize when it comes to an end. The monastery of Santa Maria la Real de Nieva stands at the end of our tour and will take us to the 15th century.
Today we will enter the day of Tierra de Pinares, framed by the province of Segovia and Valladolid. It is important to keep in mind that in many sections of the road it is formed by fine sand that makes our walk difficult. In Coca we can enjoy Coca Castle.
Today we leave Segovian lands to reach the province of Valladolid in Pucelana. We will walk through ancient ravines that the shepherds used centuries before us to realize the transumance of the cattle. Day with only an intermediate town. We will have 6 km to Vileguillo and then 17 to Alcazarén. So it is convenient to have water and food prepared for that section.
We will leave Alcazarén and walk along the river Eresma that at the end of the day we will leave to approach the Duero. It is highly recommended to make the day as early as possible to take advantage of the afternoon and visit the city of Valladolid.
Today we will discover a place worth visiting, in the town of Wamba we will find a Mozarabic church from the 10th century in which we can see its ossuary. The ossuary is a container for storing bones, but in this we will discover a slightly different scene to see thousands of stacked skulls. And finally a small ascent to reach our destination Peñaflor de la Hornija.
On this day we will have a path through calm landscapes. We can take advantage of the quiet day to reach Medina and visit the city. Remember to ask outsiders about the legend of the crocodile of the river Sequillo.
Today we will walk hand in hand with the Canal de Castilla. After leaving this we will return to the most typical landscapes of the Spanish plateau.
On this day we will take advantage of the loneliness of the Camino de Madrid before the imminent arrival of the intersection with the French Way on the next day in Sahagún.
Today we will end up entering the community of León. As an alternative ending we have the town of Grajal de Campos, in which we can spend the night in his hostel located in the old dungeons of a palace.
Points of interest
Fortress-Palace of the Mendoza
Aqueduct of Segovia
Royal Monastery of San Benito
The Royal Monastery of San Benito was located in Sahagún, it was a very important monastery during the Middle Ages, reaching its possessions from Tierra de Campos to Liébana and Segovia.