The Way of St. James in Castilla y Leon

DEPARTURE Covarrubias
ARRIVAL Molinaseca
DURATION 8 days – 7 nights – 6 riding days
Nº PAX PER GROUP 6 to 9 pax.
ACCOMODATION Hotels and Boutique Hotels hb.
TIME OF THE YEAR May, June
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Medium
LANDSCAPE RATING High
CULTURAL EXPERIENCE RATING High
INCLUDED
Hotel, breakfast and dinner Guide and minibus transfer
Single/double rooms Picnic lunch
Liability insurance Traditional Spanish saddle: Silla vaquera
Experienced Spanish and Spanish mix trail horses
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Day 1

Transfer Madrid – Covarrubias.
Pick up from Madrid Barajas airport MAD and transfer to Covarrubias where we have dinner and overnight accommodation: Hotel Nuevo Arlanza or Hotel Doña Sancha.
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Day 2

San Juan de Ortega – Burgos, 30km.
After breakfast we will drive from Covarrubias to San Juan de Ortega where our trail strats. We start the tour in San Juan de Ortega, this village is famous for its beautiful roman church were you can see the “Milagro de la Luz”, miracle of the light, twice a year. The light of the sun illuminates The equinox and the scene of Annunciation will appear. We follow the camino along Agés and Atapuerca, and slowly we climb up to the mountain Matagrande (1078m), from here we can see Burgos in the horizon. The descent will bring us to the villages Villalval and Cardanuela- Riopico and in Orbaneja- Riopico we take off, passing Castañareswhere we will stop for lunch and after we head to Burgos capital city along the Riverside of “el rio Arlanzón”. Dinner&Accommodation: Burgos or Tardajos. Horses will stay in: Rabé de las Calzadas (8km)
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Day 3

Rabe de las Calzadas – Castrojeriz, 29km.
We are leaving Rabé de las Calzadas passing Hornillodel Camino along agricultural paths on a height of 925m and we will see the Santa Maria church which is built in gothic style. We also pass Hontanasover the mountain side and we’ll see a ruined monastery called San Antón found in the XV century. We stay in Castrojeriz, historic place, with roman origin and an extra ordinary cultural heritage which is currently quite unattended.  Dinner and accommodation: Castrojeriz.
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Day 4

Castrojeriz– Fromista – Carrion de los Condes, 45km.
 Just after the Castrojeriz, the Camino de Santiago continues along a quite steep and prolonged slope leading to a flat plateau. In this stage of Camino de Santiago, we’ll continue along the flat cereal fields and small villages. There is a nice hermit right before the cute village of Itero del Castillo. Romista was a very important town in the Middle Ages and it keeps probably the finest pieces of Romanesque architecture in Western Europe.Carrión de loscondes is one of the most important villages in Palencia with a historic and artistic heritage. We will end the day here and drive together with the horses to Calzadilla de la Cueza, about 20km. Dinner and accommodation: Monasterio San Zoilo or Calzadilla de La Cueza
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Day 5

Calzadilla de la Cueza – Burgo Ranero.  

After the breakfast we leave Calzadilla de la Cueza crossing over farming lands, wheat fields and rammed earth of adobe in these last villages in Palencia and we will enter the province of León.  Passing Sahagún, known as the capital of the poor roman for its use of mud bricks instead of stone, here we will have lunch and after a typical Spanish siesta we continue our camino to el BurgoRanero. From el Burgo we will drive to Valdeviejas where we and the horses will spend the night. Dinner and accommodation:Castrillo de los Polvazares. Horses will stay in: Valdeviejas

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Day 6

Valdeviejas – Foncebadon.

Today we will leave the Castilian flatness behind and we start climbing the Mountians of León. We are leaving Valdeviejas and at the crossroads we pass by the charming medieval hermitage Ecce Homo, from now on the camino will incline progressively and we climb up until the end of the journey today. We head towards Foncébadon, a ruined village on the Iragomountain. Dinner and accommodation: Molinaseca

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Day 7

Foncebadon – Molinaseca

We will pass the village Foncébadon through its principal road and along the camino. In 3 kilometers we come across the famous “Cruz de Ferro”, almost on the highest point of the Irago Mountain. This ancient monument is very simple: an iron cross nailed to a stick, borne on a base of infinity of small stones.  Don’t forget to deposit your stones under this Iron Cross for the remission of sins. We march on in slight ascent until we reach de highest point of the camino, 1.151 meters. After this we start the descending to a beautiful village named Molinaseca. Afterwards we drive 345km back to Covarrubias. Dinner and accommodation: Hotel Nuevo Arlanza or Hotel Doña Sancha(Covarrubias).

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Day 8

After breakfast transfer the airport Madrid

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