Turismo Madrid


El Camino de 'Madrid'

They say that the real pilgrim is one who sets as a starting point the door of his house. If you decided to do the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), you have your credential, and are firmly convinced to get the 'Compostela', this week we tell you the towns through which run the 'Camino de Madrid' in the direction of Santiago, so you can organize your trip and maximizing your enjoyment.

Despite the passage of centuries, follow the 'Way of St. James' is one of the activities that attract tourists to our country. It's not just to get the 'Compostela', that long-awaited document that certifies that you have completed the route successfully, the road is much more as it is a good way to enjoy our gastronomy meet people or get in touch with nature witnessing first-person amazing landscapes.

No matter what your choice are, if you already have in your possession the credential that allow you to stay in the hostels, and as we mentioned, after seal the last 100 kilometres, get the 'Compostela', we encourage you to organize your backpack, proper footwear and prepare yourselves to enjoy an amazing trip.

Like all the Ways to Santiago in Spain, the Way from Madrid it is marked with yellow arrows and sometimes with the so-called Pilgrim shell. The Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago, the Almudena Cathedral and the Church of Santiago, are which granted the Pilgrims credentials to all those who wish to realize or achieve the Jacobean Year: Holy Year of Compostela celebrated when the 25 July, day of St. James, is Sunday. You will find more information about how to get your credential in Madrid on this link.

You decide when going to start, so when you are ready, walk from the Church of Santiago, in the Austrias neighbourhood, to the Plaza de Castilla, because that is where you will find the first yellow arrows, marks that you see along all the way and that will help to guide you correctly.

To cover this first stage of just over 30 kilometres will walk leaving behind the four towers located on the Paseo de la Castellana towards Montecarmelo. We crossed the M40 by an authorized pass, and after walking 25 kilometres arrive at Tres Cantos. During our walk, we can stop and get some rest to recharge you before facing the last 10 kilometres that separate Madrid from our first destination, Colmenar Viejo.

The next day will face the second stage of about 15 kilometres, which is the distance that separates Colmenar Viejo from Manzanares el Real. Once you start this experience, you value this kind of short stages, as you will be given the chance to recuperate yourself more easily to meet your goal. Once here, you can enjoy before going to rest the impressive historical legacy of the town and its fortress, the Mendoza's Castle, one of the best preserved in the region.

The third day, we leave behind Manzanares el Real, and we set off again towards Cercedilla. This third stage consisting of 20 kilometres, so that we will do comfortably and surely will have time to enjoy the scenery in the Sierra de Guadarrama, since it runs through La Pedriza, Matalpino, Navacerrada and Cercedilla.

The next day, and after resting we will prepare to travel the nearly 30 kilometres from this town to the Aqueduct in Segovia, in which will end the 'Camino de Madrid'.

As for accommodation, most of the towns offer lodging with a symbolic price as well as hostels and hotels, depending on the zone. You decide how to live the experience, but remember that access to shelters is essential the credential.
Now we just need to choose a date in which the temperature will be nice to make kinder this special trip, and of course don't forget to wish 'buen camino' (good way) to all pilgrims in your path.

¡Buen camino!

More info: Asociación de Amigos de los Caminos de Santiago de Madrid

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