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If you’re thinking of traveling the Camino de Santiago, there’s a treasure you can’t miss exploring: Castrojeriz. This corner of Burgos is much more than a stop on your journey; it’s an experience that will add magic to your pilgrimage. Have you already contacted any of the organizing agencies of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela? Well, get ready because they probably have a visit to this town reserved for you.

In the midst of your journey, Castrojeriz presents itself as a special chapter, a palette of history and landscapes that will leave you breathless. From its centennial walls to the mysterious Castle that crowns the city, each corner tells a story that intertwines with yours.

Join us on this journey through the unique essence that makes this a mandatory stop on your pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago.

The splendor of its history

Did you know that Castrojeriz has roots that go back to the Middle Ages? Walking its streets is like walking through centuries of history that whisper with every step. The walls that surround the city are like silent guardians of a time when every stone told a tale. They invite you to get lost in their nooks, discovering secrets that only the wind seems to know.

Castrojeriz aerial view

In the heart of Castrojeriz, history unfolds like an ancient scroll. The layout of its cobbled streets is a canvas that narrates the deep connection of this city with the Camino de Santiago. Since the 11th century, it has been a meeting point for pilgrims who, like you, seek something more than a destination.

The imposing walls, erected in medieval times, not only protected the city but also embraced the travelers who ventured inside. Every stone of its ancestral structures bears the imprint of thousands of pilgrims who have left their mark over the centuries.

Discover the hidden treasures of Castrojeriz

Exploring Castrojeriz is like opening a treasure chest waiting to be discovered around every corner. Among the most remarkable are:

  • The Star Viewpoint: Imagine walking along a path that leads you to one of the most impressive viewpoints on the Camino. The Castle of Castrojeriz offers you a panoramic view that takes your breath away. Observe the vastness of the horizon as the sun sets and the stars take their turn to light your way.
  • The Pilgrims’ Hospital: Castrojeriz has witnessed the fatigue and triumphs of countless pilgrims over the centuries. The Pilgrims’ Hospital, in operation since 2002 with its sober yet welcoming architecture, is a reminder of the solidarity that flows on the Camino. Stop, breathe, and soak up the energy that this place has to offer.
  • Fitero Bridge: Actually located 8 kilometers from the town. Crossing the Pisuerga River has never been so picturesque. The Fitero Bridge, a medieval engineering masterpiece, is a perfect place to reflect on your journey. Feel the breeze, listen to the murmur of the water, and let yourself be carried away by the serenity that only the Camino can give you.
  • San Juan Church: Its Gothic arches and serene interior invite you to a contemplative pause. Take a deep breath and absorb the serenity that emanates from this place, where faith and history intertwine in every architectural detail.
  • San Antón Monastery: An ancient architectural gem, it is a symbol of serenity on the Camino. Its ruins, embraced by nature, tell stories of a vibrant spiritual past. A place where silence speaks and Gothic arches rise majestically to invite you to a moment of inner peace.
  • Iacobeus: Heart of the Camino de Santiago, it is a meeting point full of life and tradition. Here, pilgrims share experiences and hopes, weaving a network of stories and dreams. Its welcoming and energetic atmosphere is a refuge for the traveler’s soul.
  • Santa María del Manzano Church: In the Church of Santa María del Manzano, art and devotion intertwine, creating a space of unparalleled beauty. Its walls treasure centuries of faith, with an impressive altarpiece that captures the gaze and the heart. A haven of peace that invites reflection and contemplation.
  • Santo Domingo Church: Santo Domingo Church is a spiritual oasis on the Camino. Its open doors welcome pilgrims and visitors, offering a respite on the journey. Its interior, full of art and history, is a living testimony to the tradition and culture that enrich the Camino de Santiago.

Ruins of San Antón in Castrojeriz

What every pilgrim should know

Before embarking on your pilgrimage to the majesty of Castrojeriz and beyond, there are some considerations you should keep in mind to make your journey as rewarding

as it is enriching.

  • Before loading your backpack, remember that every gram counts. Opt for the essential: comfortable clothes, sturdy footwear, and a good hat to protect yourself from the sun. The Camino will teach you to appreciate simplicity.
  • Although spontaneity has its charm, planning the stages of your Camino will allow you to enjoy each step without worries. Know the distances between hostels, points of interest, and make sure to have time for contemplation.
  • The sun and walking can be demanding, so carry a water bottle with you. Stay hydrated, as water not only nourishes your body but also refreshes your spirit on the journey.
  • Every pilgrim has their own pace. Don’t rush, allow each day to flow naturally. Listen to your body and take breaks when needed.
  • Embrace opportunities to share experiences with other pilgrims. Each encounter is a lesson, each shared story will enrich you.
  • Prepare to discover more about yourself as you progress. Introspection and reflection are inseparable companions on this journey.

 

Pilgrimage other routes

If for reasons of time or physical demands, starting the pilgrimage in Castilla y León is impossible for you, perhaps you may be interested to know that you have a shorter alternative, which is the Sarria to Santiago de Compostela route, which you can do in about 8 days. Sarria is a beautiful city in the province of Lugo, and a landmark on the French Way to Santiago.

You may also want to know about the stages of the Portuguese Way to Santiago. Well, you actually have two alternatives. The one that starts from Porto (Portugal), heading North, and requires about two weeks of travel, and the Camino de Santiago from Tui, which starts from that city in Pontevedra, on the Miño River, is shorter and can be done in about 8 days.

And of course, according to many pilgrims who have done them, the most demanding ones are the stages of the Northern Way, which are traveled along the coasts of the Basque Country, Cantabria, and Asturias.
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