Now you will leave completely La Rioja to get to Castilla y León. As yesterday this is an easy stage but you have to be careful because there are some dangerous parts. You will cross some villages that were created next to the way to get to Belorado, next to the Sierra de la Demanda mountain pass.
You will also see the remains of a great castle, some churches and hermitages caves that were used as shelter by hermits. This village has the one and only radio museum in Spain: Museo de la Radio y de la Comunicación.
Today you will leave Santo Domingo de la Calzada through its old town, through its Calle Mayor street and then you will cross the Palomajeros River and the Avenida de La Rioja avenue. Next to the bridge that goes over the Oja river that is from the 18 century, it is located the Ermita del Puente hermitage that was built in 1917.
After crossing a path you will get to the LR—201, after crossing this road you will continue through a wide dusty path full of little stones. You will continue through this path for many kilometers. A yellow arrow will indicate you when to turn to the left to get another path to get to Grañón. De los Valientes Cross will shows the way to follow. This monument is devoted to the conflict between the inhabitant of Grañón and Santo Domingo due to the land, specifically a pasture. There was no agreement so they decided to choose an inhabitant of each village to fight for the land. Finally. Grañón won the battle and the land was for them.
A little bit after, a marker will indicate you to get to the left to get into a path that will lead you to a castle built by Alfonso III. This castle was used as protection against the Muslim’s invasions of the 9 century. You will get to the first village of this stage through a path.
Grañón is a must because it has many services, such as hostels, shops, pharmacies and also a bakery where you can bake a little bread roll if you sign a song for them. In the past, Grañón used to have many pilgrim’s hospitals. here you can visit the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista church; next to this church it used to be one of this hostel-hospital. You will continue the way, you are now close to Burgos (province).
After crossing the N-120, which is a dangerous road, a continuation in the lefts side you will go through a long straight path that will lead you to the first village of Castilla y León: Redecilla del Camino. There will be a signal that indicates you that you are entering in the Calle Mayor street, its history is deeply linked with the Way, it is mentioned many times in Codex Calistinus. Its church has one of the prettiest baptismal fonts in all the Way. Su cuenco en relieve muestra lo que podría ser la ciudad de Santiago. This village has many places where you can buy snacks and also stay the night. There are hotels and a local hostel that used to be a hospital in the past.
You will cross again the Calle Mayor street and the Calle de las Cercas street to leave Redecilla del Camino. You will cross again the N-120, you will walk through it until you see a road over the Relachigo river. You will go through a dusty path and then, after a few kilometers, you will get to Castidelgado. This is another famous village in the Way that has many establishments where you can rest and also has many monuments such as a church from the 16 century and a hermitage. After a drink in the spring located in the Plaza Mayor square, you will continue with your way through the Calle Camino de la Cuesta street to cross again the national road and continue next to it until getting to Viloria de Rioja, where Santo Domingo de la Calzada was born.
Moreover, this small village of approximately 60 inhabitant has a hostel sponsored by Paulo Coelho and also a small hotel. After crossing a park you will return to the path that goes in parallel with the national road to Villamayor del río. This is a typical village in the Way, you will find a restaurant where you can stop and rest and also a private hostel.
After leaving this village through it Calle Real street you will walk through the left side of the N-120 through a path that will lead you to Belorado, our today’s goal.
What to see
Even this stage is gentle, you should be prepared to face any eventuality. To help you with that, Pilgrim will give you all the material and information you may need to make this millennial route funnier and safer.
What to eat
- Local vegetables (onion, garlic, pepper)
- Caparrón (kidney beans)
- Typical black pudding
- Roasted suckling lamb
Bear in mind
This is an easy stage, there are no obstacles for any kind of pilgrim. No diffuculties are stated in this stage for people with reduced mobility . Anyway we recommend you to be careful and pay attention when you walk next to N-120 roadWhat to see
|Towns||Public Hostel||Bike rental||Medical assistance||Coffe bar||Teller||Pharmacy||Hotel||Touristic Information||Guesthouse||Restaurant||Supermarket||Veterinarian|
|Santo Domingo de la Calzada||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Redecilla del Camino||✔||✔||✔|
|Viloria de Rioja||✔||✔||✔|
|Villamayor del Río||✔||✔||✔|