Here we are, in Castile, Castilla in Spanish. Redecilla del Camino is the first village that the pilgrims walk through in Burgos province, Castile region. As I said, now the gentle landscape with vineyards and soft hills has finished. This part of el Camino de Santiago has to be necessarily more mystic more focused to the interior of oneself. Ahead of you there are around 250 km of plains and straight paths and skylines, above a high blue cloudless sky. However, it won’t be all monotony since there is still a bit of mountains just before Burgos. It will be a paradise for art lovers since they will find the very best of the Romanesque art in the small villages and also the best Gothic in the city of Burgos and its cathedral, declared Word Heritage by UNESCO.
Belorado is a medium size town of El Camino de Santiago with all kind of services and good public transport conections with Burgos, Logroño and Madrid. It has a great plaza full of trees and shade, ideal for a siesta, and surrounded by bars serving good local wine. There are several albergues in Belorado, both public and private, and also plenty of hotels. One of the albergues has a swimming pool. I spent the night as a pilgrim in Belorado once and I can say it was a good choice.
Some kilometers later there is tiny Tosantos, a charming little village with an albergue in an old house run by the volunteers. They also organize common dinners only asking a donation for it and a bit of help. Once I couldn’t get a place because the albergue was full so I decided to go to sleep with another two friends up in a big rock on the side of the village where there is a little chapel. We just slept on the floor, on our sleeping bags but it was well sheltered thanks to a little cave on the rock. We had an amazing night enjoying the views of the village below us and the full moon sky.