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Hornillos to Castrojeriz

Burgos to Hornillos

Day 9

Accommodations: Castrojeriz

Walking: 20 km / 12 mi

Today we walk from Hornillos to Castrojeriz, without doubt one of the most spectacular stages on Chapter 2 and where you will experience the essence of the Meseta. This is also the stage where you will visit the iconic ruins of San Antón, a picture you’ve seen dozens of times in Camino literature.

The ruins of San Antón just before Castrojeriz

La Meseta

La Meseta is the vast, flat plateau region that pilgrims cross that stretches between Burgos and León. When pilgrims describe the Meseta, it’s usually as an expansive, open landscape, with wide horizons stretching out in all directions, made up of vast plains, rolling hills, and fields, and dotted with occasional small villages and hamlets. Pilgrims will also describe a sense of isolation on the Meseta. The vast stretches of open land can make pilgrims feel exposed to the elements and somewhat isolated from civilization. However, despite its challenges, many pilgrims find that the solitude and stark beauty of the Meseta offer opportunities for deep spiritual reflection and introspection. The simplicity of the landscape and the rhythm of walking can create a meditative experience, allowing pilgrims to connect more deeply with themselves and their reasons for undertaking the pilgrimage.

Our walk ends today in Castrojeriz, a picturesque town nestled on the Camino de Santiago. With its rich history dating back to Roman times, it boasts stunning medieval architecture and the imposing 9th-century castle perched atop a hill. The town’s narrow cobblestone streets wind their way past charming stone houses and a handful of cafés, offering pilgrims and visitors a glimpse into its storied past. Surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland, Castrojeriz exudes a peaceful ambiance, making it a popular stop on the Camino de Santiago.

Elevation Profile for the Hornillos to Castrojeriz stage on the Camino de Santiago
Elevation Profile for the Hornillos to Castrojeriz stage on the Camino de Santiago

Castrojeriz - Frómista