This day we head for San Juan de Ortega, a stage characterized by a changing environment with two distinct parts.
The first section, which will serve as a warm-up, runs through the cereal fields of the Castilian steppe. But as you gain more kilometres, the landscape becomes more and more mountainous as you enter the lonely Montes de Oca. From here, you will have a beautiful stretch ahead of you through oak, pine and heather forests until you reach the end of the stage. San Juan de Ortega will appear before your eyes like an oasis in the middle of the desert.
San Juan de Ortega is a small village in which its barely 20 inhabitants coexist with hundreds of pilgrims who enrich the culture and diversity of the place. As a curiosity, in the interior of its beautiful church the so-called Miracle of the Light takes place. Two days a year, on the equinoxes, the sun shines for ten minutes on the capital representing the scene of the Annunciation.
Despite being a small village, it is a magical place to spend the night, which retains a deep pilgrim essence. If there is no accommodation available in San Juan de Ortega, spend the night in Agés or Atapuerca a few kilometres further on.