Stages of the Way of Saint James from Madrid
According to the Jacobean tradition, the pilgrimage begins at the door of one’s home, and this path is truly faithful to it. The Camino goes from the capital of Spain, to the town of Sahagún, a route of a total of 323 divided into 12 or 13 stages, and from here it joins the French Way. Here are the details:
Madrid – Tres Cantos
Perhaps the first stage of the Camino is not the most beautiful of the route in terms of scenery, since except for the city of Madrid, the rest lacks scenic interest, however, it should be noted that this is precisely what makes this stage peculiar, as it is not something that is repeated in the following stages.
Leaving Madrid we will have to go along the gully that runs alongside the train tracks and the bike path, arriving at the end of it to the town of Tres Cantos.
Tres Cantos – Manzanares el Real
This stage starts in Tres Cantos and has a length of 25 kilometers, so as you can see the first two stages have a certain level of demand in relation to the distances to be covered.
The route starts in the meadows to reach the stream of Tejada and finally reach Manzanares el Real, which is a beautiful village crowned by a large reservoir and unparalleled views of the Sierra de Guadarrama. If you have time, it is worth visiting Soto del Real, a village just a few kilometres away.