Surely if you are a beginner you have not heard of this Way, but for lovers of the Way to Santiago is one of the most magical Jacobean routes of all. This Forgotten Road was the most important route to Santiago in the 12th century, and was known as “The Mountain Road”. It is currently known as the Forgotten Way and starts in Bilbao.

The history of this road goes back to the 9th and 12th centuries, the time of the Spanish reconquest of the lands invaded by the Muslims. Ongoing wars and conflicts made pilgrims afraid of that danger. To this is added the difficult itinerary marked by the coast, so they decide to look for a safer alternative route. This route was the Mountain Way, which crossed the Pyrenean or Cantabrian mountain range to reach a low mountain terrain and continue in a medium difficulty profile the route.

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This route fell into oblivion, hence its name. After the reconquest of the Northern Plateau, the kings of Navarre and Castile and Leon decided to promote the use of an alternative route a little further south. The intention of this use was only to speed up and facilitate the transit of pilgrims and trade. This is how this route was promoted, known today as the French Way, and abandoning the old route leaving the Old Way obsolete.

Stages of the Forgotten Way

This route of the Camino de Santiago is divided into a total of 20 or 21 stages approximately, with about 480 kilometers of travel. Then we will find two variants to continue to Santiago.

The route starts from Bilbao and passes through towns such as Balmaseda, Espinosa de los Monteros, Arija, Aguilar de Campoo, Cervera de Pisuerga, Guardo, Cistierna, Boñar, La Robla, Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo. There it connects with the