A historic route, the Via Aquitaine, is about to be reborn. Via Aquitaine, a new route that is looking for pilgrims to walk it and enjoy it, as well as historical justification and a rich heritage.As well as historical justification and a rich heritage, the signposting work is in the final stages to make it easier for everyone to walk it.

Good news for the pilgrim community, which now has a Castilian alternative to the Castilian alternative to the mythical French Camino de Santiago. between the Burgos region of Burgos, Alfoz de Burgos, Odra-Pisuerga and Tierra de Campos in Palencia. Shall we walk it?

The Via Aquitaine on the Pisuerga River

An ancient Roman road

The construction of roads and causeways during the Roman civilization in Europe was one of the most important advances in ancient most important advances in ancient history.and have been travelled for many centuries. In fact, to this day we still we conserve them and even use them. Many are the stretches of the Jacobean roads that still pass over themsuch as the Via XIX as it passes through the Portuguese Way or the case of this recovered Via Aquitaine, a “forgotten” section of the Camino de Santiago that is being reborn..

The Roads to Santiago in History

Originally, in Roman times, the Via Aquitaine linked Narbonne to Bordeaux, passing through Toulouse linked Narbonne with Bordeaux, passing through Toulouse, with a total distance of 400 kilometres.linking Italy with France. Subsequently, and as a continuation of this, Via XXXIV was developed.
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which that linked Bordeaux with Astorga, and that centuries later, in the Middle Ages, was also known as Via Aquitaine, and was the road that many medieval pilgrims used to get to Santiago from this region in the south of France.and was the road that many medieval pilgrims used to reach Santiago from this region in the south of France.

Via Aquitaine in Bordeaux

On its way through the Iberian Peninsula, on its way to Santiago de Compostela, the Via Aquitaine was the preferred route through the north of the Iberian Peninsula until at least the 11th century.The best connection with France and Europe, although the route was not the same as the later and current one. French Way of Santiago. Like today, this route started in Roncesvalles and passed through Navarre, but then went through the Basque Country to enter Castile and Leon, passing through the provinces of Burgos, Palencia and Leon, where it joined the current French Route in Astorga.

The journey to Santiago, in its beginnings, was a living route that was modifying its layout according to the advances in the Reconquest from Asturias to the south of the Castilian plateau.

There came a time when this route along the Via Aquitania was no longer used.in favour of the route that we know today of the French Camino de SantiagoThe Castilian plateau was repopulated with the territorial advance of the Reconquest, with the constr