General Description: The Camino de Madrid is a modern construct laid out to allow madrileños to reach the Camino francés and Santiago on a designated path. 321 km from Madrid through Segovia and Valladolid to Sahagún where it joins the Camino francés.
Waymarking: The route is extensively waymarked throughout with yellow arrows.
Terrain: The Camino de Madrid can crudely be broken into three sections. The first 100 km, from Madrid to Segovia, the route climbs through the Sierra de Guadarrama with at least one 8 km stretch with an 8% grade. From Segovia to the Río Duero the terrain is mostly flat and the Duero to Sahagún where he Camino francés is joined, the route is typical meseta. The route is almost entirely on footpaths and along historic sheep driving routes (cañadas), rarely on roads.
When to go: From Madrid to Segovia through the Sierra de Guadarrama the weather is montane with snow possible until May. Elsewhere the weather is like that encountered on he Camino francés between Burgos and Astorga – extremely hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Climate charts for Madrid, Segovia and León.
Accommodation: The Contraternity of Saint James is reporting “adequate accommodation, indeed a quite remarkable amount considering the route passes through so few towns and villages. There is albergue or hotel/hostal accommodation at regular intervals.”
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