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Cammino di Santiago – Routes

Ruta de la Lana

Route Information

General Description: The Ruta de la Lana is based on a commercial route formerly used in the wool (lana) trade. A pilgrimage on the route is documented as early as 1624. Depending on the source, the route is described as starting on the Mediterranian coast at Alicante or from the tiny village of Monteagudo de Las Salinas southeast of Cuenca. 380 km from Alicante running in a straight line horthwest through Almansa (crossing the Camino de Levante), Cuenca and Santo Domingo de Silos to Burgos where it joins the Camino francés.

Waymarking: There was a note in a diary written in 2002 that the Ruta de la Lana was being intentionally left without waymarks (yellow arrows) for the purpose of having it retain some flavor of previous centuries. However we have seen a more recent note (March 2008) concerning new route markings being painted between El Herrumblar (between Alicante and Almansa) and La Melgosa (just short of Cuenca).

Terrain: The route is described as not being particularly difficult relative to the terrain but more so due to the long stages.

When to go: Climate tables for Alicante, Cuenca and Burgos.

Accommodation: There are essentially no pilgrim-specific accommodations on the route but there hotels, hostales, pensiones and casas rurales all along the route.

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