Camino de Santiago – mile marker in Manzanares el Real

Here’s a mile (or kilometer) post for the Camino de Santiago.

It’s located just south of Manzanares el Real, Madrid, Spain.

There’s a Camino de Santiago that starts in Madrid. I don’t think many people do it, because it involves walking all the way across Castilla y León, which (as you know if you’ve been there) is one of the most depressingly treeless areas that you can imagine.

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We’re talking days and days without trees. All the way up till you get to Galicia.

Anyway, I’ve done the first several segments:

Madrid–Tres Cantos–Colmenar Viejo–Manzanares el Real–Navacerrada–Cercedilla–Segovia.

They were all kind of fun, except the first one. I did Cercedilla–Segovia in March, not realizing there would be almost a meter of snow on the ground in the mountain pass.

That was quite an experience!

For more walking, check out La Pedriza and GR footpaths in Spain.


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