A little bit of History
From century XII Madrid counted on a parish dedicated to Santiago. The vestiges of the Roman road in the Puerto de la Fuenfría, in the Sierra de Guadarrama, indicate that this passage was already widely used for many centuries, in the transport of cattle and as a commercial route with Segovia and the north of the Peninsula. Along this road we find a large number of churches dedicated to Santiago and with abundant Jacobean symbols, giving a clear idea of the historical roots of this route.
The Camino de Madrid departs from the capital of Spain, in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. It goes towards the northwest crossing the provinces of Madrid, Segovia, Valladolid and ending in Sahagún, province of León, where it connects with the French Way.
This Camino, until Sahagún, can be done in 11-13 stages. The most complicated stage by far is Cercedilla-Segovia, about 31 km long, which crosses the Sierra de Guadarrama and climbs to the Puerto de la Fuenfría, at almost 1800 meters of altitude. This stage is especially beautiful, not only because of the landscapes and nature, but because in the climb to the pass we will have the opportunity to walk some stretches on a Roman road. In addition, this stage has the particularity that you do not pass through any town until you get Segovia.
In the region of Madrid, the route tends to gain height little by little, becoming steeper as we approach the mountains. As you can see in the profile, this route presents a unique orographic difficulty of importance, when crossing the Sierra de Guadarrama to pass to Segovia. From Segovia, the landscape is typical of the Castilian plateau, with large areas of cereal and dotted with pine forests.
The best season
The best season to carry out this route is spring or autumn. In summer it is very hot and in winter very cold. In winter we can find difficulties in the Sierra de Guadarrama due to snow, and perhaps in other points of the route of the Castilla-Leon area.
Pilgrim hostels and other accomodations
In Madrid there is a huge offer of all kinds of accommodation. In the section of the Madrid region, the existence of pilgrim hostels is irregular. From Segovia, there is a good offer of pilgrim hostels, which will allow us to make the camino to Sahagún without doing very long stages. The average distance between towns with some type of pilgrim hostel or shelter is 12.3 km (August-2018).
The continuation to Santiago
El Camino de Madrid ends in the town of Sahagún (León) where it meets the French Way and through which you have to continue to get to Santiago de Compostela. See the Camino Frances
In summer the climate is very hot and dry. In winter the climate is cold and it is common to have a lot of snow in the Sierra de Guadarrama. Neither is it difficult to find snow in lower areas, as in Segovia, for example.