R2 – Day 12: Carrion de los Condes – Terradillos de los Templarios 26.5km

Leave Carrión de Los Condes by crossing the 16th-century bridge and passing the 10th century Benedictine San Zoilo Monastery. From here the Camino de Santiago is reasonably straight and follows an old Roman road known as the Via Aquitania, alternatively known as the Calzada de los Peregrinos.

Today you have another stage with endless straight paths in the Castilian steppe. From Carrión de Los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza you have the longest stretch in Camino (17km) without any villages and almost no shade (remember: water, cap and sunscreen).

At times you will find makeshift Bars, a welcome sight, however, you cannot rely on this happening so stock up. The most exciting thing along this road will be the haystacks! An extra special time for reflection and contemplation.

You will pass the remains of the 11th-century pilgrim hospital of Santa Maria de las Tiendas.

Terradillos de los Templarios is a small humble village, with not much else to do but rest.