The Province of Soria in Castilla y León has one of the lowest population densities in Europe meaning the towns are far apart – too far to walk; for example 58 kms from Agreda to Soria. However, perhaps because of this isolation, there are some really lovely old villages and we took a bus to a few.
Almazan, Arabic for Fortificada (Fortified), was on the frontier between the Arab and the Christian worlds in the 10th & 11th centuries and then a center of dispute between the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile in the 14th century.
07 & 08 May 2019
During the 10th & 11th centuries, Soria was strategically important because of its location on the Duero, which marked the boundary between Christian and Muslim domains. King Alfonso VIII (1158-1214) was born in Soria and the city flourished in the 13th century.
You can see the dozen or so sights by following the pavement markers (left).
What a surprise. A short walk from the bus stop in the new city and we were in the 18th century main Plaza. The winding arcaded main street with shops and houses supported with 125 columns of stone or wood, was deserted at 3pm. We turned a corner and there was the huge Gothic Cathedral.
El Burgo de Osma – San Esteban de Gormaz
11 May 2019
There are two ways to walk from El Burgo de Osma to San Esteban de Gormaz. Acting on local advice we took the longer route which follows the Camino Cid to join the Senda del Duero. It was a good choice, easy and interesting walking. 18.5 km in 4 hours 20 minutes.