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About the Camino del Cid

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Jean-Luc
Year of past OR future Camino
Levante (2014-2016); Levante to Toledo (2017-2018), to be continued; Fisterra & Muxia (2018);
Last thursday, July 2nd, during the zoom on Levante by Laurie, I named the Camino del Cid, and one participant lady asked about it. As I am not sure that my answer was clear enough (due to my bad english), here are some more information.
This is not a pilgrimage way, but and historical one, which goes along the route that followed Rodrigo Díaz, from Vivar (Burgos), surnamed El Cid. He was a 11th century's knight, and starts his war actions in Vivar, Burgos, and ends in Orihuela, Alicante, after a lot of loops along Castilla-León, Aragon, and the Comunidad Valenciana. His history, and legend, are the object of more than 20 works of theater, opera, and cinema. Maybe the better known is 'El Cid' with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, full of anachronisms and legend..
There is a good explanation about El Cid in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Cid ,
and the way is very well described in http://www.caminodelcid.org/, with guides and official maps (1/25000)
This way shares segments with other routes, for example the Camino de Levante, the Camino de Sagunto...
It is homologated as GR160.
I join an overall map, and one sample of the maps (IGN) availables on their web.
Buen camino - Jean-luc
 

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Thanks, Jean-Luc,

The Camino San Olav between Covarrubias and Burgos also coincides with the Camino del Cid. Some of the forum posts in that sub-forum note the places where there is overlap. What Rebekah and I found when we walked was that frequently the Camino del Cid kept you on the road, whereas the San Olav took you off-road. This would make sense in light of Jean-Luc’s observation during the Zoom meeting that the Camino del Cid is primarily a camino for cars.

 
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (14), Portuguese (15), Le Puy (17), Ingles (17), VDLP (18), Lana (18), Madrid (19) + more
Thank you Jean-Luc for the resources!

I have an idea in my head of going southbound from Burgos, arriving in Valencia, and then heading north on Levante towards Santiago.

As the 'Camino del Cid' is a historical route, it is a rare opportunity to walk away from Galicia.
I just wouldn't feel right walking a Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage backwards. :)
 

Carel5

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Year of past OR future Camino
2016 Mozarabe: Almeria - Merida
2018 Francigena: GSB - Massa
(2019) Francigena: Massa - Roma
I have just visited the Camino del Cid website and it is a dream for long distance hikers. There are maps, route descriptions (in Spanish and English), GPS-tracks, accomodation lists, all kinds of tourist information, and so on. In fact there are four Cid Caminos: for cars, normal bikes, all terrain bikes and hikers, so it is not just a camino for cars.

Indeed, the Camino del Cid is not a pilgrimage road, but a long distance path, signposted by red and white GR signs, comparable with the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Pennine Way, the Rheinsteig or the Rota Vicentina. I really hope to go there once the Covid crisis is over allthough the Camino de la Lana is also on my wish list.

 

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