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LesBrass

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yes...
Hello wise folks of the forum :)

I'm 50km South of Madrid in a town called Chinchon. I spotted some yellow arrows on a wall close to the church in the old town but can find no reference to a camino here? It's a fabulous old town... Is it on a route or are the arrows something very different?
 

peregrina2000

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I love these questions, gives me opportunities to find new caminos, which I really need like a hole in the head, but it is fun anyway.

This one has been hard to find, but I have found something on the website of the ayuntamiento of Navalperal de Pinares, about 120 km northwest of Chinchón and not on any well-known camino either. But on that website, there is a description of a route that comes from Valencia and goes through Chinchón-Valdemoro-Robledo (all towns mentioned in a written camino account from the 17th century), and another route that comes from Albacete through Toledo and Cebreros (all of these are on the Levante), which then arrives in Navalperal as well. So, though the focus of this website, logically, is to highlight the importance of Navalperal in Camino history, it does suggest that the route from Chinchón, if marked, would start in Valencia and pass through Navalperal. In Navalperal, the historical documents suggest that the peregrinos either got on what we know as the Camino de Madrid (through Coca, Simancas, Medina de Rioseco, Sahagún) or followed the Levante through Ávila.

Here’s a link to the website of Navalperal.

So, start walking @LesBrass! Buen camino, Laurie
 

LesBrass

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Camino(s) past & future
yes...
Sadly neither of us like aniseed so we had to pass but the wine was just 80 cents a glass and my husband ordered a gin and tonic and it came in a half litre glass :oops:

Thanks for the link... Interesting read. It does kind of make sense that if you were coming from Valenca you would walk in the Chinchon direction. The town was important in roman times and was important for agriculture so it makes sense to have passing trade? Its really lovely countryside... Would be a fabulous walk. Perhaps its the missing camino linking the south to Madrid?

We're driving south today down to Malaga but my books are in the car and I imagine there will be walking over the next few weeks :cool:

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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
LesBrass, anis drinks are best as a tiny amount rolled on the tongue. Ohhh, gin and tonic is my fav hard drink! 😉
 

lindam

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
Enjoy your travels, Colleen! Your timing is perfect in terms of having missed the crazy storm here in Spain that went on for several days last week.
Hope we can meet-up again one day.
 

laineylainey

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Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
Stayed in Chinchon many years ago, fabulous town with the most lovely parador. Restaurants in the plaza Major all have terraces to sit and eat and gaze down onto the square.
 

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