The Way of St. James from Alicante

camino de santiago desde Alicante

Pilgrim, my friend, in Santiago awaits the reward for your long journey… All those who have ever made the Camino de Santiago, do not hesitate to explain that it is one of the most enriching experiences one can live The symbology, history and meaning of this millennial route is still more alive today than ever before. One of the best known routes is the Camino del Sureste, with which you can do the Way of St. James from Alicante.

It is one of the oldest routes that lead to the Galician capital. In total, there are 41 stages that pass through the provinces of Alicante, Murcia, Albacete, Toledo, Madrid, Avila, Valladolid and Zamora, where the road splits into two paths: the Via de la Plata in Benavente and another in Astorga . From there, you can arrive directly to Santiago in a final stretch.

This itinerary of the Southeast joins the “Camino del Azahar” in the vicinity of Albacete, and crosses between this town and Valladolid with various sections of the Way of Levante, which leaves from Valencia.

It is a route full of spectacular landscapes, which practically runs through the center of Spain to the north. Villages and cities full of beauty and closely linked to the pilgrims.

la concha, símbolo del Camino de SantiagoDeparture of the Way of St. James from Alicante

The Camino de Santiago from Alicante departs from the Basilica of Santa Maria in the city. It is located very close to your accommodations in Be Alicante, so you will not find a better location to start the Camino del Sureste. Although the itinerary can be started from anywhere in the province (Alicante, Elche, Alcoy, Ibi, Orihuela, Benidorm, Elda or Villena), it is tradition to do so from the Basilica of Santa Maria.


This is the point from where the pilgrims left the St. James’s Path early in the Middle Ages, leaving through the sacristy of the church to the door that faces Villa Vieja Street. It is on this same street where our Bed & Breakfast La Milagrosa is located, just where the Way was started almost a thousand years ago. Can you imagine a better place to stay?

Today, the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago in Alicante is trying to recover the old itinerary of the pilgrims, which continued from Villa Vieja Street to Plaza de Santa Faz, Calle Mayor and Elche Gate. Then continued along San Francisco Street, Maissonave Avenue, Aguilera Street and Orihuela Avenue, and headed to Plaza de la Luna and the Vial de los Cipreses.

Once you start the Way of St. James from Alicante, you will pass through areas of great cultural and scenic interest, where you can stop to rest in any of the shelters of the Xacobea route and enjoy the history and heritage of these villages.

The stages of the Southeast Road within the province of Alicante are three. The departure is made from the capital and reaches Novelda. The second stage goes from Novelda to Villena, and the third stage from there to Yecla. From here, the itinerary goes into the interior of Spain until arriving at the house of the Apostle Santiago.

The Way of the Southeast was described in 1546 by the royal mail Pedro Juan Villuga in a work that collected all the known routes of Spain. However, there are data from hospitals in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries that already hosted medieval pilgrims in Alicante.

There are many roads leading to Santiago from all over Europe: the Silver Route, the Camiño do Norte, the Camino del Interior, the French Way, the Cervantine routes that cross La Mancha, the Portuguese roads, the amazing English Way, and many others that cross much of the continent to Spain.

If you want to start the Way of St. James from Alicante and do it in one of the historical points of the Camino del Sureste, do not hesitate to come to Be Alicante. Contact us and book your room now. Have a good trip, Pilgrim!

 

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