THE ROUTE OF EL CID
We at Boutique Hotels Spain would like to suggest a special plan, one to be followed in a calm and leisurely way, the “Camino del Mio Cid” or the Route of El Cid. We go back to the XI century, following the steps of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, better known as El Cid Campeador, a legendary medieval Spanish knight.
Our proposed route is based on the poem “Cantar de mío Cid” or “The Song of My Cid”, a story that tells of the travels and adventures of the famous knight throughout Spain. All the places that appear in this narrative, and others that are not named but are linked to this story, form the axis of this route that crosses Spain from northwest to southeast.
It is a route of almost 2.000 km that will take us through 8 different regions: Soria, Burgos, Guadalajara, Zaragoza, Teruel, Castellón, Valencia y Alicante. In order for you to enjoy this trip and plan your holidays, the route is divided into various themed sections which when completed join together to make up the full route … This way you can cover the route little by little and choose to complete the different sections at your own pace and time of choosing.
There are different ways to travel, on foot, by bike or by motorcycle or car. On the official website of the Camino del Cid Consortium, you will find all the key information and routes to make this a epic journey, which will take you back to the Middle Ages, its history and literature through tourism and sightseeing. Depending on your tastes, you can enjoy art, architecture, gastronomy, nature, popular festivals, museums and hotels and spas along the route.
One essential thing you must do in order to complete the route as was intended and something which also serves as a badge of pride for those who complete the route is the “salvoconducto,” or “safe passage” a small booklet which the traveller stamps with the different stamps of the towns and villages that they pass through along the way. This document is free and you can request it at the Tourism Offices affiliated with the Camino del Cid, it also gives you certain advantages and discounts in many establishments.
There are 184 locations and 450 stamping points along the route. We are especially happy because, recently, one of our Boutique hotels, El Secanet, has been accepted as one of these official “Stamping Points”.
If your weary feet need a rest, we can assure you that you have reached the right place. Gemma and Salva, the attentive and adorable hosts of Secanet, will make you feel at home. Their cosy hotel is located in the Natural Park of the Sierra Calderona, in the town of Algimia de Alfara, a quiet and relaxed place on the outskirts of Valencia.
Apart from the Secanet, we at Boutique Hotels Spain would like to suggest own alternative route of places to stay to enjoy the tour. You can relax, rest and enjoy many other pleasures in our Boutique Hotels: the Hotel Castell de la Solana in the Vall de Pop (Alicante), the Hotel El Jardín Vertical in Vilafamés (Castellón), the Hotel La Fábrica de Solfa in Matarraña (Teruel), the Hotel La Torre del Visco in Fuentespalda (Teruel), the Hotel Molino de Alcuneza in Sigüenza (Guadalajara) and the Valle de la Oca Hotel in Villanasur, Río de la Oca (Burgos).
We hope to be your choice of destination! See you on your travels!