Carrión de los Condes

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This town, located in the geographic centre of the Camino of Santiago, is still the same 'village rich in bread, wine, meat and all kinds of products " as cited by the author of Codex Calixtino, despite not currently retaining the glorious which it once had.

Pantocrátor de la iglesia de Santiago / Foto cedida por la Diputación de Palencia

Pantocrátor de la iglesia de Santiago / Foto cedida por la Diputación de Palencia

A residence of kings, it was the capital of the dominions of the powerful Infantes of Carrión, those whom according to legend married the daughters of the Cid. Birthplace of famous writers, such as Marqués de Santillana (a key figure in society and of Spanish literature in the XV-century), he had a leading role in the development of pilgrimages, giving faith to the nine churches, five convents and four hospitals which the enclave came to have.

The route, the backbone of the economy of the enclave, continues to be currently the main driving force of the locality. The various temples, monasteries, chapels and countless emblazoned houses passed by the walkers on this urban stage serve to testify what Carrion has become.

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A good option for pilgrims with a sweet tooth is to try any of the sweet specialities made by the nuns of Santa Clara. Like other monasteries, purchase is possible on their visit. Fiestas Those walkers who reach Carrion in the second half of August can witness the patron celebration of San Zoilo, one of the biggest Fiestas of the town, during which there are competitions, parades, and an original holy procession, during which they dance to the rhythm of brass bands. On Saturday they celebrate the night of fire and on the 8th of September is the festival of the Virgin of Bethlehem.

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