From the foot of a hill, which dominates over the plains, crowned by the ruins of a castle from the IX century, this highly populated town was developed, the second largest of the Jacobean route in the province of Burgos
Hikers travel down its long main road, over two kilometres (authentic Jacobean urbanism of houses located around the street route) and encounter on their journey the various monuments that testify to the glorious past of the enclave.
Its history is closely linked both to the Camino of Santiago and to a code of laws (privileges) granted to the enclave in 974-one of the first of Castilla-and that had a sociological importance. One privilege implemented was to farmers who provided a horse for use in the war to be treated as nobles.
A formality introduced to increase the number of soldiers during the Reconquista. The pilgrims will not find problems in purchasing supplies in this place. Furthermore, and despite not being an end stage, Castrojeriz is suggested as an ideal spot to stop along the way.
Given that the town so closely linked to the Jacobean route it is no surprise that on the 25th of July, the feast of Santiago, is celebrated with honours. For this day Castrojeriz organises gastronomic festivals, giving further fame to the garlic of Burgos by hosting its own Feria del Ajo (a Garlic Fair). Many pilgrims take advantage of the day to learn how to string and twist garlic.
This is perhaps one of the main attractions of the day. On the 17th of January they also celebrate the Fiesta de San Antón. Celebrations include a mass in the ruins of San Antón and a musical representation. The participants, and walkers who take part in the festivities, later return to Castrojeriz to continue the party.
If you are traveling on the Camino de Santiago or are planning to do so soon, you should know that the distance separating Castrojeriz from Santiago de Compostela is 450 kilometers.
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