→ 4.80 → Belorado → 4.70km → Tosantos

Altitude
773
To end of camino
533.70
ATM
Yes
Bar
Yes
Bus
Yes
Correos
Ave Cerezo de Rio Tiron 6, 09250, Mon-Fri: 1000-1330 & Sat: 1000-11:30
Grocery
Yes
Medical Center
Yes
Pharmacy
Yes

Belorado manages to maintain some of its advantages, but hard times have certainly taken their toll. A walk around the perimeter streets will reveal a quickly crumbling infrastructure. On the hillside sit the remains of a castle.

Several churches remain and the hospices have been replaced by many modern albergues. The main square is a nice place to hide from the sun if you fancy a rest.

There are many restaurants in the main square, and another (one of the better options for dinner)  at the Cuatro Cantones albergue.

The Iglesia de Santa María has an altarpiece which depicts Santiago both as a Pilgrim and as a Moorslayer.

Fiesta

The Fiesta of San Vitores is held on the 26th of August, and Thanksgiving is held on the first weekend in September. La Virgen de Belén is celebrated on the 25th of January.

History

After a long string of nearly abandoned villages, Belorado is something of a wonder. Once again we have geography to thank; Belorado sits right in the middle of a narrow pass that cuts through two hillsides. The difference in altitude is small, less than 200m, but the hills are steep enough to provide some protection and fighting advantage. It was well developed before the arrival of Santo Domingo with his knack for setting towns on an east-west axis. At one time, the town boasted 8 churches, a thriving market, and 2 pilgrim hospices.

Also of note are the caves that dot the hillside here. They drew a not insignificant number of hermits to the area, many of which became well known. Santo Domingo chose a life of hermitage when he was turned away from the monastery, and other orders like that of St. Millán also began with a single cave-dwelling hermit.

Comments

michael

We are sat on the sun watching the storks on the church tower, having had a lunch that was simply delicious. This hotel/restaurant provides rooms and delicious food. Just what was required for tired peregrinos

michael

Fantastic service, amazing menu of the day. Lovely front and rear terrace and laundry service. Clean and spacious room. We loved it!

michael

We are sat on the sun watching the storks on the church tower, having had a lunch that was simply delicious. This hotel/restaurant provides rooms and delicious food. Just what was required for tired peregrinos

michael

We are at La Huella del Camino, one of the first bars on arriving in town. The peregrinos menu was sensational. Great presentation!!

michael

Three of us stayed here in a private room with own bathroom. It was very clean and well set up. The bathroom
was excellent. We had dinner here and it was sensational.
Highly recommended.

michael

Hi Mike. I saw a sign announcing a new hostal in Belorado. No idea how it is but it was in town and looked quite modern and organized from the street.
We stayed in Pension Toni and it was neat and clean. The proprietor was berry welcoming and provide info on the town and sites nearby.
Leaving town at 7 there were no services available. The Repsol on the way out of town had capsule coffee and other nibbles to get me on the way. Jim. (Peaceable Kingdom ditch pig)