→ 4.80 → Belorado → 4.70km → Tosantos
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Several churches remain and the hospices have been replaced by many modern albergues.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.
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.
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.
Accommodation in Belorado
|Albergue A Santiago
|Albergue de Peregrinos Cuatro Cantones
|Albergue de peregrinos Caminante
|Refugio parroquial de Belorado - Santa Maria y San Pedro