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The Ruta Jacobea Madrilena is a 763.3 km
trail that starts in Madrid,
Based on our data, the trail is graded as Medium.
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This trail can be completed in approx 38 days. Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info read about how we calculate hike time.
Luke Halton · 28 Dec 2021
I love this Camino. I hiked the North Carolina MST and most of the Ireland E8 in 2021 before this route, so I had a few thru hikes to compare this trail to. It was the perfect combination of hiking, culture, and hospitality. If you have never done a thru hike, and are close to Spain, this is one of the best hikes you can attempt. It is mostly flat, but I adventured into a few mountains to camp. The accommodations are excellent... you will not walk 4-5 hours without finding water, food, and a place to sleep. Compared to other thru hikes, this is a dream come true. In every town square, no matter the size, there is a water pump. I recommend shopping at grocery stores when in cities (300g of jamon, sliced queso, and a daily loaf of bread). A tent is NOT necessary, but a sleeping bag and air mat are enough to sleep "open air" before you get to the alberques. You will not be with other hikers until you arrive in Shagun, which is the Camino 1/2 way point. For myself, this was the perfect mix of rough adventure and socialization. Once you get on the main Camino, there will be people walking in front and behind, until you get to Santiago, but there will be daily alberques. If you enjoy semi-solitude, history, and vistas, you can't beat this trail. My photos and places where I slept can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/lukehalton/home
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