In Tosantos, you can admire the Church of San Esteban and the curious cave shrine of Our Lady of La Peña.
As we continue along the route, the landscape becomes more rolling due to the Montes de Oca mountain range, with valleys covered in dense vegetation and towns with traditional houses of great architectural value.
Villafranca – Montes de Oca, at the foot of the mountains of the same name, will connect you to the history of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago and the Visigoth era, when this town was an episcopal centre. Along the way, you’ll find the shrine of San Felices de Oca, of Mozarabic origin and an Asset of Cultural Interest.
Amid the thicket of the Montes de Oca, the important Monastery of San Juan de Ortega appears, a very interesting place to visit during this stage. Saint Juan de Ortega, who was responsible for the construction of a large number of bridges, inns and roadways to favour the pilgrimage, built the chapel of San Nicolás de Bari and later the Sanctuary of San Nicolás to protect travellers from highway robbers.
On the right side of the Route, we can pay an optional visit to Atapuerca. We recommend visiting the Atapuerca Archaeological Site, the ‘Rosetta Stone’ of human evolution, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. One of the world’s most important sites, it has led us to rethink the evolution of our species, offering a new vision of our ‘family tree’. Complement your visit to this unique place with a stop at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, where findings from the site are exhibited.
After passing through Orbaneja, we arrive in Burgos, a city that preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendour. It boasts one of the greatest works of Spain’s Gothic period, its Cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.
The Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago leaves its mark on Burgos on the street bordering the Cathedral and in many buildings that once served as pilgrim hospitals.
Burgos is well-connected and has a modern transportation network.
It is also the starting point of another great cycle tourism route in Spain: the Route of El Cid.