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Way of El Cid

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Just like El Cid, you will arrive in Alcubilla de Avellaneda. This is the starting point of a journey through time.

 

The province of Soria is closely connected to the poem Cantar del Mío Cid: local places and the land are all described rigorously as well as inns and river fords. So much so that it is thought that the anonymous author could have been from San Esteban de Gormaz or Medinaceli.

 

This route throughout the province starts in Alcoba de la Torre and Alcubilla de Avellaneda until reaching San Esteban de Gormaz which was under Rodrigo’s lordship.

 

From San Esteban you will then go to Langa de Duero, the town where El Cid was mayor, to then continue on to Castillejo de Robledo, the place where most historians believe that El Cid’s daughters were assaulted by their husbands, the princes of Carrión.

 

After going through Alcubilla del Marqués, under the Castilian King Alfonso VI’s command, El Cid and his armies entered “no-man’s-land”, the border between the Christian and Muslim kingdoms.

 

The route continues through Osma and El Burgo de Osma. According to the poem, El Cid and his men crossed the Douro River in Navapalos.

 

After this, you will reach Gormaz where you will see the Caliphal fortress, the biggest in Europe at the time and, according to the poem, where El Cid was also mayor.

 

After this, you will go to Berlanga de Duero, the town where, according to the General Chronicle of 1344, El Cid was the mayor and it was also the town where his daughters stayed in their way to Valencia.

 

The last Sorian town on this route is Retortillo de Soria, a town that must be crossed to continue the route through Guadalajara where El Cid crossed on the ninth day of his exile.

 

The path goes back to Soria through the Arbujuelo Valley entering Layna. This is one of the most transited parts in the poem.

 

From Layna, the path leads to Medinaceli and to the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de Huerta on the way to Calatayud.

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Castle of Gormaz
Castle of Gormaz
Castle of Berlanga de Duero
Castle of Berlanga de Duero
Roman arch in Medinaceli
Roman arch in Medinaceli
Church of San Miguel (San Esteban de Gormaz)
Church of San Miguel (San Esteban de Gormaz)

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