Camino Frances Day 14 – Villalcazar de Sirga to Terradillos de los Templarios

Today we pass halfway on our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

It’s Day 14 and we are walking from Villalcazar de Sirga to Terradillos de los Templarios and its going to be hard 33km day although the majority of the day is on flat terrain.

Day 14 Overview

  • Distance – 32 km
  • From – Villalcazar de Sirga
  • To – Terradillos de los Templarios
  • Min/Maz Elevation – 800m/903m
  • Elevation gain – 208m
  • Steps – 46,000

We had a great night in Villalcazar de Sirga last night at the end of Camino stage 13 and recommend eating at one of the Camino restaurants in the main town square, the Plaza Major. Its called the Meson de los Templarios. Give it a go and enjoy.

We got up early again and started walking at 5.30am with our head torches lighting the way.

Our first stop was after about 6km at Carrion de les Condes and we planned to stop for breakfast. This is our last planned stop before a long straight walk on the Meseta.

Carrion de los Condes

Our first stop was after about 6km at Carrion de les Condes and we planned to stop for breakfast. This is our last planned stop before a long straight walk on the Meseta.

breakfast in carrion de los condes

Carrion de los Condes was a town of great importance at the time of the old pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. Its medieval origins can be seen in some of the historic buildings and in the old town. 

It was known for its outstanding history within the pilgrimages and offered nine churches, five convents and four hospitals to attend the pilgrims in the best way.

The stop in Carrión de los Condes is a great stop for pilgrims as there are lots of sweet delicacies on offer made by the nuns of Santa Clara and other monasteries. 

An old building in carrion de los condes
An old building in carrion de los condes

We had a pilgrim breakfast and had a good look around town although it was quite early and the majority of Spanish villages and towns on the Camino don’t wake up early at all. On wards we walked as el Camino was calling….. 

We passed the Carrion de los Condes Pilgrim statue as we left town heading out onto the Meseta.

A statue in Carrion de los condes

This section of the Meseta is walking on the remains of a Roman Road and is over 17km long without any towns or villages along the way. The next town we get to is Calzadilla de la Cueza where we hope to stop for lunch.

walking on the Meseta

It’s a tough long walk down the camino roman road. Long, hot and tiring. But we walked with some friends we have been bumping into along the way from Bermuda. Rob and Rex Burns ! 

Great company and a pleasure to meet. We keep bumping into each other along the Camino Frances as their Pilgrim journey is closely linked to ours.

pilgrims on the meseta

In the summer months there is a food truck at about 10km and the owner was doing a BBQ and it turned out to be a great place to stop in the shade of a tree.

Cafe on the meseta

At the end of the long 17km walk which is especially hard in the full heat of the sun, we arrived in Calzadilla de la Cueza. We had a cold beer was absolutely amazing and well deserved.  

A lot of people decide to stop here and stay in the Albergue Municipal de Peregrinos but we decided to push on for another 10km and get to Terradillos de los Templarios.

Albergue Municipal de Peregrinos

After the long walk over the Meseta we were very tired when we arrived in Terradillos de los Templarios. The history lesson is in the name ! 

This was another Knights Templar Stronghold and our hostel is named after Jacques de Molay, the last grand master of the order. 

The village is over 800 years old and was very important because the Temple, the most renowned Christian military order, was based here.

Its a really small village and the church of San Pedro is the most interesting religious building in the charming village. The interior room highlights the altarpiece of the seventeenth century and a crucifix of the fourteenth century.

Festivals on the Camino Frances

Terradillos de los Templarios honours and celebrates its patron saints on the following days:

  • San Pedro the Apostle on June 29th
  • San Isidro, patron saint of farmers on May 15th

Accommodation in Terradillos de la Templarios

Albergue Jacques de Molay

  • 50 Beds ( 8 rooms)
  • from €8 per person
  • Amenities – shared bathrooms
  • Open all year
  • Show on Map
  • Call to Book.  +34 979 883 679

jacques de molay albergue

Albergue Los Templarios

  • 46 Beds 
  • from €8 per person
  • Amenities – shared bathrooms
  • Open March to October
  • Show on Map
  • Call to Book  +34 979 065 968
albergue los templarios

The Albergue Jacques de Molay was very good and they do food as well. I had a fantastic hot shower and went to the sun balcony for a few beers and we were joined by one of our room mates, Debbie from Germany. Cheers !

Pilgrims in the albergue in Terradillos

I hope you enjoyed reading about the walking stage on Day 14 Villalcazar de Sirga to Terradillos de los Templarios.

Day 15 coming soon

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