The so-called Camino de Levante crosses the Iberian Peninsula from east to northwest and connects Levante with the two Castillas and Galicia. This path joins the Camino de Santiago allowing the pilgrim to reach his long-awaited goal.
The path or path of Levante is made up of 27 stages that start from the beautiful city of Valencia until reaching the town of Toro in Zamora. At that point, the trail joins the Camino de Santiago to begin the last stages of the route, taking the pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela.
One of the peculiarities of this Camino del Levante is that almost all of its stages are quite extensive, around 25-40 kilometres. One of the most affordable is the one that goes from Chinchilla de Montearagón to Albacete , a route without major complications with a length of approximately 15.3 km.
Stage 8: Chinchilla del Montearagón – Albacete
This route corresponds to the eighth stage of the Camino de Levante. It begins in the Parish of San Salvador and we must go to the Plaza de la Mancha. To follow the Camino de Santiago we will continue along Avenida de Albacete, a road that borders the entire city.
We will have to turn off at the exit towards the cemetery and leaving it behind we will pass through Los Tejares. In the next section we must be careful with the traffic, since we will continue along the CV-B-12 road and we will have to cross it. It is then when, once we have traveled a few meters, we will move away in the direction of the Camporroso Industrial Estate. This enclosure is connected by a road with the Industrial Park of Los Molinos. Shortly after passing the latter we will come across the A-31 motorway.
Once we reach the Venta de la Paloma, we will advance until we pass the Nueva de la Albariza house. At the fork that appears further on, we will choose the path to the left that we will have to follow until we reach the Alicante motorway. To enter Albacete we must position ourselves at the roundabout that joins the A-31 motorway with the CM-332 road. At this point we must be careful when crossing the railroad tracks. Already in Soria street we will enter the streets of Albacete until we reach our destination, the Plaza de la Virgen de los Llanos . Here we can visit the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista .
Part of the layout of this route runs along local roads , where extreme caution must be exercised so as not to have any collisions with cars, and dirt tracks. It is a perfect route to do with children, since the terrain has little unevenness. In addition, compared to other stages of the Camino de Levante, the distance to be covered is less.
The path is duly signposted so you can’t get lost. It is recommended to carry water and food in the backpack, since it is difficult to find sources to replenish it. Being such an extensive route, it is advisable to make several stops so that the children do not get too exhausted. In summer or very hot days, you should avoid the central hours of the day and start the walk first thing in the morning, which is when it is cooler.
As always when organizing a hiking route, adequate clothing and footwear should be prepared (avoiding flip-flops that can cause slips), a battery-powered telephone, sunscreen, a hat, walking sticks that help to navigate the path more easily, a trail map and supplies.
The return can be done on one of the buses that depart from Albacete and take to Chinchilla de Montearagón.
what can we visit
In Chinchilla de Montearagón we can see the Santa María del Salvador Archpriest Church , with multiple architectural styles, and the Marqués Castle, an Arab architectural monument from the 15th century.
In Albacete, in addition to the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, to rest from the walk we have the option of visiting the famous Knife Museum , the Botanical Garden or the María Cristina Canals .