About the Way of El Cid
The Way of El Cid is a cultural-tourist route across Spain from northwest to southeast, from Castilla in the interior to the Mediterranean coast. It follows the history and story of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, El Cid Campeador, a famous medieval knight of the 11th century and, together with Don Quixote and Don Juan, one of Spain’s greatest characters. Unlike the latter two, El Cid is not only a character of literature, but also of history.
The main travel guide on the route is the Poem of The Cid, the great Hispanic medieval epic written at the end of the 12th century or beginning of the 13th. It tells of the adventures of El Cid Campeador as from his exile. The places, landscapes and castles of the Poem of The Cid make up the backbone of this Way. It also crosses through places that do not appear in the Poem but are related to the historical figure of El Cid.
The route runs through large natural areas and small, very quiet villages with a wealth of heritage. The Way of El Cid includes seven World Heritage Sites of the medieval world. Its diversity makes it a unique opportunity for seeing Spain in a different light, free from clichés.
Owing to its length (around 1400 kilometres of tracks and 2000 km of roads), the Way of El Cid is divided into interconnected thematic routes of approximately 50-300 km so you can adapt the journey to your holidays.
Rev. JGG 24.08.16