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Stage 2: Santalla – Las Médulas (15,9 km)
Hotel Restaurante Agoga (km 15.9)
Santalla (1)-Villavieja (2)(0-3.7 km)
Villavieja (2)-Cornatel castle (3): 3.7-5.0 (1.3 km)
Cornatel castle (3)-Borrenes (4): 5.0-8.7 (3.7 km)
Borrenes (4)-Las Médulas (5): 8.7-15.9 (7.2 km)
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From the road, you will approach Santalla (photo 1 km 0). Go through the town following the boundary markers (photo 2 km 0.2) until you reach a dirt road (photo 3 km 0.6). This dirt road is parallel to the principal road for approximately 1 km (photo 4 km 0.7) and at the height of km 1.4 you should make a detour to the left (photo 5 km 1.4) by a grass path (photo 6 km 1.6) of about 300 meters that leads to to the road (photo 7 km 1.7).
Cross the road and just in front of where there is a stone house take the steep slope path. It is a stone and dirt path (photo 8 km 1.8) that makes really hard following this kilometer by bicycle. Despite this and even though if you follow the paved road you join later the Way, we have not marked an alternative cycle route because we consider that you will miss a breathtakingly beautiful scenery (photo 9 km 2.2) and the Templar Castle of Cornatel so… keep it up cyclists!
During this route you will we bordering the mountain in which the Castle of Cornatel is located. You will get to a terrace situated at km 3 (photo 10 km 3.0) where it is worth it to stop for a moment and to admire the beauty of the scene. After 700 meters, you will get to Villavieja (photo 11 km 3.7), a little group of houses that you will have to go through and where a sign indicates that there are 193 km left to Santiago (photo 12 km 4.0). Follow the dirt path for 1 km more until you approach the road at the foot of Castillo de Cornatel (photo 13 km 5.0).
The Castle can be visited Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 20:00 and there is free entrance for pilgrims, the rest have to pay 2 €. Once you are on the road, follow the Winter Way downhill (photo 14 km 5.2). After a kilometer, you will reach a fork where you have to turn right (photo 15 km 5.9) and then straight on about 700 meters until you approach a crossroads (photo 16 km 6.6) where you should turn on the first road to the right, towards Borrenes (photo 17 km 8.7).
Go through the town following the boundary marks and follow the paved road (photo 18 km 9.4) until you reach a detour on the left (photo 19 km 9.8). Take this dirt path (photo 20 and 21 km 9.9 and km 11.2) until you reach a crossroads with a road (photo 22 km 11.9) that you will have to cross. Keep straight on by the dirt path until you approach a second road (photo 23 km 12.2) that you will take on the left for about 80 meters (photo 24 km 12.3). Afterwards, take the hand-right dirt path for about 1.5 km until it leads to a paved road (photo 26 km 13.8) where you should continue on the right (photo 27 km 14.5). Keep straight on until you get to Las Médulas which is located over 1 km away (photo 28 km 15.0).
About 600 meters from the entrance of Las Médulas, there is a boundary mark that indicates that you should keep straight on (photo 29 km 15.6) but if you want to look for accommodation and/or a place to eat you can turn left at this point and after about 300 you will find the Hotel Agoga.