Pilgrim to Santiago. Stage 2 Fuente de Cantos (Badajoz) to Aldea del Cano,Alcuescar (Cáceres). 136 Km
Second Stage from Seville to Santiago with bikes. The first kilometers of the stage take place in the heart of Extremadura, surrounded by holm oaks and guarded by stone walls, an old property boundary that we will frequently find throughout Extremadura and Castile. As in the previous stage, we will cross several fenced farms, with their corresponding portals, and several Canadian passes.
In moderate descent, the pasture surrenders to an extensive plain of crops and before our eyes appears Fuente de Cantos (distant even 10 km). We will pass by the Villa «Camino de Santiago», decorated with two ceramics that mark the kilometers made from Seville … and those that are still missing until Santiago de Compostela.
After Fuente de Cantos, we take a dirt track under which the old Roman road is located. With hardly any surprises (except for some watercourse, depending on the date), the road crosses the towns of Calzadilla de los Barros and Puebla de Sancho Pérez until you reach Zafra, the head of the region with an outstanding historical site.
With the tower of San Francisco as a reference, we continue along a gentle slope that ascends, between private properties, up to the Sierra de San Cristóbal. Here, the Camino becomes a comfortable descent again, and we would appreciate it until the end of the stage. We cross the towns of Los Santos de Maimona, Villafranca de los Barros (City of Music) and Torremejía.
After a stage of 107 km (with which we have already accumulated … 217 km from Seville), the bridge over the Guadiana River welcomes us to the imperial city of Emerita Augusta.
We take the road of the reservoir of Proserpina, in comfortable ascent, to a stone transept, where a stretch of descent awaits us to the Roman dam of Proserpina, the largest artificial reservoir in the Mediterranean Roman world.
After the dam, a path on the right avoids the asphalt and borders the lake. A stretch of road and a somewhat blurred road, lead us to a wider one bounded by two fences of hunting farms. After a Canadian pass and some gates, between oaks and cork oaks, we enter El Carrascalejo on Camino de Santiago street.
After an area of vineyards, we crossed a tunnel under the highway decorated with drawings from Santiago; a small steep slope, where a Cross of Santiago rises, takes us to Aljucén.
Ahead, 20 km of the lonely path through part of the Natural Park of Cornalvo and Sierra Bermeja, a large area covered with Mediterranean forest. Holm oaks, cork oaks, the occasional Canadian step and … more gates, will take us to the provincial limit between Badajoz and Cáceres, which coincides with a sign of end of tour of the Natural Park.
Except for some slope with torrenteras, we will gain height comfortably, until arriving at Alcuéscar.
Enjoy this Second Stage from Seville to Santiago with bikes