Convent of Duruelo
There is no accommodation for pilgrims. However, there are two towns nearby:
–Mancera de Abajo, next stop in the route. We recommend you to spend the night here if you want to complete the route in 4 stages. There is a hostel for pilgrims, restaurant and bakery.
–Narros del Castillo
This town can pick you up in the Convent of Duruelo, if you want to spend the night in Narros. The next day, they will leave you again in Duruelo to continue the route. Call this number in advance to arrenge this: 619 38 48 89 .
- Convent of Duruelo (founded by Sta. Maravillas de Jesús 20th century)
- Old convent (17th century)
- Church of the convent (at the end of the road)
- Hermitage (next to the old convent)
To visit it, ask for the key in the house next the church.
- San Juan de la Cruz Fountain: Located in the road to Blascomillán, you will find a fountain (potable water). It is a good spot to rest.
Monday: 08:30 or 19:00 h.
Tuesday to Saturday: 08:30 h.
Sunday: 10:00 h.
About the Covent of Duruelo
On November 28, 1568, in this place, the first community of Discalced Carmelites was established.
The friars began to geta lot of credit for “the great good they did in those towns.” Thus, they reached Narros del Castillo, Mancera, Bóveda and some other towns, which you have already visited or that you’ll probably visit soon). “They were going to preach to many places that are there, which is why I was also happy to build a house there” (Foundations, 14, 8).
Here, then, were the beginnings of a journey that would lead Juan de la Cruz to be a teacher in Alcalá and confessor of the nuns in the Incarnation, to be put in prison in Toledo, found numerous convents, write the most beautiful romantic verses in Spanish language, and some of the masterpieces of Christian spirituality and universal mysticism.
This is also where the first steps were taken by the Discalced Carmelite friars, today spread over 70 countries on 5 continents.
In 1947, Santa Maravillas de Jesús founded the current convent of Discalced Carmelite nuns, and a small hermitage was built on the original site.
In this place, walker, pilgrim, savour the solitude, reflection and simplicity of those first steps.