The Southeast St James Way leaves the city of Alicante and crosses the provinces of Alicante, Murcia, Toledo, Madrid and Zamora, where it connects with the Vía de la Plata (Silver Way) in Benavente, or with the French Way in Astorga. In Albacete, it connects with the East St James Way, coming from Valencia.
Its origins hearken back to a royal letter dated 1646, where Juan de Villuga describes the route between Alicante and Santiago de Compostela, the inheritance of the old medieval roads travelled by merchants from Toledo to the port of Alicante and vice-versa. There is proof of hospitals along the route that had sheltered pilgrims since the 13th century.
Before leaving, it is advisable to obtain pilgrim's credentials from the Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Alicante (Association of Friends of St James Way of Alicante).