Start: Burgos Finish: León
In general terms, the stages are flat. The type of surface is diferent on each stage, but most sections follow compact dirt tracks.
The stages selected for this trip have been chosen following careful consideration of the terrain, relief, possible dangers due to physical barriers, type of surface and availability of nearby accommodation with accessible facilities. However, there are inevitably certain critical spots where those with visual or cognitive disability will need the help of their companion. There are also certain road crossings and short
Having done the check-in in your hotel, you can spend the afternoon visiting Burgos, with a pedestrian old quarter and a very nice promenade along Arlanzón River. This city boasts visitors with very nice restaurants to get in touch with the tasty gastronomy of Castilla y León. Tonight’s dinner is not included in the package, but you can arrange it yourself directly with the hotel or choose one of the restaurants we suggest in the old quarter
After breakfast, an adapted taxi will take you to the beginning of the route in Castrojeriz, by Santa María del Manzano collegiate church. From there you climb until the hill of Mostelares, the last wasteland before reaching Tierra de Campos in the province of Palencia, with endless plains of crop fields. Past San Nicolás hermitage (former hospital) and Fitero Bridge (Medieval bridge over Pisuerga River), you reach Itero de la vega. After 8 km you arrive in Boadilla del Camino.
The second section until Frómista (6km) goes along the Canal de Castile on a compact dirt path. In the afternoon, you will have time to visit some architectonic jewels, belonging to the Romantic period.
Again, dinner is not included tonight, but you can dine next to the accommodation, in a carvery.
Villages: Castrojeriz- Itero de la Vega - Boadilla del Camino - Frómista
Today’s stage goes along an easy path parallel to the main road P-980, with almost no slopes. Once in Población de Campos you follow a version of the official Camino through Villovieco. Later, the Camino goes along Ucieza River, a refreshing section in case of higher temperatures. By Nuestra Señora del Río Hermitage, you will head Villalcázar de Sirga, with the monumental church of Santa María la Blanca.
Endless crop fields will accompany you along the way until Carrión de los Condes. This village has around 2000 inhabitants and offers all kinds of services and interest points such as Sta. María de la Victoria’s Church, Santiago’s Church and The Monastery of San Zoilo
Villages: Frómista-Población de Campos-Villovieco-Villalcázar de Sirga-Carrión de los Condes
An adapted taxi will take you this morning to the beginning of the route by the Roman path Vía Aquitana. This stage is quite easy, flat and straight until Calzadilla de la Cueza, following a compact dirt / gravel track. On the way, you go past Calzadilla de la Cueza, a typical western scenery. Its houses are built along an ancient Roman path which is now part of the Camino de. In Calzadilla you will also spot some dovecotes, typical from this area. Tonight’s accommodation is located at the end of the village.
Villages: Carrión de los Condes-Calzadilla de la Cueza
Today’s stage begins in Cazadilla de la Cueza and you enter the so-called Páramo Leónes. Adobe buildings and dovecotes consitute a landscape once inhabited by Knights Templar. You go past several villages plenty of services.
During the first leg of the journey, you will walk a version of the French Way through growing fields, oak woods and thickets. Further on, the route you will use an alternate itinerary to reach Terradillo de los Templarios, thus avoiding a tarmac road and the noisy vehicles. The landscape will now be again covered with crop fields.
The stage ends in Sahagún, with near 3000 inhabitants and all kinds of services. Don’t miss the San Lorenzo and San Tirso churches, of Romanesque – Mudejar styles.
Villages: Calzadilla de la Cueza-Lédigos- Terradillos de los Templarios- Moratinos-San Nicolás del Real Camino- Sahagún
From Sahagún to Burgo Ranero you follow the so-called Real Camino Francés. Today’s 18 km go among growing fields with dirt/ gravel/ tarmac paths. This section is in good conditions, but with the steepest strecht with 80m ascent after Bercianos del Real Camino.
Villages: Sahagún-Bercianos del Real Camino-El Burgo de Ranero
Entering Reliegos there are some caves which were once used as wineries and now are used as meeting points. The most difficult section today is that entreing Mansilla de las Mulas by a bridge over the N-601.
La Puerta del Castillo is the pilgrim’s access to Mansilla de las Mulas, a walled village over the Esla River with 7 churches, 2 convents and 3 hospitals in its years of splendour. Don’t forget to taste the local wine!
Villages: Burgo de Ranero-Reliegos-Mansilla de las Mulas
After breakfast, a taxi will take you direct to your hotel in León. After checking-in: visit the most important monuments of the city such as its Santa María’s Cathedral (12th-13th centuries), of Gothic style and with a magnificent stained glass window or the Basílica of San Isidoro. Art lovers can also visit the Contemporary Art Museum (MUSAC). But if there is something León is well-known for that is its old quarter or Barrio Húmedo, full og tapas bars. Stroll around San Martín Square and Ancha, de la Rúa, Badillo and Las Cercas streets.
The accommodation selected for this trip has been chosen according to location (daily stages to be covered), comfort and accessibility, both in rooms and common facilities. The standard accommodation on this trip will be in hotels*** and hostels (rooms with private bathroom). When a standard accommodation is not available, these categories may vary. Extra nights may be booked in Burgos and León.
This trip can be done between 1 April-15 June and 1 September and 30 October.
Due to the extreme weather conditions of this area (cold winters and hot summers) and that many accommodations along the Camino are closed most of the year, this trip cannot be booked in July and August. Also, we try to avoid the peak season with crowds of people and lower availability in the accommodations.
If you are coming from abroad, the Aeropuerto de Madrid-Adolfo Suárez (MAD) is the best option to reach cities like Burgos and León by public transport. Also, this airport has a wider offer of international flights into Spain.
How to arrive in Burgos / Return from León
The train company RENFE offers several services from Madrid, Bilbao or Valladolid to Burgos. For more information: www.renfe.es
Train journey (direct)
From Madrid airport (MAD)
From Bilbao airport (BIO)
From Valladolid airport (VLL)
bus company ALSA (www.alsa.es) offers this service. Visit its website to check timetables and prices.
Services for people with reduced mobility
wwwssl.aena.es . 902 404 704 & (+34) 91 321 10 00.
Main Customer Service office at Atendo
Train station Madrid-Atocha
Phone: 91 774 40 40
Opening hours: 6:00 to 24:00h
App Renfe Atendo www.play.google.com/store/apps
Throughout the programme travellers will have private transfers to the start of each stage (if needed) , in addition to luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
Accommodation for 8 nights
Luggage transfer between the accommodations
Transfers on days 2, 4 and 8
GPS routes with information of interest and possible critical points of the itinerary
Trip notes with detailed route descriptions and maps: accessible PDF format
Dinner on day 1
Personal expenses such as tips, phone calles, entrance fees, etc.
Transport to first and from last accommodation
Additional nights in Burgos or León
Arrival/departure transfers to the airport