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Camino de Santiago by handbike • From Castrojeriz to León
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Camino de Santiago by handbike • From Castrojeriz to León

Camino de Santiago by handbike • From Castrojeriz to León

The Camino by wheelchair from Castrojeriz to León

  • Carefully selected accessible accommodation
  • Rooms with accessible bathrooms, carefully selected to ensure maximum comfort
  • Feasible stages with little ascent/descent for an enjoyable, relaxing experience
  • Magnificent open landscapes, solitary plains and infinite horizons
  • Fabulous gastronomy
  • World Heritage gems of Romanesque and Mudejar art
  • Option of booking an extra night in Burgos, with an extra transfer from Burgos to Itero de la Vega. If you prefer, you can spend a night in Burgos pre-tour then drive to Itero de la Vega to begin the first stage of your Camino journey. 

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This pilgrimage is designed for wheelchair users. An electric handbike is REQUIRED, as is at least one companion to accompany you on foot. The terrain covered allows for comfortable, independent routes of 20 km on average. Where needed transfers are provided in wheelchair adapted accessible taxis, to the beginning or from the end of each stage. Luggage transport is included, from one hotel to the next. 

Start: Castrojeriz             End: León

Day 1: Arrival in Castrojeriz
Day 2: From Itero de la Vega to Frómista (15 km)
Day 3: From Frómista to Carrión de los Condes (13 km)
Day 4: From Carrión de los Condes to Moratinos (12 km)
Day 5: From Moratinos to Bercianos del Camino Real (21 km)
Day 6: From Bercianos del Camino Real to Mansilla de las Mulas (28 km)
Day 7: Discovering León
Day 8: End of tour

Day 1:    Arrival in Castrojeriz

Your pilgrimage begins in lovely Castrojeriz where historic monuments cluster around ancient hilltop remains, recalling battles between Arab domains and Christian kingdoms. Take time to wander round the town and get a taste for Castille as you sample local dishes this evening at dinner.

Day 2:    From Itero de la Vega to Frómista (15 km)

Your journey on the Way begins with a transfer in adapted taxi to Itero de la Vega, where you pick up your companion’s rental bike and start the first route of this tour. Entering the province of Palencia, you traverse a farming area called Tierra de Campos, a land of vast plains and gentle hills carpeted in waving wheat. Eight kilometres into the route, you'll be treated to panoramic views from Boadilla del Camino, population 200, with its pretty ‘Iglesia de la Asunción’ church and imposing 15th century Gothic column, ‘el rollo de justicia’.

The remaining six kilometres of this stage follow a firm dirt track alongside the Canal de Castilla, formerly used to transport grain and nowadays part of local irrigation systems. In the afternoon you reach Frómista, for a must-see tour of Romanesque gems.

Villages: Itero de la Vega - Boadilla del Camino - Frómista

Day 3:    From Frómista to Carrión de los Condes (13 km)

Today’s stage takes an easy track alongside Route P-980 through nearly flat terrain surrounded by immense fields of grain. Stop off in Villalcázar de Sirga to visit Santa María la Blanca church. Then continue on the same track for another six kilometres to reach Carrión de los Condes (population 200), a classic Camino town with intriguing monuments such as the churches of Santa María de la Victoria and Santiago and the sublime Real Monasterio de San Zoilo.

Villages: Frómista - Población de Campos - Revenga de Campos - Villovieco - Villarmentero de Campos - Villalcázar de Sirga - Carrión de los Condes

Day 4:    From Carrión de los Condes to Moratinos (12 km)

Set off by adapted taxi with your handbike and rental bike to begin today’s stage at the crossing where Route PP-2411 meets the ancient Roman Road or Vía Aquitana. Roll along on flat, easy ground following a compact gravel track in a nearly straight line to the village of Calzadilla de la Cueza, which appears out of nowhere just as you approach, nestled in a depression in the surrounding terrain. Its adobe houses and bell tower create a familiar scene right out of a western. On this section the old Roman Road later became the Camino de Santiago, in more recent times dotted with the area’s typical round dovecotes.

Villages: Calzadilla de la Cueza - Lédigos - Terradillos de los Templarios - Moratinos

Day 5:    From Moratinos to Bercianos del Camino Real (21 km)

This stage leads from the farmland of Tierra de Campos into the stark open scenery of the Páramo Leonés, as you glide along on easy dirt tracks with very little ascent and descent. You will pass Moratinos and San Nicolás del Real Camino then take a short detour to admire the Romanesque-Mudejar chapel at Ermita de la Virgen del Puente on your way into Sahagún, population 3000. The town offers all sorts of services and the magnificent Mudejar churches of San Lorenzo y San Tirso.

The remainder of this stage, another 10 km, follows a pleasant quiet road or the (slightly slower) parallel track as you make your way to today’s destination Bercianos del Camino Real.

Villages: Moratinos-San Nicolás del Real Camino-Sahagún- Calzada del Coto-Bercianos del Camino Real.

Day 6:    From Bercianos del Camino Real to Mansilla de las Mulas (28 km)

Today you embark on a dead-straight section across the plains of El Páramo, through wide-open spaces and endless fields of grain. Once again you have the option of doing a comfortable route on the road with very little traffic or choosing a slightly slower section on a compact dirt track with fine gravel.

Villages: Bercianos del Camino Real - El Burgo de Ranero- Reliegos - Mansilla de las Mulas

Day 7:    Discovering León

Take off in an adapted taxi for the city of León, check in at your hotel then check out the city. A stunning array of local monuments includes a grand Gothic church, the 12th-13th century Catedral de Santa María with impressive stained-glass windows, and the Romanesque Basílica de San Isidoro. Art lovers can peek in at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MUSAC) and foodies will love to get lost in the labyrinth of el Barrio Húmedo, the historic tapas district where Plaza de San Martín leads to tasty narrow lanes like Calle Ancha, de la Rúa, Badillo and Las Cercas.

Day 8:    End of tour

Your unique pilgrimage comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

'standard' hotels

The accommodation for this trip has been carefully selected according to location, daily stages to be covered, comfort and accessibility of both rooms and common facilities. We have chosen 3-star hotels and hostels, prioritizing rooms with private bathroom.

Extra nights may be booked in Burgos and León. The accessibility of the accommodation included in this package has been verified by our specialised consultant in accessible tourism Equalitas Vitae

Posada de Castrojeriz
Posada de Castrojeriz (Castrojeriz)
Hostal San Pedro** (Frómista)
Hostal San Pedro** (Frómista)
Casa de Acogida Ntra. Señora de Belén (Carrión de los Condes)
Casa de Acogida Ntra. Señora de Belén (Carrión de los Condes)
Albergue San Bruno (Moratinos)
Albergue San Bruno (Moratinos)
Albergue La Perala (Bercianos del Real Camino)
Albergue La Perala (Bercianos del Real Camino)
Hotel Rural Casa Rural de los Soportales (Mansilla de las Mulas)
Hotel Rural Casa Rural de los Soportales (Mansilla de las Mulas)
Hotel Real Colegiata de León
Hotel Real Colegiata (León)
practical info

This trip can be done 01 April-15 June and 01 September-30 October.

Due to the area's extreme weather conditions (cold winters and hot summers) this trip cannot be booked in July, August or during the winter months. We also try to avoid peak season crowds and problems with availability in high season.

Arrival in Castrojeriz

If you are coming from abroad, Madrid Airport Aeropuerto de Madrid-Adolfo Suárez (MAD) is the best option to reach cities like Burgos and León by public transport. This airport also has a wider offer of international flights to Spain. 

If you are flying into Bilbao (BIO) or Valladolid (VLL) you will also have good connections by public transport with either Burgos or León. 

To get to Castrojeriz you can book a private transfer in an adapted taxi. Please request at the time of booking. 

Arriving in Burgos / Returning from León

by Train

RENFE train company offers several services to Burgos, from Madrid, Bilbao or Valladolid. For more information: www.renfe.es

Train journey (direct)

From Madrid airport (MAD)

  •         Madrid-Burgos (16:05)
  •         León-Madrid (16:59/18:50)

From Bilbao airport (BIO)

  •         Bilbao-Burgos (17:00/09:20) 
  •         León-Bilbao (15:44)

From Valladolid airport (VLL) 

  •        Valladolid-Burgos (15:17/17:23)
  •        León-Valladolid (15:50/16:59/18:50)

by Bus

ALSA bus company (www.alsa.es) offers this service. Visit its website to check timetables and prices. 

 

Services for travellers with reduced mobility

  • AENA service

           wwwssl.aena.es . 902 404 704 & (+34) 91 321 10 00.

  • Servicio Atendo RENFE   

            www.renfe.com/viajeros/atendo

            Main Customer Service office at Atendo

            Train station Madrid-Atocha

            oca.accesibilidad@renfe.es

           Phone: 91 774 40 40

           Opening hours: 6:00 to 24:00h

           App Renfe Atendo www.play.google.com/store/apps

  •  ALSA  Assistance Service

            www.alsa.es/experiencia-alsa/planifica-tu-viaje/asistencia-especial# 

Private transfers in adapted vehicles are provided according to programme, to the start and/or from the end of each stage. Luggage transfer is included from hotel to hotel.

HYBRID BIKES RENTAL

  • Bike model: Bergamont Vitos/ GT Avalanche/ Orbea Dakar/ Peougeut CM22/61/ Stevens Tonga/ WeedHEAP 2.0
  • Bike Type: MTB//Trekking bikes
  • Gears: 24-27 gears
  • Suspension: Suntour locking, recovery, 100mm
  • Frame sizes: Adults; 15"(XS), 17"(S), 19"(M), 22"(L) and 23"(XL)//Kids' bikes

For this trip, the means of transport for the person with reduced mobility will be an electric Hanbike, hitched to the wheelchair. The client has to bring his/her own wheelchair and handbike. Also, it is necessary to bring a spare battery, a charger and a off-road tyres which will be used for each stage. 

included

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (days 4 & 5)
  • Luggage transfer from one hotel to the next
  • Transfer on day 1 from your accommodation to the start of stage. This is a Citröen Berlingo, NOT an adapted taxi, with capacity for 2 pax, with one wheelchair&handbike
  • Transfer on day 3 from your accommodation to the start of stage. Adapted taxi with capacity for 2 pax, with one wheelchair&handbike and one bicycle
  • Transfer on day 7 from your accommodation to León. Adapted taxi with capacity for 2 pax, with one wheelchair&handbike and luggage
  • Bike rental for companion from day 2 to day 6
  • GPS routes with places of interest and possible critical points on the itinerary
  • Trip notes with detailed route descriptions and maps

Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Other dinners
  • Handbike and accessories
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as tips, phone calls, entrance fees, etc.
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation

Extras

  • Extra nights in Burgos or León
  • Arrival/departure transfers from/to the airport
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Start: Castrojeríz                 End: León

This self-guided pilgrimage is designed for wheelchair users and an electric handbike is REQUIRED, as is at least one companion to accompany you on foot. The gentle terrain allows for comfortable, independent daily stages of 20 km on average. Transfers are provided in wheelchair adapted accessible taxis according to programme, to the beginning and/or from the end of each stage. Luggage transport is included from one hotel to the next. 

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