Altitude: 
926

Accommodation in Cardeñuela Ríopico

Private

1

Albergue Vía Minera
Private
Medio, 19
42 5/8€ Photo in Albergue Vía Minera on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Santa Fe
Private
Los Huertos, 2
10 8€ Photo in Albergue Santa Fe on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue municipal La Parada
Private
Cardeñuela Riopico
12 5€ Photo in Albergue Municipal de Cardeñuela Riopico on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural La Cardeñuela
Casa Rural
Vía Minera
4.80km → Castañares
Altitude: 
911

Neither of the two towns along the Río Pico is remarkable for much. Pay attention when leaving the latter; shortly outside of town you will be faced with the first decision regarding how to enter Burgos.

Accommodation in Orbaneja Ríopico

Private

1

Albergue El Peregrino
Private
Principal, 1
18 5€
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Fortaleza
Casa Rural
Principal, 31
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6.50km → Burgos
Altitude: 
886

Accommodation in Castañares

Hotel

1

Hotel Versus ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Iglesia, 8
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Photo in Castañares on the Camino de Santiago
11.20km → Tardajos
Altitude: 
868

Burgos is a city that brings history to life. For many pilgrims it is the first place on the Camino Francés that beckons a two-night stay; and rightly so, Burgos has a tremendous amount of museums, churches, one cathedral, a few monasteries, and a healthy (or not) number of bars and restaurants...

History: 

Burgos was originally founded at the end of the 9th century in a bid to repopulate these northern plains. From the expulsions of the Muslims (around the end of the 11th century) it quickly became one of Castilla’s most important city. It was here that the Catholic Kings Isabel and Ferdinand...

Notice: 

Once at the far end of Burgos be wary of misleading signs (some quite official looking) that point the way to Villabilla. That town has been severed from camino traffic by the construction of a rail track and some efforts have been made to surreptitiously reconnect it.

With such a long history it should come as no surprise that the fiestas and festivals celebrated in Burgos range from solemn to spectacular. Among the more notable celebrations are the processions of Semana Santa (Holy Week), Corpus Christi (a moveable feast, celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which depends on Pentecost Sunday, which of course depends on Easter Sunday... the place to be is at the Monastery of Las Huelgas), and the festival of San Pedro and San Pablo (known together as Sampedros) in June.

Additionally, there are a number of more archaic events, some Moorish in origin and others pagan, that take place throughout the year. Burgos is a lively city.

The Road: 

The road out of Burgos is, thankfully, much shorter than the road in. The camino from here enters the meseta, with its endless plains of wheat. The landscape, while seemingly unremarkable, offers a wealth of flora and fauna and opportunities for peaceful contemplation.

Accommodation in Burgos

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal de Burgos
Municipal
Fernan González, 28
150 5€ Photo in Albergue Municipal de Burgos on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Hostel Burgos
Private
Miranda, 4
68 17€
Parochial

3

Albergue Emaús
Parochial
San Pedro de Cardeña, 31
20 Donativo€
Association

4

Albergue Divina Pastora
Association
Lain Calvo, 10
16 5€ Photo in Albergue Divina Pastora on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

5

Pensión Santiago
Pension
Santiago Apóstol, 8
Photo in Pensión Santiago on the Camino de Santiago

6

Pensión Bella Vista
Pension
Villadiego, 19
Hostal

7

Hostal Vía Láctea ⭑⭑
Hostal
Villadiego, 16
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8

Hostal Manjón ⭑⭑
Hostal
Gran Teatro, 1
Photo in Hostal Manjón on the Camino de Santiago

9

Hostal Hilton ⭑⭑
Hostal
Vitoria, 165
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10

Hostal Lar ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cardenal Benlloch, 1
Photo in Hostal Lar on the Camino de Santiago

11

Hostal riMboMbin ⭑⭑
Hostal
Sombrerería, 6
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Hotel

12

Hotel Cordón ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
La Puebla, 6
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13

Hotel Alda Entrearcos ⭑
Hotel
Paloma, 4
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14

Hotel Mesón del Cid ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Santa María, 8
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15

Hotel Puerta Romeros ⭑⭑
Hotel
San Amaro, 2
Photo in Hotel Puerta Romeros on the Camino de Santiago

16

Hotel Abba Burgos ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Fernán Gonzalez, 72
Photo in Hotel Abba Burgos on the Camino de Santiago

17

Hotel Abadía Camino de Santiago ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Villadiego, 10
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Camino de Santiago Map 11
Altitude: 
821

There are a few bar/bakeries and a pharmacy on your right as you enter the town, the former serve up Torta de Aceite, a type of flatbread that is both delicious and unique to the area.

History: 

Passing through Tardajos, along the shortest path possible, the average pilgrim would be forgiven for overlooking its historical significance. In fact, Tardajos lies at the intersection of the two primary and ancient trade routes that bisected this land. It was once a walled city and had three...

San Isidro (not to be confused with Isidoro) is celebrated on the 15th of May.

The Road: 

The camino departs from the main road in Tardajos and from here you won’t return to anything resembling a busy road until Frómista, do not be tempted to keep on the main road but rather cross the street and pass through the village.

Accommodation in Tardajos

Municipal

1

Albergue de Tardajos
Municipal
Asunción
18 Donativo€
Private

2

Albergue La Fábrica
Private
Camino de la Fábrica, 27
32, 14 in the albergue. 12€ Photo in Albergue La Fábrica on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue La Casa de Beli
Private
General Yagüe, 16
30 10€
Pension

4

Pensión Mary
Pension
Pozas
Photo in Tardajos on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Tardajos on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
829

The camino has now entered the central Meseta, and the landscape here has had a lasting effect on the character of the people, but its lack of naturally durable building materials has meant the opposite for the architecture. Many of the treasures that once stood here are all but lost, the oldest...

The Road: 

There is a fountain and a picnic area 2.4 km outside of Rabé de las Calzadas.

Accommodation in Rabé de las Calzadas

Private

1

Albergue Liberanos Domine
Private
Francisco Ribera, 6
24 8€ Photo in Albergue Liberanos Domine on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Rabé de las Calzadas on the Camino de Santiago
5.30km → Arroyo San Bol
Altitude: 
820

Hornillos is one of the best examples of a “Royal” camino road: in this case one long street (the aptly named calle real) stretched out along the camino. This layout allowed every building to face the camino, a trait which reminds us that the current heavy development along the camino is...

Accommodation in Hornillos del Camino

Municipal

1

Albergue de Hornillos del Camino
Municipal
Plaza de la Iglesia
30 6€
Private

2

Albergue El Alfar de Hornillos
Private
Cantarranas, 8
20 10€ Photo in Albergue El Alfar de Hornillos on the Camino de Santiago

3

Hornillos Meeting Point
Private
Cantarranas, 3
32 10€ Photo in Hornillos Meeting Point on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural de Sol a Sol
Casa Rural
Cantarranas, 7

5

Casa Rural La Casa del Abuelo
Casa Rural
Real, 44
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5.40km → Hontanas
Altitude: 
890

The spring that gives this arroyo (creek) its name, also cures your feet. The operations of the albergue here were passed to a nearby municipality, who electrified and modernized this former hippy hideaway. The small deviation from the camino that takes you there is worth the shade and...

Accommodation in Arroyo San Bol

Private

1

Albergue Arroyo de San Bol
Private
12 5€ Photo in Albergue Arroyo de San Bol on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Arroyo San Bol on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Arroyo San Bol on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
876

The town of Hontanas derives its name from the numerous natural springs, fontanas, that are to be found here. If you spend enough time here you are bound to bump into a retired sheep farmer named Victorino who rather horrifically entertains pilgrims by drinking wine poured onto his forehead from...

San Roque is celebrated on the 16th of August.

Accommodation in Hontanas

Municipal

1

Albergue de Hontanas Hospital de San Juan
Municipal
Real, 26
55 5€ Photo in Albergue de Hontanas on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Mesón Albergue El Puntido
Private
La Iglesia, 6
50 5€ Photo in Mesón Albergue El Puntido on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Santa Brígida
Private
Real, 15
16 7€ Photo in Albergue Santa Brígida on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Juan de Yepes
Private
Real, 1
54 7€ Photo in Albergue Juan de Yepes on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural El Descanso
Casa Rural
Real, 16
Hostal

6

Hostal Fuentestrella
Hostal
Iglesia, 6
Hontanas - Camino de Santiago - 1
Camino de Santiago Map 12
3.50km → Castrojeriz
Altitude: 
806

The ruins of the monastery and pilgrim hospital of San Antón is a delightful space that seems to embrace the camino, its archway spanning the road itself. Once a sprawling complex there is little that remains.

The albergue here has never seen better days, and the efforts of a dedicated...

Accommodation in San Antón - The Ruins

Private

1

Albergue de San Antón
Private
Carretera de Hontanas-Castrojeriz
12 Donativo€ Photo in Albergue de San Antón on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in San Antón on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
817

The camino-road layout of Castrojeriz is deceptively long and unlike some of the smaller examples has spread to encompass several parallel streets. All three of its churches are worth a visit, and a hike to the ruins of the castle provide a view of the surrounding land that is paralleled only by...

History: 

The houses along the road were built with an unseen secret, that of a tunnel which runs the length of the town and which connects the cellars. Apart from being the private property of the homeowners, its exploration is hampered by the construction of concrete dividing walls; a civil war era...

San Juan is celebrated on the 24th of June. Other fiestas on the 25th and 26th of November for Santa Catalina.

The Road: 

The road ahead climbs up and over the Alto de Mostelares. There is not much shade to be had between here and the crossing into Palencia.

Accommodation in Castrojeriz

Municipal

1

Albergue de San Esteban
Municipal
Plaza Mayor
30 Donativo/5 (winter)€ Photo in Albergue de San Esteban on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Ultreia
Private
Real de Oriente, 77
27 10€ Photo in Albergue Ultreia on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Casa Nostra
Private
Real de Oriente, 52
32 6.50€ Photo in Albergue Casa Nostra on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Rosalía
Private
Cordón, 2
32 10-12€ Photo in Albergue Rosalía on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue Orión
Private
Colegiata, 28
22 11€

6

Albergue and Camping de Castrojeriz
Private
Virgen del Manzano
35 7€ Photo in Albergue and Camping de Castrojeriz on the Camino de Santiago
Association

7

Refugio Tradicional de San Juan
Association
Cordón
28 Donativo€
Hostal

8

Hostal El Mesón de Castrojeriz ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cordón, 1
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Hotel

9

Hotel La Posada de Castrojeriz ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Landelino Tardajos, 5
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10

Posada Emebed ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor, 5
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11

Hotel Iacobus
Hotel
Puerta del Monte, 3
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12

Hotel La Cachava
Hotel
Real, 93
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Photo in Castrojeriz on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Castrojeriz on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
905

The Alto de Mostelares is the highest of the peaks you will encounter along the meseta, but it is not as difficult as it appears from Castrojeriz. From the top the view is more remarkable looking back towards where you came from. There is a shelter at the top.

From the top the camino...

1.90km → Itero de la Vega
Altitude: 
767

The Ermita of San Nicolás, like the Ruins of San Anton before Castrojeriz, has a long history of taking care of pilgrims. Both stand on their own far from towns and as a result, they don’t necessarily get the amount of traffic they deserve. Perhaps that is for the best as pilgrims often claim...

The Road: 

Just beyond the Ermita is the Puente Fitero which takes you over the river of the same name, and into Palencia.

Accommodation in Ermita de San Nicolás

Parochial

1

Albergue de San Nicolas
Parochial
Puente Fitero
12 Donativo€ Photo in Albergue de San Nicolas on the Camino de Santiago

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