The Camino Frances in León | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
824

If you choose to spend the night in Sahagún do your best to explore the town, it is not the prettiest of places but there are a few gems hiding about that give you a glimpse of its illustrious past.  At one time it rivaled Burgos and León in importance and grandeur.

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History: 

Sahagún owes its name to the 4th century martyr San Facundo, who along with San Primitivo were buried nearby. Because of this it has seen more than its share of battles between Christians and Muslims. Although the Christians ultimately won out, it was not before the town changed hands no fewer...

Notice: 

A very nice certificate is available from the Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina on your way out of Sahagún, a type of half-way Compostela. See the map for the location as it is not on the camino proper.

Market day is Saturday. Winter pilrims can celebrate San Tirso on the 28th of January. San Juan de Sahagún on the 12th and 13th of June. Fiesta de Peregrina on the 2nd of July, and San Lorenzo on the 9th and 10th of August.

Accommodation in Sahagún

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Cluny
Municipal
Arco, 2 Antiguo Iglesia de la Trinidad
64 5€ Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos Cluny on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Viatoris
Private
Arco Travesía, 25
50 7€ Photo in Albergue Viatoris on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue El Labriego
Private
Doctores Bermejo y Calderón, 9
20 8€
Parochial

4

Albergue de la Santa Cruz
Parochial
Antonio Nicolas, 40
12 5€ Photo in Hospederia Santa Cruz on the Camino de Santiago
Camping

5

Pedro Ponce
Camping
Tineo
3.35€
Casa Rural

6

Casa Rural Los Balcones del Camino
Casa Rural
Constitución, 53
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7

Casa Rural Arturo I
Casa Rural
Arco, 72
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Hostal

8

Hostal Domus Viatoris ⭑⭑
Hostal
Sahagún-Arriondas
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9

Hostal Alfonso VI ⭑⭑
Hostal
Antonio Nicolás, 4
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10

Hostal Escarcha
Hostal
Regina Franco, 12

11

Hostal La Codorniz
Hostal
Constitución, 97
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12

Hostal La Bastide du Chemin ⭑⭑
Hostal
Arco, 66
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Hotel

13

Hotel Puerta de Sahagún
Hotel
Ctra. de Burgos
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Altitude: 
824
The Road: 

The two stretches of road between here and Reliegos are without any services outside of those to be found in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. Be sure to carry enough water.

Accommodation in Calzada de Coto

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos San Roque
Municipal
Real
36 Donativo€ Photo in Albergue de peregrinos San Roque on the Camino de Santiago
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17.50km → Reliegos
Altitude: 
894
The Road: 

The camino from Calzidalla once went directly to Mansilla de la Mulas, bypassing Reliegos. The route proved to be less desirable than going first to Reliegos which is close enough. The split occurs 1km before arriving at Reliegos and there may still exist conflicting arrows: to get to Reliegos...

Accommodation in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos

Municipal

1

Albergue de Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
Municipal
Mayor, 28
22 Donativo€ Photo in Albergue de Calzadilla de los Hermanillos on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Vía Trajana
Private
Mayor, 57
20 15€ Photo in Albergue Vía Trajana on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Casa El Cura
Casa Rural
La Carretera, 13
17
7.50km → El Burgo Ranero
Altitude: 
855

The name of the town tells us that the original inhabitants came from the Bierzo area, and that it is situated along the Camino Real, or Royal Camino. This designation has nothing at all to do with royalty but is rather a term given to primary roads that met a certain metric for size;...

Accommodation in Bercianos del Real Camino

Private

1

Albergue Bercianos 1900
Private
Mayor, 49
20 15-25*€

2

Albergue Santa Clara
Private
Iglesia, 3
19 10€ Photo in Albergue Santa Clara on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue La Perala
Private
Camino Sahagún s/n
10€
Parochial

4

Albergue de Peregrinos de Bercianos
Parochial
Santa Rita, 11
46 Donativo€ Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos de Bercianos on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

5

Hostal Rivero
Hostal
Mayor, 12
12.70km → Reliegos
Altitude: 
879

As far as the eye can tell the only thing keeping El Burgo Ranero on the map is the business brought in by the camino; the wheat and wool business that once sustained it has been displaced by mechanization.

Although the church in town was robbed of its treasures long ago (some are...

History: 

El Burgo Ranero owes it’s existence to both wheat and wool. Of the two it was the wheat (and the granaries that came with) that gave the town its name; though other historians say the name is derived from the same root that gives us the word frog, rana; the wetlands at the far end of town are...

Notice: 

If you are passing through at the right time of year (late May) take a close look at the stork nests on the tower. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the babies waiting for lunch.

The Road: 

The camino between El Burgo and Reliegos is along a manicured path lined with trees. Those trees, unfortunately, are on the wrong side of the path, so on sunny summer days you are exposed: bring ample amounts of water.

Accommodation in El Burgo Ranero

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Domenico Laffi
Municipal
Mayor, 3
28 Donativo€ Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos Domenico Laffi on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue La Laguna
Private
La Laguna, 12
18 9€
Association

3

Hospedería Jacobea El Nogal
Association
Fray Pedro, 44
30 8€ Photo in Hospedería Jacobea "El Nogal" on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural Piedras Blancas
Casa Rural
Fray Pedro del Burgo, 32
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Hostal

5

Hostal El Peregrino
Hostal
Fray Pedro del Burgo, 36
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Hotel

6

Hotel Castillo El Burgo ⭑⭑
Hotel
Autovía A231 km 34
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Photo in El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
832

Bar Elvis, quite possibly the most famous bar on the whole of the camino, is located in the main square. The owner is quite a character and if you’ve brought your sharpie marker get to scribbling,  this is one of the few places where graffiti is encouraged.

Accommodation in Reliegos

Municipal

1

Albergue de Reliegos D Gaiferos
Municipal
Escuela
45 5€ Photo in Albergue de Reliegos D Gaiferos on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue de Ada
Private
Real, 42
10 8€ Photo in Albergue de Ada on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Vive tu Camino
Private
Real, 56
11 10€ Photo in Albergue Vive tu Camino on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue La Parada
Private
Escuela, 7
36 8€ Photo in Albergue La Parada on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue Piedras Blancas II
Private
Cantas
10 9€ Photo in Albergue Piedras Blancas II on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue Gil
Private
Cantas, 30
14 8€ Photo in Albergue Gil on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Reliegos on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
798

There is a nice place for a swim in the river in the northwest corner of Mansilla. Cross over the small pedestrian bridge towards the camping place (not the road bridge that the camino crosses) located in the northwest corner of town. Getting there will take you through several of Mansilla’s...

History: 

Mansilla traces its history back to Roman times, and the walls that continue to surround most of the city bear evidence to its importance; it was both a layover on the Roman road to León and a market town (mostly mules).

The Road: 

Mansilla still has large sections of its defensive walls, turn back when leaving town to get the best view of them. Much of the way between here and Puente de Villarente is adjacent to the road.

Accommodation in Mansilla de las Mulas

Municipal

1

Albergue de Mansilla de las Mulas
Municipal
Puente, 5
76 5€ Photo in Albergue de Mansilla de las Mulas on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue El Jardín del Camino
Private
Camino de Santiago, 1
32 5/10€ Photo in Albergue El Jardín del Camino on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Gaia
Private
Constitución, 28
18 8€ Photo in Albergue Gaia on the Camino de Santiago
Camping

4

Camping Esla
Camping
Fuente de los Prados
Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural Las Singer
Casa Rural
José Álvarez, 6
Pension

6

La Pensión de Blanca
Pension
Picos de Europa, 4
14 Photo in La Pensión de Blanca on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

7

Hostal Alberguería del Camino
Hostal
Concepción, 12
Hotel Rural

8

La Casa de los Soportales
Hotel Rural
Arrabal, 9
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Altitude: 
799
The Road: 

If you want to escape the busy road for a bit, bear left at the start of town and follow the arrows through the village. Doing so doesn’t add any distance to your journey but spares you 500m of the road.

When entering Puente de Villarente it is now the bridge, not the river; that poses...

4.10km → Arcahueja
Altitude: 
811
History: 

The river here once posed a serious threat to pilgrims when waters ran high and as a result it became home to several pilgrim hospices.

The Road: 

As you are leaving Puente behind you, keep an eye out for arrows pointing you along a trail to your right-hand side, and up a small hill towards Arcahueja. It is fairly well marked but is along a service road that is often lined with parked trucks and the way might be obscured.

Accommodation in Puente de Villarente

Private

1

Albergue San Pelayo
Private
El Romero, 9
56 9€ Photo in Albergue "San Pelayo" on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue El Delfin Verde
Private
carretera general 601, 15 B
24 5€ Photo in Albergue El Delfin Verde on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

3

Hostal La Montaña
Hostal
Camino de Santiago, 17
1.30km → Valdelafuente
Altitude: 
849

The bar and albergue are in the same building, turn left at the playground.

The Road: 

The way continues straight past the small playground and climbs upwards to the Alto de Portillo.

Accommodation in Arcahueja

Private

1

Albergue La Torre
Private
La Torre, 1
38 8€ Photo in Albergue "La Torre" on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

2

Hotel Camino Real
Hotel
Carretera N-601, Km 320
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3.90km → Puente de Castro
Altitude: 
864

Valdelafuente the town is not directly on the camino, but rather a few hundred meters off.

Photo in Valdelafuente on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
869

It is from the Alto del Portillo that you get your first glimpse of León. It is customary at such a height to search for the spires of León’s magnificent cathedral.

3.00km → León
Altitude: 
826

Puente Castro, notable for its bridge, has now grown large enough to merge with one of León’s outer barrios (Santa Ana). There are plenty of places to take a rest and enjoy a beverage; there are still a few kilometers to go before arriving at the center of León.

History: 

The barrio and the bridge derive their name from the old Jewish quarter that was once here.

Accommodation in Puente de Castro

Private

1

Albergue Santo Tomás de Canterbury
Private
La Lastra, 53
59 8€ Photo in Albergue Santo Tomás de Canterbury on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
842

León is now a fully modernized city home to more than half of the population in the province and like Burgos it is worthy of more time than the average pilgrim spends here. To explore in full would take many days, to cover the basics at least two. If you are keen to keep your feet moving every...

History: 

Nearly one thousand years ago, the city of León was the jewel in the crown of the most powerful king in the Iberian peninsula, at the time a fractured version of what would not become a unified nation for several hundred years. One thousand years before that, it was a Roman settlement critical...

León hosts one of the more specacular Semana Santa celebrations to be seen along the Camino Francés.

The Road: 

Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is the Cathedral, and the familiar yellow arrows are visible directly opposite the principle facade. The journey through town is short, passing first the Church of San Isidoro and later the Parador (once hospital) of San Marcos before...

Accommodation in León

Private

1

Albergue Leon Hostel
Private
Ancha, 8
20 12/14€ Photo in Albergue Leon Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Check in León
Private
Alcalde Miguel Castaño, 88
40 10€

3

Hostel Urban Río Cea
Private
Legión VII, 6
20 18/20*€ Photo in Hostel Urban Río Cea on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Muralla Leonesa
Private
Tarifa, 5
80 12€ Photo in Albergue Muralla Leonesa on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue Unamuno
Private
San Pelayo, 15
85 10€
Parochial

6

Albergue de Peregrinos de las Benedictinas - Sta. María de Carbajal
Parochial
Pl. Santa Maria del Camino, 11
132 6€

7

Albergue San Francisco de Asis
Parochial
Alcalde Miguel Castaños, 4
90 10€ Photo in San Francisco de Asis Fundación Ademar on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

8

Pensión La Torre
Pension
La Torre, 3
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Hostal

9

Hostal Albany ⭑⭑
Hostal
Paloma, 13
Photo in Hostal Albany on the Camino de Santiago

10

Hostal Quevedo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Quevedo, 13
Photo in Hostal Quevedo on the Camino de Santiago

11

Hostal Alda Casco Antiguo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cardenal Landázuri, 11
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12

Hostal Londres
Hostal
Roma, 1
25 15€ Photo in Hostal Londres on the Camino de Santiago

13

Hostal Misericordia
Hostal
Misericordia, 15
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Hotel

14

Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Santo Martino, 5
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15

Hotel NH Plaza Mayor ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor, 7-11
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16

Hotel Le Petit León ⭑⭑
Hotel
Pozo, 2
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Parador

17

Parador San Marcos
Parador
Plaza San Marcos, 7
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Closed

18

Albergue Ciudad de León
Closed
Campos Góticos
64 5€ León - Albergue Ciudad de León
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Altitude: 
840

Accommodation in Trobajo del Camino

Hostal

1

Hostal El Abuelo ⭑
Hostal
Los Mesones, 6
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Hotel

2

Hotel Alfageme ⭑⭑
Hotel
Las Lagunas, 1
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Closed

3

Albergue Casa Simón
Closed
Guzmán El Bueno, 52
32 16.60€
Altitude: 
910

La Virgen del Camino is named for the miraculous sighting of the Virgen by a local shepherd. His vision has been translated into sculptures several times by artists. One is here in the modern looking church, and another is in the León Cathedral (in the Chapel where the daily mass is held)....

The Virgen is celebrated from the 15th to 18th of September. San Froilán on the 5th of October.

Accommodation in La Virgen del Camino

Municipal

1

Albergue D.Antonino y Dña. Cinia
Municipal
Padre Eustoquio, 16
40 7€
Hostal

2

Hostal Plaza
Hostal
Astorga, 96
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3

Hostal Julio César
Hostal
Cervantes, 6

4

Hostales Plaza y San Froilán ⭑⭑
Hostal
Astorga, 98
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5

Hostal Central
Hostal
Astorga, 85
Hotel

6

Hotel Villapaloma ⭑⭑
Hotel
Astorga, 47
Photo in Hotel Villapaloma on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in La Virgen del Camino on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
880

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