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5.70km → Chozas de Abajo
Altitude: 
871

Manuel runs a small donativo and geodesic kiosk in town. Drinks and snacks available, as well as some souvenir stuff.

Altitude: 
882

One bar, located 50m off the camino to the left and well signed in both directions.

9.70km → Villavante
Altitude: 
869

Accommodation in Villar de Mazarife

Private

1

Albergue Casa de Jesús
Private
Coruso, 11
50 5€ Photo in Albergue Casa de Jesús on the Camino de Santiago

2

Mesón Albergue Tio Pepe
Private
El Teso de la Iglesia, 2
26 9€ Photo in Mesón Albergue Tio Pepe on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue San Antonio de Padua
Private
León, 33
60 8€ Photo in Albergue San Antonio de Padua on the Camino de Santiago
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4.30km → Puente de Orbigo
Altitude: 
837

The camino turns right and into Villavante, though some old yellow arrows continue straight ahead (painted on the elevated irrigation canal). The reason for the detour around town is to avoid a surface crossing of the dangerous rail lines at the edge of town. The distance added is worth the...

The Road: 

The camino turns right and into Villavante, though some old yellow arrows continue straight ahead (painted on the elevated irrigation canal). The reason for the detour around town is to avoid a surface crossing of the dangerous rail lines at the edge of town. The distance added is worth the...

Accommodation in Villavante

Private

1

Albergue Santa Lucía
Private
Doctor Vélez, 17
29 9.50€ Photo in Albergue Santa Lucía on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Villavante on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
887

Accommodation in Valverde de la Virgen

Private

1

La Casa del Camino
Private
Camino El Jano, 2
32 8€
Photo in Valverde de la Virgen on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
900

Accommodation in Villadangos del Páramo

Municipal

1

Albergue de Villadangos del Páramo
Municipal
Carretera a Villadangos del Páramo
54 5€ Photo in Albergue de Villadangos del Páramo on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

2

Hostal Libertad
Hostal
Angel Martínez Fuertes, 25
Photo in Villadangos del Páramo on the Camino de Santiago
6.80km → Puente de Orbigo
Altitude: 
866

Accommodation in San Martín del Camino

Municipal

1

Albergue de San Martín del Camino
Municipal
Carretere de León - Astorga
68 5€ Photo in Albergue de San Martín del Camino on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Vieira
Private
Peregrinos
40 8€ Photo in Albergue Vieira on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue La Casa Verde
Private
Travesía de La Estación, 8
8 10€

4

Albergue Santa Ana
Private
N-120, 3
96 4/6€ Photo in Albergue Santa Ana on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
825
Altitude: 
823
History: 

Where there are rivers with bridges there is always history to be found. Not much exists on paper, but historians theorize about Suevi and Visigoths battling in the 5th century as well as a few other skirmishes during the 10th century. All of these have been overshadowed by the much more...

A medieval jousting competition is held in early June, recreating the saga of Don Suero.

The Road: 

‌Minor Detour via Villares de Órbigo.

When leaving town, the camino once again splits. The preferred (though unofficial) path is to the right, passing through nearby Villares de Órbigo and scenic countryside. Both routes now rejoin in Santibañez, though if you take the road route it is...

Accommodation in Hospital de Orbigo

Private

1

Albergue Verde
Private
Fueros de León, 76
26 9€ Photo in Albergue Verde on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue La Encina
Private
Suero de Quiñones
22 9.5€ Photo in Albergue La Encina on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue San Miguel
Private
Alvarez Vega, 35
30 8€ Photo in Albergue San Miguel on the Camino de Santiago
Parochial

4

Albergue Parroquial Karl Leisner
Parochial
Álvarez Vega, 32
90 5€ Photo in Albergue Parroquial Karl Leisner on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural Nuestra Señora de Lourdes
Casa Rural
Sierra Pambley, 40

6

Bed & Breakfast El Caminero
Casa Rural
Sierra Pambley, 56
Hostal

7

Hostal Don Suero de Quiñones ⭑⭑
Hostal
Álvarez Vega, 1
Photo in Hostal Don Suero de Quiñones on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

8

Hotel El Paso Honroso ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Carraterra N-120
Photo in Hotel El Paso Honroso on the Camino de Santiago
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Altitude: 
831

The church here is dedicated to St. James. So too is the church in Santibañes. Both are worth a peek for their representations of Santiago.

Accommodation in Villares de Órbigo

Private

1

Albergue Villares de Órbigo
Private
Arnal, 21
24 8€ Photo in Albergue Villares de Órbigo on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue El Encanto
Private
Camino Santiago, 23
10 14*€
Altitude: 
848

The church is often locked up, but if you ask around for the key the locals are always happy to unlock it for pilgrims.

The Road: 

Between here and San Justo de la Vega there are no facilities, but a small kiosk run by pilgrims operates during the busier seasons.

Just before the steep descent into San Justo de la Vega is the Cruceiro de Santo Toribio overlooking Astorga in the distance. From this vantage...

Accommodation in Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias

Private

1

Albergue Camino Francés
Private
Real, 68
22 10€ Photo in Albergue Camino Francés on the Camino de Santiago
Parochial

2

Albergue Parroquial Santibánez Valdeiglsias
Parochial
Caromonte
20 5€ Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias - Albergue Parroquial Santibánez Valdeiglsias
Photo in Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias on the Camino de Santiago
4.00km → Astorga
Altitude: 
852

Accommodation in San Justo de la Vega

Hostal

1

Hostal Juli
Hostal
Real, 56
10 Donativo€
Closed

2

Refugio Amanecer
Closed
Real, 61
10 Donativo€
Photo in San Justo de la Vega on the Camino de Santiago
2.40km → Valdeviejas
Altitude: 
878

In Astorga you may notice a sudden increase in the number of pilgrims, new faces will appear amongst the regular crowd you have grown accustomed to. They are likely Spanish, as this is a common starting point for Spaniards, or they have come from Sevilla along the Via de la Plata. A quick peek...

History: 

At the junction of several Roman roads it is no wonder that Astorga is full of Roman ruins. Several dig sights are ongoing and can be toured, and nearly every structure in town has some Roman foundation. This was an important crossroad for the Romans and the gateway into El Bierzo.

Santa Marta is celebrated during the last week of August.
Market day is Tuesday.

The Road: 

The camino here leaves the last of the plains behind and begins, slowly at first, to climb. The ascent is slow and gradual until Rabanal, where it begins a more steep ascent to the alto and an equally quick descent into Molinaseca. On the way up it passes through several small but equipped towns...

Accommodation in Astorga

Private

1

Albergue San Javier
Private
Portería, 6
95 10€ Photo in Albergue San Javier on the Camino de Santiago
Association

2

Albergue de Peregrinos Siervas de María
Association
Plaza San Francisco, 3
165 5€
Pension

3

Pensión García
Pension
Bajada de Postigo, 3
Hostal

4

Hostal Delfín ⭑
Hostal
Carretera N-VI, 417
Photo in Hostal Delfín on the Camino de Santiago

5

Hostal Coruña ⭑⭑
Hostal
Ponferrada, 72
Photo in Hostal Coruña on the Camino de Santiago

6

Hostal La Peseta ⭑⭑
Hostal
Plaza de San Bartolomé, 3
Photo in Hostal La Peseta on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

7

Hotel SPA Vía de la Plata ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Padres Redentoristas, 5
Photo in Hotel SPA Vía de la Plata on the Camino de Santiago

8

Hotel Gaudí ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Ingeniero Eduardo de Castro, 6
Photo in Hotel Gaudí on the Camino de Santiago

9

Hotel SPA Ciudad de Astorga ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Sitios, 7
Photo in Hotel SPA Ciudad de Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

10

Hotel Astur Plaza ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza España
Photo in Hotel Astur Plaza on the Camino de Santiago
Closed

11

Albergue Camino y Vía
Closed
22 6€
Photo in Astorga on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Astorga on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
878

Valdeviejas sits adjacent to the camino and most pilgrims never go into town. There is not much cause to do so unless you plan to stay at the municipal albergue here.

Accommodation in Valdeviejas

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Ecce Homo
Municipal
10 5€
Altitude: 
880

The town is one of a dozen that is considered to be a part of the Maragatería, whose inhabitants are characterized by their red hair, their hard work ethic, and their honest reputation.

Accommodation in Murias de Rechivaldo

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Murias de Rechivaldo
Municipal
Santa Colomba, 52
20 5€ Murias de Rechivaldo - Albergue de Peregrinos Murias de Rechivaldo
Private

2

Albergue Casa Flor
Private
Carretera Santa Colomba, 54
15 10€ Photo in Albergue Casa Flor on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue las Águedas
Private
Camino de Santiago, 52
40 9€ Photo in Albergue las Águedas on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural La Veleta ⭑⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Plaza Mayor, 1
Photo in Casa Rural La Veleta on the Camino de Santiago

5

Hostería Casa Flor ⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Carretera Santa Colomba, 52
Photo in Hostería Casa Flor on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
899

Castrillo has been declared a Historic-Artistic site and the restored village is off limits to non-resident vehicles.  The main street has a cross at the beginning and at the end of town, and is lined with large houses. The village dates back to the 16th century, and is a replacement for the old...

Accommodation in Castrillo de los Polvazares

Municipal

1

Albergue municipal de Castrillo de los Polvazares
Municipal
Jardín
8 5€ Castrillo de los Polvazares - Albergue municipal de Castrillo de los Polvazares
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Casa Coscolo
Casa Rural
El Rincón, 1
Photo in Casa Rural Casa Coscolo on the Camino de Santiago

3

Los Polvazares
Casa Rural
Real, 18
Photo in Los Polvazares on the Camino de Santiago

4

Casa Rural Flores del Camino
Casa Rural
Real 36
Hotel

5

Hotel Cuca la Vaina
Hotel
Jardín
Closed

6

Albergue Hostería Don Álvaro
Closed
Magdalena, 1
30 8€
Photo in Castrillo de los Polvazares on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Castrillo de los Polvazares on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Castrillo de los Polvazares on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Castrillo de los Polvazares on the Camino de Santiago
4.30km → El Ganso
Altitude: 
981

The town is the only one on the whole of the Camino Francés to be named after a female Saint (St. Catherine of Alexandria). A relic of St. Blaise is kept in the parish church, and the town was known to have a pilgrim hospital. The ‘Somoza’ part of the name is a simple description of its...

Accommodation in Santa Catalina de Somoza

Private

1

Hospedería San Blas
Private
Real, 11
24 5€ Photo in Hospedería San Blas on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue y Centro de turismo rural El Caminante
Private
Real, 2
16 6€ Photo in Albergue y Centro de turismo rural El Caminante on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
1017

Water fountain adjacent to the church. Surrounding the town are several low stone walls that used to hold cattle and sheep, you will be forgiven for thinking that the village was falling down around you.

Home of the Cowboy bar, and that other bar.

Accommodation in El Ganso

Private

1

Albergue Gabino
Private
Real, 9
30 8*€ Photo in Albergue Gabino on the Camino de Santiago

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