Camino San Salvador Pajares to Pola de Lena | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
1019

One restaurant in town closed on Tuesdays. No grocery.

The Road: 

Leaving town, stay on the road to the city limits. The camino turns left and begins a steep descent into San Miguel del Rio in the valley below.

Accommodation in Pajares
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue de Pajares

Municipal
16 5€

2

Posada Real de Pajares

Hotel
Photo in Posada Real de Pajares on the Camino de Santiago
1.20km → Santa Marina
Altitude: 
537
The Road: 

NOTE: From San Miguel follow the signs to Santa Marina. The village is divided, and you want the upper half, so turn Left at the first fork in the road where a shell (on your right) indicates that you should keep on the road. DO NOT follow the granite marker which tells you to...

Altitude: 
778

Small hamlet without any services.

Altitude: 
864

Fountain, and a place to relax in front of the church. If you do so, don't be surprised if a local comes along to unlock the church for you to visit.

The Road: 

From here on to Puente de los Fierros stay on the road, but before entering the small town look for a path to your left marked 'Fresnedo.' In fact, you do not actually need to enter the town of Puente de los Fierros. This route takes you through two hamlets and past one Ermita (San Miguel), and...

6.30km → Herias
Altitude: 
524

At the very entrance to Puente de los Fierros, the camino splits into two different routes. The more common, less scenic, and completely along the roadway version is to the right and is signed La Frecha. Over the bridge, turn left and follow the 630. Alternatively, you can return to the...

1.40km → Campomanes
Altitude: 
422
Accommodation in Herias
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue de peregrinos Santuario de Bendueños
Santuario de Bendueños

Private
8 6€
2.90km → Vega del Rey
Altitude: 
388

Campomanes is the return to civilization that you may be looking for. Restaurants, bars, and private accommodation are to be found here. The town sits between the old National road and the fancy new autopista. Geographically speaking it lies at the North end of convergence of two valleys.

The Road: 

The camino will continue straight through the town turns right to cross the N-630 and a bit later the river. Just past the river it doubles back on itself to the left to follow a road along the river and to the Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena.

ALTERNATIVE: Some...

Accommodation in Campomanes
Name

1

Hostal Senda del Huerna
Av del Huerna, 8

Hostal

2

Pensión Casa Del Abad
Felipe Canseco, 15

Pension
Altitude: 
347

In Vega del Rey keep a lookout for the black pedestrian bridge on your right. Across the highway, and up a short but rigorous climb, lies one of the most important little churches in Asturias... the Iglesia de Santa Cristina de Lena.

Santa Cristina de Lena

Santa Cristina de Lena survives as one of the few pre-Romanesque churches in these parts. It has stood since the mid 9th. c. and is worth a small detour to visit. It has recently undergone a restoration, where even more forgotten carvings (and windows) were revealed.

It costs 1€ to get in, and the hours are mixed. However, the caretaker is more than happy to stop by outside of the usual hours if you give her a ring. (985 490 525 or 609 942 153)

The surrounding area is also the best place to picnic or summer nap. Leaving the church, it is not necessary to retrace your steps back to Vega del Rey. Instead take the path in front of the church. It will descend to a train station where you can cross under the tracks and rejoin the camino.

Hours: CLOSED MONDAY. 

April to November from 11:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 18:00.

December to March from 11 to 13 and 16:30 to 18:30.

0.50km → La Cobertoria
To Here: 
0.20
Altitude: 
376
km →

Palacio is not on the camino, but it is the site of Santa Cristina de Lena, the church mentioned above. It is also included in the guide because there is a hotel there, however getting there and back adds 2 km to your journey.

Accommodation in Palacio
Name Booking.com

1

Hotel Santa Cristina
Av del Huerna, 8

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Santa Cristina on the Camino de Santiago
1.40km → Vega del Cielo
Altitude: 

Palacio is not on the camino, but it is the site of Santa Cristina de Lena, the church mentioned above. It is also included in the guide because there is a hotel there, however getting there and back adds 2 km to your journey.

2.50km → Pola de Lena
Altitude: 
333
2.50km → La Vega
Altitude: 
311

Pola de Lena is a larger town than any other you have seen since Leon, spread lengthwise along the road. There is an albergue with basic services located near the train station, and plenty of bars and groceries to meet pilgrim needs. To leave town, keep on following the main road.

Accommodation in Pola de Lena
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue de Pola de Lena
Ramón y Cajal

Municipal
36 6.75€

2

Hotel Ruta de la Plata
Vital Aza, 6

Hotel
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3

Hotel La Payareta
Menéndez Pidal, 12

Hotel

4

Hotel Lena
La Playa, 4

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Lena on the Camino de Santiago