One restaurant in town closed on Tuesdays. No grocery.
Leaving town, stay on the road to the city limits. The camino turns left and begins a steep decent into San Miguel del Rio in the valley below.
Santa Maria de Arbas del Puerto
The trail from Arbas to Puerto de Pajares...
Small hamlet without any services. The path with take you to the edge of town, around the church, and double back into the village. The camino follows a cart track up the hill behind the village. It is steep going up to the retired road. When you get to the road, turn right and follow it all the...
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...
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....
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.
April to October from 11 to 13 and 16 to 18
December to March from 11 to 13 and 16:30 to 18:30
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.
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.