Camino San Salvador Poladura de Tercia to Pajares | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Poladura de la Tercia

8.09km

Poladura is a small town. The albergue is located in the former schoolhouse, and the only place to eat is the Posada El Embrujo.

A note of caution on the next section is in order. Between Poladura and the Puerto de Pajares, the camino climbs over 350m through mountainous terrain. It is a stretch of 8km before Arbas and the first sign of civilization. Along the way, the path, and the signs indicating the path are often snow covered well into the summer months.

If you are reading this via your phone, consider loading the GPS track into a suitable program for guidance. Cell phone coverage does not exist along much of the path.

Here is my best attempt to describe the trail:

Leave Poladura along the road. At the first bend to the left, the camino leaves the road to cross a small field. A brown mojon is visible from the road and marks the start of the route.

The first 1.3km go uphill due Northwest and bring you to an opening between two rocky outcroppings.

Another 300m of visible paths and the trail turns to your left, and continues around the hill, and slightly downhill, in a clockwise direction (downhill on your left, uphill on your right). It reaches a low point and begins climbing the next hill to the West.

The trail turns South at around 2.3km and shortly after takes a Right turn, followed by another Right turn 300m on. Another 500m on the well-worn path comes to an end, but the camino continues straight, climbing steeply.

You will reach the high point of the camino 4km from Poladura, at an altitude of 1580m. Markers for the next section are often obscured by ground cover or snow, so be extra attentive. Descend from here, due North-Northwest 300m.

The path turns to the right and then splits. DO NOT continue straight and downhill. DO turn leftwards and begin another climb to another ridge.

Follow the natural curve of the ridge for 600m and turn Left towards the ridge to your West. It is that ridge that you will follow into Arbas.

Name Beds Price
1 Albergue Antiguas Escuelas Poladura de la Tercia

Municipal
10 Donativo
2 La Posada del Embrujo
El Parque, 4

Pension

Santa Maria de Arbas del Puerto

7.36km
Altitude: 
1332

The trail from Arbas to Puerto de Pajares has never been good, and in recent years has gotten worse. Nowadays it is best avoided, and the distance to the mountain pass (1.3km) covered by road. This also gives you the benefit of taking a pause at the bar at the pass.

Things to see
Colegiata de Santa Maria

Asturias

1380

NOTE: The Asturianos, always unique, treat their signage of the camino differently. Scallop shells here are to be read backwards, which is to say that you should head towards the hinge of the scallop and NOT the open end. This is obvious in places where they indicate that you should continue straight, but take a pause with Left or Right and be sure you are not creating more walking.

Puerto de Pajares

1380

The Puerto de Pajares is one of the few mountain passes which for centuries has offered passage over the mountains into Asturias from the meseta. It remained the primary corridor until the construction of the A-66 to the West. It remains a difficult road for drivers and snow is not too uncommon here in June.

Although still popular with secondary traffic and locals, most of the business here has been shuttered; including a former alpine Parador National that looks over the valleys to the North.

Pajares

1.12km
Altitude: 
1019

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 has never been good, and in recent years has gotten worse. Nowadays it is best avoided, and the distance to the mountain pass (1.3km) covered by road. This also gives you the benefit of taking a pause at the bar at the pass.

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