4.80km → Castañares
To end of camino: 
495.70
Altitude: 
911

Neither of the two towns along the río Pico is remarkable for much. Pay attention when leaving the latter; shortly outside of town you will be faced with the first decision regarding how to enter Burgos.

Accommodation in Orbaneja Riopico

Private

1

Albergue El Peregrino
Private
Principal, 1

18
5€
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Fortaleza
Casa Rural
Principal, 31
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Fortaleza

Less than 1km after leaving Orbaneja Ríopico the camino splits, offering two different ways to get to Burgos.  Of the two, the River Route is the strong favorite but the yellow arrows come and go as local business vandalize the official markers in an attempt to divert traffic.

‌River Route, via Castañares - 11.3 km

Although the trail through Castañares is considered by some to be an alternative route, it offers a much more pleasent and fully signed way to the center of Burgos. There are a few tricks, since from Castañares...

6.50km → Burgos
To end of camino: 
490.90
Altitude: 
886

Finding the river route can be tricky!

From Castañares there are again two routes into Burgos, the Road Route and the River Route. The latter can be difficult to find because businesses repaint the yellow arrows on an almost daily basis. The most important part to remember is that the River Route does not leave Castañares along the busy road, see map.

To find it, cross the main road in Castañares near the bar Peregrina T. A short ways on you will find a small plaza and children’s play area with a fountain. Stay on that road...

Accommodation in Castañares

Hotel

1

Hotel Versus ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Iglesia, 8

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Versus ⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Castañares on the Camino de Santiago

Finding the river route can be tricky!

From Castañares there are again two routes into Burgos, the Road Route and the River Route. The latter can be difficult to find because businesses repaint the yellow arrows on an almost daily basis. The most important part to remember is that the River Route does not leave Castañares along the busy road, see map.

To find it, cross the main road in Castañares near the bar Peregrina T. A short ways on you will find a small plaza and children’s play area with a fountain. Stay on that road...

11.20km → Tardajos
To end of camino: 
483.80
Altitude: 
868

Burgos is a city that brings history to life. For many pilgrims it is the first place on the Camino Francés that beckons a two-night stay; and rightly so, Burgos has a tremendous amount of museums, churches, one cathedral, a few monasteries, and a healthy (or not) number of bars and restaurants to keep you busy.  The Calle San Lorenzo, off the Plaza Mayor, has several good options for tapas, and the Plaza Huerto del Rey has a few restaurants that lean towards a carnivorous diet.

On the not to miss list are the Catedral y Museo de Burgos...

History: 

Burgos was originally founded at the end of the 9th century in a bid to repopulate these northern plains.  From the expulsions of the Muslims (around the end of the 11th century) it quickly became one of Castilla’s most important city. It was here that the Catholic Kings Isabel and...

Notice: 

Once at the far end of Burgos be wary of misleading signs (some quite official looking) that point the way to Villabilla. That town has been severed from camino traffic by the construction of a rail track and some efforts have been made to surreptitiously reconnect it. 

Fiesta: 

With such a long history it should come as no surprise that the fiestas and festivals celebrated in Burgos range from solemn to spectacular. Among the more notable celebrations are the processions of Semana Santa (Holy Week), Corpus Christi (a moveable feast, celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which depends on Pentecost Sunday, which of course depends on Easter Sunday… the place to be is at the Monastery of Las Huelgas), and the festival of San Pedro and San Pablo (known together as Sampedros) in June.

Additionally, there are a number of more archaic events, some Moorish in origin and others pagan, that take place throughout the year. Burgos is a lively city.

The Road: 

The road out of Burgos is, thankfully, much shorter than the road in. The camino from here enters the meseta, with its endless plains of wheat. The landscape, while seemingly unremarkable, offers a wealth of flora and fauna and opportunities for peaceful contemplation.

Accommodation in Burgos

Municipal

1

Casa del Cubo y de los Lerma
Municipal
Fernan González, 28

150
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa del Cubo y de los Lerma
Private

2

Hostel Burgos
Private
Miranda, 4

68
17€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostel Burgos
Parochial

3

Albergue Emaús
Parochial
San Pedro de Cardeña, 31

20
Donativo€
Association

4

Albergue Santiago y Santa Catalina
Association
Lain Calvo, 10

16
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santiago y Santa Catalina
Pension

5

Pensión Bella Vista
Pension
Villadiego, 19

6

Pensión Santiago
Pension
Santiago Apóstol, 8

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Santiago
Hostal

7

Hostal Hilton ⭑⭑
Hostal
Vitoria, 165

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Hilton ⭑⭑

8

Hostal Lar ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cardenal Benlloch, 1

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Lar ⭑⭑

9

Hostal riMboMbin ⭑⭑
Hostal
Sombrerería, 6

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal riMboMbin ⭑⭑

10

Hostal Vía Láctea ⭑⭑
Hostal
Villadiego, 16

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Vía Láctea ⭑⭑

11

Hostal Manjón ⭑⭑
Hostal
Gran Teatro, 1

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Manjón ⭑⭑
Photo of Burgos on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Burgos on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Burgos on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Burgos on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Burgos on the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Map 11

Camino de Santiago Map 11
To end of camino: 
473.20
Altitude: 
821

There are a few bar/bakeries and a pharmacy on your right as you enter the town, the former serve up Torta de Aceite, a type of flatbread that is both delicious and unique to the area.

History: 

Passing through Tardajos, along the shortest path possible, the average pilgrim would be forgiven for overlooking its historical significance.

 

In fact, Tardajos lies at the intersection of the two primary and ancient trade routes that bisected this land. It was once...

Fiesta: 

San Isidro (not to be confused with Isidoro) is celebrated on the 15th of May.

The Road: 

The camino departs from the main road in Tardajos and from here you won’t return to anything resembling a busy road until Frómista, do not be tempted to keep on the main road but rather cross the street and pass through the village.

Accommodation in Tardajos

Municipal

1

Albergue de Tardajos
Municipal
Asunción

18
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Tardajos
Private

2

Albergue La Fábrica
Private
Camino de la Fábrica, 27

32, 14 in the albergue.
12€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Fábrica

3

Albergue La Casa de Beli
Private
General Yagüe, 16

30
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Casa de Beli
Hostal

4

Hostal Ruiz
Hostal
Pozas, 10
Photo of Tardajos on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
471.10
Altitude: 
829

The camino has now entered the central Meseta, and the landscape here has had a lasting effect on the character of the people, but its lack of naturally durable building materials has meant the opposite for the architecture. Many of the treasures that once stood here are all but lost, the oldest remaining building is the 17th century palace house and village church.

The broad expanses here have a certain effect on the pilgrim psyche and to skip over it is to miss out on an important stage of the journey. Do not expect to see many of the places along the way until the last...

The Road: 

There is a fountain and a picnic area 2.4 km outside of Rabé de las Calzadas.

Accommodation in Rabé de las Calzadas

Private

1

Óspital Santa Marina y Santiago
Private
Francisco Ribera

8
5€

2

Albergue Liberanos Domine
Private
Plaza Francisco Ribera, 6

24
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Liberanos Domine
Hostal

3

Hostal La Fuente de Rabé
Hostal
Santa Marina, 17

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal La Fuente de Rabé
Photo of Rabé de las Calzadas on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Rabé de las Calzadas on the Camino de Santiago
5.30km → Arroyo San Bol
To end of camino: 
463.60
Altitude: 
820

Hornillos is one of the best examples of a “Royal” camino road: in this case one long street (the aptly named calle real) stretched out along the camino. This layout allowed every building to face the camino, a trait which reminds us that the current heavy development along the camino is anything but a new phenomenon. The town once belonged to the monastery of St. Denis and was home to a Benedictine community.

Folklore places Charlemagne here too, baking bread for his troops along the river.

Ruins and medieval bridges are the only visible remains.

Accommodation in Hornillos del Camino

Municipal

1

Albergue de Hornillos del Camino
Municipal
Plaza de la Iglesia

30
7-9€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Hornillos del Camino
Private

2

Albergue El Alfar de Hornillos
Private
Cantarranas, 8

20
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Alfar de Hornillos

3

Hornillos Meeting Point
Private
Cantarranas, 3

32
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hornillos Meeting Point
Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural La Casa del Abuelo
Casa Rural
Real, 44

5

Casa Rural de Sol a Sol
Casa Rural
Cantarranas, 7

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural de Sol a Sol
Photo of Hornillos del Camino on the Camino de Santiago
5.40km → Hontanas
To end of camino: 
458.30
Off Camino: 
0.50
Altitude: 
890

The spring that gives this arroyo (creek) its name, also cures your feet. The operations of the albergue here were passed to a nearby municipality, who electrified and modernized this former hippy hideaway. 

The small deviation from the camino that takes you there is worth the shade and rejuvenating spring it provides.

The Road: 

Do not let the endless expanses of wheat worry you. Hontanas remains out of site until you are quite close, it is hiding in a small depression in an otherwise flat landscape.

Accommodation in Arroyo San Bol

Private

1

Albergue Arroyo de San Bol
Private

12
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Arroyo de San Bol
Photo of Arroyo San Bol on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Arroyo San Bol on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
452.90
Altitude: 
876

The town of Hontanas derives its name from the numerous natural springs, fontanas, that are to be found here.

If you spend enough time here you are bound to bump into a retired sheep farmer named Victorino who rather horrifically entertains pilgrims by drinking wine poured onto his forehead from the spout of a glass porrón (a glass wine jug with a long tapered spout).

While you could imagine it running down his face, over his nose, and more or less managing to find a path to his mouth, nothing prepares you for the actual spectacle of it.

Fiesta: 

San Roque is celebrated on the 16th of August.

Accommodation in Hontanas

Municipal

1

Albergue de Hontanas Hospital de San Juan
Municipal
Real, 26

55
6-10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Hontanas Hospital de San Juan
Private

2

Albergue Santa Brígida
Private
Real, 15

16
7€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santa Brígida

3

Albergue Juan de Yepes
Private
Real, 1

54
8€
Photo in Albergue Juan de Yepes on the Camino de Santiago

4

Mesón Albergue El Puntido
Private
La Iglesia, 6

50
66€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Mesón Albergue El Puntido
Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural El Descanso
Casa Rural
Real, 16
Hostal

6

Hostal Fuentestrella
Hostal
Iglesia, 6
Hotel Rural

8

Hotel Rural Villa Fontanas ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel Rural
Real, 23

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Rural Villa Fontanas ⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Hontanas on the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Map 12

Camino de Santiago Map 12
3.50km → Castrojeriz
To end of camino: 
447.20
Altitude: 
806

The ruins of the monastery and pilgrim hospital of San Antón is a delightful space that seems to embrace the camino, its archway spanning the road itself. Once a sprawling complex there is little that remains.

The albergue here has never seen better days, and the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteer hospitaleros keep the place as traditional as can be expected.

The niches in the archway, previously used by monks to deliver food to late arriving pilgrims, are now a popular spot to leave written messages.

Accommodation in San Antón - The Ruins

Private

1

Albergue de San Antón
Private
Carretera de Hontanas-Castrojeriz

12
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de San Antón
Photo of San Antón - The Ruins on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
443.70
Altitude: 
817

The camino-road layout of Castrojeriz is deceptively long and unlike some of the smaller examples has spread to encompass several parallel streets. All three of its churches are worth a visit, and a hike to the ruins of the castle provide a view of the surrounding land that is paralleled only by the climb out of town.

Most pilgrim related services can be found along the Calle Oriente, but the pharmacy and the larger groceries are closer to the main road. 

Also along the Oriente is the Hospital del Alma; part art gallery and part meditation space...

History: 

The houses along the road were built with an unseen secret, that of a tunnel which runs the length of the town and which connects the cellars. Apart from being the private property of the homeowners, its exploration is hampered by the construction of concrete dividing walls; a civil war era...

Fiesta: 

San Juan is celebrated on the 24th of June.  Other fiestas on the 25th and 26th of November for Santa Catalina.

The Road: 

The road ahead climbs up and over the Alto de Mostelares. There is not much shade to be had between here and the crossing into Palencia.

Accommodation in Castrojeriz

Municipal

1

Albergue de San Esteban
Municipal
Plaza Mayor

30
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de San Esteban
Private

2

Albergue Orión
Private
Colegiata, 28

22
11€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Orión

3

Albergue-Hotel A Cien Leguas
Private
Real de Oriente, 78

18
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue-Hotel A Cien Leguas

4

Albergue and Camping de Castrojeriz
Private
Virgen del Manzano

35
7€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue and Camping de Castrojeriz

5

Albergue El Camino - Verge de Montserrat
Private
Real de Oriente, 79

10
8€

6

Albergue Ultreia
Private
Real de Oriente, 77

27
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Ultreia

7

Albergue Rosalía
Private
Cordón, 2

32
11-13€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Rosalía

8

Albergue Casa Nostra
Private
Real de Oriente, 52

32
6.50€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Casa Nostra
Hotel

10

Hotel Iacobus
Hotel
Puerta del Monte, 3

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Iacobus

11

Hotel La Cachava
Hotel
Real, 93

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel La Cachava

12

Hotel La Posada de Castrojeriz ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Landelino Tardajos, 5

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel La Posada de Castrojeriz ⭑⭑⭑

13

Posada Emebed ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor, 5

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Posada Emebed ⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Castrojeriz on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Castrojeriz on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
440.10
Altitude: 
905

The Alto de Mostelares is the highest of the peaks you will encounter along the meseta, but it is not as difficult as it appears from Castrojeriz. From the top the view is more remarkable looking back towards where you came from. There is a shelter at the top.

The Road: 

From the top the camino follows along a newly resurfaced stretch of the camino. Always downward, the descent is easy going after the first stretch which is quite steep indeed.

Between the Alto and the Ermita is a shaded picnic area.

1.90km → Itero de la Vega
To end of camino: 
434.50
Altitude: 
767

The Ermita of San Nicolás, like the ruins of San Anton before Castrojeriz, has a long history of taking care of pilgrims. Both stand on their own far from towns and as a result, they don’t necessarily get the amount of traffic they deserve. Perhaps that is for the best as pilgrims often claim them to be the most memorable albergues along the way.

The Road: 

Just beyond the Ermita is the Puente Fitero which takes you over the river of the same name, and into Palencia.

Accommodation in Ermita de San Nicolás

Parochial

1

Albergue de San Nicolas
Parochial
Puente Fitero

12
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de San Nicolas

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