The unceremonious crossing into the province of León is by way of the bridge over the río Valderaduey

León, tucked into the far northwest corner of Castilla y León, was formed from the old Kingdom of the same name.  The Meseta begins to wind down, and soon the mountain ranges that form its border with Asturias and Galicia will come into sharp focus.

Perhaps the most celebrated aspects of modern León are its culinary achievements. The city of León is a city that turns out to the streets to celebrate food and...

Camino de Santiago Map 15

Camino de Santiago Map 15
To end of camino: 
360.70
Altitude: 
824

If you choose to spend the night in Sahagún do your best to explore the town, it is not the prettiest of places but there are a few gems hiding about that give you a glimpse of its illustrious past.  At one time it rivaled Burgos and León in importance and grandeur.

For reasons unknown the town hall has drawn the camino path through town in a way that skips nearly every building worth 

seeing, and which bypasses the plaza mayor entirely.  If you want to explore you will have to leave the marked path; see green alternative on map.

History: 

Sahagún owes its name to the 4th century martyr San Facundo, who along with San Primitivo were buried nearby. Because of this it has seen more than its share of battles between Christians and Muslims. Although the Christians ultimately won out, it was not before the town...

Notice: 

A very nice certificate is available from the Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina on your way out of Sahagún, a type of half-way Compostela. See the map for the location as it is not on the camino proper.

Fiesta: 

Market day is Saturday. Winter pilgrims can celebrate San Tirso on the 28th of January. San Juan de Sahagún on the 12th and 13th of June. Fiesta de Peregrina on the 2nd of July, and San Lorenzo on the 9th and 10th of August.

Accommodation in Sahagún

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Cluny
Municipal
Arco, 2 Antiguo Iglesia de la Trinidad

64
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Peregrinos Cluny
Private

2

Albergue Viatoris
Private
Arco Travesía, 25

50
7€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Viatoris
Parochial

3

Albergue de la Santa Cruz
Parochial
Antonio Nicolas, 40

12
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de la Santa Cruz
Camping

4

Pedro Ponce
Camping
Tineo

3.35€
Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural Arturo I
Casa Rural
Arco, 72

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Arturo I

6

Casa Rural Los Balcones del Camino
Casa Rural
Constitución, 53

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Los Balcones del Camino
Hostal

7

Hostal La Bastide du Chemin ⭑⭑
Hostal
Arco, 66

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8

Hostal Domus Viatoris ⭑⭑
Hostal
Sahagún-Arriondas

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9

Hostal Alfonso VI ⭑⭑
Hostal
Antonio Nicolás, 4

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10

Hostal Escarcha ⭑⭑
Hostal
Regina Franco, 12

11

Hostal La Codorniz
Hostal
Constitución, 97

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal La Codorniz
Hotel

12

Hotel Puerta de Sahagún ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Ctra. de Burgos

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Puerta de Sahagún ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Sahagún on the Camino de Santiago

Leaving Sahagún cross over the río Cea. The camino becomes something of a confusion just short of Calzada de Coto, which lies to the north of the A-231. You will find yourself standing at a large highway interchange (4.4km from Sahagún) with a block bus-stop and very little signage to point the way. Distances indicated below are from Sahagún to Reliegos, though the Via Trajana can also bypass Relíegos and go directly to Mansilla de las Mulas without adding any distance The two options rejoin in Reliegos, or Mansilla de las...

Photo of Straight along the Camino Real or turn Right for the Via Trajana on the Camino de Santiago
7.50km → El Burgo Ranero
To end of camino: 
350.60
Altitude: 
855

The name of the town tells us that the original inhabitants came from the Bierzo area, and that it is situated along the Camino Real, or Royal Camino. This designation has nothing at all to do with royalty but is rather a term given to primary roads that met a certain metric for size; much like versions of our modern day National highways.

The Iglesia de San Salvador contains a sculpture of St. John the Baptist. The original church tower very nearly lasted into the 21st c., but not quite. The replacement is an uninspiring steel bell tower.

Accommodation in Bercianos del Real Camino

Private

1

Albergue La Perala
Private
Camino Sahagún s/n

51
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Perala

2

Albergue Bercianos 1900
Private
Mayor, 49

20
15€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Bercianos 1900

3

Albergue Santa Clara
Private
Iglesia, 3

19
15€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santa Clara
Parochial

4

Albergue de Peregrinos de Bercianos
Parochial
Santa Rita, 11

46
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Peregrinos de Bercianos
Hostal

5

Hostal Rivero
Hostal
Mayor, 12
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Rivero
Photo of Bercianos del Real Camino on the Camino de Santiago
12.70km → Reliegos
To end of camino: 
343.10
Altitude: 
879

As far as the eye can tell the only thing keeping El Burgo Ranero on the map is the business brought in by the camino; the wheat and wool business that once sustained it has been displaced by mechanization.

Although the church in town was robbed of its treasures long ago (some are preserved in the León Cathedral Museum) the bells still ring, and an ever aging congregation turns up daily.

History: 

El Burgo Ranero owes its existence to both wheat and wool. Of the two it was the wheat (and the granaries that came with) that gave the town its name; though other historians say the name is derived from the same root that gives us the word frog, rana; the wetlands at the far end...

Notice: 

If you are passing through at the right time of year (late May) take a close look at the stork nests on the tower. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the babies waiting for lunch.

The Road: 

The camino between El Burgo and Reliegos is along a manicured path lined with trees. Those trees, unfortunately, are on the wrong side of the path, so on sunny summer days you are exposed: bring ample amounts of water.

Accommodation in El Burgo Ranero

Private

1

Albergue La Laguna
Private
La Laguna, 12

18
12-15€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Laguna
Association

2

Albergue de Peregrinos Domenico Laffi
Association
Mayor, 3

28
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Peregrinos Domenico Laffi
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Piedras Blancas
Casa Rural
Fray Pedro del Burgo, 32
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Piedras Blancas
Pension

4

Pensión La Costa del Adobe
Pension
Real, 69
Hostal

5

Hostal El Peregrino ⭑
Hostal
Fray Pedro del Burgo, 36
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal El Peregrino ⭑
Hotel

6

Hotel Castillo El Burgo ⭑⭑
Hotel
Autovía A231 km 34

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Photo of El Burgo Ranero on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
356.70
Altitude: 
824
The Road: 

The two stretches of road between here and Reliegos are without any services outside of those to be found in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. Be sure to carry enough water.

Accommodation in Calzada de Coto

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos San Roque
Municipal
Real

36
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de peregrinos San Roque
Photo of Calzada de Coto on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
348.20
Altitude: 
894
The Road: 

The camino from Calzadilla once went directly to Mansilla de la Mulas, bypassing Reliegos. The route proved to be less desirable than going first to Reliegos which is close enough. The split occurs 1km before arriving at Reliegos and there may still exist...

Accommodation in Calzadilla de los Hermanillos

Municipal

1

Albergue de Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
Municipal
Mayor, 28

22
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
Private

2

Albergue Vía Trajana
Private
Mayor, 57

10
15€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Vía Trajana
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Casa El Cura
Casa Rural
La Carretera, 13

17
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Casa El Cura

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Camino de Santiago Map 16
To end of camino: 
330.40
Altitude: 
832

Bar Elvis, quite possibly the most famous bar on the whole of the camino, is located in the main square. The owner is quite a character and if you’ve brought your sharpie marker get to scribbling,  this is one of the few places where graffiti is encouraged.

Accommodation in Reliegos

Municipal

1

Albergue de Reliegos D Gaiferos
Municipal
Escuela

45
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Reliegos D Gaiferos
Private

2

Albergue Gil
Private
Cantas, 30

14
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Gil

3

Albergue las Hadas
Private
Real, 42

12
13€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue las Hadas

4

Albergue Vive tu Camino
Private
Real, 56

8
12€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Vive tu Camino

5

Albergue La Parada
Private
Escuela, 7

36
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Parada
Pension

6

Pensión La Cantina de Teddy
Pension
Cantas
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión La Cantina de Teddy
Photo of Reliegos on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
324.50
Altitude: 
798

There is a nice place for a swim in the river in the northwest corner of Mansilla. Cross over the small pedestrian bridge towards the camping place (not the road bridge that the camino crosses) located in the northwest corner of town. Getting there will take you through several of Mansilla’s small plazas.

History: 

Mansilla traces its history back to Roman times, and the walls that continue to surround most of the city bear evidence to its importance; it was both a layover on the Roman road to León and a market town (mostly mules).

Fiesta: 

The Virgen de Gracia is celebrated on the second Sunday in September. San Martín is celebrated on the 11th of November.

The Road: 

Mansilla still has large sections of its defensive walls, look back when leaving town to get the best view of them.

Much of the way between here and Puente de Villarente is adjacent to the road.

Accommodation in Mansilla de las Mulas

Municipal

1

Albergue de Mansilla de las Mulas
Municipal
Puente, 5

76
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Mansilla de las Mulas
Private

2

Albergue El Jardín del Camino
Private
Camino de Santiago, 1

36
12-14€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Jardín del Camino

3

Albergue Gaia
Private
Constitución, 28

16
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Gaia
Camping

4

Camping Esla
Camping
Fuente de los Prados
Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural Las Singer
Casa Rural
José Álvarez, 6

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation:  Casa Rural Las Singer
Pension

6

La Pensión de Blanca
Pension
Picos de Europa, 4

14
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: La Pensión de Blanca
Hostal

7

Hostal Alberguería del Camino
Hostal
Concepción, 12
Hotel Rural

8

La Casa de los Soportales ⭑⭑
Hotel Rural
Arrabal, 9

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Photo of Mansilla de las Mulas on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
319.70
Altitude: 
799
The Road: 

If you want to escape the busy road for a bit, bear left at the start of town and follow the arrows through the village. Doing so doesn’t add any distance to your journey but spares you 500m of the road.

When entering Puente de Villarente it is now the bridge, not the river; that...

Photo of Villamoros de Mansilla on the Camino de Santiago
4.10km → Arcahueja
To end of camino: 
318.00
Altitude: 
811

The river here once posed a serious threat to pilgrims when waters ran high and as a result it became home to several pilgrim hospices.

Notice: 

As you are leaving Puente behind you, keep an eye out for arrows pointing you along a trail to your right-hand side, and up a small hill towards Arcahueja. It is fairly well marked but is along a service road that is often lined with parked trucks and the way might be obscured.

Accommodation in Puente de Villarente

Private

1

Albergue San Pelayo
Private
El Romero, 9

8
10€
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2

Albergue El Delfin Verde
Private
carretera general 601, 15 B

24
5€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Delfin Verde
Hostal

3

Hostal La Montaña ⭑
Hostal
Camino de Santiago, 17
1.30km → Valdelafuente
To end of camino: 
313.90
Altitude: 
849

The bar and albergue are in the same building, turn left at the playground.

The Road: 

The way continues straight past the small playground and climbs upwards to the Alto de Portillo

Accommodation in Arcahueja

Private

1

Albergue La Torre
Private
La Torre, 1

20
10€
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Hotel

2

Hotel Camino Real ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Carretera N-601, Km 320

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Photo of Arcahueja on the Camino de Santiago
3.90km → Puente de Castro
To end of camino: 
312.60
Altitude: 
864

Valdelafuente the town is not directly on the camino, but rather a few hundred meters off.

Photo of Valdelafuente on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
869

It is from the Alto del Portillo that you get your first glimpse of León. It is customary at such a height to search for the spires of León’s magnificent cathedral.

3.00km → León
To end of camino: 
308.70
Altitude: 
826

Puente Castro, notable for its bridge, has now grown large enough to merge with one of León’s outer barrios (Santa Ana). There are plenty of places to take a rest and enjoy a beverage; there are still a few kilometers to go before arriving at the center of León.

History: 

The barrio and the bridge derive their name from the old Jewish quarter that was once here.

Accommodation in Puente de Castro

Private

1

Albergue Santo Tomás de Canterbury
Private
La Lastra, 53

47
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santo Tomás de Canterbury
To end of camino: 
305.70
Altitude: 
842

León is now a fully modernized city home to more than half of the population in the province and like Burgos it is worthy of more time than the average pilgrim spends here. To explore in full would take many days, to cover the basics at least two. If you are keen to keep your feet moving every day, consider spending an extra afternoon in León and setting out after lunch for a half day of walking. Between here and Astorga there are two routes to choose from and plenty of albergues.

The Catedral de Santa María de la Regla is a magnificent example of...

History: 

Nearly one thousand years ago, the city of León was the jewel in the crown of the most powerful king in the Iberian peninsula, at the time a fractured version of what would not become a unified nation for several hundred years. One thousand years before that, it was a Roman settlement...

Fiesta: 

León hosts one of the more specacular Semana Santa celebrations to be seen along the Camino Francés.

San Juan and San Pedro are celebrated from the 21st to the 30th of June. La Virgen del Camino on the 18th of September. And a romería for San Froilán on the 5th of October.

The Road: 

Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is the Cathedral, and the familiar yellow arrows are visible directly opposite the principle facade. The journey through town is short, passing first the Church of San Isidoro and later the Parador (once hospital) of San Marcos before...

Accommodation in León

Private

1

Albergue Unamuno
Private
San Pelayo, 15

85
13-18€

2

La Madriguera Hostel
Private
Virgen Blanca, 59

14
15€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: La Madriguera Hostel

3

Albergue Check in León
Private
Alcalde Miguel Castaño, 88

40
11€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Check in León

4

Albergue LeonHostel
Private
Ancha, 8

20
17-22€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue LeonHostel

5

Hostel Covent Garden
Private
Ancha, 25

26
19€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostel Covent Garden

6

Albergue Muralla Leonesa
Private
Tarifa, 5

80
16€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Muralla Leonesa
Parochial

7

Albergue de Peregrinos de las Benedictinas - Sta. María de Carbajal
Parochial
Pl. Santa Maria del Camino, 11

132
6€

8

Albergue San Francisco de Asis
Parochial
Alcalde Miguel Castaños, 4

90
13€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue San Francisco de Asis
Pension

9

Pensión La Torre
Pension
La Torre, 3

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión La Torre
Hostal

10

Hostal Albany ⭑⭑
Hostal
Paloma, 13

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Albany ⭑⭑

11

Hostal Quevedo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Quevedo, 13

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Quevedo ⭑⭑

12

Hostal Alda Casco Antiguo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cardenal Landázuri, 11

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Alda Casco Antiguo ⭑⭑

13

Hostal Londres
Hostal
Roma, 1

25
15€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Londres

14

Hostal Misericordia
Hostal
Misericordia, 15

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Misericordia
Parador

18

Parador San Marcos
Parador
Plaza San Marcos, 7

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Parador San Marcos
Photo of León on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of León on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of León on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
302.00
Altitude: 
840

Accommodation in Trobajo del Camino

Hostal

1

Hostal El Abuelo ⭑
Hostal
Los Mesones, 6

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal El Abuelo ⭑
Hotel

2

Hotel Alfageme ⭑⭑
Hotel
Las Lagunas, 1

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Alfageme ⭑⭑

Camino de Santiago Map 17

Camino de Santiago Map 17

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