To end of camino: 
298.70
Altitude: 
910

La Virgen del Camino is named for the miraculous sighting of the Virgen by a local shepherd. His vision has been translated into sculptures several times by artists. One is here in the modern looking church, and another is in the León Cathedral (in the Chapel where the daily mass is held).

The sculptures are stunning and bear a resemblance to La Piedad by Michelangelo, with the notable exception that Jesus is facing downwards.

Accommodation in La Virgen del Camino

Photo of La Virgen del Camino on the Camino de Santiago

When you get to the Basilica de la Virgen del Camino you will cross the busy road and continue on a small access road. In 300m you are presented with the choice between two routes. The painting of yellow arrows here is confusing, and there is zero official signage to indicate your options. Distances are indicated from La Virgen del Camino to Puente de Órbigo where they converge.

‌The SCENIC ROUTE - 27 KM

This variation is called the Scenic Route, and it adds < 3km to your journey. It is considerably more pleasant and there are now...

To end of camino: 
294.30
Altitude: 
887
To end of camino: 
293.00
Altitude: 
897
To end of camino: 
285.40
Altitude: 
900

Accommodation in Villadangos del Páramo

Municipal

1

Albergue de Villadangos del Páramo
Municipal
54
7€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Villadangos del Páramo
Hostal

2

Hostal Libertad ⭑⭑
Hostal
Photo of Villadangos del Páramo on the Camino de Santiago
6.80km → Puente de Orbigo
To end of camino: 
280.90
Altitude: 
866

Accommodation in San Martín del Camino

Municipal

1

Albergue de San Martín del Camino
Municipal
68
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de San Martín del Camino
Private

2

Albergue La Casa Verde
Private
8
10*€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Casa Verde

3

Albergue Santa Ana
Private
96
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santa Ana

4

Albergue Vieira
Private
40
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Vieira
To end of camino: 
298.90
Altitude: 
880
5.70km → Chozas de Abajo
To end of camino: 
297.30
Altitude: 
871

Accommodation in Oncina de la Valdoncina

Private

1

Albergue El Pajar de Oncina
Private
9
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Pajar de Oncina
To end of camino: 
291.60
Altitude: 
882

One bar, located 50m off the camino to the left and well signed in both directions.

Photo of Chozas de Abajo on the Camino de Santiago
9.70km → Villavante
To end of camino: 
287.50
Altitude: 
869

Accommodation in Villar de Mazarife

Private

1

Mesón Albergue Tio Pepe
Private
26
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Mesón Albergue Tio Pepe

2

Albergue San Antonio de Padua
Private
60
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue San Antonio de Padua

3

Albergue Casa de Jesús
Private
50
9€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Casa de Jesús
Photo of Villar de Mazarife on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Villar de Mazarife on the Camino de Santiago
4.30km → Puente de Orbigo
To end of camino: 
277.70
Altitude: 
837
The Road: 

The camino turns right and into Villavante, though some old yellow arrows continue straight ahead (painted on the elevated irrigation canal). The reason for the detour around town is to avoid a surface crossing of the dangerous rail lines at the edge of town. The distance added is worth...

Accommodation in Villavante

Private

1

Albergue Santa Lucía
Private
22
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santa Lucía
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Molino Galochas
Casa Rural
Photo of Villavante on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
274.10
Altitude: 
825

Camino de Santiago Map 18

Camino de Santiago Map 18
To end of camino: 
273.50
Altitude: 
823
History: 

Where there are rivers with bridges there is always history to be found. Not much exists on paper, but historians theorize about Suevi and Visigoths battling in the 5th century as well as a few other skirmishes during the 10th century. All of these have been overshadowed by the...

Fiesta: 

A medieval jousting competition is held in early June, recreating the saga of Don Suero. San Juan is celebrated on the 24th of June. 

The Road: 

‌Minor Detour via Villares de Órbigo

When leaving town, the camino once again splits. The preferred (though unofficial) path is to the right, passing through nearby Villares de Órbigo and scenic countryside. Both routes now rejoin in Santibañez, though if...

Accommodation in Hospital de Orbigo

Private

1

Albergue San Miguel
Private
30
10-12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue San Miguel

2

Albergue Casa de los Hidalgos
Private
18
14-16€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Casa de los Hidalgos

3

Albergue Verde
Private
26
11€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Verde
Parochial

4

Albergue Parroquial Karl Leisner
Parochial
90
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Parroquial Karl Leisner
Photo of Hospital de Orbigo on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Hospital de Orbigo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
271.20
Off Camino: 
0.00
Altitude: 
831

The church here is dedicated to St. James. So too is the church in Santibañes. Both are worth a peek for their representations of Santiago.

Accommodation in Villares de Órbigo

Private

1

Albergue Villares de Órbigo
Private
15
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Villares de Órbigo

2

Albergue El Encanto
Private
10
14€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Encanto
To end of camino: 
268.60
Altitude: 
848

The church is often locked up, but if you ask around for the key the locals are always happy to unlock it for pilgrims.

The Road: 

Between here and San Justo de la Vega there are no facilities, but a small kiosk run by pilgrims operates during the busier seasons. Just before the steep descent into San Justo de la Vega is the Cruceiro de Santo Toribio overlooking Astorga in the distance....

Accommodation in Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias

Private

1

Albergue Camino Francés
Private
22
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Camino Francés

2

L'Abilleiru Albergue Rural
Private
6
25€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: L'Abilleiru Albergue Rural
Parochial

3

Albergue Parroquial Santibánez Valdeiglsias
Parochial
20
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Parroquial Santibánez Valdeiglsias
Photo of Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias on the Camino de Santiago
4.00km → Astorga
To end of camino: 
260.90
Altitude: 
852

Passing through San Justo, keep an eye out for a bar on the left-hand side called Bar Oasis. It has a corner entrance, a Foosball table, a littered floor, and the BEST tortilla in all of Spain. It is also the thickest tortilla and not to be missed if you are hungry. The owner and his wife are avid travelers and talkers.

Accommodation in San Justo de la Vega

Hostal

1

Hostal Juli ⭑
Hostal
10
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Juli ⭑
Photo of San Justo de la Vega on the Camino de Santiago
2.40km → Valdeviejas
To end of camino: 
256.90
Altitude: 
878

In Astorga you may notice a sudden increase in the number of pilgrims, new faces will appear amongst the regular crowd you have grown accustomed to. They are likely Spanish, as this is a common starting point for Spaniards, or they have come from Sevilla along the Via de la Plata. A quick peek at their boots will tell the two apart.

Here you will take first notice of the Maragato culture, the ancient tribe of red-headed Iberians that served as the muleteers between the coast and the interior of Spain. They maintain several curious customs by modern...

History: 

At the junction of several Roman roads it is no wonder that Astorga is full of Roman ruins. Several dig sights are ongoing and can be toured, and nearly every structure in town has some Roman foundation. This was an important crossroad for the Romans and the gateway into El Bierzo...

Fiesta: 

Santa Marta is celebrated during the last week of August.

Market day is Tuesday.

The Road: 

The camino here leaves the last of the plains behind and begins, slowly at first, to climb. The ascent is slow and gradual until Rabanal, where it begins a more steep ascent to the alto and an equally quick descent into Molinaseca. On the way up it passes through several small but...

Accommodation in Astorga

Photo of Astorga on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Astorga on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
254.50
Altitude: 
878

Valdeviejas sits adjacent to the camino and most pilgrims never go into town. There is not much cause to do so unless you plan to stay at the municipal albergue here.

Accommodation in Valdeviejas

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Ecce Homo
Municipal
10
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Peregrinos Ecce Homo
To end of camino: 
252.40
Altitude: 
880

The town is one of a dozen that is considered to be a part of the Maragatería, whose inhabitants are characterized by their red hair, their hard work ethic, and their honest reputation.

Accommodation in Murias de Rechivaldo

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Murias de Rechivaldo
Municipal
18
9€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Peregrinos Murias de Rechivaldo
Private

2

Albergue las Águedas
Private
40
15€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue las Águedas

3

Albergue Casa Flor
Private
4
15€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Casa Flor
Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural La Veleta ⭑⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural La Veleta ⭑⭑⭑

5

Hostería Casa Flor ⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostería Casa Flor ⭑⭑

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