Altitude: 
536

The Iglesia de San Martín de Tours still bears the inscription indicating that it was commissioned by the bishop of Astorga. San Martín of Tours was, prior to the popularization of Santiago (and his battle at Clavijo), the patron saint of most of the peninsula.

The Road: 

Shortly after leaving Pieros the camino splits near a set of power lines. The detour through Valtuille, favored for its safety and scenery, is to the right. The road route continues straight for several kilometers before turning off onto a dirt track. This track will rejoin the ...

Accommodation in Pieros

Private

1

Albergue El Serbal y la Luna
Private
El Pozo, 15
18 5€
Pieros - Albergue El Serbal y la Luna
5.30km → Pereje
Altitude: 
519

The Municipal and Ave Fenix albergues are at the very start of town. The latter is adjacent to the Iglesia de Santiago, one of only two churches along the way to have its own Holy Door for the benefit of pilgrims too sick to make it to the Santiago Cathedral.

Villafranca del Bierzo...

History: 

San Francisco de Assisi passed through 800 years ago and is said to have founded the Iglesia de San Francisco, do pay it a visit as it often doubles as an exhibition hall (plus its elevation affords a good view as the sun sets in the valley).

 

During the Peninsular...

Notice: 

The Municipal and Ave Fenix albergues are at the very start of town. The latter is adjacent to the Iglesia de Santiago, one of only two churches along the way to have its own Holy Door for the benefit of pilgrims too sick to make it to the Santiago Cathedral.

Fiesta: 

The Fiestas del Cristo are held on the 14th of September.

The Road: 

Leave town by way of the bridge over the río Burbia. At the end of the bridge, the camino splits. Most pilgrims keep along the road which winds along the valley floor following the old national VI road, in the shadow of its replacement which soars above. The camino here is on paved...

Accommodation in Villafranca del Bierzo

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal Villafranca del Bierzo
Municipal
Campo de la Gallina
62 6€
Private

2

Albergue Leo
Private
Ribadeo (del Agua), 10
24 10€
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3

Refugio Ave Fenix de familia Jato
Private
Santiago, 10
80 6€
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4

Albergue El Castillo
Private
Castillo, 8
24 10-12€

5

Albergue La Yedra
Private
La Yedra, 9
18 10€

6

Albergue de la Piedra
Private
Espíritu Santo, 14
28 10€

7

Albergue Hospedería San Nicolás El Real
Private
Travesía de san Nicolás, 4
150 8€
Casa Rural

8

B&B La Casa de Leo
Casa Rural
Pena Picón
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Hostal

9

Hostal Burbia ⭑⭑
Hostal
Fuente Cubero, 13
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10

Hostal El Cruce
Hostal
El Salvador, 41

11

Hostal Méndez ⭑⭑
Hostal
Espiritu Santo, 1
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12

Hostal La Puerta del Perdón
Hostal
Plaza de Prim, 4
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Hotel

13

Hotel Las Doñas del Portazgo ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Ribadeo, 2
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14

Posada Plaza Mayor ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor, 4
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15

Hotel San Francisco ⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor, 6
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Parador

16

Parador Villafranca del Bierzo ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Calvo Sotelo, 28
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4.40km → Trabadelo
Altitude: 
554

Accommodation in Pereje

Municipal

1

Albergue de Pereje
Municipal
Camino de Santiago
55 5€
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Altitude: 
572

Accommodation in Trabadelo

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal La Casa del Peregrino
Municipal
36 6€
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Private

2

Albergue Camino y Leyenda
Private
Camino de Santiago
16 10€
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3

Casa Susi
Private
Camino de Santiago
12 5€

4

Albergue Crispeta
Private
Camino Santiago, 162
48 8€
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Parochial

5

Albergue Parroquial de Trabadelo
Parochial
La Iglesia
22 5€
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Casa Rural

6

Casa Rural Os Arroxos
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago
Pension

7

Pensión El Puente Peregrino
Pension
Camino de Santiago, 153
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Hostal

8

Hostal Nova Ruta
Hostal
Carretera N-VI
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0.90km → Ambasmestas
Altitude: 
611

Accommodation in La Portela de Valcarce

Private

1

Albergue El Peregrino
Private
Camino de Santiago, 5
25 10€
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Hotel

2

Hotel Valcarce ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Carretera N-VI
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1.60km → Vega de Valcarce
Altitude: 
625

Ambasmestas is named for the confluence of the two valley rivers, the Valcárcel (‘valley of the prison’ so named because of its width) and the Balboa. Soaring above you is the A-6 highway connecting A Coruña with Madrid.

Accommodation in Ambasmestas

Private

1

Albergue Casa del Pescador
Private
Carretera N-VI
12 10-12€

2

Albergue Das Animas
Private
Campo Bajo, 3
20 6-9€

3

Albergue Camynos
Private
Carretera N-VI, 43
10 10€
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Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural Ambasmestas ⭑⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Carretera N-VI
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Hostal

5

Hostel El Rincón del Apóstol
Hostal
Carretera N-VI, 1
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2.10km → Ruitelán
Altitude: 
628

The nearby truck stop of the same name has a full restaurant, as well as a co-op boutique selling local delights like wine, honey, and chocolate. There is also a fruit stand.

The ruins of the Castle of Sarracín are located high on the hill on the other side of the river.

Notice: 

This is the last town with an ATM or a pharmacy until you reach Triacastela.

Accommodation in Vega de Valcarce

Municipal

1

Albergue de Vega de Valcarce
Municipal
Pandedelo
92 5€
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Private

2

Albergue Santa María Magdalena
Private
Carretera N-VI, 57
16 10+€

3

Albergue El Paso
Private
Carretera N-VI, 6
28 10-12€

4

Albergue do Brasil - El Roble
Private
Antigua N-VI
18 Donativo€
Parochial

5

Albergue Virgen de la Encina
Parochial
Juan Pablo II
26€
Casa Rural

6

Casa Rural El Recanto
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago, 38
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Closed

7

Albergue Sarracín
Closed
Carretera N-VI, 32
12 10€
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8

Albergue El Roble
Closed
Carretera N-VI, km 426
17 5€
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9

Refugio Vegetariano ISANA
Closed
Carretera N-VI, 23
12 5€
1.40km → Las Herrerías
Altitude: 
667
History: 

San Froilan lived as a hermit in a nearby cave during the 9th century. At the behest of the people of León, King Alfonso III named him as Bishop, a position which he held for only 5 years.

Accommodation in Ruitelán

Private

1

Refugio Pequeno Potala
Private
Carretera N-VI, 20
34 5€
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2

Albergue El Rincón de PIN
Private
Carretera N-VI, 41
10 10€
Altitude: 
722

Las Herrerias, and the conjoined hamlet of Hospital, are at the base of the mountain that has been lurking on the horizon for a few days. 

At the end of town, just past Casa Polin, is a small picnic area and the Fuente de Quiñones (named after the famous jouster of...

Notice: 

A local service offers to take you to the top of the mountain on horseback, an alternative to the 6km ascent and a taste of what luxury would have felt like 900 years ago.

The Road: 

The climb begins as a gradual ascent along the paved road. The camino will eventually leave this road in favor of a footpath which descends to your left. Arrows at the turn-off indicate that the camino for cyclists remains on the road and if you are on a bike this is the preferred route. When...

Accommodation in Las Herrerías

Private

1

Albergue and Pensión Casa Lixa
Private
Camino de Santiago, 35
20 11€
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2

Albergue Las Herrerías
Private
17 7€
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Paraíso del Bierzo
Casa Rural
Carretera N-VI
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4

Casa Rural do Ferreiro
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago, 41
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Pension

5

Pensión Casa Polín
Pension
Camino de Santiago, 6
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Hotel Rural

6

Hotel Rural El Capricho de Josana
Hotel Rural
Camino de Santiago
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2.50km → La Faba
Altitude: 
692
Altitude: 
912

A small hamlet on the way up to O’Cebreiro, there is little more than a collection of houses, a parochial albergue (run by a German confraternity) and the adjacent church which has a daily evening Mass. Two other bars are in the center of the village, one distinctly Gallego in feel and...

History: 

Sir John Moore’s very unlucky British army, having been run out of Villafranca by the French, and suffering terrible weather, retreated through these hills on his way to A Coruña. Moore would make it to the port but never escaped the peninsula. He is buried there.

Accommodation in La Faba

Private

1

El Último Rincón del Bierzo
Private
10 10€

2

Bar Albergue El Refugio
Private
Camino de Santiago, 9
9 5€
Parochial

3

Albergue Ultreia Antigua Casa Parroquial
Parochial
66 5€
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2.20km → O Cebreiro
Altitude: 
1152

Laguna sits about 1km from the Galician border, making it a rather remote frontier town.

Accommodation in Laguna de Castilla

Private

1

Albergue La Escuela de La Laguna
Private
49 10€
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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...

Altitude: 
882

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

Altitude: 
880
5.70km → Chozas de Abajo
Altitude: 
871

Accommodation in Oncina de la Valdoncina

Private

1

Albergue El Pajar de Oncina
Private
Arriba, 4
9 10€
9.70km → Villavante
Altitude: 
869

Accommodation in Villar de Mazarife

Private

1

Albergue Casa de Jesús
Private
Coruso, 11
50 7€
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2

Mesón Albergue Tio Pepe
Private
El Teso de la Iglesia, 2
26 10€
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3

Albergue San Antonio de Padua
Private
León, 33
60 10€
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4.30km → Puente de Orbigo
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
Doctor Vélez, 17
29 9€
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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.

2.30km → Manjarín
Altitude: 
1499

The Iron Cross marks the highest part of the mountain pass and has become the place where pilgrims the world over leave behind a stone brought with them from home or elsewhere on the camino.

Cruz de Ferro

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