→ 1.40 → Las Herrerías → 1.00km → Hospital (Inglés)

To end of camino

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 Hospital de Órbigo).


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 the trail begins to climb again the path is rocky and steep and slick with mud and horse shit. Tread carefully and think happy thoughts. 



Whilst the La Pandela accommodation was wonderful, we were very disappointed with the food. Several items on the menu weren’t available and others had items interchanged without advising you. Better off eating at the hotel next door.


We stayed at Albergue Las Herrerias, which is now named Miriam: at least that’s the name on the side of the building and what the locals told us when we asked for Albergue Las Herrerias.
We had a great stay. Clean rooms. Hot water until it ran out from the 20 something pilgrims who used it.
Best of all, we had a great vegetarian dinner and breakfast.
Loved it!


We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at El Capricho del Josana. Delightful hosts. Vegetarian and vegan options available.


If you want to do the horse option up to the top, be sure you contact the man (Victor Echevarria +638 041 823) well in advance. I reached out three days ahead, but he was already fully booked.


A very very nice new pension is open in Las Herrerias: La Pandela. Price:40-45 euros/double room. Or 30 euros individual. It is a wonderful. Place. And you can also eat there. The owners offer also a very generous menu.