→ 3.40 → Villafranca Montes de Oca → 11.90km → San Juan de Ortega

Altitude
942
To end of camino
522.00
Bar
Yes
Bus
Yes
Grocery
Yes
Medical Center
Yes

To the right of the main road when entering are a pair of bars that serve food to a mix of pilgrims and long road truck drivers, the Meson Alba being the most authentic dive of the two. The bustle of the road can make Villafranca feel a bit cramped, to escape that head to the Albergue San Anton Abad where the large garden and bar/restauran will quickly take your mind to a better place.

Notice

From Villafranca, there are 12km of camino without a water supply. 

Fiesta

San Antón is celebrated on the 17th of January, and a Romería to the Ermita de Oca is held on the second Sunday of August.

The Road

Villafranca Montes de Oca, named for the nettle-filled mountains to the west, sits at the foot of the Pedraja pass. If you have become accustomed to the gently rolling hills behind you, brace yourself for a climb. Between here and San Juan de Ortega lay 12km of fountain-less hiking. It is however a beautiful forest full of flowers, views, and endemic oak trees.

There are no shops in San Juan, but there are now two bars that serve food. Pack accordingly. To follow the camino, turn right uphill towards the church.

Comments

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

I disagree with the description of featureless hiking. The pine forest is lovely, there are some pretty views, and meadows of flowers. The wide road is shade-less for a few Km after the Alta, but this was a very nice walk into San Juan de Ortega and then Ages

michael

Very good supermarket now open in villafranca

michael

There is no Farmacia in Villafranca

michael

Store was open until 2 pm then again after siesta from 5-7 pm.

michael

Nice little town. I took a “walking rest day” from Belorado. Slept in, super late start, and I still got into Villafranca quite early. I stayed at Casa Rural La Alpargateia. Charming place, great hot shower, clean, and the owner Christina is super welcoming and helpful.

michael

Most/all places incl. a fair stocked tienda for buying food, wine etc. are open.
Alexwalker

michael

March 2022 the grocery store is still closed since 4 years ago

michael

Especially the first kilometres through flower-filled forest ~ it’s far from ‘featureless.’