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This guide was initially written by Alf Alexander Pedersen (@alexwalker) and provided to the pilgrim community via the Camino Forums.

He has generously shared it here so that it can be published as a mobile app for pilgrims, who can in turn submit their observations for future editions.

You are encouraged to use it, and to help keep it up to date by submitting your observations via the app, via email, or in the forums.

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INTRODUCTION

The way of San Olav is an easy 3-day walk from Burgos to Covarrubias in Spain, to the tomb of the princess Kristina of Norway.

On purpose, I have named this guide “A Walker's Guide”, since this route is not a pilgrimage as such; There is no saint or holy place at the end, only the tomb of a Norwegian princess, 800 years old. But it is a nice, tranquil and easy walk thru pleasant and undisturbed landscapes in rural Spain.

A nice break from the noise of the Camino Frances, if you want a couple of days in solitude. No bed...

Photo of About the San Olav Way on the Camino de Santiago
5.80km → Cardeñadijo
To end of camino: 
60.00
Altitude: 
895
History: 

Burgos was originally founded at the end of the 9th century in a bid to repopulate these northern plains.  From the expulsions of the Muslims (around the end of the 11th century) it quickly became one of Castilla’s most important city. It was here that the Catholic Kings Isabel and...

Fiesta: 

With such a long history it should come as no surprise that the fiestas and festivals celebrated in Burgos range from solemn to spectacular. Among the more notable celebrations are the processions of Semana Santa (Holy Week), Corpus Christi (a moveable feast, celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which depends on Pentecost Sunday, which of course depends on Easter Sunday… the place to be is at the Monastery of Las Huelgas), and the festival of San Pedro and San Pablo (known together as Sampedros) in June.

Additionally, there are a number of more archaic events, some Moorish in origin and others pagan, that take place throughout the year. Burgos is a lively city.

The Road: 

The way out of Burgos is waymarked along the Calle del Carmen: take right after the bridge and follow Calle del Carmen to the left; but I followed the Calle Madrid, which is simpler: When you have crossed the bridge, the Calle Madrid is straight ahead.

...

Accommodation in Burgos at the Start of San Olav Way

Municipal

1

Casa del Cubo y de los Lerma
Municipal
Fernan González, 28

150
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa del Cubo y de los Lerma
Private

2

Hostel Burgos
Private
Miranda, 4

68
17€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostel Burgos
Parochial

3

Albergue Emaús
Parochial
San Pedro de Cardeña, 31

20
Donativo€
Association

4

Albergue Santiago y Santa Catalina
Association
Lain Calvo, 10

16
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santiago y Santa Catalina
Pension

5

Pensión Bella Vista
Pension
Villadiego, 19

6

Pensión Santiago
Pension
Santiago Apóstol, 8

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Santiago
Hostal

7

Hostal Vía Láctea ⭑⭑
Hostal
Villadiego, 16

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Vía Láctea ⭑⭑

8

Hostal Manjón ⭑⭑
Hostal
Gran Teatro, 1

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Manjón ⭑⭑

9

Hostal Hilton ⭑⭑
Hostal
Vitoria, 165

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Hilton ⭑⭑

10

Hostal Lar ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cardenal Benlloch, 1

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Lar ⭑⭑

11

Hostal riMboMbin ⭑⭑
Hostal
Sombrerería, 6

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal riMboMbin ⭑⭑
Photo of Burgos at the Start of San Olav Way on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Burgos at the Start of San Olav Way on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
54.20
Altitude: 
895

For any of the services in town, turn left when you get to the part pictured above. Follow road straigth to the main road that runs parallel to the camino.

The Road: 

A simple walk through an open landscape. A 500m. dark tunnel may seem a bit frightening, but it is easy and safe walking. So far, the San Olav shares the path with the Vias Verdes, but at Modubar de Emparedada they separate. Pay close attention to the sign at the...

Photo of Cardeñadijo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
48.70
Altitude: 
880

The guide you get from the Tourist Office in Burgos indicates that there is a bar/restaurante and a Casa Rural here. They are all closed down, and it looks permanent.

The Road: 

Pay attention: As you enter town along the via verde, the camino leaves the path for the road. Almost immediately it turns right (see image), and here the signs are difficult to notice. If you miss it and have gone too far down the road, follow the road directions below....

Photo of Modúbar de la Emparedada on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
45.70
Altitude: 
10

Friendly bar with real beer from the tap, and food.

The Road: 

From the bar, you find the gravel road of the San Olav that leads straight to Modubar de San Cibrian, your stay for the first leg of your Camino San Olav. Just go out from the bar and turn left. This is an easy path. Shortly beyond Modubar de la Cuesta, you come to a crossing....

Photo of Modúbar de la Cuesta on the Camino de Santiago
3.60km → Los Ausines
To end of camino: 
42.00
Altitude: 
940

In San Cibrian you find the Casa Rural la Cerca, your stay for the first night. Priced at 30 Euros + food, ca. 15 Euros. Rooms have bathtub. Nice garden. Dinner. You decide what you want to have for dinner in cooperation with the friendly and talkative hostess Mauri Rodrigo. Great company, and good food here. For booking (preferably a day or two in advance), contact Mauri at phone no. 637 853 566.

Real beer from the tap here. A relief.

Notice: 

DO NOT follow the road out of town, it is signed as the Camino del Cid. At the sign shown in the image turn left, and keep an eye open for a right hand turn to parallel the road.

The Road: 

From here, the road is well marked all the way to Covarubbias, with a few exeptions described in this guide.

On your way just out of San Cibrian there is a small sign that is easy to overlook, especially in the dark. Turn right. The same after ca. 1 km. more. So far, the...

Accommodation in Modúbar de San Cibrián

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural la Cerca
Casa Rural
Calle Rosario, 86

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural la Cerca
Photo of Modúbar de San Cibrián on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
38.40
Altitude: 
910
The Road: 

Standing on the paved road after coming down from the chapel, you take left. After ca. 100 m. you pass a sign saying Camino El Cid (shared by the San Olav here), and after 1 km you come to a small café (closed Sunday morning). Continue on the paved road: after a right turn, you enter an...

Photo of Los Ausines on the Camino de Santiago
5.30km → Quintanalara
To end of camino: 
33.10
Altitude: 
935

Turn left at the train crossing (where the camino turns right) to get to the Cantina / Bar.

The Road: 

Simple walking, well marked. In Revilla del Campo you follow the signage and take to the right in the crossing inside the village. (If you follow the main road a further 200 m you will come to a friendly bar with sello. Only bottled beer here, unfortunately). Continuing on the camino,...

Photo of Revilla del Campo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
27.80
Altitude: 
990

In Quintanalara there is a small bar at the far end of the village, Only bottled beer, unfortunately. Very friendly.

The village has its own multilingual library (!) with an eager librarian. You can sit there and read. The barkeeper will arrange for access for you. The bar is only marked with a San Olav cross + chairs outside. Also a visigothic church.

After the village there is a short ascent, and thereafter flat walking.

Photo of Quintanalara on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
25.00
Altitude: 
1050

This is a small village with a casa rural and bar, unmarked.

You have to actively take right and then left (leave the camino) into the village and ask your way.

The hostess Carmen Heras is the only person I met on these 3 days of walking who could speak rudimentary English. This is the only option for an overnight stay other than the two I used, described in this guide, but you have to call and book well on beforehand, because there is no shop (as always) in the village, and Carmen needs to go to Burgos for shopping before you arrive. Carmen speaks basic English; enough to...

The Road: 

After a short ascent, you have 1 (short) hour of peaceful, tranquil walking through a forrest on a ridge.

Accommodation in Cubillo del César

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Roblejimeno
Casa Rural
Calle Real, 4

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Roblejimeno
Photo of Cubillo del César on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
21.50
Altitude: 
1080
Photo of Cubillejo de Lara on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
18.60
Altitude: 
1025
Photo of Quintanilla de las Viñas on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
11.20
Altitude: 
990

Accommodation in Membrillas de Lara

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Rincon de Alfoz
Casa Rural
El Rincon, 1
Photo of Membrillas de Lara on the Camino de Santiago
3.00km → Covarrubias
To end of camino: 
3.00
Altitude: 
15

One can have different opinions about the architecture of the chapel of San Olav, but it is really nice on the inside. The couple to the right are Oyvind and Kari, a Norwegian couple who were instrumental in establishing the San Olav Foundation to build the chapel. He is vice president of it and the caretaker of the chapel. They can be reached through the Tourist Office in Covarrubias or their own website.

The Road: 

An easy walk from the chapel to the main road, where you take right to walk into Covarrubias.

Photo of Ermita de San Olav on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
0.00
Altitude: 
885

On the way into town, ca. 10 mins before, you will find the Hotel Dona Sancha on your right side, which was recommended to me by Kari, and which I higly recommend myself. 33 Euros for a top quality room with a bathtub: Just check in! You enter old Covarrubias through the town gate. To the right inside the gate tower, you will find the tourist office.

In the park outside the Collegiate church is a statue of Kristina. Inside the church is the sarcophagus. Note that it is placed in a separate atrium, behind adoor covered by a red curtain. You need to ask to be let in...

Accommodation in Covarrubias

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Los Castros
Casa Rural
Calle de los Castros, 10
Hotel

2

Hotel Rey Chindasvinto ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza del Rey Chindasvinto, 5

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Rey Chindasvinto ⭑⭑⭑

3

Hotel Doña Sancha ⭑⭑
Hotel
Av. de Victor Barbadillo, 31

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Doña Sancha ⭑⭑
Hotel Rural

4

Hotel rural Princesa Kristina ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel Rural
Calle del Conde Fernán-González, 8

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel rural Princesa Kristina ⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Covarrubias on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Covarrubias on the Camino de Santiago

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