The Camino de San Salvador stretches from León, in the central meseta, to Oviedo in Asturias. It covers 122km of terrain which varies between gently rolling hills and intense mountain climbing. The first 1/3 follows the rio Bernesga north out of León, and apart from some moderate climbs remains relatively flat going. The middle third conquers much higher altitudes as it passes over the Cantabrian Mountains via Pajares. The last third resumes more moderate climbs and altitudes and follows along the valleys...

To end of camino: 
118.00
Altitude: 
842

León is now a fully modernized city home to more than half of the population in the province. Like Burgos behind and Santiago ahead, it is worthy of more time than the average pilgrim spends here. To explore in full would take several days, to cover the basics at least two. If you are keen to keep your feet moving every day, consider spending an extra afternoon in León and setting out after lunch for a half day of walking.

The Cathedral of Santa María de la Regla is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture whose multicolored windows are not to be missed, particularly on...

The Road: 

Leave León by way of the road behind the Parador San Marcos. While facing the Parador cross the square to your right and follow the path around the building. Arrows dedicated to the San Salvador route will appear, as well as a fairly unique mojon.

Accommodation in León - Start of San Salvador

Private

1

Albergue LeonHostel
Private
Ancha, 8

20
17-22€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue LeonHostel

2

Hostel Covent Garden
Private
Ancha, 25

26
19€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostel Covent Garden

3

Albergue Muralla Leonesa
Private
Tarifa, 5

80
16€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Muralla Leonesa

4

Albergue Unamuno
Private
San Pelayo, 15

85
13-18€

5

La Madriguera Hostel
Private
Virgen Blanca, 59

14
15€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: La Madriguera Hostel

6

Albergue Check in León
Private
Alcalde Miguel Castaño, 88

40
11€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Check in León
Parochial

7

Albergue de Peregrinos de las Benedictinas - Sta. María de Carbajal
Parochial
Pl. Santa Maria del Camino, 11

132
6€

8

Albergue San Francisco de Asis
Parochial
Alcalde Miguel Castaños, 4

90
13€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue San Francisco de Asis
Pension

9

Pensión La Torre
Pension
La Torre, 3

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión La Torre
Hostal

10

Hostal Albany ⭑⭑
Hostal
Paloma, 13

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Albany ⭑⭑

11

Hostal Quevedo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Quevedo, 13

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Quevedo ⭑⭑

12

Hostal Alda Casco Antiguo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cardenal Landázuri, 11

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Alda Casco Antiguo ⭑⭑

13

Hostal Londres
Hostal
Roma, 1

25
15€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Londres

14

Hostal Misericordia
Hostal
Misericordia, 15

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Misericordia
Parador

18

Parador San Marcos
Parador
Plaza San Marcos, 7

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Parador San Marcos
Photo of León - Start of San Salvador on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of León - Start of San Salvador on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of León - Start of San Salvador on the Camino de Santiago
10.30km → Cabanillas
To end of camino: 
111.30
Altitude: 
861

Bar Central is the bar most likely to be open, so don't pass it hoping for another.  There is also a small shop in town for basic food supplies. Another option for food is either in León or at the cafeteria El Palacete located on your left less than 1km outside of León. The next town with food is Cascantes.

The Road: 

The camino follows along the main road right up to the end where it turns to dirt. It is well marked. On the way to the next village, the camino passes the Fuente de Villabura, a fountain and rest area for pilgrims.

Photo of Carbajal de la Lengua on the Camino de Santiago
2.00km → La Seca
To end of camino: 
101.00
Altitude: 
903

No services in town but 4 beds are available in the municipal albergue. If you plan to stay here you are advised to call the hospitalero (Antonio) in advance: 987 580 156.

The Road: 

Avoid accidentally following the road out of Cabanillas. The camino turns to the right at the edge of town and follows along a hiking trail through an oak forest and to La Seca.

Accommodation in Cabanillas

Municipal

1

Albergue de Cabanillas
Municipal
Iglesia, 20

16
Donativo€
Photo of Cabanillas on the Camino de Santiago
2.30km → Cascantes
To end of camino: 
99.00
Altitude: 
915

Crossing the bridge to visit La Seca, with a bar and the Ermita de San Blas, is optional.

The Road: 

Keep on straight (with the bridge on your left) to follow the camino.

Photo of La Seca on the Camino de Santiago
4.40km → La Robla
To end of camino: 
96.70
Altitude: 
929
The Road: 

In Cascantes the camino crosses the main road and follows a paved side road into and through the town.  At the end, it rejoins the main road to La Robla. At the entrance to town is the Chapel of Celada, and beyond that a large power plant.  You will pass through a...

2.30km → Puente de Alba
To end of camino: 
92.30
Altitude: 
959

La Robla is the first developed city outside of León. In addition to an albergue, there are also hostals and pensions. Avoid those at the entrance to town just over the foot bridge, and continue into the center. There is also a tourist information office near the ayuntamiento if you need a stamp or a glossy brochure. The albergue is at the far end of town.

Hostal Ordóñez de Celis, on your right before the Ayuntamiento, is recommended.

The Road: 

The camino from La Robla, at least once you get to the end of town, is along a pleasant path adjacent to the river. It passes a restored aqueduct.

Accommodation in La Robla

Municipal

1

Albergue de La Robla
Municipal
Mayor, 69

16
7€
Pension

2

Pensíon Mundo
Pension
Gordón Ordás, 9
Hostal

3

Hostal Ordoñez de Celis
Hostal
Photo of La Robla on the Camino de Santiago
1.30km → Peredilla
To end of camino: 
90.00
Altitude: 
968
The Road: 

Keep the main road (the N-630) to your left as you pass through Puente de Alba, and at the end of town turn right to follow the old national road which remains tree lined. Pass under the high-speed railway and enter Peredilla.

To end of camino: 
88.70
Altitude: 
983
The Road: 

On the way out of Peredilla, BEFORE you arrive at the road sign indicating the end of town, the camino turns left along a gravel path and heads towards an underpass for the adjacent roadway. It then meets the rail track and turns to the right. It follows this path to the chapel of ...

Photo of Peredilla on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
86.80
Altitude: 
992
The Road: 

The camino climbs only slightly into Nocedo de Gordon. It does not go into town, but rather take the first right just at the start of town to follow along the valley. The river will remain on your right-hand side until you cross over it and into La Pola de Gordon.

1.60km → Beberino
To end of camino: 
83.50
Altitude: 
1009

The plaza mayor of La Pola off the camino to your right after crossing the bridge over the river. Most pilgrims continue the additional 6km to the albergue in Buiza, but if you wish to stay in La Pola, you have a few options. Stock up on food here as there is none available for the next couple of days (apart from restaurants). Several non-albergue options for accommodation, and one campsite are listed.  Located on the north side of the main road, due east of the city.

The Road: 

When leaving town, keep to your left. The camino does not follow the main road. Instead, it turns off where the guardrail begins and passes through an industrial park. It then crosses the river and enters Beberino.

Accommodation in La Pola de Gordon

Camping

1

Camping Bosque De Gordón
Camping
Joaquín Blume
Pension

2

Pension El Arenal
Pension
Arenal, 4

3

Pensión 15 De Mayo
Pension
Azorín, 17-1º right
Hostal

4

Hostal Fontañán
Hostal
la Constitución, 169
Hotel

5

Hotel Valle de Gordón ⭑⭑
Hotel
Capitan Lozano, 37
3.90km → Búiza
To end of camino: 
81.90
Altitude: 
1029
The Road: 

In Beberino the camino begins to follow a different river, this time the Casares. Pass through town along the road and keep an eye open for a turn to your right along another road which is signposted as 'Folledo' and 'Buiza'.

To end of camino: 
78.00

Buiza is your last stop before beginning the more mountainous middle section of the camino. If you plan to stay here, you are advised to bring food as the only bar in town has irregular opening hours. The albergue is in an old school building at the entrance to town and there is a fountain in front of it.

The Road: 

From Buiza the camino ascends to the Alto de San Antón, and before it the Forcadas de San Anton (forcadas translates to pitchfork, an aptly descriptive word for the jagged rock formations). It is about 2.5km up to the pitchfork. The descent is much more...

Accommodation in Búiza

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal Camino del Salvador
Municipal
Antiguas Escuelas de Buiza de Gordón

12
5€
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Finca La Castañona
Casa Rural
Las Sierras, 17
Photo of Búiza on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
75.10
Altitude: 
1466

This alto marks the high point of this day's climbing. On the way down it is easy to get confused and head towards Rodiezmo. Just past the third rocky outcropping, the path continues straight on to Rodiezmo. The camino itself turns Left. The last section of the camino into Poladura is a treacherous slog. San Martín is the village just before and there are several easily recognizable paths to get you there. The road between the two cities is short with little traffic.

Photo of Alto de San Antón on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
1320
To end of camino: 
69.30

Poladura is a small town. The albergue is located in the former schoolhouse, and the only place to eat is the Posada El Embrujo.

The Road: 

A note of caution on the next section is in order. Between Poladura and the Puerto de Pajares, the camino climbs over 350m through mountainous terrain. It is a stretch of 8km before Arbas and the first sign of civilization. Along the way, the path, and the signs...

Accommodation in Poladura de la Tercia

Pension

2

La Posada del Embrujo ⭑⭑⭑
Pension
El Parque, 4
Altitude: 
1570
To end of camino: 
61.90
Altitude: 
1332

The trail from Arbas to Puerto de Pajares has never been good, and in recent years has gotten worse. Nowadays it is best avoided, and the distance to the mountain pass (1.3km) covered by road. This also gives you the benefit of taking a pause at the bar at the pass.


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