El Burgo Ranero

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Bercianos del Real Camino


El Burgo Ranero



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As far as the eye can tell the only thing keeping El Burgo Ranero on the map is the business brought in by the camino; the wheat and wool business that once sustained it has been displaced by mechanization.

Although the church in town was robbed of its treasures long ago (some are preserved in the León Cathedral Museum) the bells still ring, and an ever aging congregation turns up daily.


If you are passing through at the right time of year (late May) take a close look at the stork nests on the tower. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the babies waiting for lunch.


El Burgo Ranero owes its existence to both wheat and wool. Of the two it was the wheat (and the granaries that came with) that gave the town its name; though other historians say the name is derived from the same root that gives us the word frog, rana; the wetlands at the far end of town are full of them. In the 10th century sheep were introduced in massive quantities, so much so that it was the largest source of business for most of the region. Migration of the herd started north of here in the mountains and continued south to the extremes of Extremadura.

The Road

The camino between El Burgo and Reliegos is along a manicured path lined with trees. Those trees, unfortunately, are on the wrong side of the path, so on sunny summer days you are exposed: bring ample amounts of water.


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No Grocery store in town

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There is no longer a market or grocery in town.

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Be careful. If you’re walking from Bercianos there was nothing in the town open for breakfast at 7.30am and the next town is 13km away. Best to stock up the night before or have a big breakfast in Bercianos.

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La Costa del Adobe has some nice fresh food with vegetarian options. However there is nothing to do in this town. Not worth staying overnight.

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What a wonderful family that runs this HOSTAL. They all pitched in to make sure everybody’s happy including the mom who took me upstairs the minute I walked in and let me collapse on the bed and fall asleep. Later on I went downstairs looking like a reconstituted human being. The food was wonderful. The room is clean and small and the hostal was quiet.

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We second the angus burger at Pension Adobe. Great meat. Great bun. Very fresh tomatoes and mixed lettuces. Delicious cheese. Fresh made fries. It was big! When I mentioned that it was big to the hostess, she said “energy! Nothing more for 13 km!” Nice stop, and Prince playing over the speakers.
30 April 2022

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We received a warm welcome and a cold beer here. It’s not on the site but should be. Good food family run, only 3 people to room with own bathroom, sheets and towels only cost me €15. Newly refurbished and a fantastic place to stay.
Great people and great value for money

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Pension Adobe has quite possibly the best Angus burger that I have ever eaten. Do not walk by this restaurant/pension without stopping