Castrojeriz

Camino Frances

To end of camino
443.7
Altitude
817

San Antón - The Ruins

3.50

Castrojeriz

3.60

Alto de Mostelares

Services
ATM
Yes
Bar
Yes
Bus
Yes
Grocery
Yes
Medical Center
Yes
Pharmacy
Yes

The camino follows the calle Oriente through Castrojeriz, a deceptively long journey. All three of its churches are worth a visit, and a hike to the ruins of the castle provide a view of the surrounding land that is paralleled only by the climb out of town.

Most pilgrim related services can be found along the calle Oriente, but the pharmacy and the larger groceries are closer to the main road. 

Also along the Oriente is the Hospital del Alma; part art gallery and part meditation space and exactly where you want to go if you seek a bit a peace and quite.

In the main square is a small pilgrim shop, one of the last of its kind. The owner is quite a character and has managed to keep up with the times, trading the usual small village wares for the type of high-tech gear that modern pilgrims are looking for.

On the way out of town is the Bar Lagar, named for the well-preserved grape press sitting in the center. Check it out for a glimpse of how things were once done.

Fiesta

San Juan is celebrated on the 24th of June.  Other fiestas on the 25th and 26th of November for Santa Catalina.

History

The houses along the road were built with an unseen secret, that of a tunnel which runs the length of the town and which connects the cellars. Apart from being the private property of the homeowners, its exploration is hampered by the construction of concrete dividing walls; a civil war era safety measure to preserve one’s well being. The town was, and still is, passionately divided. That won’t stop you from enjoying the charm it puts out for pilgrims.

The Road

The road ahead climbs up and over the Alto de Mostelares. There is not much shade to be had between here and the crossing into Palencia.

City Map

Comments

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Not listed on Wise Pilgrim, but what an amazing place to stay. The host Beatriz made everyone so welcome and made us feel as though we were staying in her home rather than a pension. She cooked us a 4 course meal for 10€ each. Incredible hospitality.

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Booked a private twin room here. Probably the nicest Albergue we have yet stayed on the Camino. Lovely room and friendly family run accommodation. We really enjoyed our evening communal meal. Even brought us more wine. Great place.

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Had a great meal here. Lovely staff, lovely wholesome food, lots of healthy options.

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Wandered thru from Hontanas on the promise of an amazing breakfast. Sadly nothing was open.

A bar was apparently opening at 11am.

Stock up well.

Bonny, hungry town. It will try to break you!

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Whilst albergue was fine the village was not. Nothing open from 12:30 - 8pm… nothing.

We could not get food or do anything.
Next time i would walk through this village & not stop for the evening

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

We were greeted with a smile and an offer of watermelon. :) Stayed in this lovely accommodation. The beds are not bunked, plenty of space and light in each room. The shower and restroom were clean and large enough.
Wonderful pilgrim’s dinner with amazing food on the comfortable outside dining area.

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Albergue Rosalia is very clean and cozy space. Really nice welcome and very professional relationship with pilgrims. I recommend.

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

This place was amazing, everything was perfect, for me was one of the best hotels in the whole Camino Frances

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

Unfortunately closed at the time I was there (11 40am). Seems like they might only open for mass (7pm each day, except Sunday 1pm)

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

We stayed at La Rinconada just as you arrive. Comfortable, smaller rooms. Wifi and mobile signal were poor, not that this was a crisis…no work to do! Castrojeriz seemed a bit strange from a restaurant point of view with a bunch of them closed. At the end we had pizza and paella at the bar 100m from La Rinconada. Very hospitable.