El Burgo Ranero

Camino Frances

To end of camino
343.1
Altitude
879

Bercianos del Real Camino

7.50

El Burgo Ranero

12.70

Reliegos

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

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.

Notice

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.

History

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.

City Map

Comments

All Caminos App User (not verified)

We saw them today, well, maybe not babies - more like fluffy teenager storks. Lovely!

All Caminos App User (not verified)

The truck stop was the best choice ever. Close to the Camino. 10 spotless, soundproof rooms. And, food available 24 hours a day. Good food. One of our best nights on the Camino - ever.

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Monday through Saturday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Cute little mini market as you walk into town. The owner said they opened just a few months ago and is so happy to be here! She said she has really enjoyed meeting pilgrims from all over the world.

Hours are 8:00 am - 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm Monday through Sunday

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Got diarrhea after having lunch here.

All Caminos App User (not verified)

The dinner was great. HUGE portions, so far the best paella I've had on my camino, and the staff made you feel like you are in your grandma's living room. Highly recommend

All Caminos App User (not verified)

Watch the charges at La Costa del Adobe . Food was great but the cost was exorbitant

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

You can have an early breakfast at pension Adobe. Food is good and a really Nice lady. They even have a menu in Korean.

All Caminos App User (not verified)

No Grocery store in town

All Caminos App User (not verified)

No Grocery store in town