Walking the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela
The “Camino Francés” from Burgos to León
A Self-Guided Trip lasting 11 Days & 10 Nights
9 days of walking across the flattest stages of the entire Camino, across the vast plains of La Meseta—the high tablelands of Castile. Perfect for meditation and introspection! You’ll begin in Burgos and end in León, both former capitals of Christian Spain during the days of the Reconquest and UNESCO World Heritage cities with marvelous Gothic cathedrals and attractive old towns offering enjoyable strolling and excellent choice of delicious tapas and great wine.
Independent arrival in Burgos. Explore the historic old quarter of this UNESCO World Heritage city and its wonderful Gothic cathedral. The city is also the birthplace of Rodrigo Diez de Vivar, otherwise known as “El Cid”, possibly Spain’s most famous warrior.
Overnight: in Burgos, just steps from the cathedral
Burgos to Hornillos de Campo
The Camino enters the Meseta – the vast, high tablelands of Castile, gently undulating expanses, with fields of grain stretching as far as the eye can see. it can be hauntingly beautiful, especially in the early morning and late evening, this is where one truly has time for introspection and meditation.
Overnight: Hornillos de Campo
Hornillos de Campo to Castrojeriz
Continue through more cultivated fields and pastures, crossing a sparsely populated landscape characterised by great piles of stones known as “majanos”. On your way, you will pass the spectacular ruins of the 14th century Monastery and Hospital of San Antón. Castrojeriz is a lovely village with a castle and an impressive number of historic buildings.
Castrojeriz to Fromista
Continue across rolling terrain sown with wheat and other grains, with a short stretch along restored Roman road. On approaching Fromista you will walk alongside the Canal de Castilla, an important feat of 18th century engineering. In Fromista – the chuch of San Martín, is considered to mark a climax in the development of the European Romanesque style.
Fromista to Carrión de los Condes
Today, you begin the 1st of the 4 flattest stages of the entire pilgrimage, continuing across these rich agricultural lands of Castile, once known as the bread basket of the Roman Empire. In Villalcázar de Sirga, the Romanesque-Gothic church of Santa María la Blanca was thought to have been built by the Knights Templar. NOTE: if you are strong walker, consider combining 2 stages in 1, by continuing on to Calzadilla de la Cueza (Day 6 of this itinerary), thus saving 1 day on the itinerary.
Overnight: Carrión de los CondesDay
Carrión de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza
Today, your sojourn across the flat plains of Castile continues – but with the added interest of following a surviving stretch of an old Roman road for several kilometres across very open land as far as Calzadilla de la Cueza.
Overnight: Calzadilla de la CuezaDay
Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún
Today, the terrain is similar to yesterday’s. Sahagún was once home to most powerful Benedictine monastery in Spain and a prestigious university, until the disintailments and a devastating 19th century fire ravaged the town. Still remaining are some of Spain’s best examples of Mudéjar architecture.
Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero
In Calzada del Coto the route splits, with one option on a good compacted earthen track, lined with trees follows original Real Camino Frances while another ancient variant leads through wilder and more beautiful terrain on dry, thyme-scented tracks across the meseta, including sections along a mostly obscured Roman road.
Overnight: El Burgo RaneroDay
El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas
Today, continue following the Camino across the vast monotonous Castilian plain, broken up by various gullies, and finally some trees from Villamarco onwards.
Overnight: Mansilla de las MulasDay
Mansilla de las Mulas to León
From Mansilla de las Mulas, the Pilgrim’s Way more or less parallels the national N-120 road on various dirt tracks, passing through increasingly developed terrain as you approach León.
Departure from León
After breakfast, depart from León by train to Madrid or air to Madrid or Barcelona. Consult us for more details!
Includes:Extra night prices include excellent buffet breakfast and taxes.
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