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.

  • The unique energy and camaraderie of the “pilgrimage” – every day you’ll share the trail with fellow pilgrims from around the world, and inevitably, the traveller soon finds herself imbued with the unique and magical spirit of the “Camino “.
  • Burgos – a former capital of Spain during the Christian reconquest of Iberia from the Moors, among its many wonderful historic sights, its amazing Gothic cathedral is perhaps Spain’s most impressive. This quintessential Castilian city is also the birthplace of Rodrigo Diez de Vivar, otherwise known as “El Cid”, possibly Spain’s most famous warrior.
  • León – this UNESCO World Heritage city is home to some of Europe’s greatest masterpieces of Gothic art and a wonderful pilgrim’s atmosphere, its old quarter is perfect for strolling and enjoying tapas and the excellent local wine.

Day
1

Burgos

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

Day
2

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

Day
3

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.

Overnight: Castrojeriz

Day
4

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.

Overnight: Fromista

Day
5

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 Condes

Day
6

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 Cueza

Day
7

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.

Overnight: Sahagún

Day
8

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 Ranero

Day
9

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 Mulas

Day
10

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.

Overnight: León

Day
11

Departure from León

After breakfast, depart from León by train to Madrid or air to Madrid or Barcelona. Consult us for more details!

Includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners with local wine and bottled water. Other nights to explore on your own
  • Local maps of Burgos and León
  • Custom-written, detailed daily route instructions, hotel contact information, public transport schedules and other information necessary to complete your personal itinerary.
  • Luggage transfer (as required by itinerary, days 2 – 10, between walking starting (Burgos) and ending (León) points).
  • Local English-speaking Iberian Adventures contact
Extra night prices include excellent buffet breakfast and taxes.
Prices per person:
In twin/double rooms: —-€

Single room Supplement: —€

Extra nights in Burgos:
80€ per person (double/twin)
120€ per person (single room)
Extra nights in León:
80€ per person (double/twin)
120€ per person (single room)
Discounts for 3 or more people. Consult us.
  • Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights
  • Meeting Point: Burgos—several daily connections to Madrid, Barcelona and other Spanish cities by rail and bus For further details on getting to and from our trip start points, please see our FAQ’S page or consult us for more info.
  • Ending Point: León—various public transport options: daily connections to Madrid & Barcelona by air; several daily connections to Madrid and other Spanish cities by rail and bus. For further details on getting to and from our trip start points, please see our FAQ’S page or consult us for more info.
  • Walk Difficulty and Terrain: C – due to length of walks, averaging 20 km daily over 9 days walking for a total of approximately 180 km. For most people this would be about 5 to 6 hours of walking.
  • Accommodations: we use the best available lodgings in each overnight stop in rural areas (usually 1* – 2* hotels or equivalent inns). In larger towns such as Burgos and León we usually use quality 3* properties with plenty of charm and character. Upgrades to 4 * or 5* historic hotels such as paradors or similar are available in both Burgos and León.
  • Dates: start any day between March 1 and October 30.
  • Minimum Group size: 1

French Pilgrim’s Way Photo Gallery