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Camino Frances
FR03

Camino de Santiago from Burgos to León

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
178 km
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9 stages
11 days
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260 €

Ruins on the Way of St. James, near Castrojeriz
The stretch of the Camino de Santiago from Burgos to León is possibly the one that fewer people choose, based on the preconceived idea that it is less attractive. The reality is quite different. As well as being a relatively easy route, with no steep gradients and no dangerous areas, some of the villages you will pass through contain jewels of Jacobean Romanesque and Gothic architecture that are well worth a visit and weave the fabric of a Castile with a hard face, but a kind heart.
Explore the endless Castilian plains
A road linking two World Heritage Cities: Burgos and León
Get a glimpse of the culture that forged the legend of El Cid
Ruins on the Way of St. James, near Castrojeriz
Camino Frances
FR03

Camino de Santiago from Burgos to León

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
178 km
●●●○○
9 stages
11 days
Explore the endless Castilian plains
A road linking two World Heritage Cities: Burgos and León
Get a glimpse of the culture that forged the legend of El Cid
from 260 €
The stretch of the Camino de Santiago from Burgos to León is possibly the one that fewer people choose, based on the preconceived idea that it is less attractive. The reality is quite different. As well as being a relatively easy route, with no steep gradients and no dangerous areas, some of the villages you will pass through contain jewels of Jacobean Romanesque and Gothic architecture that are well worth a visit and weave the fabric of a Castile with a hard face, but a kind heart.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

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Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

Pilgrim's badge

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Burgos

To do the Camino de Santiago from Burgos to León, the first thing to do is to get to the starting point. Burgos has good communications so you can get there on your own, or you can hire a tailor-made transfer as an optional service.

On your arrival in Burgos, the city offers you a large number of tourist attractions to visit: the Cathedral, the Arch of Santa María and the Monastery of Las Huelgas are good examples. Or you can simply stroll around and enjoy its streets. That's why we recommend that you take an extra night to enjoy all its charms or arrive as early as possible. We also offer a visit to the Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña, a Trappist abbey founded over a thousand years ago, and a visit to the Carthusian Monastery of Miraflores.

Hostel: Hostel Catedral de Burgos or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Alda Cardeña or similar

Day 2. Stage Burgos - Hornillos del Camino

Distance: 20.3 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationHornillos del Camino

The first stage will give you a small taste of what awaits you over the next few days: easy trails, with almost no gradient, but with little shade. That is why we recommend that you set off early in the morning to avoid the middle of the day. After leaving Burgos you will find the towns of Tardajos and Rabé de las Calzadas. Their sturdy stone houses preserve the traditional character of the area's architecture. Further on is Hornillos del Camino, mentioned by Aymeric Picaud in the Codex Calixtinus.

Hostel: Rosalia's Alfar or similar
Standard accommodation: Hostel De Sol a Sol or similar

Day 3. Stage Hornillos del Camino - Castrojeriz

Distance: 19.9 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Castrojeriz

The second stage follows the same scenic patterns as the previous one and will be a constant feature of the Way of St. James from Burgos. The Way crosses wheat fields as far as Hontanas, where the so-called "Hospital de los Franceses" is located, and then continues flat to the valley of San Antón and its convent. There are just four kilometres left to reach the end of the stage, the town of Castrojeriz, which lies at the foot of a fortification built on Celtiberian and Roman remains.

Hostel: Ultreia Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Emebed Posada or similar

Day 4. Stage Castrojeriz - Frómista

Distance: 24.6 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Frómista

The day's journey between Castrojeriz and Frómista requires crossing the Alto de Mostelares. The rest of the stage, like the previous ones, runs along fairly flat dirt tracks. You will cross the Pisuerga River over the bridge of Itero or Fitero, built by order of Alfonso VI of León in the 12th century. The beautiful chapel of San Nicolás next to the bridge has recently been restored as a hostel by an Italian association that maintains the traditional rite of foot washing. On your arrival in Frómista, we recommend a visit to the church of San Martín de Tours, a cultural jewel of the stage and one of the best examples of Spanish Romanesque architecture; and if you still feel like it, a boat trip on the Canal de Castilla.

Hostel: Estrella del Camino Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Rural Oasibeth or similar

Day 5. Stage Frómista - Carrión de los Condes

Distance: 18.7 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Carrión de los Condes

The fourth stage of the Camino de Santiago from Burgos is easy, with no gradients and surrounded by the cereal plains. When you reach Población de Campos, just before crossing the river Ucieza, you will have to decide whether to continue on the official route or take the variant through Villovieco. If you opt for the variant, you will find a pleasant path along the river Ucieza, which is half a kilometre longer if you rejoin the official path at Villarmentero de Campos; or one kilometre if you do so at Villalcázar de Sirga. Without a doubt, we recommend the variant to go along the river bank. On arrival at Villalcázar de Sirga, be sure to visit the 13th-century church of Santa María la Blanca before continuing almost six kilometres to Carrión de los Condes. After several days with small villages, this large town offers a greater variety of services and heritage that you should not miss.

Hostel: Hostel Convento de Santa Clara or similar
Standard accommodation: Plaza Mayor Guesthouse or similar

Day 6. Stage Carrión de los Condes - Calzadilla de la Cueza

Distance: 17.2 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationCalzadilla de la Cueza

A new stage characterised by the calm and flatness of the Camino de Santiago from Burgos. Stock up on water and food to face this stage, since it is the longest of the French Way without intermediate towns, approximately 17 km to reach Calzadilla de la Cueza.

Hostel: Camino Real Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Camino Real Guesthouse or similar

Day 7. Stage Calzadilla de la Cueza - Sahagún

Distance: 22 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSahagún

The sixth stage will allow you to enjoy Sahagún and visit the churches of San Tirso and San Lorenzo, two of the most complete examples of Mudejar architecture on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago. And also the Sanctuary of La Peregrina, with its beautiful Mozarabic plasterwork. A leisurely stroll through the streets of Sahagún to soak up its medieval atmosphere is a real luxury. Some pilgrims with limited time prefer to join this stage and the next, Calzadilla de la Cueza - El Burgo Ranero, making a very long stage of almost 40 km. If you want to do this section in one day less, contact us!

Hostel: Domus Viatoris Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Rural Hotel El Jardín de la Huerta or similar

Day 8. Stage Sahagún - El Burgo Ranero

Distance: 17.7 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: El Burgo Ranero

This stage of the Way of St. James from León is practically flat, with a small difference in altitude between 800 and 880m. From Sahagún you will have to choose your itinerary: head towards El Burgo Ranero along the traditional route or towards Calzadilla de los Hermanillos along the so-called Vía Trajana. The choice is yours! If you take the traditional route, you will only pass through two towns where you can get your strength and provisions, Calzada del Coto and Bercianos del Real Camino.

Hostel: La Laguna Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Pension La Costa del Adobe or similar

Day 9. Stage El Burgo Ranero - Mansilla de las Mulas

Distance: 18.8 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationMansilla de las Mulas

Today's section only passes through one town, Reliegos, so we advise you to provide yourself with enough water and food, although there is a fountain halfway along the route. This long and monotonous stretch between Burgo Ranero and Reliegos will test your determination to reach, on foot, the tomb of the apostle. The towns along this stage are watered by the river Órbigo. Traditional dishes include trout and crayfish, especially in Mansilla de las Mulas. On arrival in Mansilla de las Mulas, you will enter the medieval town through one of the four gates in the old wall. If in the afternoon you want to continue exploring some of the most significant heritage monuments in the province of León, and you make your way there between the months of May and October, we recommend a visit to the Monastery of San Miguel de la Escalada.

Hostel: Gaia Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: The House of the Portals or similar

Day 10. Stage Mansilla de las Mulas - León

Distance: 22 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: Leon

We begin the last stage, which is quite monotonous, but also the shortest of this route (unless you have spent the night in Sahagún). It is advisable to leave early in order to arrive in León in the middle of the morning and have time to enjoy the city. This last stretch is also flat, like the previous stages, and you can do it directly, crossing the industrial area, or taking the detour along the Arlanzón river. On your arrival in León there are many possibilities open to you. You should definitely visit the Gothic cathedral of Santa María, with its impressive stained glass windows, and the crypt of the Basilica of San Isidoro, known as the "Sistine Chapel of Romanesque architecture". But hurry, tickets to San Isidoro are very limited and, if you are sure, let us know when you make your reservation so we can arrange it for you.

Hostel: Hostel Quartier Leon Jabalquinto or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Neru or similar

Day 11. Discover León

After a night's rest and breakfast, the services of this programme come to an end. However, if you have time, we recommend an extra night to enjoy the many possibilities offered by the city and its surroundings. In addition to the monuments we have already mentioned, we recommend that you enjoy the gastronomy and stock up your backpack, either to continue on your way or to return home, with cold meats such as cecina, chorizo or Valdeón cheese - blue-veined and with an intense flavour.

Calle Ancha, in the vicinity of the cathedral, separates the best-known tapas districts: the Barrio Húmedo to the south and the Barrio Romántico to the north. But if you're in the mood for a restorative drink, don't leave without trying the cocido maragato (chickpea stew). In this street, Calle Ancha, you will also find two of the city's most attractive monuments: the Casa Botines, designed by Gaudí, and the Renaissance Palacio de los Guzmán. Don't miss a stroll past the old Convent of San Marcos, now a hotel. If you've finally decided to stay an extra day, our recommendation is a visit to the Valporquero Caves, one of the geological wonders of the province of León, made up of a beautiful collection of stalactites and stalagmites.

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Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The French Way crosses the Castilian plateau on this section between Burgos and León, a sparsely populated region but which holds some gems that are only visible when travelling step by step. The profile of these stages is simple, with almost no gradients, and generally straight, which for some people can be monotonous. However, its richness lies in appreciating this type of landscape and in its ethnographic and heritage value, with two cities of great interest such as Burgos and León and small charming villages such as Castrojeriz and Frómista.
The French Way between Burgos and León is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the best time is usually spring or the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, although temperatures can be very high in areas that generally offer little shade, and this needs to be taken into account.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers. We offer the possibility of transfers to and from Burgos and León as an optional service.
Accommodation in the following categories is available on this route: hostels and standard accommodation. You can see more information about the categories of accommodation we use in Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.