We start the march leaving Bercianos del Real Camino among the golden cereal fields towards Mansilla de las Mulas. Along the route we will find several picnic areas, but no population on the way to Burgo Ranero, seven kilometres after Bercianos.
After reaching Burgo Ranero we will find a long and monotonous stretch. We can make a stop in the village of Villamarco, which has several services. After several kilometres we cross the railway track through a tunnel, which takes us to the village of Reliegos. This Castilian town is home to another of those characters the Camino de Santiago. Sinín and its bar La Torre, where we will find a place full of messages of encouragement that previous pilgrims left for us. The walls are full of dedications, and it is one of those places that we cannot miss on the Camino.
Further on and after the long kilometres walked from Bercianos del Real Camino we will catch a glimpse of the town of Mansilla de las Mulas after crossing the N-601 and an irrigation channel that takes us to the valley of the river Esla. We access Mansilla through the Castle Gate, an important enclave since the 12th century, where it was considered a strategic point between Oviedo and León. We can visit the only church that remains of the 5 that were erected here: the church of Santa Maria. And with this and a biscuit, tomorrow is only eighteen.
The stage between Bercianos del Real Camino and Mansilla de las Mulas is notable for the lack of services along the route, so it is advisable to leave with enough water and food.
If we see that it is too long, we can shorten the stage a little and spend the night in Reliegos, where we will also find services.
Places of interest
- Parish Church of San Pedro – El Burgo Ranero
- Church of San Esteban – Calzada del Coto
- El Bar de Elvis – Reliegos
- Parish Church of Reliegos
- Church of Santa María – Mansilla de las Mulas
- Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Gracia – Mansilla de las Mulas
- Bahía and Valdeón cheeses
- Spicy rabbit
- Cocido Maragato or Cocido Montañés (Maragato Stew or Mountain Stew)
- Pork Mince
- Doughnut stick
- Custard with wafer