Saint Olav’s Way… Have you ever heard of this pilgrimage route known by the name of a Norwegian saint? If not, here we will tell you everything you need to know about this impressive pass.

For some it is no secret that there are two routes called Saint Olav’s Way.

There is the Norwegian route, which covers about 650 kilometers from Oslo to Tronheim, where the remains of the saint are located.

But there is also the Spanish route which we will only mention in this article.

It is made up of 60 kilometers that can be completed in two days from Burgos to Covarruvias. There you will appreciate small villages with supreme charm such as Cardeñadijo and Quintalara.

It is a journey full of very particular stories, such as that of Princess Kristina of Norway, who at the age of 28 and on her deathbed, made her husband promise, in the middle of the 13th century, to build a temple in Covarrubias in honor of Saint Olav.

Well, discover in this 48-hour journey everything about this place so important for pilgrimage routes on Iberian soil, including the reason why the work was not completed until 2011, many years after that promise.

Which places to visit on the Olav Way?

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King Ferdinand Square will be the starting point for one of the most important routes in Castile-La Mancha. It is located very close to Burgos Cathedral, right between the Camino de Santiago pass, which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site.

You will pass by the Arco de Santa María, an exceptionally beautiful place that is worth a couple of photos. Plaza Vega will be the next place to visit. You will continue along Madrid Street to the Greenway which will finally leave you in one of the most iconic villages in the area: Cardeñadijo.

Don’t miss the opportunity to refresh yourself with a delicious beer in one of its bars or to have a snack before continuing on this medium-difficulty route.

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The Olav Way will also allow you to get to know three modúbars such as the one in La Emparedada, La Cuesta and San Cabrián. Leave behind the modubars to reach Los Ausines, especially valued for the three neighbourhoods that make up the area: San Juan, Quintanilla and Sopeña.

The passage next to the Ausin river will allow you to know Revilla de Campo and then the town of Quintalara, a town of untamed beauty that has been developing the charcoal in the middle of the nature.

Peñalara, Cubillejo de Lara and Tierra de Lara are part of the itinerary of the Spanish Olav Way. Discover through this walk what is the importance of the villages of Lara for this region and how literature has influenced civilization.

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Crossing the forest and admiring the most beautiful of the local fauna, you will arrive at Mambrillas de Lara. From there, along the Soria road, you will finally reach the St. Olav’s hermitage in Covarrubias, a place that few know about but which is sure to steal more than a whisper.

Where to eat?

Yes, as we have already said, along the Saint Olav’s Way in Spain you will see small villages where you will find restaurants to taste the local cuisine. And here we will show you just a few that have caught the attention of tourists.

Tiky Restaurant

This restaurant is one of the most recognized and popular within the Saint Olav’s Way. It is especially valued by diners for its delicious food, for its good attention and for guaranteeing an ideal harmonious environment for the visitor. It is located in Plaza de Doña Urraca, in Covarrubias.

Bar Restaurant El Puente

Varied menu, delicious food and excellent service. This is how they describe El Puente Bar-Restaurant, one of the places where the seasoning and flavor of the food is unparalleled. If you make a quality – price relation, surely you will list it in your itinerary of places to visit. It is also located in Covarrubias, specifically in 25 Barbadillos Street.

Bar La Cantinilla

It is a simple and warm place. Ideal for tasting homemade food with lots of love. Let your palate be pampered with exquisite dishes, served by friendly staff that will make you feel at home. It is located in Calle Ancha, 3, Quintanilla.

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Where to sleep?

Your travel itinerary would not be complete if you did not include a list of hotels or places to stay. If you don’t know, don’t worry, we’ll show you some here.

Hotel Rey Chindasvinto

Covarribias has its medieval side and this hotel is located right there. It is a place with a marked rustic decoration that makes it super special. Nevertheless, it is very well preserved and very comfortable for the guest. It has comfortable rooms, satellite TV, free Internet connection, among other services.

Hotel Doña Sancha

If something characterizes Hotel Doña Sancha it is that it is surrounded by well cared for gardens and nature. In fact, its rooms, with large windows, have balconies with incredible views of the valley. Do not hesitate to enjoy a night’s stay in this place of Covarrubias with quality services.

Rural Hotel Princesa Kristina

In honor of the Norwegian princess who made her husband promise the construction of the San Olvav temple, this hotel in the heart of Covarrubias has worked to guarantee an excellent attention to the guest. It has rooms with heating, flat screen TV, and free WiFi. Breakfast is free here.

How to get here?

Cómo llegar

To do the Olav Way in Spain, the first recommendation is to start from Burgos. And to get there you can use different means of transport like car, train, plane or bus. Choose the one that suits you best according to the place of departure and economic availability.

If you travel by plane, you should know that the local airport only allows private or charter flights. It also has the Burgos Rosa de Lima Station which connects by rail with other cities such as Madrid.

By car the trip will be just as safe. If you start the trip from Madrid you will have to take the N – 1 or Autovía del Norte.

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