FROM BURGOS TO LEÓN (180km)
In this section of the French Way you will travel the 180 km from Burgos to Leon. You will walk through the extensive plains and fields so characteristic of the Castilian landscape. To live this part of the Way, is to dare to get lost in the reflection with oneself and, in spite of the fact that they are not very long stages, to carry out an exercise of overcoming when walking only by vast extensions of moors without hardly services nor populations. Without a doubt, this is one of the most authentic sections that still preserves the purest essence of the Jacobean route and in which the Romanesque style will be the protagonist.
Arrival in Burgos
Burgos has always been a powerful magnet for travelers who love history, art and gastronomy. If you decide to take the French Way from this city of Burgos, you will be surprised by the tourist attractions it has, unique in the national panorama. It will be worth your while to walk through its elegant streets, strolls and endless green areas; to contemplate its Gothic cathedral, a World Heritage Site, and to enjoy its exquisite cuisine. The city is also known internationally for its Museum of Human Evolution, the only one in the world specialized in this subject, and the Atapuerca sites, located barely 10 kilometers from the capital.
Burgos – Hornillos del Camino
We will begin this adventure of the French Way, from the beautiful town of Burgos. The Castilian plateau will accompany you throughout this first stage, with its endless fields and plains that stretch out to where the eye cannot see, with just a few solitary trees that provide shade and shelter to the pilgrims. From Rabé de las Calzadas, you will start a long and smooth ascent through an extensive plateau of white land until the end of the stage, Hornillos del Camino, a clear example of the villages that emerged from the Camino de Santiago, made up of a single street escorted by elegant and very well preserved stone houses.
Hornillos del Campo – Castrojeriz
We will continue our journey with a stage of similar landscapes than the previous one. From Hornillos del Camino we will follow the road to San Bol Valley. We will reach Hontanas, once there we can choose between two ways ending at the same point: Convento de San Antón. Finally we will arrive in Castrojeriz.
Castrojeriz – Fromista
From Castrojeriz we will go straight to Mostelares, and then continue walking an easy stage. The first city that we will encounter is Itero del Castillo where we will cross a bridge over Pisuerga River. The road continues towards Boadilla del Camino and Frómista. Once we find the “Canal de Castilla” means that we are close to our destination.
Fromista – Carrión de los Condes
We are facing an easy stage with flat path. We will cross fields and leave behind villages as Revenga de Campos, Villamentero de Campo and Villalcázar de Sirga. The best option is to follow the road created specifically for pilgrims to avoid any risk. This stage might be boring but it is good to enjoy a relaxed day.
Carrión de los Condes – Terradillos de los Templarios
We are in the shortest stage of this itinerary. We will cross flat lands between cereal fields. When we leave Carrión de los Condes, we will go through the first section through a tarmac road and then continue towards Calzadilla de la Cueza along the dirt paths until arriving at Calzadilla de la Cueza.
Terradillos de los Templarios – Bercianos del Real Camino
Low 4-5h23 Km
This stage does not require big effort and, unlike the previous one, we will find small villages during the way. At the beginning of the stage we will climb for two kilometers and then we will cross the towns of Terradillos de los Templarios and San Nicolás del Real Camino. Later we will continue to Valderaduey river where we will see the Romanesque-Mudejar Bridge. At the end of the stage we will continue the paved road to enter Sahagún.
Bercianos del Real Camino – Mansilla de las Mulas
Medium 4-5h26 Km
Inizieremo la tappa lasciando Sahagún attraversando il fiume Cea dal “Puente de Canto”. Dall’altra parte del fiume cammineremo su terreni asfaltati e poi su strade sterrate per incontrarci con una biforcazione. Una possibilità per Berciano e l’altra per Via Trajana. Entrambi sono riuniti a Mansilla de las Mulas. Se prendiamo la seconda opzione, dobbiamo attraversare l’autostrada che ci porterà alla destinazione di oggi.
Mansilla de las Mulas – León
Medium 4h18 Km
The profile of this stage is as flat as the previous ones, but you will move away from the asphalt and walk on gravel tracks. A stage that does not stand out for its scenic beauty but that encourages the pilgrim to feel his goal, Leon, is already near. In the last kilometers you will cross industrial areas that make the road not particularly attractive. It is recommended to leave early to enjoy the afternoon in León, a city with many monuments and attractions, among which the cathedral of Santa María and the basilica of San Isidoro stand out. This is, moreover, the last stage of the French Route from Burgos to León.
León is a perfect city to combine culture and gastronomy. Between the Wet District and the Romantic District, you will find the perfect balance to combine visits to its rich architectural and cultural heritage, with moments of “tapas” and rest.
In Leon you will finish a path that may well be the beginning of many. On this last day you will dawn with one more road in your lives, but not a road of kilometers, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships.
You have completed this adventure of the French Way that you started ten days ago in the city of Burgos.
** After leaving the accommodation, our services will be concluded.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 10 days / 9 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- HOSTELS / HOTELS
- Single room supplement: 155 €/pax
- Breakfast: 65 €/pax
- Half Board: 195 €/pax
- 245 € pax private shelters
- 465 € pax hostels / hotels
The perfect choice if you want to experience the Camino 100%. The hostels are the perfect accommodation to meet other pilgrims. They have mixed rooms organized in bunk beds, bathrooms separated by sexes, equipped kitchens, laundry and common areas where you can relax and rest. It is the most authentic option if you want to live 100% this French Way from Burgos.
Guesthouses and Hotels
We have selected for you the best accommodations available on this route. We combine the rest in small and cozy pensions with superior quality hotels to ensure you the best experience in your Camino de Santiago. This is our personal recommendation if you want to do the French Way from Burgos.