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The Camino Francés strolling phases – detailed itinerary

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The Camino Francés is the most well-liked route of the Camino de Santiago community walked by 1000’s of pilgrims yearly. The route begins in a small French city of St.Jean Pied de Port and goes throughout Spain to Santiago de Compostela. On this put up, you’ll discover a detailed day-to-day itinerary for the Camino Francés.

We’ve one other put up An in depth information to the Camino Francés that comprises detailed finances breakdown, ideas, transport choices to St.Jean Pied de Port and so on. It is perhaps useful in your planning.

St.Jean Pied de Port

It’s a really pretty city the place all the pieces is concerning the Camino de Santiago. France is noticeably dearer than Spain don’t fear if all the pieces prices greater than you anticipated when you’re out of France costs on the Camino Francés go to regular.

There are a lot of locations to remain in St.Jean together with one municipal albergue that will get full fast within the season if you happen to arrive after lunchtime your probabilities of getting a mattress there are fairly small.

Lodging in St.Jean Pied de Port

Reserving lodging on the Camino. To start with, I didn’t e book something as a result of I stroll quick I at all times arrived early sufficient to get a mattress however after a few weeks, I used to be fairly bored with this mattress chase I began reserving locations. Keep in mind, municipal albergues can’t be booked. Reserving over the cellphone was difficult (although I communicate Spanish fluently). You need to cellphone first to e book, then a day earlier than your reserving cellphone once more to substantiate, they normally maintain the reserving until 3pm so if you happen to’re arriving after 3pm you need to cellphone once more that day to say you’re nonetheless coming. I ended up reserving locations by means of reserving.com (if I may discover something appropriate there) it was fast and straightforward. On this put up, you will discover hyperlinks to essentially the most lodging on the Camino Francés that may be booked on-line.

French Approach of St.James

  • Complete distance – 770km
  • Variety of days required – 30-33 days
  • Common value – 30 Euro per particular person per day
  • Lodging – albergues, accommodations, guesthouses

Day 1. St.Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

  • Distance – 25km
  • Time – 5h30min.*
  • Strolling on asphalt – 14km
  • Strolling on the highway – 3km over the move, a really quiet highway, there have been one or two vehicles
  • Ascent – 1400m
  • Descent – 650m
  • Issue stage – 5 out of 5

*strolling time solely. I stroll quick, I’d counsel including 1-2 hours to my occasions.

Camino Frances stage 1 St.Jean to Roncesvalles
Elevation profile of day 1 on the Camino Francés. Stage from St.Jean to Roncesvalles

It’s a really powerful stroll particularly contemplating that for almost all of individuals it’s their first day on the Camino. I’d strongly advocate for inexperienced walkers to e book a mattress in Albergue D’Ornisson which is about 8km from Roncesvalles. This fashion you may cut up the primary day into two and stroll half of the ascent on the primary day and the remainder of it and the descent on the second day. Sadly, Albergue D’Ornisson is the one place to cease and it’s not very massive undoubtedly e book your mattress prematurely. There are a few locations earlier than it about 4-5km from Roncesvalles.

I’d strongly advocate beginning strolling early particularly in summer time, to complete ascent earlier than it will get too sizzling and to get a mattress within the Colegiata (albergue) in Roncesvalles. There are 200 beds right here however there are at all times individuals who don’t get a spot. Because of this, it’s higher to e book this place prematurely, you are able to do it through e-mail, there are 70 beds (every single day) accessible for reserving.

As I mentioned the stroll was difficult, the ascent begins proper from St.Jean and finishes at 21km, the final 4km it’s a steep descent to Roncesvalles. There have been a few locations to refill water on the way in which and one meals stall at about midway. 

 Highlights

  • Gorgeous surroundings; mountains, inexperienced hills, lookouts, patches of the forest if it wasn’t for the steep climb it will be a really nice strolling day.
  • Albergue Colegiata in Roncesvalles an enormous and spectacular outdated constructing.
  • Stunning service on the church of the Colegiata at 6pm. 
Green mountains, gravel path and clouds - walking over the pass on the Camino Frances
The surroundings on the way in which over Roncesvalles move, the French Approach of St.James

Challenges

  • A really lengthy and typically fairly steep ascent, 1400m over 21km
  • A really steep descent, 650m over 4km
Camino Francés stage 1. Stops between St.Jean to Roncesvalles
Stops on the way in which from St.Jean to Roncesvalles.

Lodging on the Camino

Albergue La Colegiata

Regardless of its measurement (200 beds), the albergue is sweet and cozy. There are three massive rooms with 70 beds every, each room has many cubicles with 4 beds and 4 lockers. The beds are massive and cozy, the services are good, all the pieces is kind of new and effectively positioned. The foundations listed here are strict, the lights go off at 10pm, after that point pilgrims usually are not allowed to be wherever however of their beds. Albergue opens at 2pm however we may check-in at 12pm and had simply to attend until 2pm to get inside. and Worth 12€

Facilities of the pilgrims' albergue in Roncesvalles, Camino Frances
Services of the Albergue de peregrinos de Roncesvalles (La Colegiata)

Day 2. Roncesvalles to Zubiri

  • Distance – 22km
  • Time – 4h20min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 8km
  • Strolling on the highway – 500m
  • Ascent – 443m
  • Descent – 871m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Elevation profile of the stage 2 of the Camino Frances
Elevation profile stage 2. Roncesvalles – Zubiri.

We had been woken up at 6am, the lights went on and the Gregorian Choir music began taking part in. Every little thing within the city was closed, no place to cease for espresso or breakfast we needed to begin strolling in the dead of night, a headlamp right here shall be very helpful. At present’s stroll is way simpler than the day earlier than however nonetheless not very flat with many uphills and downhills. 

Some individuals hold strolling previous Zubiri to the following place about 5km away for me 22km was a long way I felt that I wanted some relaxation after the earlier intense day. I made a decision to cease right here regardless of arriving very early at 11.30. I discovered a pleasant personal room with toilet and wi-fi they let me check-in at 11.30 I used to be very glad to have the entire day to relaxation.

In case you resolve to stroll on some information books and web sites say there’s a small albergue 4km from Zubiri Albergue Espeleku, in reality, this place doesn’t exist anymore, they turned the albergue to a vacation home. The subsequent place to cease after Zubiri is Urdániz (5km) or Llarasona (6km) away. 

Highlights

  • Burgette a small city with a pleasant church
  • Espinal one other small charming city; outdated homes, flowers, a church and so on.  
  • Zubiri – a really peaceable place with the Medieval Bridge, a small sq., and a few small streets. 

Challenges

  • Many quick ascents however nothing in comparison with the day past
  • A steep and fairly lengthy rocky descent simply earlier than Zubiri
Places to stop on the day 2, walk from Roncevalles to Zubiri
Stops on the route from Roncevalles to Zubiri

Lodging on the Camino

The municipal albergue in Zubiri was closed (September 2019), many individuals couldn’t get a spot to sleep within the city, consequently, they needed to hold strolling and a few of them walked 10km further earlier than they might discover something accessible. Zubiri is a really small place if you happen to stroll in peak season make a reservation right here. I stayed in a non-public room with connected toilet at Pensión Amets, it’s a good, very quiet and clear.

Day 3. Zubiri to Pamplona

  • Distance – 22km
  • Time – 4h
  • Strolling on asphalt – 11km
  • Strolling on the highway – 1,5km
  • Ascent – 405m
  • Descent – 491m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5
Elevation profile of stage 2
Elevation profile stage 3. Zubiri to Pamplona

It was the simplest day trip of three with many small ups and downs at first however on the whole nothing difficult. My foremost downside was discovering an open place to have espresso or breakfast, the primary one I bought was at 9km.

Many pilgrims proceed strolling on previous Pamplona I used to be fascinated about doing it as effectively however once I arrived within the metropolis I actually favored it and determined moderately keep right here. I arrived early, get a mattress within the municipal albergue and the remainder of the day simply walked across the metropolis and ate lots of pintxos. 

Highlights

  • The Historic middle of Pamplona is really stunning; the Cathedral, the Citadel of Pamplona, Museum of Navarra, Plaza del Castillo and so forth. 
  • Consuming pintxos and consuming native wine is a should right here, there are a lot of inviting bars within the middle.
The historical center of Pamplona, French Camino de Santiago
Stunning Historic middle of Pamplona, a pleasant cease on the Camino Frances

Challenges

  • Many hills largely at the start of the day
Where to stop on the way from Zubiri to Pamplona
Stops on the route from Zubiri to Pamplona

Lodging on the Camino

Municipal albergue Jesús y María

One other huge albergue on the Camino Francés, 112 beds. There are three halls with bunk beds on the bottom flooring and an enormous room on the highest flooring. The place is neat and clear however when there are that many individuals there’s at all times a queue to showers, washing machines or bogs. They promote Credentials on the reception. The albergue opens at 12pm. Worth 9€.

Facilities of the pilgrim's albergue in Pamplona
Services of the Albergue de peregrinos de Pamplona

Day 4. Pamplona – Puente La Reina

  • Distance – 24km
  • Time – 4h40min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 13km
  • Strolling on the highway – 500m
  • Ascent – 477m
  • Descent – 567m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Profile of ascents and descents on the Camino Frances, day 4
Elevation profile stage 4. Pamplona to Puente la Reina

The day went fairly fast in all probability as a result of I used to be woken up at 5am and began strolling earlier than 6, consequently, I arrived at Puente la Reina earlier than 11am which wasn’t dangerous as a result of the city may be very fairly. Many of the day the Camino goes by means of wheat and sunflower fields I consider in summer time it appears actually stunning however in September it was simply naked land with dried sunflowers. 

Highlights

El Alto del Perdón the well-known sculpture group representing pilgrims strolling the Camino de Santiago. It’s in all probability one of the crucial well-known photograph spots on the French Camino.

A few good cities with stunning church buildings on the way in which.

Puente de la Reina and its atmospherical Church of Santiago which is unquestionably a must-see right here. It’s in all probability one among my favourite cathedrals on the Camino Francés. There are extra sights to see within the city; the Previous Bridge, Plaza de Mena, a few different church buildings constructed within the Center Ages. Strolling alongside Calle Mayor (Fundamental Road), take note of the wood gates, they’re used to chop off the streets for the bull run through the pageant.  

Monument to pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, Alto del Perdon, Camino Frances
Most likely essentially the most well-known monument on the Camino Francés and undoubtedly essentially the most photographed one.

Challenges

  • A protracted ascent to the Alto del Perdón with a subsequent steep and rocky descents
  • No shade to cover, in summer time it’s higher to begin strolling earlier.
Food and accommodation on the stage 4 of the Camino
Stops on the way in which from Pamplona to Puente la Reina. Stage Four of the Camino Frances

Lodging on the Camino

Municipal albergue Padres Reparadores

The most affordable albergue on the Camino Frances to this point. The place is sweet with good services, clear, an enormous backyard, pleasant hosts, simply exterior the middle, about 5min. stroll. Opens at 12pm. Worth 5€.

Municipal albergue Padres Reparadores, facilities
Services of the Municipal albergue in Puente la Reina

Day 5. Puente La Reina to Estella

  • Distance – 21,5km
  • Time – Four hours
  • Strolling on asphalt – 4,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 500m
  • Ascent – 483m
  • Descent – 437m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5
Camino Frances elevation profile stage 5
Elevation profile Camino Francés stage 5. Puente la Reina to Estella

It was a really quiet day with not many individuals on the way in which, largely strolling by means of the fields and hills, previous a few villages.

Highlights

The Historic middle of Estella; the church of Santo Sepulcro, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Carcel Bridge, Plaza de los Fueros with the road market the place you should buy some native specialties like cheese, chorizo, and so on. Don’t be lazy the city is gorgeous it’s value spending a while exploring it, go to the sq. drink a glass of wine, eat a few tapas.

Challenges

  • Some slight ascents and descents however on the whole a simple strolling day.
Places to stop during stage 5 of the French Way of St.James
Stops on the Camino Frances between Puente la Reina and Estella, stage 5

Lodging on the Camino

Municipal albergue de Estella

A pleasant and large albergue with good services, positioned near the middle, on the Camino route. A giant albergue with good services, a pleasant backyard, very social. Opens at 12pm (low season opens at 2pm). Worth 6€.

Pilgrims' albergue of Estella, facilities
Services of the municipal albergue of Estella

Day 6. Estella to Los Arcos

  • Distance – 22km
  • Time – 4h16min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 0km
  • Ascent – 435m
  • Descent – 414m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of three
ELevation profile stage 6 of the Camino Frances
Elevation profile French Approach, stage 6 Estella to Los Arcos

Leaving early at present was fairly a downside as a result of well-known wine fountains are simply a few kilometers exterior Estella I arrived there nonetheless in the dead of night I managed to not miss the fountain (like some individuals who I met on the way in which that day) however to be sincere consuming wine at 7am it’s not an awesome thought, particularly contemplating that you just nonetheless have about 20km to go. I did have a sip of it.

Highlights

  • Wine fountain (faucet) at about 3km from Estella at Bodegas Irache; one faucet is with wine and one other one with water.
  • Rolling fields of wheat and vineyards. I walked the Camino Francés in September simply earlier than the harvest there was a lot grape in all places it was really stunning. 

Challenges

  • Nothing particularly simply slight ups and downs all the way in which
Stops on the way from Estella to Los Arcos, Camino, stage 6
Stage 6 of the Camino Frances, stops on the route between Estella and Los Arcos

Lodging on the Camino

Municipal albergue Isaac Santiago

I stayed in a non-public room at Pensión Mavi I did it no less than as soon as per week if I may discover a good personal place. It’s simply so good to be the one particular person within the room and to have your individual toilet. I had a fast take a look at the municipal albergue, it seemed nice however I’d say a bit overcrowded and dilapidated. It opens at 12pm. Worth 6€.

Municipal albergue Isaac Santiago, Los Arcos, facilities
Services of the municipal albergue Isaac Santiago in Los Arcos

Day 7. Los Arcos to Logroño

  • Distance – 28km
  • Time – 5h
  • Strolling on asphalt – 11km
  • Strolling on the highway – 2km
  • Ascent – 488m
  • Descent – 553
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Elevation profile walk from Los Arcos to Logroño, French Way of St.James
Elevation profile Camino Frances, stage 7, Los Arcos to Logroño

All the day was by means of the fields and over the hills with many quick however typically steep ascents and descents. 

Logroño is an enormous metropolis and normally discovering lodging in massive locations is straightforward however if you happen to arrive right here on the weekend and don’t need to keep within the municipal albergue I’d advocate reserving a spot. Logroño is a highly regarded place for Spanish individuals from everywhere in the space to come back for the weekend to rejoice Birthdays, weddings, bachelor events, and so on. It’s a really good vibe within the metropolis however it will get loopy busy.

Some individuals choose to cease in Viana which is 18km first as a result of it’s a shorter stroll and second as a result of Viana is a smaller city. Contemplating that the following day I felt a bit drained and walked solely 12km to Navarrete I may have stopped in Viana and as an alternative of getting 28km and 12km days I’d had 18km and 22km.

Highlights

Olive tree plantations and vineyards – picturesque surroundings and really candy grapes.

Viana – a stupendous city with a stupendous cathedral, cobblestone streets, many eating places, a superb place to cease for lunch.

Simply earlier than Logroño, the Camino enters La Rioja the wine nation of Spain and its smallest area.

The historic middle of Logroño; the Cathedral, a number of church buildings, Calle de San Juan (San Juan avenue) with tons of of pintxo bars. I attempted some scrumptious pintxos right here. Logroño is legendary for its pintxos I’d advocate skipping dinner and going out for pintxos and wine.

Vineyards, La Rioja, Camino Francés
Grape harvest in Rioja. Strolling the Camino Francés in September

Challenges

  • Lengthy strolling day, the longest on this Camino to this point.
  • Many ascents and descents within the first half of the day
  • Final 5km of strolling on asphalt which is at all times powerful in your toes particularly after strolling greater than 20km.
Stops on the Camino, Los Arcos - Logroño, stage 7, Camino Francés
Stops on the way in which from Los Arcos to Logroño, stage 7

Lodging on the Camino

Hostel Entresueños

The municipal albergue was nonetheless closed once I arrived in Logroño however there was already a protracted queue of pilgrims, I didn’t really feel like ready and went to a non-public albergue as an alternative. I stayed at Hostel Entresueños, it’s a pleasant and clear place, with an awesome location, subsequent to the cathedral, the services are good. They’ve personal rooms as effectively however it was absolutely booked I bought a dorm mattress.

As for the Municipal albergue, it’s fairly massive, there are a lot of beds, the services are good, it’s positioned within the middle, on the Camino. Opens at 1pm (at 3pm in winter). Worth 7€.

Municipal albergue of logroño facilities
Services of the municipal albergue in Logroño

Day 8. Logroño – Navarrete

  • Distance – 12km
  • Time – 2h30min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 8,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 300m
  • Ascent – 194m
  • Descent – 90m
  • Issue stage – 1 out of 5
Camino Frances stage 8, elevation profile
Elevation profile stage Eight Logroño to Navarrete

I made a decision to take “a break day” so I walked to the following city and checked right into a resort. Undecided if it was wine and pintxos from the earlier evening or I simply was a bit drained after one week of strolling however I felt like I wanted some relaxation.  I need to admit it was the precise determination. When you have time, I like to recommend having a brief strolling day each now and again and if you happen to can afford to remain in personal simply to relax out a bit.

The Camino goes by means of Logroño for about 3km after that it turns into the fields there are a lot of water faucets alongside the route however no locations to cease for espresso or breakfast (all the pieces within the metropolis was closed at 7am). Navarrete was the primary place to cease for breakfast.

Highlights

  • Navarrete a small quiet city I actually loved staying right here after bustling Logroño, it’s an ideal cease for a calming day on the Camino.

Challenges

  • Fairly a little bit of strolling on asphalt.
  • Not many locations to cease for breakfast.

Lodging in Navarrete

| Municipal albergue | Albergue El Cántaro | Hostal A La Sombra Del Laurel | Posada Ignatius | Resort San Camilo |

I stayed in a non-public room once more simply because I completed very early and didn’t really feel like sitting exterior and ready for the municipal albergue to open. I used to be fortunate to get the final personal room at Hostal Villa de Navarrete, a really good place, proper within the Camino, near the grocery store and eating places, clear and cozy.

As for the municipal albergue, it seemed fashionable and neat, it’s not very massive, there are 6-Eight beds in each room. Opens at 1.30pm. Worth 7€.

Municipal albergue of Navarrete facilities
Services of the municipal albergue of Navarrete

Day 9. Navarrete to Azafra

  • Distance – 23km
  • Time – 4h
  • Strolling on asphalt – 7,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 500m
  • Ascent – 354m
  • Descent – 316m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5
Elevation profile stage 9 Camino Frances
Elevation profile stage 9 Navarrete to Ventosa

The subsequent couple of days the Camino goes by means of La Rioja the primary wine area of Spain. It’s a really nice space for strolling; vineyards, farms, inexperienced hills and so on.

Highlights

  • Strolling by means of vineyards a lot of the day, there are some wineries on the way in which that in all probability do wine tasting however all the pieces was nonetheless closed once I walked there within the morning
  • Nájera a stupendous city; cobblestone streets, the Cathedral, the outdated bridge and so on.

Challenges

  • A few slight ascents and descents
Stops on the route between Navarrete and Ventosa, French Camino de Santiago
Locations to cease between Navarrete and Ventosa, stage 9 of the Camino Francés

Lodging on the way in which

Municipal albergue of Azofra

The city itself isn’t too spectacular in comparison with Navarrete or Nájera however the albergue is kind of good, there are a lot of small rooms with two beds every you’ve gotten extra privateness right here. This albergue accepts bookings and backpacks supply. Opens at 12.30pm. Worth 10€. Telephone for reserving +34 941 379 325

Municipal albergue of Azofra facilities
Services of the municipal albergue of Azofra

Day 10. Azofra to Grañon

  • Distance – 22km
  • Time – 4h
  • Strolling on asphalt – 5,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 0km
  • Ascent – 400m
  • Descent – 234m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5
Elevation profile stage 10 of the Camino Francés
Elevation profile stage 10 Azofra to Grañon

It was the primary wet and chilly day on the Camino as a result of that I didn’t get pleasure from it that a lot. The primary place to cease is a wierd city of Cirueña. It appears like a ghost city regardless of a lot of the buildings are new and there’s a enormous golf property within the city. Fortunately I had breakfast in Azofra as a result of I didn’t really feel like stopping right here. 

The second half of the stroll from Santo Domingo was virtually all the way in which on the gravel path subsequent to the highway.

Highlights

  • A few kilometers after Grañon the Camino exits La Rija and enters Castile and León.
  • The historic middle of Santo Domingo de la Calzada sadly many buildings had been below renovation.

Challenges

  • A few ascents and descents all through the day.
Stops on the Camino; Azofra to Grañon
Stops on the route between Azofra and Grañon

Lodging on the way in which

In Grañon keep wherever however in La Casa de las Sonrisas. I stayed there and was terribly bitten by bedbugs, it was my worst bedbug experience ever. I learn some feedback on Camino boards and many individuals complain about the identical. A few days later once I stayed in a municipal albergue the hospitalero checked out my bites I requested if by any probability I didn’t keep at La Casa de Las Sonrisas in Grañon which made me suppose bedbugs in that albergue are everlasting residents. 

There may be one other albergue for donation Albergue parroquial San Juan Bautista however it’s a really fundamental place, extra like an old-times albergue with mattresses on the ground, no wi-fi and so on. Folks say it’s a really attention-grabbing experience if you happen to’re up for that. In any other case, keep at one of many personal locations.

Day 11. Grañon to Villafranca Montes de Oca

  • Distance – 28km
  • Time – 4h45min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 7km
  • Strolling on the highway – 0km
  • Ascent – 488m
  • Descent – 234m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Camino Francés elevation profile stage 11
Elevation profile Grañon to Villafranca, stage 11, Camino Francés

It wasn’t essentially the most spectacular day on the route, lengthy stretches of strolling alongside the highway. Many cities to cease on the way in which however all are fairly small with one bar and a few albergues not a lot else.

Highlights

  • Sunflower fields although it was September and flowers had been dried out however in summer time it should look spectacular. 

Challenges

  • Monotonous components of strolling alongside the highway.
Stops on the route between Grañon and Villafranca, stage 11
Stops on the Camino between Grañon and Villafranca

Lodging on the way in which

Albergue San Antón Abad

The municipal albergue in Villafranca is at the moment closed, most pilgrims together with myself keep at albergue San Antón Abad. It’s an enormous place with a few rooms, some have regular beds (12 Euro), some bunk beds (10 Euro). The services are nice however loos and a kitchen may very well be larger contemplating the variety of individuals staying right here. The second half of the constructing is a pleasant resort you will get a non-public room right here however it’s considerably dearer. Opens at 11am. Worth 10-12€.

Amenities of the private albergue in Villafranca
Services of Albergue San Antón Abad, Villafranca

Day 12. Villafranca Montes de Oca to Cardeñuela Riopico

  • Distance – 24,5km
  • Time – 4h20min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 4,6km
  • Strolling on the highway – 3km 
  • Ascent – 413m
  • Descent – 456m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Ascents and descents stages 12 Camino Francés
Elevation profile stage 12 from Villafranca to Cardeñuela

I actually loved today the primary half was by means of the forest very good and quiet. The second half by means of the fields with many small villages on the way in which. The primary place to cease for espresso or breakfast is 12km after that there shall be loads of locations.

Highlights

  • First 13km of strolling by means of the forest
  • A lovely monastery and church of San Juan de Ortega
  • Good villages; San Juan de Ortega, Agés, Atapuerta

Challenges

  • 250m ascent proper on the exit of Villafranca Montes de Oca. The primary 4km of the route is up. 
  • A number of smallish ascents and descents all through the day
Stops on the Camino Frances, stage 12
Stops on the route between Villafranca and Cardeñuela

Lodging on the Camino

Municipal albergue of Cardeñuela

A really small place, two rooms with Three bunk beds every, on the second flooring of a bar, not many services; beds, showers, a desk, and a sofa. You may get meals on the bar. Opens at 12pm. Worth 5€.

Municipal albergue of Cardeñuela facilitis
Services of the Municipal albergue of Cardeñuela

Day 13. Cardeñuela Riopico to Tardajos

  • Distance – 27,5km (together with 2km of strolling round Burgos)
  • Time – 5h.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 20km
  • Strolling on the highway – the primary 5km if you happen to take the route by means of Villafría
  • Ascent – 103m
  • Descent – 193m. It was a really flat stroll (like in all places within the Meseta), no elevation profile wanted.
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5

I left early within the morning in the dead of night with an thought to spend a while in Burgos and proceed strolling to Tardajos. Strolling in the dead of night I missed the cut up that’s about 2,5km from Cardeñuela, simply earlier than the airport. The left route goes away from the highway, it follows the river virtually all the way in which to town. The correct route continues alongside the highway for 5km after which goes by means of the commercial space of Burgos. I undoubtedly advocate taking the river route by means of Castañeres. You’ll be able to mark it on Google.maps to be sure to received’t miss the flip. Distance to Burgos on each routes is kind of the identical.

Two route options on the Camino Frances on the way to Burgos
The cut up on the Camino after Orbaneja, the crimson route goes to Burgos following the highway and previous the commercial space, the precise route goes alongside the river

It was the worst day on the Camino to this point, first 5km strolling on the highway which wasn’t busy in any respect however contemplating that you just begin in the dead of night it’s nonetheless fairly disagreeable, after that there have been about 8km of strolling by means of the commercial space of Burgos. The Historic middle of Burgos may be very stunning, the cathedral, the sq., many church buildings, the fort, and so on. I used to be considering of stopping in Burgos however 13km felt too quick to cease there. I did spend an hour or so strolling across the metropolis. The cathedral of Burgos is to not miss right here.

Word! In Burgos on the way in which to the middle, the route marking isn’t very clear if you happen to don’t see indicators simply observe Calle Vitoria and in the end you’ll see the arrows and shells once more. To stroll out of town after that there was a gravel highway by means of the fields all the way in which to Tardajos.

Highlights

The gorgeous historic middle of Burgos; the cathedral is beautiful from inside and outside, I undoubtedly advocate visiting it.

The well-known Meseta a protracted stretch of plains that begins from Burgos some pilgrims prefer it some don’t however it’s one of the crucial recognizable sceneries on the Camino Francés. For the following two weeks (principally until Astorga) the surroundings will keep just about the identical.

The Meseta, Camino Frances, Spain
Wheat and sunflower fields, the Meseta, Camino Frances

Challenges

  • 5km of strolling on the highway (if you happen to don’t take the choice river route).
  • 8km of strolling by means of the commercial space of Burgos (once more if observe the primary route).
  • 20km of strolling of asphalt. I feel on the river route there shall be much less asphalt.
Stops on the route, stage 13 Camino Frances
Stops on the route between Cardeñuela and Tardajos, stage 13

Lodging on the Camino

Albergue La Casa de Beli

I stayed on the personal albergue La Casa de Beli as a result of I arrived in Tardajos simply after 1pm and the municipal albergue opened solely at 3pm I didn’t really feel like ready, plus the value distinction was solely 2 Euro. La Fabrica was a pleasant place, clear, snug, good yard, good restaurant although there isn’t a kitchen however I simply requested for a plate and a knife and made sandwiches and reduce some salad. They’ve personal rooms as effectively. Opens at 12pm. Worth 10€.

Albergue la Casa de Beli, Tardajos facilities
Services of the personal albergue La Casa de Beli, Tardajos

Day 14. Tardajos to Castrojeriz

  • Distance – 30km
  • Time – 5h.10min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 8,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 7km only a few vehicles
  • Ascent – 331m
  • Descent – 335m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Elevation profile Tardajos to Castrojeriz Camino de Santiago
Elevation profile stage 14 Tardajos to Castrojeriz

It was a pleasant strolling day largely by means of the fields and over the hill with not many cities to cease on the way in which, be sure to carry sufficient water.

Highlights

  • A few good city on the way in which; Sambol, Hontanas
  • Stunning ruins of San Anton Monastery 4km earlier than Castrojeriz, there’s an albergue subsequent to it for donation however it has very fundamental services (no electrical energy, no sizzling water).

Challenges

  • Fairly a protracted strolling day with few locations to cease in between.
Stops on the Camino stage Tardajos Castrojeriz
Stops on the way in which from Tardajos to Castrojeriz

Lodging on the route

Municipal albergue San Esteban

A typical municipal albergue with one massive room, many beds, fundamental kitchen (no range) and a few showers and bogs. It seemed slightly bit dilapidated at first sight and I despite the fact that of going to a special place however it wasn’t dangerous in any respect. Opens at 12.30pm (2.30 low season). Worth 5€.

Municipal albergue Castrojeriz facilities
Services of the municipal albergue in Castrojeriz

Day 15. Castrojeriz to Frómista

  • Distance – 25km
  • Time – 4h.33min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 3km
  • Strolling on the highway – 1km, only a few vehicles
  • Ascent – 268m
  • Descent – 281m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5
ELevation profile stage 15 French Way of St.James
Elevation profile stage 15 of the Camino Francés, stroll from Castrojeriz to Fromista

You begin noticing that you just’re strolling by means of the Meseta, flat open house with wheat fields. I feel in spring it is perhaps completely different, inexperienced fields and flowers however in fall it seemed a bit unhappy. 

Highlights

  • Can’t recall something particular perhaps a small river a few kilometers earlier than Frómista.
  • A few good church buildings in Frómista 

Challenges

  • A steep ascent proper at first of the day, about 220m up
  • Not many locations to cease, solely two villages on the way in which with one bar and a few albergues every.
Places to stop on the Camino, stage 15
Stops on the way in which from Castrojeriz to Frómista, Camino Francés day 15

Lodging on the Camino

Albergue Luz de Frómista

The municipal albergue in Frómista prices 10,50€ and the opinions weren’t that nice, it doesn’t have a kitchen only a microwave I made a decision to remain in a non-public albergue. I stayed at Albergue Luz de Frómista, a really good place with nice hosts, snug, clear with all you want for a pleasant keep. The place may be very standard it’s normally booked if you wish to keep right here it’s higher to e book prematurely. Opens at 12pm. Worth 10€.

Facilities of the private albergue Luz de Frómista
Albergue Luz de Frómista services

Day 16. Frómista to Carrión de los Condes

  • Distance – 20km
  • Time – 3h.30min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 10km
  • Strolling on the highway – 6km alongside the highway
  • Ascent – 110m
  • Descent – 74m
  • Issue stage – 1 out of 5

There’s a cut up at Población de Campos, about 3km from Frómista; the precise route goes by means of the countryside, the left route continues alongside the highway. The countryside route is 1km longer. Each routes be part of the primary time at Villarmentero de Campos, after about 6km and the second time after about 10km at Villalcázar de Sirga.

Route split on the Camino Francess stage 16
The cut up on the Camino between Frómista and Carrion de los Condes

Highlights

  • A pleasant stroll subsequent to the river and thru the fields on the choice route
  • Carrión de los Condes; Monastery Santa Clara, Church of St.Maria del Camino, Up to date Artwork Museum and so on.

Challenges

  • Final 6km of strolling alongside the highway
Stops on the Camino Francés, stage 16
Locations to cease on the way in which from Frómista to Carrión de los Condes

Lodging on the Camino

Albergue parroquial Santa María

A pleasant albergue with good services and a superb location. Although it’s a parish albergue, nuns don’t come right here usually it’s run by volunteers typically it’s college students, typically individuals from Buddies of Camino Affiliation. Some information books say the nuns make communal dinner each evening it’s not true they hardly cook dinner dinner for pilgrims. Opens at 12pm. Worth 5€.

Albergue parroquial Santa María, Carrión de los Condes facilities
Services of the parish albergue Santa María, Carrión de las Condes

Day 17. Carrión de los Condes to Terradillos de los Templarios

  • Distance – 26km
  • Time – 4h.45min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 8km
  • Strolling on the highway – 4km
  • Ascent – 216m
  • Descent – 158m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5

It was in all probability the day with essentially the most monotonous surroundings, fortunately I met a really good couple of Norway and the primary 17km went fairly fast. 

Highlights

  • The principle spotlight was a restaurant at 17km with chilly drinks and a few meals.

Challenges

  • For the primary 17km there aren’t any cities on the Camino, be sure that to take sufficient water. In season there’s a meals truck at about 8km and a small bar Oasis at 10km.
  • A protracted and tiring day of strolling by means of the plains with nothing round.
Stops on the Camino between Carrión de los Condes and Terradillos de los Templarios
Stops on the route from Carrión de los Condes to Terradillos de los Templarios

Lodging on the route

Albergue Los Templarios

There is no such thing as a municipal albergue in Terradillos de los Templarios there are two personal albergues. I stayed at Albergue Los Templarios in a non-public room with an connected toilet for 28 Euro. It was very nice, snug and clear. They’ve dorm beds as effectively, for 10 Euro. There is no such thing as a kitchen however you will get meals on the restaurant it wasn’t too costly.

Amenities of the private albergue Los Templarios, Camino Francés
Services of personal albergue Los Templarios, Terradillos de los Templarios, Camino Fancés

Day 18. Terradillos de los Templarios to Bercianos del Actual Camino

  • Distance – 24km
  • Time – 4h.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 4km
  • Strolling on the highway – 500m
  • Ascent – 193m
  • Descent – 254m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5

At 6,8km there’s a cut up, one route continues alongside the highway (it’s slightly bit shorter), one other one goes by means of the fields for about 3,5km each routes merge in Sahagún.

At 19km there’s one other cut up the left route (the Official route) goes by means of Bercianos, the precise route (the Roman highway) goes by means of Calzada del Coto each routes be part of the following day in Mansilla de las Mulas. The choice route follows the Roman highway By way of Trajana. I took the Authentic route (like most pilgrims). A few of my pals took the Different route they usually favored it however some individuals had been complaining that there was lots of strolling on cobblestones that damage their toes. The gap on each routes to Mansilla de las Mulas is about the identical.

A split on the Camino Frances after Sahagún
The cut up on the Camino after Sahagún; the crimson route is the official route, the blue route is the choice route on the Previous Roman highway

From Sahagún the Camino (the Authentic route) goes alongside the highway (gravel path) all the way in which to Bercianos.

Highlights

  • Sahagun; Church of San Tirso and Church of San Lorenzo.

Challenges

  • Not many locations to cease on the way in which, between Sahagún to Bercianos for 10km there’s nothing simply fields.
Stops on the Camino Francés stage 18
Stops on the Camino between Terradillos de los Templarios and Bercianos del Camino Actual, stage 18

Lodging on the Camino

Albergue La Perala

I once more stayed on the personal albegue La Perala. It’s a really good and cozy place with many rooms each personal (single – 28 Euro, double – 38 Euro) and dormitories (10 Euro). The dormitories have solely 4 single beds every and an connected toilet is you’re 4 individuals collectively it’ll be like a non-public room.

Private albergue La Perala, Bercianos, stage 18 facilities
Services of Albergue La Perala, Bercianos del Actual Camino

Day 19. Bercianos del Actual Camino to Mansilla de las Mulas

  • Distance – 27km
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 2,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 500m
  • Ascent – 141mm
  • Descent – 194m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5

Many of the day the Camino simply adopted the highway although it wasn’t busy in any respect hardly any automobile largely cyclists.

Highlights

  • Stunning dawn, truly within the Meseta every single day if it’s not cloudy you may see the dawn, don’t overlook to look again infrequently. 
  • Mansilla de las Mulas – a pleasant city with a stupendous church and a few eating places.

Challenges

  • Not many locations to cease on the way in which
Stops on the route Bercianos del Real Camino and Mancillas de las Mula
Stops on the Camino between Bercianos del Actual Camino and Mancillas de las Mulas, stage 19

Lodging on the way in which

Municipal albergue of Mansilla de las Mulas

The albergue is ok, it appears slightly bit dilapidated it has all you want together with a totally geared up kitchen. The situation is nice as effectively, proper on the Camino, subsequent to 2 eating places, a grocery store is simply 5min. stroll. The hosts are fairly enjoyable and entertaining, at evening they took out a guitar, there was music and singing, it was the most effective evenings on the Camino. It opens at 12pm. Worth 5 Euro.

Mansilla de las Mulas municipal albergue facilities, stage 19 Camino Frances
Services of the Municipal albergue of Mansilla de las Mulas

Day 20. Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon

  • Distance – 19km
  • Time – 3h30min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 7km
  • Strolling on the highway – 600m
  • Ascent – 164mm
  • Descent – 140m
  • Issue stage – 1 out of 5
Elevation profile stage 20 of the Camino Francés
Elevation profile stage 20, stroll from Mansilla de los Mulos to León. Largely flat floor with one hill on the finish

The day was higher than I anticipated there wasn’t lots of strolling by means of industrial areas, subsequent to the highway and so on. prefer it normally is while you strategy an enormous metropolis. At 3,8km there’s a cut up, the precise route continues alongside the highway (not beneficial), the left route goes by means of the fields and small cities. The day was quick and straightforward with a few ups and downs. You stroll about 4km by means of León earlier than you attain the historic middle. 

From León, it’s doable to stroll to Oviedo following the Camino del Salvador (4-6 days) and from Oviedo proceed to Santiago on the Camino Primitivo. 

Highlights

The historic middle of León; the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Isidoro, La Plaza Mayor, La Plaza San Martín, a number of church buildings. When you occurred to be in León in September-October don’t miss the Organ Competition within the Cathedral, the live shows happen a number of occasions per week at 9pm.

A Pilgrims’ Mass takes place every single day within the Basilica of San Isidoro at 7pm. on the finish of it, you will get a blessing and a stamp.

Going out for tapas is one other must-do exercise in León, El Barrio Húmedo and El Barrio Romántico within the middle are well-known for his or her tapas bars. 

Challenges

  • Quick components of strolling subsequent to the highway
  • Strolling by means of the outskirts of Leon (nothing dangerous or ugly)
Stops on the Camino, stage 20 Mansilla de los Mulos to León
Stops on the route from Mansilla de los Mulos to León, stage 20

Lodging on the route

Albergue Muralla Leonesa

I stayed in a non-public albergue Albergue Muralla Leonesa in León. It was good and clear, small rooms, bedding, a kitchen. The benefit of this place is you could come out and in any time you need, the doorway door has a code.

Albergue Muralla Leonesa facilities, stage 20 of the Camino Francés
Services of the personal albergue Muralla Leonesa, León

Day 21. León to Villar de Mazarife

  • Distance – 21km
  • Time – 3h45min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 12,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 3km (only a few vehicles)
  • Ascent – 276mm
  • Descent – 232m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5

The start of the day (strolling out of Leon) wasn’t as dangerous as I believed, it took fairly some time to stroll out of town however it wasn’t actually an industrial space extra residential areas. At 8km after the church of Virgen del Camino, there’s a cut up (well-marked); the precise route (the Official route) goes alongside the highway to San Martín del Camino. The left route (the choice route) goes by means of the countryside and fields to Villar de Mazarife. The scenic route is 5km longer (over two days), each routes merge the following day at Hospital de Órbigo. I don’t like strolling subsequent to the highway if there’s an possibility I at all times take an alternate route.

Split on the Camino Francés after León
Cut up on the Camino at La Virgen del Camino, 7km from León

Highlights

  • Church of Virgen del Camino

Challenges

  • The primary 8km strolling by means of the populated space of town
Stops along the Camino, stage 21 León to Villar de Mazarife
Locations to cease on the way in which from León to Villar de Mazarife

Lodging on the Camino

Albergue de Jesús

The place is ok, not tremendous cozy or snug however has all the mandatory services. Opens at 12pm. Worth 7 Euro.

Private albergue de Jesús, Villar de Mazarife facilities
Services of Albergue de Jesús, Villar de Mazarife

Day 22. Villar de Mazarife to Astorga

  • Distance – 31km
  • Time – 5h45min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 7km
  • Strolling on the highway – 0km
  • Ascent – 293mm
  • Descent – 329m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Elevation profile stage 22 Camino Frances
Elevation profile stage 22 Villar de Mazarife to Astorga

A protracted strolling day by means of the fields and hills any more the Meseta half is over, the Camino is getting into inexperienced and wet Galicia, from Astorga on there shall be extra mountains and forest. Two very good stops alongside the route helped to make today much less tiring and extra enjoyable although, to be sincere by the tip of it I used to be fairly drained.

Highlights

Today was filled with highlights and surprising conferences.

Hospital de Órbigo – a stupendous little city with cobblestone streets, outdated homes and a formidable Medieval bridge Puente del Paso Honroso.

Villares de Orbigo – it will be simply one other small village on the way in which if it wasn’t 22nd of September. The village celebrated the First day of harvest as part of the celebration they invite pilgrims who stroll by means of the village for breakfast within the Pilgrim’s Home. Sudden moments like these turn out to be among the brightest reminiscences of the Camino.

One other very attention-grabbing encounter on the way in which, the well-known David’s place; an awesome cease on the route about 5km earlier than Astorga. David is a Spanish pilgrim who’s been residing on the Camino for the final 7 years, he’s walked many alternative routes. He lives in a small home and every single day places meals, fruit, water and funky drinks for pilgrims who stroll by. It’s a donation place. The cash that he will get from donations he makes use of to purchase extra meals for pilgrims. David is an attention-grabbing particular person to speak to however even if you happen to don’t really feel like speaking, it’s an awesome relaxation cease on the way in which in the midst of nowhere. There are chairs and benches with shadow to sit down down and relaxation.

The historic middle of Astorga; the Cathedral, the Gaudi Palace, the Plaza Mayor, Previous Roman Partitions, and so on. The town isn’t massive all the primary sights are shut to one another. 

My private spotlight staying at a spa resort in Astorga, it was completely well worth the cash.

Plaza Mayor, Astorga, Camino Frances
Plaza Mayor, Astorga

Challenges

  • Lengthy strolling day, 31km
  • A few ascents within the second half of the day
Stage 22 stops on the route
Stops on the Camino between Villar de Mazarife and Astorga

Lodging on the route

Resort SPA By way of de la Plata

I made a decision to spoil myself and stayed at Resort SPA By way of de la Plata, it was fairly costly however effectively well worth the cash. I actually loved the day within the resort; an enormous room, a non-public toilet with an incredible bathe, a really snug mattress, it was undoubtedly the very best sleep I had on the Camino. I paid 12 Euro further for 1 hour in SPA; swimming pool, sauna, distinction bathe, hydromassage, and so on. The subsequent day I felt very relaxed and well-rested.

There’s a municipal albergue for five Euro in Astorga Albergue Siervas de María, it’s fairly massive, positioned within the middle.

Albergue Siervas de María, Astorga, facilities
Services of the Municipal albergue Siervas de María, Astorga

Day 23. Astorga to Foncebadón

  • Distance – 26km
  • Time – 5h.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 6,3km
  • Strolling on the highway – 800m (few vehicles)
  • Ascent – 642mm
  • Descent – 100m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Elevation profile stage Astorga to Foncebadón
Elevation profile Camino Francés stage 23, Astorga to Foncebadón

I made a decision to get pleasure from my resort and sleep late (first time on the Camino), I already had an albergue booked so I didn’t have to fret about arriving in time to get a spot. I began strolling solely at 10.30. I did it a few occasions once I stayed in personal I booked a spot for the following evening that I didn’t must stand up early and begin strolling and will get pleasure from a pleasant sleep.

It was a really good strolling day with stunning surroundings I used to be happy to see completely different landscapes, some hills and slightly little bit of the forest, particularly within the second half of the stroll. Lastly, I used to be out of the Meseta!

Highlights

  • Rabanal del Camino – a stupendous little village
  • Completely different surroundings; inexperienced hills, forest, mountains.

Challenges

  • A protracted ascent within the second half of the stroll, 600m up
Stops on the Camino, stage Astorga - Foncebadón
Stops on the route from Astorga to Foncebadón, stage 23

Lodging on the route

Albergue El Convento de Foncebadón

I stayed at a non-public albergue Convento de Foncebadón. A snug, clear and never very massive albergue with personal rooms and dormitories with Three bunk beds every and an connected toilet. Opens at 12pm. Worth 10 Euro.

Amenities of Albergue Convento de Foncebadón, stage 23 of the Camino Frances
Services of Albergue Convento de Foncebadón

Day 24. Foncebadón to Ponferrada

  • Distance – 27km
  • Time – 5h
  • Strolling on asphalt – 7,5km
  • Strolling on the highway – 1,7km
  • Ascent – 308mm
  • Descent – 1186m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Elevation profile stage 24 of the Camino
Elevation profile stage Foncebadón to Ponferrada, Camino Francés

The primary 17km until Molinaseca had been completely spectacular, the most effective views on the route to this point. Proper at first at about 2km from Foncebadón, you attain the Cruz de Ferro a symbolic place on the Camino Francés the place individuals depart rocks, shells, letters, and so on.

Highlights

  • El Cruz de Ferro
  • Spectacular mountain surroundings through the first 10km
  • A few small stunning cities; El Acebo, Riego de Ambrós, Molinaseca
  • The Historic middle of Ponferrada; the fort, the
Molinaseca, French Way of St.James
Molinaseca a reasonably little city on the Camino Francés

Challenges

  • Steep and typically rocky and slippery descent for 1100m
  • Strolling on the asphalt for the final 5km
Stops between Foncebadón and Ponferrada, stage 24 of the Camino Francés
Stops on the route between Foncebadón and Ponferrada

Lodging on the way in which

Albergue Guiana

I stayed at a non-public albergue once more. Albergue Guiana is a pleasant place with many rooms with Three bunk beds every and a toilet. The situation is nice, near the historic middle, eating places, and retailers. It’s clear and cozy. Opens at 12pm. Worth 12 Euro.

Albergue Guiana, Ponferrada, facilities
Services of the personal albergue Guiana, Ponferrada

Day 25. Ponferrada to Villafranca de Bierzo

  • Distance – 24km
  • Time – 4h30min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 18km
  • Strolling on the highway – 2km (on a gravel path alongside the highway)
  • Ascent – 316m
  • Descent – 351m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5
Elevation profile stage 25 of the Camino Frances
Elevation profile stage Ponferrada – Villafranca del Bierzo

The start of the day was slightly bit disappointing although strolling out of Ponferrada wasn’t an enormous problem, it didn’t take lengthy. As soon as out of town the Camino went by means of suburbia areas, subsequent to the highway not likely spectacular surroundings in comparison with the earlier two days however the second half was a lot better and extra scenic.

Highlights

  • Stunning vineyards for the final 10km.
  • Villafranca; the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria, the Convent of San Nicolás El Actual, the Church of Santiago with its Puerta de Perdón (the Gate of Forgiveness) that get opened solely in Holy Years.

Challenges

  • First 11km the Camino goes subsequent to the highway with the not very spectacular surroundings.
  • Strolling floor, a lot of the day you stroll on asphalt.
Stops on the Camino, stage 25 Ponferrada to Villafranca
Stops on the route between Ponferrada and Villafranca

Lodging on the way in which

Hostel Venezia

Within the second half of the Camino, I used to be a bit drained from getting up at 6am every single day and being concerned about discovering a mattress and determined to e book locations prematurely because of this I ended up staying largely in personal albergues or accommodations. Hostel Venecia is an efficient albergue, it’s clear, cozy and cozy. It’s a bit away from the city middle if you wish to go to the grocery store or restaurant you’ll must stroll 10-15min. The hostel may be very small, two rooms with Three bunk beds every, max 12 individuals, good and quiet place. There are personal rooms as effectively. Opens at 12pm. Worth 11 Euro.

Hostal Venecia, Villafranca, facilities
Services of Hostal Venecia, Villafranca del Bierzo

Day 26. Villafranca de Bierzo to O Cebreiro

  • Distance – 28km
  • Time – 5h.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 18km
  • Strolling on the highway – 16km alongside the highway with only a few vehicles
  • Ascent – 905m
  • Descent – 138m
  • Issue stage – Four out of 5
Elevation profile stage 26 of the Camino Frances
Elevation profile stage Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro

From Villafranca there are two completely different route choices from Villafranca; the primary route follows the highway infrequently you get to stroll on or subsequent to the highway, it’s simpler with not many ups and downs, most pilgrims select it. The second route Camino de la Montaña (the mountain route) goes over the mountains and has extra ascents and descents, it’s about 1,5km longer as effectively. Each routes merge 10km later in Trabadelo. I took the primary route because it’s walked by most individuals.

Split on the Camino after Villafranca
Two route choices on the Camino Francés after Villafranca; the official route (crimson) and the mountain route (blue).

The day was fairly lengthy and tiring contemplating the final half to O Cebreiro which was the pure ascent to 700m over 6km. For some individuals, it is perhaps very difficult stopping earlier than O Cebreiro is an possibility. There are actually many good small villages on the way in which. You’ll be able to cut up the day into two and stroll 20km to Las Herrerias which is simply earlier than the ascent and the following day stroll 9km to O Cebreiro or proceed strolling previous it to the following place.

Highlights

  • Many small cozy villages on the way in which; Trabadelo, La Portela de Valcarce, Las Herrerías, La Faba and so on.
  • Gorgeous views on the way in which from Las Herrerías as much as O Cebreiro.
  • Stunning sundown from the perspective in O Cebreiro. 
O Cebreiro view point, Camino Frances
Gorgeous view from O Cebreiro

Challenges

  • Quite a lot of strolling on the asphalt and alongside the highway.
  • A really steep and lengthy ascent for about 700m during the last 6km, the ascent begins at 21km after Las Herrerías.
Stops on the route between Villafranca del Bierzo and O Cebreiro
Stops on the Camino between Villafranca del Bierzo and O Cebreiro

Lodging on the Camino

Casa Navarro

This time I stayed in a non-public room at Casa Navarro , a visitor home in O Cebreiro. It’s a pleasant and small place proper on the entrance to the village, clear and comfortable. After the lengthy ascent, I used to be very glad that I’d booked a non-public room as a result of I used to be fairly drained and will have an excellent relaxation. I booked this place virtually per week forward there usually are not many locations in O Cebreiro they usually get full very fast.

There’s a municipal albergue in O Cebreiro, many individuals say that there are too many beds too shut to every. Opens at 1pm. Worth Eight Euro.

Municipal albergue O Cebreiro facilities
Services of the municipal albergue of O Cebreiro

Day 27. O Cebreiro to Triacastela

  • Distance – 20km
  • Time – 4h.20min.
  • Strolling on asphalt – 2km
  • Strolling on the highway – 0km
  • Ascent – 505m
  • Descent – 1263m
  • Issue stage – Three out of 5
Elevation profile stage 27 of the Camino Frances
Elevation profile of the stroll from O Cebreiro to Triacastela

It was a really lengthy and tiring day. At 22km after Triacastelo there’s a cut up one route goes by means of Samos a small city with a stupendous monastery it’s the unique route, the second route is 6km shorter and it goes by means of San Xil.

Highlights

  • Nice views on the way in which right down to Triacastela

Challenges

  • A number of ascents and descents at first
  • A protracted and steep descent to Triacastela
Stops on the Camino, stage 27
Stops on the way in which from O Cebreiro to Triacastela

Lodging on the route

Municipal albergue of Triacastela

The albergue is positioned proper on the entrance to the city, a bit removed from retailers and eating places, the services are fairly fundamental. Opens at 1pm. Worth Eight Euro.

Municipal albergue of Triacastela, facilities
Services of the municipal albergue of Triacastela

Day 28. Triacastela to Sarria

  • Distance – 25,5km
  • Time – 5 hours
  • Strolling on asphalt – 11km
  • Strolling on the highway – 6km, quiet highway, not many vehicles
  • Ascent – 210m
  • Descent – 320m
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5

One other cut up on the Camino proper on the exit from Triacastela; the precise route goes to Sarria by means of San Xil, the left route goes by means of Samos. Each routes merge at Aguiada, about 5km earlier than Sarria. The route by means of Samos is about 7km longer than by means of San Xil, 26km versus 19km. It could be an apparent straightforward alternative (I imply the shorter route after all) if it wasn’t for the spectacular Monastery of Samos an energetic Benedictine monastery its historical past dates again to the seventh century although it was rebuilt fairly just a few occasions since then. I actually wished to see it and didn’t remorse this determination, a 19-kilometer day sounded too quick for me anyway.

Highlights

  • An unimaginable Galician forest from about 5km after Triacastela, a really peaceable stroll with no cities, roads or individuals.
  • The Monastery of Samos – a stupendous and big advanced if in case you have the time it’s value visiting the church.
Monastery of Samos, Spain
Spectacular monastery of Samos, Camino Francés

Challenges 

Fairly a protracted stretch at first proper after Triacastela alongside the highway, about 4km however there have been virtually no vehicles.

Arriving in Sarria is perhaps a bit difficult as a result of an awesome variety of pilgrims there, Sarria is positioned simply over 100km from Santiago which is the required strolling minimal for getting the Compostela. There is perhaps twice as many individuals on the Camino from Sarria on. Don’t fear there are a lot of albergues, eating places, and accommodations on this a part of the route.

Stops on the route stage 28 Camino Frances
Stops on the way in which from Triacastela to Sarria through Samos

Lodging on the way in which

You’ll find the itinerary for the final 5 days from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela HERE.

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