Overview for Camino Frances Stage 3: Burgos to León
The Camino Frances is the most famous Camino route, walked by millions of pilgrims from all over the globe since the Middle Ages. More than just a pilgrimage, the Camino is a unique social and cultural experience and a truly memorable adventure.
Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims, walking the third stage of the French Way. Starting from the medieval city of Burgos, with its impressive Gothic cathedral, this section takes you across the vast wide-open spaces of the Meseta, dotted with hamlets, picturesque sleepy villages and Romanesque churches. You will finish in the elegant León, with its impressive cathedral and Roman walls, the Romanesque Royal Basilica of Saint Isidoro and the neo-Gothic Casa de Botines, built by Gaudí. Treat yourself to the exquisite local cheeses and cured meats.
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Day 1: Arrive Burgos
Arrive in the town of Burgos. Take some time to explore Burgos: admire the beauty of its historic centre, enjoy a stroll along the magnificent promenade by the river and taste delicious local tapas in the old town. Burgos has been referred to as the Gothic capital of Spain and the city’s cathedral is probably one of the most impressive in the country.
- Overnight Burgos
Day 2: Burgos to Hornillos del Camino
Take some time to explore Burgos: admire the beauty of its historic centre, enjoy a stroll along the magnificent promenade by the river and taste delicious local tapas in the old town. Burgos has been referred to as the Gothic capital of Spain and the city’s cathedral is probably one of the most impressive in the country. After your night in Burgos, your Camino will continue along earthen tracks, among the immense crop fields of the region. On your way to Hornillos del Camino, you will cross small woods of holm oak and conifers but in general, there is little shade along this stretch of the Camino de Santiago so make sure you take enough water with you, as well as hat and sun cream. Hornillos del Camino, with only 70 inhabitants, is a classic Camino village of medieval origin.
- Walking for the day: 21 km, 5 hours
- Overnight Hornillos
Day 3: Hornillos to Castrojeriz
From Hornillos del Camino, you will continue walking in the peaceful vastness of the Meseta, with only nature and huge crop fields around you. After leaving Hornillos, the Camino de Santiago gradually climbs up a plateau before descending to the valley of the River Bol and the pretty town of Castrojeriz. In Castrojeriz, you can visit the 9th-century hilltop castle, recently reopened to visitors.
- Walking for the day: 20 km, 5 hours
- Overnight Castrojeriz
Day 4: Castrojeriz to Frómista
From Castrojeriz, your Camino will leave the plains of the Burgos region and reach the highest point of the Meseta: Alto Mosterales. After crossing the Pisuerga River you will enter the Palencia province and the vast plains of ‘Tierra de Campos’, the Land of Fields, and you will soon understand why. Stop to visit the 14th-century church ‘La Asunción’ in Boadilla, famous for its Gothic architecture and the gorgeous carved baptismal font. Approaching Frómista you will walk along a stretch of the Canal de Castilla, an 18th-century canal.
- Walking for the day: 25 km, 6 hours
- Overnight Frómista
Day 5: Frómista to Carrión de Los Condes
Visit the beautiful 11th century Church of St Martin in Frómista. After your night in the town, your Camino trail takes you along a track parallel to the road, but you can take an alternative more scenic route at Población de Campos, via Villovieco, along the peaceful banks of the Ucieza River. You will rejoin the Camino at Villalcázar de Sirga and finish your day’s walk at Carrión de Los Condes.
- Walking for the day: 19 km, 5 hours
- Overnight Carrión de Los Condes
Day 6: Carrión de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza
After your night in Carrion de los Condes, visit the impressive San Zoilo Monastery. For 13 km, your Camino will follow natural tracks along the old Roman road called ‘Via Aquitania’ and also along a stretch of the original paved road. The ‘Via Aquitania’ used to link Bordeaux and Astorga and was frequently used by French pilgrims on their way to Santiago.
- Walking for the day: 17 km, 4 hours
- Overnight Calzadilla de la Cueza
Day 7: Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún
After your night in Calzadilla de la Cueza, your Camino today is full of ‘cuezas’ or little valleys, so parts of the walk may be slightly tougher than the previous days. The Camino route moves away from the road and continues along nice peaceful oak woods before emerging to cereal fields. You will cross the river Valderaduey into the León province and head to Sahagún where the church of San Lorenzo is well worth a visit.
- Walking for the day: 23 km, 6 hours
- Overnight Sahagún
Day 8: Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero
From Sahagún, the Camino continues across cereal and grain crops, taking pilgrims to the plateau of León. Today, you will pass the pretty village of Reliegos on your way to El Burgo Ranero. Also on this section of the Camino, you will have the opportunity to take the ‘Vía Traiana’ which is another trail to Santiago, starting in Bordeaux.
- Walking for the day: 17 km, 4-5 hours
- Overnight El Burgo Ranero
Day 9: El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas
From El Burgo Ranero, an easy walk awaits you today. Your path continues through the village of Reliegos before descending slowly into the town of Mansilla de las Mulas.
- Walking for the day: 19 km, 4 hours
- Overnight Mansilla de las Mulas
Day 10: Mansilla to León
From Mansilla de las Mulas, you will walk past crop fields before spotting the first signs of industrial activity further on, as you approach the city of León. From Portillo Hill onwards you will be able to spot the beautiful city of León ahead.
- Walking for the day: 19 km, 4-5 hours
- Overnight León
Day 11: Departure
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading back to the airport. We highly recommend booking additional nights in Leon to explore this great city.
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Accommodations on this tour include a mix of welcoming country inns and comfortable 3-star hotels, located close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite (attached) bathroom. In the larger cities, you will stay in larger 3-star hotels; the other nights will be in a mixture of rural hotels and inns, all with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. Below you can see some samples, but please note that the Camino is a very popular destination and the hotels in your final booking confirmation may be different from the ones pictured below. Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
Breakfast is included (usually a simple buffet breakfast/coffee and toast/bread/croissant) on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Where no dinner is included, most places serve hearty pilgrim menus – you can get a 3-course dinner including wine and water for about GBP 10 pp.
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The best place to fly into to get to is Bilbao Airport. Other good points to connect through to travel internationally are Madrid and Santander.
Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airports
Arrival to Burgos
Departure from Leon
- Santander Airport 256km, the bus takes 3.5h, check Alsa.es
- Madrid Airport 337km, the train takes 4h (check Renfe), the bus takes 4.5h (check Alsa.es)
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person). When arriving at hotels, usually your luggage would have been taken to your room awaiting your arrival. However, don’t be surprised if at some places your luggage is waiting for you at the reception desk – just politely ask someone from the staff if you need assistance to bring it to your room.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
This walk is graded moderate and includes walks of 4-7 hours a day; the terrain is mostly flat, rarely undulating with some occasional steeper ascents. You will follow a mixture of footpaths, dirt roads, and minor roads (read more about difficulty grades).
The routes are perfectly waymarked, and the itinerary is very easy to follow. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available all year round, but the best months to visit are April – June and September – October as in summer months it may become too hot (and crowded). The flexibility of self-guided walking holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.
- Good hiking boots or trail running shoes
- Hiking socks
- Several T-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- 10 nights in private en-suite rooms (country inns and 3-star hotels)
- 10 breakfasts
- Detailed journey documentation and practical information
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 20 kg per person)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price. As a solo traveller, you will be accommodated in a single room on all nights.
To see the price of the holiday for your desired dates, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above.
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Entrance fees for attractions and museums
- Flights and airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- All lunches and dinners
- Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
Extensions and Optional Extras
- Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
- Airport transfers