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Walking the Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon


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Meseta Plateau: A Place for Meditation – Camino Frances 5/8

This Walking Holiday explores the fifth section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

Walk the Camino and start from Sahagun, a medieval town renowned for its architecture, and finish in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, crosses the vast Castilian Plateau (900m) and passes through its wealthy villages.

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.


Walking the Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon map

French Way 5/8 Day 1Day 1 – Sahagun

You will be staying in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.


French Way 5/8 Day 2Day 2 – Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero (5h, 18km)

In Sahagun, you will leave “Tierra del Campo” behind, moving on through the cereal and grain-covered plateaux of Leon.


French Way 5/8 Day 3Day 3 – El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mullas (5h15, 19km)

Going down from the plateau towards the capital of the province, Leon, you pass the pretty village of Reliegos. On the Camino you will have the chance to take the “Via Traiana”; another camino to Santiago that originates in Bordeaux.


French Way 5/8 Day 4Day 4 – Mansilla de las Mullas to Leon (5h, 19km)

You will continue alongside land that has been set aside for irrigated crop growing before seeing the first signs of industrial activity up ahead. From Portillo Hill you will be able to make out the beautiful city of Leon. The historic centre of Leon is well preserved and worth visiting. Over the course of time, Leon became the capital of the kingdom in the Middle Ages; a historic enclave on the pilgrim’s road to Santiago de Compostela. Don’t miss The Pulchra Leonina (the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Spanish architecture) & the old Hospital de San Marcos.


French Way 5/8 Day 5Day 5 – Leon, end of the Camino

After breakfast we bid you farewell.



  • Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service


  • Great dinners with local food
  • Extra nights
  • Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch


Fly In

Option 1 – Bilbao
Bilbao airport with Aerlingus, Easyjet or British Airways.

Option 2 – Santander
Santander airport with Ryanair.

Option 3- Madrid
Virtually every company flies to Madrid
Spanish national company:

Spanish Airport Website

Starting Point

1 – From Santander, train to Sahagun (2h). Several a day.
2 – From Bilbao, train to Burgos (4h). Several a day.

Getting Home

Option 1 – Bilbao
Trains (4h30)

Option 2 – Santander
Bus takes 3h30

Option 3- Madrid
Trains (4h30)

Spanish train information and booking.


Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon


10% Off 2019 Bookings
  • Grade: Camino Difficulty Rating image 
  • Distance: 55 km
  • Duration: 5 Days Camino Trip Legend 1
  • Trip style: Self GuidedCamino Trip Legend 2
  • Price from: 449 EURCamino Trip Legend 3
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