Walking the Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon

On this section, you’ll walk 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 before ending in Leon.

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Trip Highlights

Sahagun

Steeped in history this is a great place to stop over on the Camino. Here you follow in the footsteps of Alfonso VI who is buried in the Benedictine Convent of Santa Cruz as well as Charlemagne who is connected with the town. Here you will find many churches to visit such as the Church of San Juan where the tomb of patron saint of the town San Facundo can be found along with a sculpture of San Facundo. Another Church worth visiting is the Church of San Lorenzo which is a superb example of the brick Mudejar style of building.

Mansilla de las Mulas

Although a small town and a stop for pilgrims for centuries on the Camino Frances. What we like most about this town is the medieval feel the town preserves to this day and the fact that this is your last stop over before reaching the bustling city of Leon. Take time here to appreciate the quite and prepare yourself for the liveliness of Leon to come. However if you are here in the run up to St James’ Day, 25th July, they have a really fun Medieval Day Festival, in late August they have a Tomato Day where prizes can be won for Tomato of the Year and on the first Sunday in September they celebrate the Virgin Mary with a procession to the Hermitage of the Virgen de Gracia. So depending when you go you may find this to be a lively stop over preparing you for Leon.

Leon

The medieval quarter has many gems such as the neo-Gothic palace built by Gaudi, Casa de Botines; the fountain of San Isidoro but a true gem is the Cathedral of Leon. Elaborately carved portals, splendid rose windows and beautiful sculptures such as the Virgen de la Esperanza are just some of the many impressive features of the Cathedral. Open daily and with a Museum for further wonders be sure to take time to visit.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sahagun
(Arrival)

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

Day 2
18km

Sahagun
to
El Burgo Ranero

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

Day 3
19km

El Burgo Ranero
to
Mansilla de las Mullas

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.

Day 4
19km

Mansilla de las Mullas
to
Leon

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.

Day 5

Leon

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Sahagun
to
El Burgo Ranero

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

Section 2

El Burgo Ranero
to
Mansilla de las Mullas

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

Section 3

Mansilla de las Mullas
to
Leon

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.

Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon

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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: www.iberia.com

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Starting Point

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



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Getting Home

Option 1 – Bilbao
Trains (4h30)

Option 2 – Santander
Bus takes 3h30

Option 3- Madrid
Trains (4h30)

Spanish train information and booking.



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