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.
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 quiet 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.
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.