Budget: Sahagun to Leon

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5 days


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17.6 min | 18.4km average | 18.9 max


70.1 min |145.2m average | 207 max


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On this section, you’ll walk from Sahagun, a 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 (at an elevation of 900m) and passes through its wealthy villages before ending in Leon, one of the most important kingdoms of mediaeval Spain before the country’s unification.



Steeped in history this is a great place to stop over on the Camino. Here you follow in the footsteps of famed Spanish king Alfonso VI, who is buried in the Benedictine Convent of Santa Cruz. Sahagun is a town of many churches, such as the Church of San Juan where the tomb of the town’s patron saint, San Facundo, can be found. 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

Mansilla de las Mulas

Although a small town Mansilla de las Mulas has been a stop for pilgrims for centuries on the Camino Frances. What we like most about this town is the mediaeval feel preserved 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. Leon is known for its year-round festivities: the city hosts a Mediaeval Day Festival in the run up to St James’ Day on, 25 July each year, 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.



The mediaeval quarter has many gems, such as the neo-Gothic palace built by Gaudi, Casa de Botines; the fountain of San Isidoro; but a true highlight of the quarter is the Cathedral of Leon. Elaborately carved portals, splendid rose windows, and beautiful sculptures (such as that of 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.

Budget: Sahagun to Leon

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You will be staying in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town. If you have the time before your Camino begins, see the town’s many churches and wander its ancient streets. It can really help to put the history behind your Camino in context before you start out!



17.6 km


In Sahagun, you will leave Tierra del Campo behind, moving on through the cereal and grain-covered plateaux of Leon. Your destination is El Burgo Ranero, a small town typical of the province of Leon, where you will rest for the night.



18.9 km


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 route to Santiago de Compostela that originates in the city of Bordeaux.



18.7 km


You will continue alongside farming land before seeing the first signs of industrial activity 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) and the old Hospital de San Marcos.





After breakfast we bid you farewell. When in Leon, it is a must-do for you to see the town’s mediaeval quarter. From the impressive cathedral to the palace built by Gaudi, Leon is a marvellous city that many don’t get the chance to explore when visiting other Spanish cities.

How to Get There

Getting to Sahagun, Spain

It is best to fly into Bilbao, Santander or Madrid in order to get to Sahagun.

Fly into Bilbao

You can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish Airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo. European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris, and Stuttgart are also available. At the moment, EasyJet, Iberia/BA and Aer Lingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. EasyJet offers daily flights from London Stansted Airport, Iberia/BA flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and Aer Lingus operates out of Dublin. From Bilbao Airport, you can catch a shuttle into the city centre and head for the train station. From there, you catch a train to Valladolid, and then change trains for Sahagun.

    Fly into Santander

    Ryanair is the only low-cost airline that currently offers direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted, Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan, and Rome, as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain. Iberia offers a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia. From Santander Airport, you can catch a train to Palencia, and then switch trains to head on to Sahagun. This journey should take around 3 hours and 45 minutes in total.

      Fly into Madrid

      Virtually every airline flies into Madrid, including Ryanair, easyjet, and Iberia from Ireland and the UK, as well as most US airlines. From Madrid Airport, you can catch a shuttle bus to the main train station in the city. From there, you travel to either Palencia or Leon, and then change trains for Sahagun.

        Getting home from Leon, Spain

        To return from your Camino you can fly out of the airports in Bilbao, Santander or Madrid.

        Fly from Bilbao

        From Leon, you can catch a bus that travels via Oviedo (with a transfer) to Bilbao. This will take around 4 hours and 30 minutes.

          Fly from Santander

          From Leon, you can catch a bus that travels via Oviedo (with a transfer) to Santander. This will take around 3 hours and 30 minutes.

            Fly from Madrid

            From Leon, you catch a train directly into the centre of Madrid. Then it’s easy to get on to the airport.

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              Procession of Los Pasos during Easter Week is a highlight in Leon.
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