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Walking the Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon on a budget

5 days
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Sahagun to Leon Budget Map

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.

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Included in this package
  • Specially hand-picked accommodations
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Premium Accommodation
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
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  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch


Day 1

SAHAGUN (Arrival)

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

Day 2


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

Day 3


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


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


After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Sahagun to Leon Budget Elevation

How to Get There

Getting to Sahagun, Spain

It is best to fly to Bilbao, Santander or Madrid. More info.

Fly into Bilbao

A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport comes from internal flights and 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 and Aer Lingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. EasyJet offers daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operates out of Dublin.

The train to Sahagun takes 4h.

Fly into Santander

Ryanair is the only low-cost airline that currently offers direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted and now 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.

The train to Sahagun takes 4h.

Fly into Madrid

Virtually every company flies to Madrid. See Spanish national company. See Spanish low-cost.

The train to Sahagun takes 4h.

Getting home from Leon, Spain

Fly from Bilbao

The bus takes 5h30.

Fly from Santander

The bus takes 3h30.

Fly from Madrid

The train takes 3h30. 

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