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Walking the Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon

5 days
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Sahagun to Leon Map

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 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.


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.

Sahagun to Leon
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  • Bed & Breakfast
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  • Dinners
  • Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel
  • Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest
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Day 1

SAHAGUN (Arrival)

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!

Day 2


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.

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

Day 4


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.

Day 5


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.

Sahagun to Leon 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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