Walking the Camino Frances from Sahagun to Leon
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This Walking Holiday explores the fifth section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.
Walk the Camino and start 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.
Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.
Day 1 – Sahagun
You will be staying in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.
Day 2 – Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero (5h, 18km)
In Sahagun, you will leave “Tierra del Campo” behind, moving on through the cereal and grain-covered plateaux of Leon.
Day 3 – El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mullas (5h15, 19km)
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 – Mansilla de las Mullas to Leon (5h, 19km)
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, end of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
To Sahagun and from Leon: Madrid airports with Aerlingus, Ryanair, Iberia, Easyjet or Norwegian Air (can book return flights).
It is best to fly to Bilbao, Santander or Madrid. More info see: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/
1 – Fly to 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.
There are also European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.
At the moment easyJet, Iberia and AerLingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. easyJet offer daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operates out of Dublin.
2 – Fly to Santander
Ryanair are the only low-cost airline that currently offer 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 offer a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia. A shuttle bus operates from the airport to the city centre and to the train stations.
3 – Fly to Madrid
To start your walking holiday: Sahagun
1 – From Santander, train to Sahagun (2h). Several a day.
2 – From Bilbao, train to Burgos (4h). Several a day.
Back home, From Leon
To Santander, bus takes 3h30
To Bilbao, trains (4h30)
To Madrid, Trains (4h30)
Spanish train information and booking:
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