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    Walking the Camino Frances from Leon to Ponferrada

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    Medieval & Roman Heritage of Leon - Camino Frances 6/8

    This Walking Holiday explores the sixth section of the Camino Frances - French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims' ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally. Read more

    French Way 6/8 Day 1Day 1 - Leon - Start of your journey!

    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.

     

    French Way 6/8 Day 2Day 2 - Leon To Villadangos del Paramo (5h45, 20km)

    Leaving Leon, the urban area continues almost as far as Virgen del Camino (7km). From this point on, the route becomes more interesting as you follow the historical Camino along the Plateau of Leon.

     

    French Way 6/8 Day 3Day 3 - Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga (6h30, 28km)

    You pass the famous "Puente de Orbigo" and leave behind the Plateau of Leon. The Leon Mountains can be seen up ahead and the end of this stage will bring you to Astorga, the capital of Maragateria. Not to miss in Astorga: Episcopal palace, the cathedral, and the city walls.

     

    French Way 6/8 Day 4Day 4 - Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (5h, 20km)

    We are now deep in the region as we gradually make our way up to the first foothills of the Leon Mountains. This part of the countryside is characterised by broom, oak trees and conifer plantations.

     

    French Way 6/8 Day 5Day 5 - Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada (7h30, 33km)

    One of the most rewarding days. Enjoy the beautiful broom and heather surroundings as you ascent to "Mount Irago". Witness the "Iron Cross" on the mountain pass before making your way downwards to the wealthy area of Bierzo.

    Note: Here we can split the day in two stages (24 km and 8 km). Accommodation is in a superb chalet hotel in Molinaseca.

     

    French Way 6/8 Day 6Day 6 - Ponferrada, end of the Camino

    After breakfast we bid you farewell

    What you get

    Camino de Santiago included tick box A mix of comfortable accommodations in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
    Camino de Santiago included tick box Bed & Breakfast
    Camino de Santiago included tick box Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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    What you can add

    Camino de santiago can be included Great dinners with local food
    Camino de santiago can be included Extra nights
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    Camino de santiago can be included Your airport transfers

    Make it WOW

    Try to cycle it!
    see our Camino Challenge

    French Way 6/8

    It is best to fly to Madrid or to Santiago de Compostela. More info: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/

    Fly to Madrid

    Virtually every company flies to Madrid
    Spanish national company: www.iberia.com
    Spanish low-cost: http://www.vueling.com/en

    Fly to Santiago

    Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin.

    Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are from internal Spanish destinations. Iberia and Spanair offer the best selection of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Frankfurt, Paris and Rome and Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.

    To start your walking holiday: Leon

    From Madrid

    Train 4h30, several per day

    From Santiago

    Bus 4h, several per day
    Train 6h, several per day

    Back home, from Ponferrada

    To Santiago de Compostela

    - Bus (takes 3h, 4 per day @11.45, 15.45. 18.45, 20.45, http://www.alsa.es/)
    - Train (takes 3h, 2 per day http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/horarios.html)

    To Madrid

    Train takes 6h

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    • Grade:Camino Walking Package difficulty
    • Distance:101 km
    • Duration:6 Days
    • Trip style:Self Guided
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