Spain - Walk on the Camino Frances : Leon to Santiago de Compostela.

Spain - Walk on the Camino Frances : Leon to Santiago de Compostela.

Self-guided walk - Camino Frances from Leon to Santiago de Compostela.


This 15 day walk on the Camino includes hotels, meals, luggage transfer, one guide book, maps, English speaking email or phone assistance.

Customize your trip on the Camino : more nights, rest days, shorten the stages, upgrade the hotels, with or without luggage transfer, with or without the dinners included, cheaper accommodation.

El Camino Real, after Leon, stretches through arid and hilly horizons. Here and there quaint stone villages, their paved streets and their church towers where storks nestle. Then while crossing the Maragatos country, the walk becomes bucolic in a hilly and shady meadows landscape. After the Maragateria (the highest point of the Camino), the way is surrounded by gardens, vineyards and chestnut trees, and leads to a ridge footpath up to El Cebreiro.After sunburned lands, Galicia is the last stage before Santiago de Compostela! Green cultivated lands, corn and rye fields, vineyards, forests, torrent-like rivers, Galicia as a Celtic region comes from another time. This is the end of the road leading into Santiago. Enjoy the unforgettable fraternal atmosphere that reigns there!

Day 1

Trip starts in the afternoon in Leon in your hotel. Take the time to visit the Cathedral San Isidoro and San Marcos, the medieval streets around The Plaza Mayor, which is the heart of the lively city.

Day 2

Leon - Villadangos del Paramo - 22 km (13.7 miles)- 5h30 walk.
Follow the Camino Real along the N120 road. The track leads you to Villadangos. HB and night in your hotel.

Day 3

Villadangos del Paramo - Astorga - 26 km (16 miles) - 6h30 walk.
This stage takes you to a quaint village named Hospital de Orbigo with its long and famous medieval bridge. Keep straight on along cultivated fields and green oaks woods, the Leon Mounts stand out on the horizon. You arrive in Astorga, the crossroad of two main routes, the French way and the Via Plata starting in Sevilla. The Cathedral, churches, convents and hospitals are the witness of its glorious past. HB and night in your hotel.

Day 4

Astorga - Rabanal del Camino - 19,5 km (11.8 miles)- 5h walk. Ascent : 1200 m
The 1200m ascent of the Leon Mounts is an easy narrow road or track lined by villages, moor and forests before reaching Rabanal del Camino, an ancient city renovated by the English Saint James Confraternity. HB and night in your hotel.

Day 5

Rabanal del Camino - Ponferrada - 32 km (20 miles) - 7h15 walk. Ascent : 1500 m
(It is possible to split the day and to sleep in Acebo (with 2 x 16 km walks) There are three distinct parts during this walking day: the 1500m ascent of the Cruz de Ferro, the moor landscape and then the way winds down to the village of Acebo through a dramatic mountain landscape. The Bierzo Valley is enclosed westward by a mountainous frontier before Galicia. You are in Ponferrada protected by its fortified towers. HB and night in your hotel.

Day 6

Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo - 23 km (14.3miles)- 5h45 walk.
Despite the recent urbanization of Ponferrada, you will discover a great architecture in Camponaraya and Cacabelos. In Villafranca del Bierzo you will enjoy the wealthy heritage. HB and night in your hotel

Day 7

Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro - 28 km (17.4 miles)- 6h45 walk.
This is the last mountain stage before arriving in O Cebreiro which represents the door to Galicia. Its “pollazas”, sort of cottages and its church built in 1000 where you enter the Medieval Past and its legends. End of your walk in Cebreiro. Night and Half board in you hotel.

Day 8

El Cebreiro – Triacastela. 21 km (13 miles)- 5h30 walk.
A very beautiful ridge path leads up to the San Roque Pass and then starts a long descent towards Triacastela, from hamlets to hamlets.Night and Half board in Casa Rural in Triascastela.

Day 9

Triacastella – Sarria 21 km (13 miles)- 5h30 walk.
Here you are in the rolling Galician landscape, uphills and downhills, farms and brooks, chapels and wayside crosses. Here is the real Galicia landscape ! Night and Half board in Sarria.

Day 10

Sarria - Portomarin – 21.5 km (13 miles) – 5h30 walk.
After a short drive from Samos to Sarria, the way crosses over a medieval bridge and through a Chestnut tree forest, from one hamlet to another linked by trails bordered by high stonewalls. In Portomarin the San Juan fortified church is worth the visit. Night and Half Board in Portomarin.

Day 11

Portomarin – Palas del Rei – 24 km (15 miles)- 6 h walk.
The way continues through peaceful villages to Hospital de la Cruz where begins eucalyptus forests. Arrival in Palas del Rei. Night and Half Board in Palas del Rei.

Day 12

Palas del Rei – Arzua – 26km (16 miles) – 6h30 walk.
On the way admire and observe the beautiful traditional houses. Arrival in the historical city of Arzua. Night and Half Board in Arzua.

Day 13

Arzua- Labacolla- 26 km (16 miles)- 6h30 walk.
Another long day which is very important before reaching St James : here the tradition among the pilgrims is to wash before honoring St James. Night and Half board.

Day 14

Labacolla- Santiago- 12 km (7.45 miles)– 3h walk.
The last walk to the Monte Gozo, before walking under la Porta do Camino (the Door of the Way) that opens on Santiago de Compostela. Night and breakfast in Santiago. The Dinner is not included

Day 15

End of your travel after breakfast.

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
15 Days
From :
1195 €

Included : see details in Dates and Prices section

2 and 3 star hotel and Guest Houses

Half board (dinners)

The luggage transfers from hotel to hotel

An English road book and a map

English speaking Assistance





Starts in : Leon

Ends in : Santiago



Airport : Santiago de Compostela. Taxi Transfer to 1st hotel possible on request.

Train :Train station in Leon -

Airport in Leon : flights from Paris, Madrid, Barcelona


More Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65



Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more, upgrade he hotels,combine with another section of the Way of Saint James :


See also :


Walking from Burgos to Leon

Choose another part of the Camino




The Camino Frances and its friendly atmosphere

The contrasting landscape of Castile and Galicia

The monuments and architecture