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Your pilgrimage begins in the capital of the Old Kingdom of León, city of the same name that integrates antiquity and modernity in harmony. The Gothic cathedral and the Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque in San Isidoro, are 2 of the most admired monuments. Your trip cover 193 miles of the French Way of Santiago, divided into 13 stages, lasting 15 days.

Your Camino de Santiago on foot begins in León, where you will spend the first night. The remaining days of your French Jacobean Route, you will overnight in each of the following towns: Villar de Mazarife, Astorga, Foncebadón, Ponferrada, Villafranca del Bierzo, O Cebreiro, Triacastela, Sarria, Portomarín, Palas de Rei, Arzúa and O Pedrouzo from where you will culminate your Way in Santiago de Compostela.

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The French Way of St. James Route from Leon to Santiago

Itineraries

Day 1

LEON

Leon, where you will start your exciting pilgrimage tomorrow on the French Way of Santiago. TRANSFER · OVERNIGHT

Day 2

STAGE 1 (13 MI) · FROM LEON TO VILLAR DE MAZARIFE

It is a stage in which we hardly find unevenness that initially passes through an urban area and, subsequently, enters between large areas of sown fields and groves free of trees, far from any population until reaching Villar de Mazarife, where We will spend the night. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 3

STAGE 2 (19 MI) · FROM VILLAR DE MAZARIFE TO ASTORGA

The end of the stage will be in Astorga, a city that captures most of its visitors with its charm. The Roman Walls are one of its main monuments, dating from this historical period and have been preserved in good condition until today. They give the city a very characteristic style and great charm. The Roman Museum of Astorga will bring you closer to the peculiarities of its past history during the colonization of the Iberian Peninsula by this Empire. In Astorga we can visit: The Santa María Cathedral and Diocesan Museum in Astorga: This building dominates the entire city significantly, its construction dates back to the fifteenth century. The facade of the cathedral is decorated with three porches with reliefs depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. The altarpiece of the main altar attracts the visitor's attention for its beauty. In the Diocesan Museum you can admire the numerous sculptures that represent the Virgin Mary, dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The museum also contains Old Medieval Chasubles, the Arquette of San Genadio made of gilt silver, which was given by King Alfonso III of Asturias, a Reliquary with a Splinter of the Holy Cross inside and a Chalice of the eleventh century. The Amazing Episcopal Palace in Astorga, the work of Architect Gaudi: This is Gaudi's most relevant work outside of Catalonia. It is located right next to the Cathedral and no bishop has ever lived in it. Inside is the Museum of the Ways, with sacred works of art related to the pilgrimages of the Camino de Santiago. The palace itself is a good example of the incredible imagination and unique talent of Antoni Gaudí. The amazing forms distributed inside are sometimes complicated to fit with the assigned functions. As always in Gaudí's style, light plays a very important role and is an inseparable part of the interior design. This palace is a mandatory point in the list of tourist visits of its French Way of Santiago! FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 4

STAGE 3 (16 MI) · FROM ASTORGA TO FONCEBADON

Crossing through the Maragateria region we approach the Montes de León. Up to the town of Rabanal the ascent is accessible to the pilgrim but, from this point on the Camino de Santiago becomes more demanding, both for the slope and for the weather, made to take into account during the winter seasons. In Foncebadon we will find 1,437 m. of altitude. The difficulty of this ascent deserves, excessively, the penalty for the beauty of the views. The rich cuisine of the area is another attraction of this Jacobean Route. One of the most interesting restaurants on the Camino de Santiago is La Taberna de Gaia in Foncebadón, where they serve exquisite medieval dishes. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 5

STAGE 4 (17 MI) · FROM FONCEBADON TO PONFERRADA

Today we will enjoy a beautiful stage crossing the Montes de Leon, due to the altitude must be taken into account in the colder seasons. This geographical accident that acts as a natural border between the regions of La Maragatería and El Bierzo, offers the highest height of this French Way of St. James reaching 1,505 m. From the beginning of our day we can verify this fact, we will face the steep climb to Cruz de Ferro, the most popular, simple and symbolic cruise of the Camino de Santiago. According to tradition, the pilgrim must place a stone at his feet to achieve the protection of God along the Jacobean Route, which is why thousands of small songs are piled up at his base. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 6

STAGE 5 (15 MI) · FROM PONFERRADA TO VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO

The great valley of the region of El Bierzo full of beautiful vineyards will be the protagonist of our stage today that will run along roads and dirt tracks. The climate of this area is milder than that of the previous 2 days that ran between the Montes de León, although in summer we must protect ourselves from the sun due to the lack of trees and temperatures can rise considerably. The day ends in Villafranca del Bierzo, a city full of fantastic artistic heritage. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 7

STAGE 6 (17 MI) · FROM VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO TO O CEBREIRO

After a relatively simple day, we will face today the most complicated stage of the French Way of Santiago in Spanish lands. The steep slopes reach their greatest stumbling block in the ascent to the beautiful population of O Cebreiro. This pilgrim's effort is widely compensated by the charms offered by this first Galician village of the French Jacobean Route. It is a village full of tradition and legends. Widely extended is that of the Eucharistic Miracle or Galician Holy Grail that occurred in the Benedictine Church of Santa María la Real (s.IX). The story tells how, before the faith of a single assistant farmer on a harsh winter day to the Celebration of Holy Mass, the consecrated Host and Wine become visible Meat and Blood that leave their mark on the Patena and the Chalice . Relics preserved to this day and displayed in a showcase, a gift from the Catholic Monarchs, in this church of Santa María that are highly revered by the pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 8

STAGE 7 (13 MI) · FROM O CEBREIRO TO TRIACASTELA

We face another beautiful route characterized, in its first half, by high mountains that exceed 1,200 m., Continuous slopes and the descent to Triacastela, where we will spend the night. In the colder seasons we will have to go prepared for the snow, blizzards and fog typical of these higher levels. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 9

STAGE 8 (11 MI) · FROM TRIACASTELA TO SARRIA

Depending on the option chosen at this stage, through San Xil or Samos (7.2 km longer), we will enjoy the impressive San Xil Valley or the fantastic chestnut and oak forests along the Oribio river . We will spend the night in Sarria where we will regain strength for our next day of pilgrimage along the French Way of Santiago. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 10

STAGE 9 (14 MI) · FROM SARRIA TO PORTOMARIN

Today we will have a relaxed day that will pass through a route dotted with small villages and villages among lush forest of ferns, chestnuts and oaks. We will culminate another wonderful stage of our French Way of Santiago in the city of Portomarín. History tells us how the old medieval city was sacrificed under the waters of the Belesar swamp in 1963 but that, its buildings and monuments of higher artistic or historical value were moved to its current location in the new Portomarin. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 11

STAGE 10 (16 MI) · FROM PORTOMARIN TO PALAS DE REI

Meandering between eucalyptus and oak forests, with small villages on both sides of the road, the stage runs today. In the town of Castromaior we can see a settlement or ‘Castro’ typical from the Iron Age. Advancing on our Camino de Santiago, we will arrive at the famous Cruceiro de Lameiros (1,670). Cross of great symbolic value that shows, in front of the sobriety of other similars monoliths, on one face the image of Jesus Christ Crucified and on the other one the Dolorosa Virgin with her Lying Son. Also, its basement shows several elements in relief of the martyrdom and sacrifice of Jesus such as a hammer, nails, crown of thorns, ladder, skull and bones. At the end of this journey we will arrive at the city of Palas de Rei where we will spend the night. There you will have the opportunity to visit the Fortress Castle of Pambre built in the 14th century. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 12

ETAPA 11 (18 MI) · DESDE PALAS DE REI HASTA ARZUA

This stage can be divided into 2 on request. We would overnight in the town of Melide. Please, Consult us. At this stage we will leave Palas de Rei behind us, and with it the province of Lugo to introduce us in La Coruña (A Coruña). Many of the towns, villages and places we are walking through today seem vivid pictures of the Middle Ages. Among them we highlight the Church of Santa María de Leboreiro and the Velhe Bridge over the Furelos River, civil work of the 12th century, and one of the most beautiful on the French Way to Santiago de Compostela. Once we have passed the town of Melide, we leave the medieval environment behind and immerse ourselves in a slightly more modern area. One of the main delicacies of the delicious Galician cuisine is the octopus. The best traditional recipes are made in “pulperias” throughout Galicia, therefore, we recommend a stop on the Camino to taste these delicious dishes to which we can add cheeses, wines and craftsmen sweets of each area. After Melide we will be only 50 Km distance from Santiago de Compostela. Today’s night will be in Arzúa where you can visit the Church of Santiago and the Convent of La Magdalena. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 13

STAGE 12 (12 MI) · FROM ARZUA TO O PEDROUZO

The day is composed of smoother routes, thanks to which we will maintain the energy to reach our goal of the Camino in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. During the entire pilgrimage of this day we will enjoy the varied and wonderful Galician landscapes full of forests and meadows with ferns, oaks and eucalyptus. The visits especially recommended throughout the stage are: the small Church of Santa Irena and the, known among the pilgrims as, ‘Fountain of Eternal Youth’, whose name is the same as the Holy One, and whose legend tells us that ‘everyone who washes himself with his waters will keep his youth forever’. The Church of the late 17th century was erected in honor of Santa Irena, a Portuguese martyr sacrificed on this site. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 14

STAGE 13 (12 MI) · FROM O PEDROUZO TO SANTIAGO

The few kilometers of your remaining Camino de Santiago get through picturesque landscapes. In the municipality of Lavacolla you can go up to the viewpoint of El Monte del Gozo, where, for the first time, you can see the Cathedral Church of Santiago de Compostela. From there, we will be a few kilometers from the Plaza del Obradoiro, where the Cathedral of the Apostle Santiago awaits majestic for us. After overcoming the trip, you will be asked to show your Pilgrim Passports and tell the purpose of their trip (eg spiritual, cultural, leisure). After that, they will obtain the Special Certificate that proves that they have successfully completed their Pilgrimage. The trip is over, but NOT the experience of the Way of St James. Now, next to a multitude of pilgrims from all nations, you can explore the surroundings of the Cathedral of Santiago and admire its wonderful Portico de la Gloria. Created by Master Mateo is a Romanesque masterpiece and one of the outstanding pieces of universal art. Inside the Cathedral of Saint James you can see the famous Botafumeiro, a huge censer, that aromatizes the Cathedral in the most solemn moments. Upon leaving the temple of Santiago Apostle, you can share your Camino de Santiago experiences with a happy and satisfied multitude of pilgrims. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 15

SANTIAGO. End of Services

After a full breakfast our services end. We can facilitate your return trip *. This is the end of your wonderful adventure. We hope you enjoyed and feel satisfied with your pilgrimage on this Camino Frances de Santiago. The fruits of your Camino de Santiago will appear from this very moment deep inside you, and will last, accompanying you, over the years. Thank you very much for trusting mascamino.es. Good Return Trip!
  • 14 nights in shared dorm or private rooms.
  • 14 full breakfasts.
  • Pilgrims Passport and Travel Guide.
  • Luggage transfer between stages.
  • Possibility to attend to the daily Mass.
  • Phone support on the road 24 hours.
  • „*” The options marked with these symbols have an additional cost.
  • Flights: Although we can provide them. Please contact us.
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    Transfer Santiago-Madrid
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    Transfer Madrid-León
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    Transfer Santiago-Madrid
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