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Stage 4 of Camino Frances: Leon to O'Cebreiro


  • The wonderful city of Leon
  • Enjoying an endless succession of beautiful churches and buildings on the route.
  • The villages and mountains of Galicia.
  • Meeting fellow pilgrims, hearing their stories and travel tips along the way.

Walk from the beautiful city of Leon to O'Cebreiro on the Camino Frances.

As you leave the plateau of Leon you will see the mountains up ahead as you head to Astorga. This part of the countryside is characterised by broom, heather, oak trees and conifer plantations. Continue your ascent towards Mount Irago before making your way down to the wealthy area of Bierzo. The final stage is challenging and involves a steep climb to O Cebreiro in the course of only a few Km.

You can also download our free guide to the Camino Frances or visit our Online Camino information page to give you all the tools you need to get started on your Camino adventure.

Day 1:
Arrive León

Your journey on the last 300km of the Camino Frances to Santiago begins in the beautiful city of León. The magnificent Cathedral is the heart of spiritual heart of the city packed with beautiful architecture.
Oviedo (1h30 by bus) and Madrid (4h30 by train) are the most convenient airports.

Overnight: León

Day 2:
Walk to Villadangos del Paramo

The highlight of your walk today will be the Cathedral and architecture of León. The rest of the day is flat and follows a sometimes busy road.
Walk: 21km.

Overnight: Villadangos del Paramo

Day 3:
Walk to Astorga

Continuing across the plains of Leon you can look forward to reaching Astorga, a lively market town set atop a steep ridge .
Walk: 26km

Overnight: Astorga

Day 4: Walk to Rabanal del Camino

Leaving Astorga the Camino Frances heads into the mountains through an area known as the Maragateria, where the people have distinctive customs, traditions and music.

Walk: 19km

Overnight: Rabanal del Camino

Day 5:
Walk to Molinaseca

Today the Camino climbs past the iconic Cruz de Ferro through the pass of Irago to the highest point of the French Way at 1,515m. The long descent to Molinesca follows.

Walk: 24km

Overnight: Molinaseca

Day 6:
Walk to Villafranca del Bierzo

The Camino passes the ruins of the Templar Castle and through Ponteferrado, a pretty medieval city, with less attractive surrounds and then continues on to delightful Bierzo.

Walk: 30km.

Overnight: Villafranca del Bierzo

Day 7:
Walk to Herrerias de Valcarce

As you continue your Camino through the fertile valleys of El Bierzo you can choose either a high or low level route to Herrerias de Valcarce.

Walk: 22km.

Overnight: Herrerias de Valcarce

Day 8:
Walk to O’Cebreiro

Although a short day, the steep climb through a mainly chestnut woodland on a rocky path makes the picturesque village of O’Cebreiro a welcome sight.

Walk: 9km

Overnight: O’Cebreiro


Our Camino tours include high quality hotels and inns close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite (attached) bathroom.

In Leon you will stay in a 3* hotel, the other nights will be in a mixture of rural hotels and hostels all with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


A local continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options. Every place you stop will have evening meals available, you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 euros which includes 3 couses, wine and water!




Hostal Boccalino - Leon

The Hostal Boccalino provides comfortable and cosy rooms all with en-suite shower rooms, ideal for a stop on the Camino.








La Posada de Gaspar - Rabanal del Camino

La Posada de Gaspar is a rural Hotel in Rabanal del Camino, it dates back to the 17th century and was originally a pilgrims hostel. It offers a peaceful overnight location after walking.








Pension Teodora - Arzua

The Casa Teodora is centrally located in the small village of Arzua on the Camino. There are restaurnats nearby for a pilgrims feast after a hard days walking.








Hotel MV Algalia - Santiago de Compostala

Nestled in the heart of the medieval city, this hotel creates a wonderful and relaxed end to the pilgrimage. It is within easy reach of the cathedral.






You can start your Camino on any day of your choosing between February and Mid November. 

Time of Year

The spring months of March and April tend to offer nice mild conditions for walking although the nights can be quite cold at this time of year and there can be quite a lot of rain in northern Spain at this time of year. The summer months of July and August can get very hot and humid. The autumn from late September through to October offers cooler temperatures again although daylight hours start to become less at this time.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 19 - 30km.

The walk is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.

On the Camino you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections.  There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.

In addition to the printed route notes you will receive in your travel pack, you will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag
will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so
that you only need to walk with a day pack.

Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.

Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.

Pilgrims Passport

The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the pilgrim’s office or the local church in town.  You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk in Santiago you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Leon

From either you can connect by train to Madrid with RENFE which takes around 3 hours. Alternatively you can take the bus with ALSA which takes around 4 hours.

There are many flights from the UK to Madrid with carriers such as Easyjet, Vuelingand Ryanair

Getting back from O'Cebriero

The best place to fly back from would be Santiago de Compostela. From O'Cebriero you would have to take a taxi down the hill to Piedrafita do Cebriero where you would pick up an ALSA bus to Santiago which takes around 2 and a half hours.

From Santiago you can fly back to the UK with Ryanair who fly direct to Stansted and Easyjetwho fly direct toGatwick.

From outside the UK, you can fly from Santiago to Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair


  • Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • Camino guide book.
  • Access to our Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.


  • Return travel to France/Spain.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.


  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.
  • Single supplements.

Committing to the Camino (especially in one go) is a big commitment and you will undoubtedly have a huge number of questions and queries.

I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries, alternatively I would strongly suggest you visit the Camino Forum or Camino de Santiago website which have a wealth of information on the Camino.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of our Camino tours are between 20 and 25 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit. 

What type of trails does the Camino follow?

A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections.  There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino is extremely popular especially in Holy Years (when 25 July is on a Sunday ) when numbers rise by up to 100 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Can I walk with my bags?

Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.

What equipment do I need?

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.


When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at their best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more than happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.

Great Camino


Enjoyed meeting up with good friends, meeting new friends on route. A wonderful experience.




Camino de Santiago


Accommodations are excellent. Luggage transfers have always been there when we arrive. Taxi transports have worked well.






Very happy with Macs organisation of accomodation and baggage transfer. We had a great trip and regarded Macs' team highly Thanks very much!


Uckfield Sussex


The Adventure of a Lifetime!


Loved every minute of this adventure. Everything went smoothly and was very well organized.

Tri gal

New Jersey, USA


Fantastic trip


Each hotel was very concerned about our comfort. The breakfasts were great. Luggage was always waiting for us.




What a great time


This was an outstanding trip. Macs handled everything and not one thing went wrong. All accommodations were just right and located very close to the Camino.




Wouldn't hesitation in using Macs Adventure again


Difficult to find any negatives with the services provided by Macs Adventure, here are the highlights of an excellent service: 1. Pre-trip info was complete and helpful along with the response to a occasional question via email. 2. Booked transport from Airport to Sarria perfect with driver waiting upon arrival. 3. Accommodation satisfied our needs perfectly (better than I had expected). Rooms ready upon our arrival. 4. Documentation on arrival at the start of our Camino was complete, even containing maps, etc that we I hadn't expected. 5. Baggage transfers went well with our bags always available at our destination when we arrived which was never later than 2pm.




A great adventure


At my age of 76 I found I needed a challenge and an adventure.Also I enjoy meeting people and when doing the Camino(St James Way) I met people from all parts of the world and all were interesting and had a story to tell.We all had a common goal and everyone was friendly and encouraging.


Waiheke Island,Auckland,New zealand


Accommodation & bag transfer added to enjoyment of Camino


Essential gear. Poncho that covers self & backpack. Wet weather trousers with zips up the side, hat that does not blow off . Thermal top. All for the rain & cool weather.




Have booked with Macs twice because they do such a great job


Very organized and knowledgable. Modified trip for me when they could when requested. Everything went according to plan I.e. Luggage always at next location. Lodging was a great blend of small and unique to some with more amenities when available. Something that was important to me - hotels all either directly on the camino when possible or in the center of the village/town.


Los Angeles


Camino Stage 4 - Leon to O'Cebreiro

4.8 32


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