- The medieval city of Burgos
- Enjoying an endless succession of beautiful churches and buildings on the route.
- Meeting fellow pilgrims, hearing their stories and travel tips along the way.
- Finishing in Leon, with its magnificent cathedral.
Walk from the medieval city of Burgos to the beautiful city of Leon on the third stage of the Camino.
Crop field dominate the landscape on the first part of this stage and there are not many trees in view. The river Pisuerga brings you in to Palencia and into the Tierra de Campos with the immense plains.
As you head on to Carrion de los Condos you follow the path alongside the road and the countryside is open all around you. Heading into the countryside of Leon you pass the valley of the river Esla, and as you reach Portillo Hill you will be able to make out the stunning city of Leon.
DAY 1: Arrive Burgos and overnight
Arrive in Burgos in plenty of time to explore its medieval streets and many monuments, before enjoying a tasty dinner and settling in for the night.
DAY 2: Walk to Hornillos and Transfer to Isar (5mins)
Crop fields dominate the landscape as you enter an area called the Meseta. A short climb after the Fuente de Prao Torre gives you great views of the flat landscape surrounding you for miles, before you descent to Hornillos. A short transfer at the end of today brings you to your accommodation in Isar.
Walk: 20 km
DAY 3: Transfer to Hornillos (09:00) and walk to Castrojeriz
Continue across the Meseta, with a brief stop in the pilgrim village of Hontanas, to the village of Castrojeriz which was once one of the main stopping points on the Camino. The ruins of the 9th century castle are worth a visit.
Walk: 18 km
DAY 4: Walk to Fromista
A steep climb takes you up the Alto de Mostelares this morning where you will have magnificent views of the valley below. You will follow the Canal de Castilla into Fromista.
Walk: 27 km
DAY 5: Walk to Carron de los Condes
Today's walk leads you to Villalcazar of Sirga, with its beautiful church before continuing to Carrion de los Condes with its impressive heritage.
Walk: 19 km
Overnight: Carrion de los Condes
DAY 6: Walk to Calzadilla de la Cueza
As this is a shorter day, take time this morning to explore more of Carrion de los Condes before setting off.
Walk: 16 km
Overnight: Calzadilla de la Cueza
DAY 7: Walk to Sahagun
Pass the villages of Ledigos, Terradillo Templar and Moratinos before arriving at Sahagun, which was once home to a very powerful Benedictine monastery.
Walk: 22 km
DAY 8: Walk to El Burgo Ranero
After leaving Sahagun, cross the river Cea to Calzada del Coto via groves of poplars. From here you follow the Camino Frances Real route to El Burgo Ranero.
Walk: 18 km
Overnight: El Burgo Ranero
DAY 9: Walk to Mansilla de las Mulas
After crossing two valleys, the landscape becomes a little hillier before reaching Mansilla de las Mulas.
Walk: 19 km
Overnight: Mansilla de las Mulas
DAY 10: Walk to Leon
Cross the River Esla Mansill, and the Rio Porma, before you join the main road into Leon. Enjoy great views of Leon and the mountains ahead of you from the Alto del Portillo before a steep descent brings you down into Leon.
Walk: 17 km
DAY 11: Onward Travel
Enjoy breakfast and check out before making your way to the airport.
The accommodation in Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela will be in 3 star hotels, the rest will be a mixture of rural hotels and hostels all with private rooms and en-suite. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season. Below you will find a list of the accommodation we regularly use which will give you a good idea of the standard of accommodation: View Accommodation Details
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!
Hotel Jakue - Puente la Reina
The Hotel Jakue has spacious, bright and comfortable rooms. Equipped with air conditioning and plasma screen makes this hotel a relaxing stop on the camino
Husa Arlanzon - Burgos
This hotel is centrally located and very close to the beautiful cathedral in Burgos. It offers clean and modern facilities with a relaxed atmosphere.
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 16 - 27 km.
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 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.
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.
It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.
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.
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.
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 Burgos/Leon
From either you can connect by train to Madrid with RENFE which takes around 2 and a half hours (Burgos) or 3 hours (Leon). Alternatively you can take the bus with ALSA which takes around 3 hours (Burgos) or 4 hours (Leon).
- Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
- Transfer Hornillos-Burgos and Borgos-Hornillos.
- Baggage Transfers
- A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
- Camino guide book.
- Access to the 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.
Commiting to the Camino (especially in one go) is a big commitment and you will undoubtably 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.