The Camino Frances from Leon to Ponferrada is a beautiful journey that begins in the beautiful city of Leon. Along this route you can see progressively the transition of the typical landscapes of crops and cereals of the plateau to more mountainous terrain as we approach Ponferrada.
It is a splendid route that allows you to live such special moments as the visit to the Cruz del Hierro and discover ancient populations with an enormous cultural and architectural wealth such as León, Astorga and Ponferrada, in addition to crossing beautiful villages such as Hospital de Orbigo, with a remarkable symbolism of the Camino de Santiago.
Arrival in the beautiful city of Leon. In Leon it is advisable to visit the wonderful and well preserved historic center with its beautiful Cathedral as the greatest exponent. You will also have the opportunity to see the Casa de Botines, a building by the popular architect Gaudí or the Convent of San Marcos, among many other monuments that make up a wonderful architectural heritage.
Today a stage awaits you with hardly any elevations, in which you will cross different fields. Tonight you will rest in the municipality of Mazarife.
After spending the night in Mazarife, your Camino de Santiago will continue towards Hospital de Orbigo, a beautiful town characterized by its beautiful Orbigo Bridge, object of numerous photographs of the Camino de Santiago. Your path will continue through small hills until you reach the impressive city of Astorga. We recommend that you visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the beautiful Episcopal Palace, a neo-Gothic building by renowned architect Gaudi.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 13 Km until the village of Hospital de Orbigo , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of 15 Km until you reach Astorga.
You will wake up in Astorga to undertake a somewhat more complicated stage, progressing from the typical plains of the plateau towards a more mountainous terrain ascending the Montes de Leon. Little by little you will be contemplating the change in the landscape until you reach Rabanal del Camino, Where will you rest tonight.
After resting in Rabanal del Camino and having a good breakfast, your Camino will continue with a climb to Mount Irago, one of the highest points of the Camino Frances. It will be a special stage with a memorable visit to the Iron Cross (Cruz de Ferro), between the towns of Foncebadon and Manjarin, a unique place for all pilgrims and where we recommend that you make a stop. You will continue your way down to the town of Molinaseca, to arrive later in the city of Ponferrada, where your journey ends today.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 16 Km until the village of El Acebo , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of another 16 Km until you reach Ponferrada.
Ponferrada is a magnificent city linked to the Camino de Santiago for centuries. We recommend that you visit its old town, the Templar Castle and try some of the typical dishes of the region to recover energy.
All rooms are private, have their own bathroom and all kinds of amenities that will guarantee you a comfortable and pleasant stay.
The accommodations that we include in the travel packages can be Hotels, Rural Houses and Country Cottages, and are hand-picked accommodations. From CaminoTrip we know the importance of accommodation and choose the best options at each stage. Due to the reduced availability and having a continuous selection of the best accommodations, their name is provided 30 days before the start of your CaminoTrip.
Our Product department works together with our Reservations department to ensure that we offer the highest level of quality and service in the accommodations booked year after year by making periodic visits to them.
Below you can see a sample of selected accommodations on the different routes of the Camino de Santiago, all of them with an excellent level of service and comfort.