Camino Section # F5

Galicia Spain: (ZZ-HK-ESCAM05)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_hiking_camino_santiago_french_route_5.aspx

Introduction
Galicia Spain

This Walking Holiday explores the fifth section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

 

Walk the Camino and start from Sahagun, a medieval town renowned for its architecture, and finish in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, crosses the vast Castilian Plateau (900m) and passes through its wealthy villages.

 

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.

 

Accomodation

Our accommodation is selected based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, price and character.

Please note, in case of non-availability of the below mentioned Hotels on the requested dates, similar ones will be used.

 

The hotels that we normally use are as follows:

 

Sahagun - Hotel Vista Flor Puerta De Sahagun

This hotel offers a gym and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. The 91 spacious rooms all feature tiled floors and modern décor. Each has a safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. There is also an outdoor pool (OPEN 15 JULY) and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

 

El Burgo Ranero - Piedras Blancas

Piedras Blancas is equipped with a total of 11 double rooms with bathroom. The rooms are well-equipped rooms and all have a TV and heating.

 

Mansilla de las Mullas - Albergueria Del Camino

This guesthouse is situated on the banks of the River Esla, in the heart of the medieval town of Mansilla de las Mulas. It is right on the Pilgrim´s Way to Santiago, in the shadow of the Tower of Santa María, offering peace, quiet and comfort in a rural and cozy atmosphere. This accommodation opened to the public at the end of 2002 and offers 4 wonderfully decorated double rooms, each with full bathroom, in a traditional two-storey farmhouse restored specifically for this purpose. Cots are available on request.

 

Leon - Real Colegiata San Isidoro

Hotel Real Colegiata San Isidoro is located in the 11th-century San Isidoro Colegiate complex, with its basilica, cloister and museum. Located in the historic center of León, it is 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. The hotel has a 24-hour reception and a free WiFi zone.

All rooms feature stone walls and views of the Roman Wall or the cloister. They are heated and have a desk, wardrobe and flat-screen TV. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

 

 

Meals:

Breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. Breakfast are eaten at the hotels and evening meals in the restaurant’s hotel or a restaurant nearby. It is usually a set menu.

 

Special diets and dietary restrictions:

We can only request dietary requirements to our suppliers for the following diets:

– Diabetic - Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic and carbohydrate controlled meal requests.

– Gluten Intolerant/Celiac also known as low gliadin, non-tropical sprue, Celiac disease, low wheat, wheat free, gluten restricted diet. A Gluten Intolerant Meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley and oats.

– Vegetarian  (No meat – no fish). Nuts may be used as a protein substitute.

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This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

 

The Camino is clearly marked with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. The walking can be physically demanding and will require a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding venture that includes numerous cultural highlights along the way!

 

French Route 5/8 - Walk From Sahagun to Leon - 55km

 

Day 1: Sahagun

You will be staying in a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.

 

Day 2: Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero

In Sahagun, you will leave “Tierra del Campo” behind, moving on through the cereal and grain-covered plateau of Leon.

Distance: 18km  / approx. 5 hours

 

Day 3: El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mullas

Going down from the plateau towards the capital of the province, Leon, you pass the pretty village of Reliegos. On the Camino you will have the chance to take the “Via Traiana”; another camino to Santiago that originates in Bordeaux.

Distance: 19km  / approx. 5 hours

 

Day 4: Mansilla de las Mullas to Leon

You will continue alongside land that has been set aside for irrigated crop growing before seeing the first signs of industrial activity up ahead. From Portillo Hill you will be able to make out the beautiful city of Leon. The historic center of Leon is well preserved and worth visiting. Over the course of time, Leon became the capital of the kingdom in the Middle Ages; a historic enclave on the pilgrim’s road to Santiago de Compostela. Don’t miss The Pulchra Leonina (the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Spanish architecture) & the old Hospital de San Marcos.

Distance: 19km  / approx. 5 hours

 

Day 5: Leon, end of the Camino

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

 

 


Rates and Dates for Camino Section # F5

Rates include:

Accommodations in hotels and guesthouses. Breakfasts. 2 dinners. Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel. Detailed Walking Notes. Map. Pilgrim passport. 24/7 customer service

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20195 day hike, MAP€430$515
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Single supplement 100 $120
2019 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, dbl, pp 40 $50
2019 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, single 75 $90
2019 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, dbl, pp 155 $185
2019 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, single 220 $265
2019 Extra night, dbl, pp ~ Please inquire 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day hike, MAP 1 /16 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Lunches, some dinners, drinks. Airport transfers.

Other Info
Meeting: Sahagun
Airport: Santander
Transfer:

Climate:


León area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

46

50

56

60

66

76

82

81

75

63

53

47

Average Low Temperature (°F)

32

33

36

39

44

51

55

54

51

45

38

33

Average High Temperature (°C)

8

10

13

15

19

24

28

27

24

17

12

8

Average Low Temperature (°C)

0

1

2

4

7

10

13

12

10

7

3

1

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

6

5

7

8

4

2

2

4

7

7

7

Source: NOAA

 

Seasons
The French Way in its entirety stretches from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, and is divided into eight sections. Some of the most popular cities along the route include Pamplona, Leon, and Sarria. All sections of the Camino Frances stretch across the northern region of Spain, creating very seasonal weather.

Summer
Like most countries in the Western Hemisphere, Spain in summer can be very warm. In fact, from June to August the temperatures in this region average at around 27°C (80°F). The sun is shining for a majority of the days every month. However, in Sarria in particular, there is a higher chance of rain.

Fall
When the season turns to fall, the temperature on the Camino shifts as well. Temperatures cool to around 23°C (73°F) in September, 18°C (64°F) in October, and 13°C (55°F) in November. As the temperatures drop, there is also a higher chance of rain along the route. Like before, in Sarria specifically, there are more predicted rainy days than sunny days.

Winter
As winter hits the region, the temperatures drop drastically. Averaging around 9°C (48°F) or 10°C (50°F), the weather in the northern region of Spain is typically rainier.

Spring
In March, April and May, the temperatures slowly get warmer. With temperatures increasing from 13°C (55°F) in March to 18°C (64°F) in May, the days still have a tendency to be half rainy and half sunny.

 

What To Bring: