Camino Francés (The French Way)
Camino Francés (The French Way)

Astorga - Foncebadón

26 km Difficulty
From Astorga, the Camino crosses the river Jerga towards Murias de Rechivaldo and Santa Catalina de Somoza, two maragato villages located 5 and 9 kilometres respectively from the starting point. This county is known as the “maragatería”, an area inhabited by muleteers and traders who, amongst other theories, purportedly got their name from their job of transporting products from Galicia (mar, or the sea) to Madrid (the gatos, cats). 

The path gently steepens towards the village of El Ganso . Before reaching El Ganso, you can see Monte Teleno to your right, the highest mountain in the Montes de León. 

Follow the route towards the Rabanal Viejo River and the chapel of Cristo de la Vera Cruz, before getting to Rabanal del Camino. This is the end of the day for some, having walked 20 kilometres. 

Those who continue to Foncebadón will not have to walk this stretch the following day, although the route is very steep up the slopes of Monte Irago. This village was practically in ruins but came back to life again thanks to pilgrims, and currently offers all the necessary services to pilgrims. 
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Tips from our postmen and women

Emilio Seco, Correos of Astorga.
 
“I recommend trying the cocido Maragato in Castrillo de los Polvazares. The cocido should be eaten in the order of first the meat, then the chick peas and finally the soup. Castrillo is also one of the best preserved villages of the Maragatería, listed as a Historic and Artistic Site with its cobbled streets made up of river stones”. Emilio Seco, Correos of Astorga.
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Transfer Rucksack

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

Send Bicycle

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

Send luggage to Santiago

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

Prepaid Payment Card

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

Pilgrimage Stamps

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

Send Parcels

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

Luggage Storage

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

Correos Offices

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.