Camino Francés (The French Way)

Belorado - San Juan de Ortega

23'30 km Difficulty
Once again pilgrims have to pay close attention to sections overlapping regular roads. This is a long section with some steep stretches, so try to take it easy. After leaving Belorado, the path leads to the small village of Tosantos, after 5 easy kilometres.

Very close by is Villambistia, with the parish church of San Esteban and its fountain with several pipes and the remains of the derelict Hospital de la Caridad.  Another 2 kilometres away lies Espinosa del Camino, leading to the ruins of the monastery of San Félix, listed as Bien de Interés Cultural (a Spanish classification of historic buildings), where the remains of the founder of Burgos, Count Diego Rodríguez Porelos, are buried.

The next stop is Villafranca Montes de Oca, an ideal location for a break before the rest of the day’s walk, which will be a steep hill overlooking the mountain ranges of Demanda and San Millán. From here, there are 8 kilometres of somewhat gentler walking left to San Juan de Ortega. This small town, beloved of pilgrims for its hospitality, is home to a monastery founded in the 12thcentury.
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Tips from our postmen and women

Guendalina Rubio, Correos of  Villafranca Montes de Oca.
 
“Walking around the village of Villafranca Montes de Oca is highly advisable. One can enjoy a landscape of oak trees, holm oaks and pine trees. If you pay attention and you do not make much noise, you can even watch some of the animals who inhabit these forests: foxes, squirrels, and the like . . .  Another interesting spot is the neighbourhood of La Revilla. From there you can take the road leading to the Ermita de la Virgen de Oca, 500 metres away from the village. If you still have the energy, you can continue to the dam on the river Oca. It’s another3 kilometres, but the place is really worth seeing”. Guendalina Rubio, Correos of  Villafranca Montes de Oca.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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. 
 

 

 

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 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.