Camino Francés (The French Way)

Hontanas - Boadilla del Camino

28’5 km Difficulty
The absence of trees during this stretch makes pilgrims more vulnerable to weather conditions, something they should take into account. We depart from Hontanas towards the ruins of the hospital of San Antón, founded in the 12th century. The Antonianos were a monastic order tending to ailing or injured pilgrims. Today it is a public hostel with 12 beds.

The arches tell us that 5 kilometres are behind us and that 3 more are still left to reach Castrojeriz, the last village in the province of Burgos. All the standard services for pilgrims are available here. Notable sights includethe ethnographic museum, the castle on the village’s hillock (some 20 minutes away on foot) andathe churches of San Juan and Santa María del Manzano, the latter of which currently houses a museum of religious art from the area. 

From Castrojeriz the path continues rising towards Teso de Mostelares in a steep slope extending more than one kilometre, from which one can admire the immensity of the natural environs of the Tierra de Campos district. It is worth the climb. 

Next, we come upon the Hospital de San Nicolás de Puentefitero, currently a hostel. Some pilgrims decide to finish the day and sleep here. In the evening, there is a ritual foot washing. Traditionally, the monks wash the feet of the tired pilgrims before everyone has dinner together by candlelight. 

The Camino continues at a lighter level of challenge and enters the province of Palencia. Itero de la Vega (9.5 km away) is the first village in Palencia and from here there are 8 kilometres left until the end of the day’s walk in Boadilla del Camino.

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Tips from our postmen and women

“The ruins of the Monastery of San Antón are a magic place for pilgrims. The hostel offers a place to stay overnight, where visitors can enjoy playing the guitar, singing and drinking the porrón, or gazing at the stars by the ruins. This hostel is not suitable for tourists or pilgrims who favour comfort over a remarkable night. The old hospital of San Antón was the place where the Antonianos treated pilgrims who suffered from the “mal del fuego”, a disease in the Middle Ages caused by eating barley with ergot. Locals explain how they had to amputate the limbs of pilgrims in the hospital and how these limbs were hung out to dry so that when they resurrected they would have all their members. The stench was quite unbearable. After passing through Castrojeriz and reaching the high ground of Alto Mostelares, there is another similar hostel, in the Ermita de San Nicolás, usually managed by Italian volunteers who show pilgrims the true essence of the Camino de Santiago”.Isabel Martínez, Correos of Villadiego

“In Boadilla del Camino you must see the Rollo Gótico Jurisdiccional, behind the parish church. This is a very tall monument (7 metres high), a symbol of the town’s jurisdictional autonomy thanks to a privilege it had been granted.  It represents the autonomy of the people against the Lords of Melgar and Castrojeriz”. Mª Belén Martínes, Correos of Boadilla del Camino". Mª Belén Martínes, Correos of Boadilla del Camino. 

 

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.