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

San Juan de Ortega – Burgos

25'21 km Difficulty
It leaves behind San Juan de Ortega and its emblematic monastery, which was declared in 1931: Asset of Cultural Interest, to continue the Camino on an almost straight route that crosses, before reaching Agés, a pine forest that will give a rest to pilgrims to stand the heat.

Agés is left behind following a path to Atapuerca, home to one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe, designated aWorld Heritage. After crossing the village, you will continue onto a paved road descending towards the Pico River.

Seven kilometres from the day’s starting point, you will find Villalval. Both here and in the following villages of Cardeñuelas Río Pico and Orbaneja Río Pico there are places to eat.

If you follow the signs to Castañares, you will reach this town after 15 kilometres with two options to get to Burgos: taking the traditional route over Villafría that runs close to the main road, or following the course of the river Arlanzón along its riverbanks.

In Burgos there are many options for culture and leisure.  The impressive cathedral especially stands out. One of the most beautiful monuments of Gothic art in all Europe and a World Heritage Site since 1984, the Cathedral also houses the tomb of El Cid Campeador and his wife, Doña Jimena. Although general admission is €7 to access the Cathedral, pilgrims showing their Credential or pilgrim passport only pay €3.50, which includes an audio guide. The Cathedral closes at 6:00PM from November to March and at6:30 from March to October.  Calle Sombrería is a street leaving out of the Plaza Mayor. It is one of the most famous traditional streets in the city, as it is full of places to enjoy eating tapas an a lively atmosphere.  Other worthwhile sites to visit include the Arco de Santa María (one of the main access gates to the city); the Castillo, open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, offeringa wonderful view over the city; the Real Monasterio de las Huelgas; the Cartuja de Miraflores (3 km away from the city centre); the Casa del Cordón;, and the Museo de la Evolución, a museum exhibiting findings from the excavations at Atapuerca. The Museum also offers a discount to pilgrims (€4) and organises joint visits to the centre and the excavations.
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“EnterinJavier de Domingo, Correos of Burgos.g Burgos through the Arco de San Juan and following the street until the square of San Fernando in is a joy.From this square one can see the fabulous cathedral, a
World Heritage Site. There is a statue of a pilgrim on one of the plaza benches, and many visitors sit by his side to take a picture. Just beside it is the church of San Nicolás de Bari, with a wonderful Plateresque-style altarpiece made of stone. The tourist train departs from this square and takes people on a tour of the old town, or one can simply walk. To get our strength back, all sorts of pinchos are available in the streets of San Lorenzo or San Juan, including our famous morcilla de Burgos (a type of black pudding), of course! One can also visit the square of Mío Cid to see El Cid’s statue, one of the most photographed spots in the city. The Museum of Human Evolution is closed on Mondays, and visiting the site of Atapuerca is only possible by phone booking at 902204246. If you have the time, I would also recommend a visit to the Cartuja and the Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña. They are located 3 km away from the centre, but there are regular local buses (routes 26 and 27) leaving the Plaza de España that can take you there”. Javier de Domingo, Correos of Burgos.
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.