Camino Francés (The French Way)

Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Belorado

22’5 km Difficulty
This is the transition between La Rioja and Castilla and León. The landscape is mild, but one should pay attention to some sections that overlap with regular roads. Already upon leaving Santo Domingo de la Calzada there is a section running parallel to a national road towards Grañón, the last village in La Rioja on this Route, located almost 7 kilometres away from the departure point.

Cereal fields become more prominent in the transition to the typical Castilian landscape. The sign welcoming pilgrims to this new region—and the province of Burgos in particular-- is 9 kilometres away from the day’s starting point.  The first village there is Redecilla del Camino, with its parish church of Virgen de la Calle and its Romanesque baptismal font.


Crossing the Reláchigo River, the next villages are Castildelgado and Viloria de Rioja, the birthplace of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, located 14 kilometres away from the day’s starting point. The Camino continues along a path close to the road, crossing Villamayor del Río and reaching Belorado, a town famous for its fur trade, with interesting hotels and services for pilgrims around its main square (Plaza Mayor), which features porticoes in a traditional Castilian style. This is the capital of the subcounty of La Riojilla Burgalesa. Ithas a river park on the riverbanks of the Tirón (a tributary to the Ebro), as well as several churches and convents such as the Iglesia de Santa María, San Pedro and the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Belén, which used to be a hospital for pilgrims.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 Dolores Santamaría, Correos of Belorado.
 
“Once you reach Belorado and settle there, the Museum of Radio Communication makes for a nice afternoon or evening visit to seevery old radio devices and military objects from the First and Second World Wars on display. A guided tour can be booked at the tourist office located at the Plaza Mayor. This is also the place to have some coffee or a drink in the local bars surrounding the Plaza Mayor in the shade of the arcade after a walk along the riverbank of the Tirón. In the summer, one can take a dip, though the waters are chilly. The monastery of Santa Clara is home to nuns who prepare delicious biscuits and chocolate truffles, also for sale on site”. Dolores Santamaría, Correos of Belorado.

 

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.