Camino Francés (The French Way)

Burgos - Hontanas

31 km Difficulty
This day is spent crossing a typical postcard picture of the Castilian high tablelands: large cereal fields surround the Camino, which is now a shadeless path with no relieffrom the high summer temperatures. Hydration, protection from the sun and cutting the day short if it is too hot are advisable precautions.

After leaving Burgos through the gate of San Martín you will cross the Arlanzón River and continue until the detour sign-posted at Los Guindales.  Skirting along Villabilla, the path leads to Tarjados, a village lying 11 kilometres from the departure point.

Very close by you can find Rabé de las Calzadas and after that, the fountain of Praotorre, an ideal place to take a break. The path continues down the typical Castilian landscape until Hornillos del Camino where only 10 kilometres remain until Hontanas.  Some walkers opt to call it a day in Hornillos rather than press on for the remaining distance.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 Daniel Peña, Correos of Villadiego. 
“I would recommend buying bread from Tardajos, especially the so-called “torta de Tardajos” and some sausages--chorizos or other embutidos --to have a nice lunch at Praotorre, a particularly calm and beautiful  place where you can find a poplar grove with a fountain to get your energies back before continuing along the moor. The views from here are spectacular. I particularly remember a thrilled Korean pilgrim, moved at looking at the fields bursting with cereal and being caressed by the wind; they reminded her of sea waves. After Hornillos del Camino you can climb back up to the moor and reach an iron cross, from which you can see the valley where the Monastery of San Bol, now in ruins, used to stand. This is a must stop for a rest. The water in that spring is really cold and pilgrims tend to dip their tired and hurting feet in it as it is said to cure their blisters”. Daniel Peña, Correos of Villadiego. 

 

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.