The Vía de La Plata

Alija del Infantado - La Bañeza

20,5 km Difficulty
You have to go back from the Plaza Mayor of Alija del Infantado to the Calle Real, and this will lead you to the same road you accessed the village from the previous day. Your walk starts there, you have to cross the River Jamuz and go towards the municipality of Quintana del Marco. You can see a bust of Marcus Aurelius near its parish church, located by an archaeological excavation in this ancient Roman enclave.

You continue your walk with views over Castillo del Torreón to Villanueva de Jamuz, with its Castillo de los Quiñones. This site indicates that you have already completed 12 kilometres, more than half of the section.

Parallel to the River Jamuz, you will find a section with poplars and fields, with a possible detour to Santa Elena de Jamuz. Past the photovoltaic power plant, you have to take a right to approach La Bañeza, which you will access through the Calle Santa Elena.

La Bañeza is the capital of this district and its history has been marked by the Camino. For a long time, it welcomed pilgrims to its monastery; of which now only the church of San Salvador remains. The Plaza Mayor also has a beautiful town hall.

In La Bañeza, you can visit the Museo de las Alhajas, located by the Plaza Mayor, a 20th-century Art Nouveau building. It is a jewellery and fashion museum showcasing the attire used in the area throughout the centuries. 

You can also visit the Museo de la Alubia, devoted to beans, a renowned local product. The building is by the old railway station and shares the premises with the Offices of the Council for the DO of the Alubia de la Bañeza. The exhibition shows a typical rural home with all the farming tools and a sample of beans from all over Spain.

There are many festivals all year round, with a special mention to its Carnival declared of National Tourist Interest.

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Tips from our postmen and women

Juan Adolfo Sánchez, Correos of La Bañeza.
“I have been working in this area for a long time and I think that there are a couple of tourist attractions you should not miss. In Villanueva de Jamuz, I recommend the church of San Cipriano, with a beautiful altarpiece by Bartolomé Hernández, 16th-century paintings by Pedro de Bilbao, and a painting of the Virgin and Child by Juan de Juni. In Santa Elena de Jamuz you must see the park of traditional irrigation systems. There, you can see some of the traditional systems or methods to draw water from the wells. Gear such as pulleys, shafts, water-wheels, hand-pumps, motor pumps, solar panels and windmills show their evolution and development. Besides, the Camino runs through a bird sanctuary. Here you can see Montagu’s harriers, little bustards, larks, bee-eaters...”. Juan Adolfo Sánchez, Correos of La Bañeza.

 

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.