The Vía de La Plata

Benavente - Alija del Infantado

22 km Difficulty
In stark difference with previous sections, this one will take you on tar roads and it is very relaxed. Still, you should take some provisions with you as there are few cafeterias and restaurants on the Way.

You leave Benavente from the plaza Mayor through the Calle de los Herreros until the Avenida Cañada de la Vizcaína. You take the road to La Alcubilla and leave it to the right on a gravel road going up a holm oak grove to access Villabrázaro with its church of La Magdalena. The same street takes you to a local road towards Maire de Castroponce, located by the River Órbigo.

If you cross the river, you start a straight stretch towards Alija del Infantado, a pleasant village but without much to see. You can, however, see the Castillo-Palacio, a castle of the Infantado lineage built in the mid-15th century and a symbol of this place. The symmetry in construction and its powerful walls are remarkable. You can visit the Castle for free. You can also visit the churches of San Esteban and San Verísimo and a large number of fountains, Mendaña, Cerral, La Pajarina...

There is a square honouring the Marina (the Navy) as it ranks first amongst inland villages in numbers of seamen enrolling in the Spanish Navy.
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Tips from our postmen and women

José María Gadañón, Correos of La Bañeza.

“Alija del Infantado is the first village in the Camino in the province of León. Before you get there, you must indeed visit “Puente de la Vizana” on the Vía de la Plata. This bridge allowed the River Órbigo to be crossed both by pilgrims and mule drivers who used the Cañada Real de la Plata to transport goods from the North to the South of the peninsula. The bridge is of Roman origin and has been rebuilt several times. You can also visit many wine cellars, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the Romanesque chapel of Cristo de la Vera Cruz”. José María Gadañón, 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.