The Vía de La Plata

La Bañeza - Astorga

24 km Difficulty
This is the last section of the Vía de la Plata before you choose which route will take you to Santiago de Compostela. The most frequent option is to go to Astorga and then continue on the French Way. Some pilgrims prefer to go to Puebla de Sanabria* with four stages that would take you to the starting point of the Sanabria Way.

You leave La Bañeza through the road of Villalis, crossing the River Duerna through the old railway iron bridge, which has not been used since 1985. Close to the A-6, you come to Palacios de Valduena, where you can see the tower and the wall of the Castillo de los Bazán.

After crossing the village, you get onto a gravel road that you must follow straight ahead until you reach a local road, and then back to the gravel road. You cross the River Turienzo over the Roman bridge of Valimbre to reach Celada. You take a right and reach the main road, where you may find different services. If you take a left, the Vía reaches the upper part of the village.

From Celada to Astorga there are 4 kilometres ending up on the N-VI and accessing the town through the Plaza San Roque, close to Plaza España.

* Those who wish to go on the Camino Sanabrés or Sanabria Way, have to go from Granja de Moreruela to Tábara, and then to Santa Marta de Tera, and from there to Mombuey and finally to Puebla de Sanabria. 

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María Isabel Alija, Correos of La Bañeza.

“I live in Palacios de Valduerna, and there are some interesting things here. For example, the Casa Palacio de los Bazán or the Roman bridge. This is the only surviving remnant of the original Roman Road that crossed the River Peces or Turienzo, now part of the Camino. You can also see the church of the Virgen del Rosario, where there are Romanesque paintings". María Isabel Alija, 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.