Carrion de los Condes Spain

Carrion de los Condes

Carrion was first settled by the Romans and was known as Lacobriga. Later the Visogoths held the city, their existence is evidenced by the tombs … Read more

Portomarin Spain


Portomarin developed along both sides of the River Mino, the town was of strategic importance and always garrisoned first by the Order of Santiago, then … Read more

Palas de Rei Spain

Palas de Rei

Palas de Rei was referred to as the Royal Palace in the first pilgrims’ guide from the 12th century, however, there is little in the … Read more

Ponferrada on the Camino


Ponferrada became a city in 1908 with a population of only 3,000 at that time. Today the population has grown to over 67,000 making it … Read more

Arzua Spain


Arzua is the last large town you will pass through before Santiago, (pop circa 7,000). Historically there is little to see apart from the local … Read more

Belorado Spain


Belorado with a population of just over 2,000 was a welcome resting place for me in 2004. I only walked 12km this day and rested … Read more


After the ravine known as “Barranco Mataburros” – the mule killer, you reach the plain where Viana can be seen in front of you. Viana … Read more

El Burgo Ranero

The earliest references to El Burgo Ranero is from 1126, there are a few interpretations of the town’s name: one is the town of frogs, … Read more

Santiago Hotels

Hotel de Los Reyes Catolicos. Like the Hostal San Marcos in Leon, this is a five-star hotel now run as part of the Parador chain. Again … Read more

Villadangos del Paramo

Villadangos del Paramo

The patron saint of the village is Santiago and the local parish church is dedicated to him. Inside it has one of the most warlike … Read more

Santo Domingo Spain

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Santo Domingo de la Calzada is named after Saint Dominic, (pop. 6,700), and has been declared a site of historic interest. The tourist office is … Read more

San Juan de Ortega Spain

San Juan de Ortega

San Juan de Ortega is a tiny hamlet with a population of 18 permanent residents. Nestled in a calm landscape and rich in cultural and … Read more

Sahagun Spain


The Camino Madrid joins the Camino Frances from the south in Sahagun. Today Sahagun is a small dusty market centre on the Meseta, with a … Read more

Navarrete Spain


Navarrete is a municipality in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja ( Spain ). It lies on the Camino Frances route. Because of the culture … Read more

Najera Spain


Najera contains a population of 8,400 in a bustling market town that is increasing in size each year. The name is derived from the Arabic … Read more

Leon Spain

La Virgen del Camino

Leon’s status as a country town was cemented by the definitive settlement of Legio VII Gemina in the year 74, but it began as a … Read more

Fromista Spain


Fromista, population circa 800, comes at the end of the sixth stage in Picaud’s original pilgrims’s guide. It is believed the town was first inhabited … Read more

Hontanas Spain


Another small village that owes it continued existence to the Camino Frances, population 68. In 1999, Hontanas was declared an “Asset of Cultural Interest.” Its … Read more

Villafranca del Bierzo Spain

Villafranca del Bierzo

Villafranca, with a population of just over 5,300, has all you expect of a modern town. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels; along … Read more


Dara Haskins

Dara Haskins was my friend. He died, on the 18th Aug 2005 aged just 30, while I was walking the Camino in 2005. It was … Read more