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Walking the Camino de Santiago: Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz

Getting started walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose of you who follow me on Instagram will know I’m currently walking around 190km along the Camino de Santiago, from Burgos to Léon in Spain. This is the third leg of the Camino that I started in 2016 (if you’re interested, I wrote a Q&A post in response to some of the questions people had asked me along the way). This is Day 18 (other posts linked at the end of this post).

Camino Frances Day 18: Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz (approx 20km)

I didn’t sleep well the night before this stage – in my pension there was a whole choir group who had stopped singing by the time I went to bed but who were pretty loud on the tiled floors as THEY went to bed (MUCH later than me!) – so there was only one thing to do – COFFEE! Back to The Green Tree for the most delightful café con leche enjoyed out on a quiet street at 7am…

Coffee in Hornillos del Camino before walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt was still kinda dark when I set off…

Morning vista walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut soon it dawned bright and sunny…

Sun is out walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com(you can just spy me in the shadows there on the left!)

It really was a pretty stage…

Prayer flags walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Inukshuk walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com(yup, more poppies!)

It is roughly 10km to Hontanas where I stopped for my mid-morning coffee (and where I heard people bemoaning the fact that they had missed out on awesome vegetarian food at The Green Tree. I tried not to feel a little smug…). Didn’t for long because it was fairly hot already at 9.30am and I still had another 10km to go…

All the poppies walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com(uh huh, I cannot get enough of these!)

The terrain is, as expected, pretty flat on this day and for a long stretch after Hontanas, there’s not much. Until you spy a little old man in his car selling fruit, giving out pilgrom passport stamps and offering you a keychain in exchange for a donation. I mean, who could resist?

Keychain and cherries walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comShortly after this, the ruins of the San Anton Monastery. It’s breathtaking, popping up out of nowhere…

Ruins of SAn Anton convent walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis used to be a hospital dedicated to caring for sick pilgrims and there’s a very basic alberge (summer only, no electricity) there now (as well as a small bar/ shop). Even if you’re not staying, it’s magical passing by…

Arches of San Anton concent walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comHeading into nearby Castrojeriz, the scenery continues to wow you!

Wheat fields and blue skies walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com Blue skies and pretty clouds walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd Castrojeriz itself is gorgeous!

Streets of Castrojeriz walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com In Castrojeriz walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Here’s a view out from one of the pretty plazas…

View from plaza in Castrojeriz walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comBe aware that the town itself is well over 2km in length (and it’s a but confusing to navigate) so if you’re excited to stay at the town entrance, you might not be excited with the extra 2km you need to walk on top of the next day’s 25km. Fortunately (for me the next day), I was staying at La Posada right at the exit of the town which felt like a long way to walk when you think you’ve already arrived… Worth it though…

La Posada Castrojeriz walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd the common spaces are gorgeous too…

La Posada Castrojeriz reading room walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe hotel also operates El Mesón Restaurant.

El Meson restaurant Castrojeriz walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comHere I enjoyed a Pilgrim Menu for 10€ (garlic soup, garlic chicken – yes they are big on garlic and later in the month there is a Garlic Festival I’m sad to miss – and my favorite Spanish dessert – flán.

Flan at El Meson walking from Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz with Camino Travel Center on eatlivetravelwrite.comHey – I figured I needed the fuel as the next day I would be walking 25km which included a very steep climb. Right? I can highly recommend El Mesón – friendly service, excellent food and lovely atmosphere. Stay tuned for the next instalment next week 🙂

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Disclosure: I researched Camino trips independently and chose the Camino Travel Center based on a number of features such as flexibility to accommodate a couple of “splits” in some of the longer days, price and customer service. They were, in fact the first company I came across in my very first Google search and the one I ended up booking with. From the initial inquiry to the actual trips, they have been a pleasure to deal with and we have been very impressed with the service provided (bag transportation) and the accommodation choices. I was not compensated to write about this trip in any way but I love sharing companies and products I believe in with my readers. I couldn’t recommend the Camino Travel Center more and, in fact, am booking another Camino walk with them for next summer (and every summer until I reach Santiago!).

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One Response to Walking the Camino de Santiago: Hornillos del Camino to Catrojeriz

  1. cheznana July 7, 2018 at 16:32 #

    Mardi, I love reading your blog while you are on this interesting adventure. You should be so proud, it is quite an accomplishment. The scenery is simply gorgeous and I love seeing the pensions and the lovely little restaurants. Good luck on the rest of your trip.

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