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11 May 2021

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The Way of St. James

The French Way of St. James, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world. Several writings throughout history mention Frómista as one of the stages of the Way. In the 12th century, the Codex Calixtinus indicates Frómista as the end of the sixth stage of the thirteen that made up the route.

This great route can be done in many ways, on foot, by bike, with a dog... If you need any advice please contact us.

Nowadays, stopping in Frómista is one of the most renowned stages of the French Way of St. James. If you are walking, the most common route is the Castrojeriz - Frómista stage, which has a distance of 25.5km. In the last kilometres, on arrival at Frómista, it coincides with the Canal de Castilla. If you do the Camino by bike, the previous stage is Burgos - Frómista, with a distance of approximately 70km.

The next day the Camino de Santiago from Frómista is easy and without any gradients, observing the landscapes of the cereal plains. The walking stage is Frómista - Carrión de los Condes with a distance of 20km. The route of the Camino by bike from Frómista is Frómista - Sahagún, with a distance of 67km.

 

Route of the Way of St. James in Palencia

The Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela enters the lands of Palencia, crossing first through Itero de la Vega, a town that in the High Middle Ages had the power to choose whoever it wished as lord. The route continues on to Boadilla del Camino and from there to Frómista. Our route advances along the banks of the Canal de Castilla, the main work of the Spanish Enlightenment, crossing both Ways at the gates of Frómista, the Way of Faith and the Way of Reason, as the National Literature Prize winner Raúl Guerra Garrido wrote in his book Castilla en Canal.

The walker arrives at Frómista, the most genuinely Jacobean town, where the Romanesque church of San Martín, which was part of the Benedictine monastery founded by Doña Mayor, after whom our hotel is named, stands out.

From Frómista, the Way begins its route through Población de Campos, then crosses the villages of Villovieco, Revenga de Campos and Villarmentero de Campos.

Afterwards, the route continues through the lands of Palencia until it reaches Villalcázar de Sirga, where the 13th century church of Santa María la Blanca has a chapel dedicated to the Apostle St. James.

Finally, the Pilgrim's Way takes walkers to the town of Carrión de los Condes, a town with an important mediaeval past. It was the court of kings, the seat of councils and the birthplace of such distinguished figures as the Marquis of Santillana.