Camino Francés – A Meseta Camino 2021

Burgos to Mansilla de las Mulas – a Meseta Camino

August 30th – September 9th 2021

From the 30th of August until the 9th of September 2021, I travelled to Spain to walk a Meseta Camino from Burgos. It would be the first time I had been abroad since September 2019 and I was eager to throw on my pack and walk the meseta again. I set aside 7 days of walking with the intention of finishing in Mansilla de las Mulas. From there, one can travel to Madrid and that’s what I did. This was the fourth time I had walked from Burgos. I really enjoy it and some people find this bemusing. How and ever, I met some amazing people again, from all parts of the world, and had some special moments. I wrote about each day so please feel free to read about my experiences if you click the below posts

Burgos Cathedral

Day by day:

Where Did I Stay?

I had reserved most of my accommodation on my Meseta Camino for two reasons – a) beds were limited due to the pandemic and b) we were in a holy year. Looking back, it was probably right to reserve in advance for this Camino. Most pilgrims were calling albergues or pensions a few days beforehand as I did notice a bit of a surge but nothing like years gone by. I stayed in some of the best places on this meseta Camino – I’m sure I will be back to stay with them again.

Burgos – Happy Hostel Carrales / map
I booked a double room here shortly before leaving home as I would spending two nights in Burgos. This place is great, it is clean, the hosts are friendly but a warning – it is not central. It is roughly 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral. Given the choice, I would stay in the main albergue in Calle Fernan Gonzalez.

Hornillos – Albergue Hornillos Meeting Point / map
I loved my time here. Hornillos is basically a long street filled with albergues, cafes and homes – so alot is geared to the pilgrim. This albergue had everything and I would be happy to return if I walked to Hornillos again.

Castrojeriz – Albergue Rosalía / map
I felt a bit spoilt when I arrived to see a room filled of flat beds and not a bunk bed in sight. Javier runs the show in Albergue Rosalia and is charismatic as well as is eager to help the pilgrims staying in his albergue. Castrojeriz was the largest town I had stayed in to date and has many restaurants and cafes. Enjoy the rest, the next day is tough!

Boadilla del Camino – Albergue En El Camino / map
I can’t speak highly enough about En El Camino. Eduardo and his family will always be in my heart. If you haven’t stopped off in En El Camino, I’d encourage you to do so. The pool is one of the many reasons I stay here! It was a bit strange this year having the garden so empty but the pilgrims will return next year.

Carrión de los Condes – Hostal Santiago / map
When I arrived in Carrión de los Condes, it was close to 3pm and it was mid-siesta. Hostal Santiago can be found 1 minute the church of Santa Maria. Perfect if you are looking for a rest day.

Ledigos – Albergue La Morena / map
Albergue La Morena can be found toward the rear of Ledigos. I really enjoyed my stay here, the food was great and would probably go back again.

Sahagún – Hostal Alfonso VI / map
Situated on the Camino, on the way out of town, Hostal Alfonso is very affordable for someone who want’s a night away from albergues. I was free to check in later on in the evening after meeting my fellow pilgrim friends.

Mansilla de las Mulas – La Pension de Blanca / map
I caught a taxi from El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mula and stayed in La Pension de Blanca for €25 for the night. The room was clean, the owner was great and it was next door to a cafe. The Bus Station is less than 5 minutes walk away from here.

Madrid – Hostal La Selecta / map
I found this place by chance and was really lucky after my original booking fell through. The owner was great, had perfect English and gave me a competitive price. So I would encourage you to check this place out if staying in Madrid and looking for a place cheap and cheerful.

Handy links:

CaminoSociety.ie – For Pilgrim Passport and guidebook

ClearskiesCamino.com links page

Gronze.com – for open albergues and distances between towns

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Do you have a question about the Camino Francés, or any Camino? I will do my best to answer.

And of course, I would love your feedback! If you are a pilgrim, planning for an upcoming Camino or if you have walked many paths, feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you. This website is very much a work in progress so any ideas you have would be great!

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