On The Camino de Santiago in Spain, León to La Virgen del Camino

May 8, 2012 — Leave a comment

After walking many blocks up the hill, I couldn’t find the albergue, which didn’t seem to be where it showed on my map. I asked a man for directions, but he didn’t know what an albergue was. Thinking I somehow missed it, I walked halfway down the hill but didn’t even see a sign for the albergue. Flabbergasted and exhausted, I looked again at the hostal below. After contemplating for a moment, I decided to take a chance and hoped they still had a room. I didn’t have the energy to walk back up again and would have most likely spent the night in a dumpster if there was nothing available… From Page 131, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Spoiler alert! I didn’t have to spend the night in the dumpster at La Virgen del Camino.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago in León, Castilla y León. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

I left my last post, Back On The Camino de Santiago in Leon, Spain, To San Marcos, as I arrived at San Marcos Plaza. Samuel Edward Widdrington Cook, Captain of the Royal Navy, once wrote, “Nothing can surpass the beauty of arabesques and other ornaments of the facade of San Marcos.” From Sketches in Spain, 1829 (and Wikipedia, now).



Although the sign outside this building reads, “Mvseo de León,” I believe this is the Museo de León at San Marcos. Perhaps there is an explanation for the “v”, but I can’t find any information. Perhaps, it’s just my ignorance.



The magnificent Monasterio de San Marcos which is now a hotel, the Parador de San Marcos. This building dates from the 16th century and replaced another from the 12th. I found it hard to believe that in 1875, the city thought about tearing this building down. Thankfully, it never happened. I had never expected such a beautiful building.



This crucerio was in the plaza. By this time, it was early in the evening, and I had been walking all day. I was exhausted, and felt like joining the pilgrim at the base.


A plaque from Sarria in Galicia.


I wrote on page 130, “The plaza, with its gardens, monuments, and art, was alone worth the visit to León.” It was still pouring rain when I crossed this bridge over the Río Bernesga.


  Looking upstream…


  and downstream.



This rollo was just on the other side of the bridge. The Camino then traveled through a suburb with many shops and services. I found my favorite supermarket, Mercadona, and left again with a full shopping bag.


With clearing skies, I entered the suburb of La Virgen del Camino. I wrote on page 131, “The sun came out and it was the warmest part of the day – cold rain to warm sunshine in one hour.”

I was lucky the hostal had an inexpensive, clean, and comfortable room for me. Wi-Fi was also included which was a bonus. I hope you enjoyed this post. On my next one, On The Camino de Santiago in Spain in Spain, La Virgen del Camino to Villar de Mazarife, I’ll say goodbye to León and La Virgen del Camino, after having trouble getting my body moving, and leaving late in the morning. I had another big day ahead of me with the goal to get to Astorga, the gateway to the mountains. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


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