Stage 23: Villavante-Astorga

Stage 23 of the French Way takes pilgrims from Villavante to the historic city of Astorga, offering a day that combines the journey through the Castilian countryside with the arrival in a city rich in cultural heritage.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Villar de Mazarife: This small enclave marks the beginning of the stage, providing pilgrims with a gradual introduction to the day of walking through open fields.
  • Villavante: Along the way, walkers will pass through Villavante again, a reminder of the connection between the history of the Camino and the rural landscapes of the Castilian plateau.
  • Astorga: The final destination of this stage, Astorga, is a city with a notable historical and architectural heritage, notable for its cathedral, the Episcopal Palace and its relationship with pilgrimage.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Church of Santiago in Villar de Mazarife: This Romanesque church is a point of interest for pilgrims, with its historical architecture and its connection to the Camino.
  • Ecce Homo Hermitage in Villavante: Walkers can visit this hermitage, which stands out for its architectural simplicity and serene atmosphere, providing a space for reflection.
  • Cathedral of Santa María in Astorga: Upon arriving in Astorga, the Cathedral of Santa María is an impressive monument. Its Gothic architecture and stained glass windows are notable, and a visit to the cathedral is a significant experience for pilgrims.
  • Gaudí’s Episcopal Palace in Astorga: Designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, this palace is another architectural gem in Astorga. Pilgrims can explore its modernist design and learn about Gaudí’s connection to the St James Way.

Stage 23 of the French Way provides pilgrims with a varied experience, from the open fields of Villar de Mazarife to the cultural wealth of Astorga. With historical monuments and places of devotion along the way, this stage remains an essential part of the journey to Santiago de Compostela.

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StagesThe Camino Francés | French Way

Etapa 1

Saint Jean Pied de Port-Roncesvalles

24 km
5/5
7h
Etapa 2

Roncesvalles-Zubiri

21 km
3/5
5h15m
Etapa 3

Zubiri-Pamplona

20 km
1/5
4h30m
Etapa 4

Pamplona-Puente de la Reina

24 km
2/5
5h45m
Etapa 5

Puente de la Reina-Estrella

22 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 6

Estrella-Los Arcos

21 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 7

Los Arcos-Logroño

28 km
2/5
6h15m
Etapa 8

Logroño-Nájera

29 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 9

Nájera-Santo Domingo de la Calzada

21 km
1/5
4h45m
Etapa 10

Santo Domingo de la Calzada-Belorado

22 km
1/5
5h
Etapa 11

San Juan de Ortega-Belorado

24 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 12

San Juan de Ortega-Burgos

26 km
2/5
5h45m
Etapa 13

Burgos-Hornillos del Camino

20 km
2/5
5h15m
Etapa 14

Hornillos del Camino-Castrojeriz

20 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 15

Castrojeriz-Frómista

25 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 16

Frómista-Carrión de los Condes

19 km
1/5
4h15m
Etapa 17

Carrión de los Condes-Calzadillla de la Cueza

20 km
2/5
4h32m
Etapa 18

Calzadilla de la Cueza-Sahagún

25 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 19

Sahagún-El Burro Ranero

18 km
2/5
4h
Etapa 20

El Burgo Ranero-Mansilla de las Mulas

19 km
2/5
4h15m
Etapa 21

Mansilla de las Mulas-León

18 km
1/5
4h15m
Etapa 22

León-Villavante

31 km
2/5
7h40m
Etapa 23

Villavante-Astorga

21 km
2/5
5h9min
Etapa 24

Astorga-Rabanal del Camino

21 km
2/5
5h50m
Etapa 25

Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada

32 km
4/5
6h 30m
Etapa 26

Ponferrada-Villafranca del Bierzo

24 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 27

Villafranca del Bierzo-O Cebreiro

28 km
4/5
7h30m
Etapa 28

O Cebreiro-Triacastela

21 km
2/5
4h45m
Etapa 29

Triacastela-Sarria

18 km
2/5
4h15m
Etapa 30

Sarria-Portomarín

22 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 31

Portomarín-Palas de Rei

25 km
2/5
5h45m
Etapa 32

Palas de Rei-Arzúa

28 km
3/5
6h45m
Etapa 33

Arzúa-O Pedrouzo

19 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 34

O Pedrouzo-Santiago de Compostela

19 km
2/5
4h30m

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