Day 11 (Belorado to Villafranca)

Not wanting a repeat of yesterday’s pre-dawn escapades, I opted to leave later today. The walk today would not be too long. In the Brierly guide it suggested staying in San Juan de Ortega, but this is a very small town (population 20) and only has 70 beds for Pilgrims. Since I am a slow walker, I didn’t think that I would make it to town to claim one of the 70 beds. I opted to stay in Villafranca.

The walk was quick. I actually tried to slow down, so as not to get to the albergue too early. I stopped in each of the three towns between Belorado and Villafranca: Tsantos, Villambistia and Espinosa del Camino. They were all pretty small towns. I did manage to meet a farmer in Tsantos who was transporting a load of live chickens in a wheel barrow. I did not get a picture of this. I was a little dumbstruck by it all.

The path was smooth and relatively easy with a gentle ascent of only 125 meters.


Between Espinosa del Camino and Villafranca there was a field of sunflowers which were wilted on the stalk. Other pilgrims had left messages for those after them. It certainly added a bit of variety to the walk today.


In Villafranca I stayed at the San Anton Abad. This was a hotel with an albergue in the back. The owner of the hotel has walked the Camino and converted part of the hotel to albergue as a means of giving back.

The church in Villafranca, right across from the hotel/albergue.

I had dinner with Jo from Warwick England and Jeremy from Oxford. After dinner the wireless finally began to work and I made plans for the next day in Burgos.

All in all a quiet day, peaceful and restful.

FitBit Stats:

Kilometers walked: 17.01
Steps taken: 23,181
Floors climbed: 63

4 thoughts on “Day 11 (Belorado to Villafranca)

  1. Lisa O'Neill

    I LOVE THE SUNFLOWERS!!! Glad you had an easier day. Hope all is well and you a taking care of yourself. From boo, not to be confused with boo hoo.

  2. Dee Keller

    I just caught up with your travels – sounds like the trip of a lifetime. I loved the photos. The church in Navarette looks amazing. Can’t wait till I see you in Switzerland, I sure hope! How’s the knee now?

    1. eboneill Post author

      Hi Dee, the knee is on the mend…slowly. The next couple of days are relatively flat, so I should be OK. Looking forward to seeing you and the gang in Switzerland after this walk.


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