Walking from Cacabelos to Las herrerias

It’s Day 22 on the Camino Frances. This section of the Camino route between Cacabelos to Las Herrerias is a beautiful stretch of the trail, taking Pilgrims through charming villages, stunning scenery and historic landmarks.

Cacabelos to Las Herrerias Overview

  • Distance – 30km
  • From – Cacabelos
  • To – Las Herrerias
  • Min/Max Elevation – 475m/690m
  • Elevation gain – 634m

After a quiet night in Cacabelos we had an early night. We pushed the boat out and had a private room so had a great nights sleep.

We were up early and out on the road at 7am. After a couple of long days my feet are aching white a bit so I took my Ibuprofen and we set off.

It’s a nice cool morning and we cover 8km quite quickly walking through undulating valleys and vineyards. It was awe inspiring !

We planned a stop for breakfast in a few villages but they were all closed. Some of the villages are very basic with firewood stacked up outside. It looks like Villafranca del Bierzo will be the only place get something to eat after Cacabelos.

valtuille de arriba

Villafranca del Bierzo

Villafranca del Bierzo is a charming town located in the region of El Bierzo in the province of Leon, Spain. It has a population of around 3,500 people and is situated on the banks of the River Burbia. 

Its a popular stop on the Camino Frances and it has a rich history and cultural heritage.

One of the main attractions in Villafranca del Bierzo is its beautiful historic center, which has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. 

The center features narrow streets lined with medieval houses and palaces, some of which date back to the 16th century. 

The main square, Plaza Mayor, is particularly beautiful, with its arcaded buildings and 17th-century town hall. There are cafes and restaurants galore here for Pilgrims to just chill and relax.

villafranca del bierzo

Another highlight of Villafranca del Bierzo is its gastronomy. The town is known for its local delicacy, the botillo, which is a type of sausage made with pork ribs and meat, chorizo and other seasonings. 

For those interested in history, Villafranca del Bierzo has several interesting landmarks, including the 12th-century Church of Santiago, which has a beautiful Romanesque portal.

There is also a castle in Villafranca del Bierzo called Castillo de los Marqueses de Villafranca, which dates back to the 15th century and now houses a museum. I shot this great photo of the Castle.

Villafranca del Bierzo castle
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Whether you are a Pilgrim on the Camino or just visiting Villafranca del Bierzo, its a lovely historic Spanish town with plenty to offer and I’d recommend staying there overnight or for a few hours over lunch.

The view on the outskirts of town as we left was very nice indeed. TOP TIP: stop here to take some amazing photos

the river on the outskirts of villafranca del bierzo

We had about another 10km on pretty flat terrain before we arrived in Trabadelo. Its a small village with. chemist, small cafe and a lovely bar, El Puente Peregrino.

It is a lovely bar with a small terrace and does rooms as well if you decide to stay here for the night.

El Puente Peregrino Bar in Trabadelo

After having a break in Trabadelo and another Cafe con Leche we had a hard climb for a few hours and we work our way through small villages on route to Las Herrerias. 

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As we walked uphill for this last stage of the route we came across some great photo opportunities and just had to pose for a few pics.

Pilgrims larking around near Las Herrerias
Pilgrim Mark Stevens

At last we came to Las Herrerias which is a lovely little village.

We’ve decided to stay one run Las Herrerias as there is a steep 6km climb directly out of the village so we’re leaving that for an early morning climb.

We’re all hungry and fancy a beer so we got unpacked, showered and ready to head out to rest and relax. 

There is only 1 small restaurant in the village with some outside tables and we chilled for a few hours and played cards. The food was really nice as well.

Pilgrims enjoying lunch in Las Herrerias

Albergues in Las Herrerias

We’ve treated ourselves to a little private albergue called Casa Polin and we have a room to ourselves. 

Ive detailed the options available below but any would work. Its a great little town to stop in along if your walking from Cacabelos to Las Herrerias.

Casa Polin – 4 rooms available from $40 a night with a Bar/Restaurant on site.

Casa Do Ferreiro La Fragua – A lovely rural house on the Camino with 8 rooms.

La Pandela – Another rural house that is a little more expensive but very nice.

Albergue Las Herrerias – A dormitory with 17 beds from €5 a night. This isn’t bookable but you can reserve by ringing +34 654 353 940

Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens

I am a long distance walking nerd and fell in love with the Camino de Santiago in 2016 when I walked the French Way for the first time. I've been blogging since then and my aim is to help all Pilgrims with hiking and walking advice.

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