17. Fromista – Carrion de los Condes (19km) | Camino de Santiago

As you can see this is again a pretty short stage that I walked, not even 20km! In this way the Camino de Santiago will never end. As you might imagine it was again flat and hot and monotonous landscape. Apart from the heat, I couldn’t imagine an easiest walk. So actually you could walk further than to Carrion de los Condes, well maybe not because after Carrion de los Condes there is a stretch of around 17km (a bit more than 10 miles) without any village, trees or shade of any kind, literally desert like. But anyway, maybe you could come to Carrion de los Condes from anywhere before Fromista too.

With Carrion de los Condes is the same again: today Carrion is a small village and, although it is still important in the area, it has lost its past grandeur.  Pilgrims have a great deal of narrow medieval cobblestone streets, arches, castles, churches, convents, etc. to enjoy and see in the evening. I remember especially the great dinner that we had in a restaurant. This area is very good for meat, lamb in particular, so make sure you taste any local dishes and stay apart from some unimaginative set menus or so-called “pilgrims menu”. Having said that, I’ve found fantastic and delicious set menus (“pilgrim’s menus” or “menu del dia”) that not only were a bargain but also included authentic traditional dishes of the area. However, just beware because in some food places in Camino de Santiago quality and authenticity is losing the battle against easy and quick profit.

Finally, some practical information. Carrion de los Condes has again every kind of services that a modern town could be expected to have. There is a pilgrim’s hostel run by nuns who are very nice and organize a fun singing session where each pilgrim can sing a song of their country in their own language. Apart from that, there are also many private hostels and pensions, and hotels too.

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The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela