Villafranca Montes de Oca

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To the right of the main road when entering are a pair of bars that serve food to a mix of pilgrims and long road truck drivers, the Meson Alba being the most authentic dive of the two. The bustle of the road can make Villafranca feel a bit cramped, to escape that head to the Albergue San Anton Abad where the large garden and bar/restauran will quickly take your mind to a better place.


From Villafranca, there are 12km of camino without a water supply. 


San Antón is celebrated on the 17th of January, and a Romería to the Ermita de Oca is held on the second Sunday of August.

The Road:

Villafranca Montes de Oca, named for the nettle-filled mountains to the west, sits at the foot of the Pedraja pass. If you have become accustomed to the gently rolling hills behind you, brace yourself for a climb. Between here and San Juan de Ortega lay 12km of fountain-less hiking. It is however a beautiful forest full of flowers, views, and endemic oak trees.

There are no shops in San Juan, but there are now two bars that serve food. Pack accordingly. To follow the camino, turn right uphill towards the church.

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Accommodation in Villafranca Montes de Oca

Casa Rural