Search 58,412 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

John Brierley 2022 Camino Guide
The most selling Camino Guide is shipping November 1st. Get your today and start planning.
Create your own ad
€1,-/day will present your project to thousands of visitors each day. All interested in the Camino de Santiago.

Road to Guillena blocked?


Past OR future Camino
Francés, Plata, Levante, Norte (part), Primitivo, Catalan, Lana (part), Madrid, D.V. Francés 2020

When I walked the Via in the spring of 2006, the road leading from Santiponce to Guillena was cut at a certain point by a stream, the Arroyo de los Molinos. I waded through the 30m of stagnant water, which was not a pleasant experience! I have read on the Godesalco site (see below) that it is possible to find a way around this, but this too is not without its problems.

As I am preparing to walk the Via again this spring, I was wondering if more recent pilgrims have continued to encounter this problem.

Thanks in advance to those who reply!


"Salvo en el verano, el largo camino que lleva desde Santiponce a Guillena puede estar cortado por el Arroyo de los Molinos. Hay peregrinos que optan por descalzarse y cruzarlo de frente (el suelo es de cemento), pero hay quien ha encontrado un paso fácil tras buscar entre los arbustos que quedan en el lado izquierdo (y también hay quien se ha hundido en el fango en esta misma zona). El rodeo, saliendo hacia la N-630 (tomar dirección Mérida y girar a la derecha al llegar a la gasolinera), te cuesta unos 5 km de más. (Abril de 2006)"
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop
Camino Way Markers
Original Camino Way markers made in bronze. Two models, one from Castilla & Leon and the other from Galicia.


Past OR future Camino
Francés, Plata, Levante, Norte (part), Primitivo, Catalan, Lana (part), Madrid, D.V. Francés 2020
according to the CSJ guide you should keep "on LH side of river to avoid crossing ford in wet season". Afraid it's one of the perils of walking in spring that you get the spring melt, and river beds that are bone dry most of the year are knee-deep in water. Like all weather events, it's hard (well, probably impossible) to predict exactly when it's going to occur or how deep the water will be.


New Member
I had the same problem in May 2004, so it is clearly a continuous problem. There is a little wood on the left hand side of this stream, and we ploughed through it, and eventually crossed the stream, but it was muddy and hazardous and I would not try it again. If you do not fancy wading through it (which would be preferable to our option) then follow the road as suggested on the Spanish site.
Fine art photography from the Camino Ways.
2022 Camino Guides
The 2022 Camino guides will be coming out little by little, most of them by the end of 2021. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.

Kevin F. O*brien

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2002-2019 Via Podiensis, Camino Frances, Via de la plata, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, etc.
Arrived there in Ocotber 2005 and found the stream in full flood. Too dangerous. Walked about 1500 metres to our left and found a bridge on the main road.


This was my experience on this section in February 2004, I looked either side to see if I could cross then went back to the track deciding whether to walk through the water when a 4wd car appeared and gave me a lift through the water.

Did not find what you were looking for? Search here

Popular Resources

“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf ivar
  • Featured
“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf
4.95 star(s) 101 ratings
A selection of favorite albergues on the Camino Francés Ton van Tilburg
Favorite Albergues along the Camino Frances
4.83 star(s) 35 ratings
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances ivar
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
4.88 star(s) 24 ratings

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources