Services for pilgrims in Astorga

In Astorga the pilgrim will find supermarkets, cycle repair shops, banks, ATMs, post office, pharmacies, a medical center, physiotherapists, spas, bus and train stations, bars and restaurants, hotels and albergues and a variety of shops including some specialized in all-things-Camino. Services for pilgrims in Astorga All things Camino shop: Deportes…

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Madrid to Astorga

Getting from Madrid to Astorga is easy and inexpensive, whether by train or by bus. The bus is cheaper, the train is faster. If you have chosen Astorga to start the Camino or if you just want to pay a visit to our Bishop’s Palace by Gaudi, keep reading. Madrid…

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Bird watching in León (NW Spain)

Short-toed snake eagle by Birding León

Bird watching in León Bird watching in León? Definitely yes, for 192 bird species breed in this province. The leonese city of Astorga and its privileged location between the mountains and the steppe means that both the great bustard and the Cantabrian capercaillie, two of the most sought-after birds in…

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A-ti, boutique bed and breakfast in Spain

Rest area near the pool - A-ti bed and breakfast

A-ti, a boutique Bed and Breakfast in Spain A-ti B&B is a boutique bed and breakfast just 8 km from Astorga, in the beautiful Maragato village of Valderrey. A centuries-old farmhouse was rebuilt and refurbished to allocate five spacious, comfortable en-suite rooms for their guests. The common areas include the…

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Astorga chocolate

Astorga was one on the first European cities to taste chocolate, and there is evidence of chocolate manufacturers working in the city in the XVI century, soon after Hernán Cortés brought cocoa to Spain in the 1520s. Maragato muleteers controlled the commercial traffic between Galician ports and Madrid, and that…

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Starting the Camino in Astorga

In short, starting the Camino in Astorga will take 10 to 12 days by foot, and about 5 days by bike. That makes Astorga an ideal starting point if you have two weeks to walk the Camino or about a week to cycle it. Astorga is a small city in…

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The petroglyphs of Maragateria

In 2008 Juan Carlos Campos, an archaeology lover, found an amazing set of petroglyphs facing Mount Teleno in Maragateria, near Astorga (province of León). The University of León dated the petroglyphs of Maragateria to approximately 2500 BC, in the Chalcolithic period, thus being one of the few genuine prehistoric labyrinth…

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