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 Maragato patio, paved with stones, the lounge area or the pool. Oh, both WiFi and parking are complimentary.
Continental breakfast is served in the restaurant or on the patio (from 09:00 AM until 10:00 AM), and the guests can book a light lunch or a three-course meal dinner for the same day. A-ti has a wine list with a delightful selection of local wines, and the bar service provides hot and cold drinks 24/7.
Founded by a Belgian and a Dutch and run by a Belgian couple, it was voted as the best bed and breakfast in Spain (Zoover Awards 2015), both because of its superb facilities and the resourceful, attentive service of its hosts.
What to do in and around Valderrey
Valderrey is a charming Maragato village near Astorga, in the province of León. The surroundings offer quiet spots ideal for hiking or for cycling. One of the most beautiful stretches of the Camino runs between Astorga and Foncebadón, and you can either walk, cycle or drive it.
A daytrip to Astorga is a must (three good reasons: the Episcopal Palace by Gaudi, the Cathedral and chocolate), and within two hours you can also reach other historical cities of the ancient Kingdom of León such as León itself, Salamanca, Zamora, Toro or Villafranca del Bierzo.
There are seven Biosphere Reserves in the province of León. Picos de Europa is breathtaking, and so is Laciana Valley, home to endangered species such as the brown bear, the Iberian wolf or the Cantabrian capercaillie.
If you are into bird watching, head South down the A-6 highway to find the Natural Reserve of Lagunas de Villafáfila, home to the world’s largest community of great bustards and specially busy during the winter months (greylag geese, white storks, northern shovellers, common shelducks, Eurasian coots…).
Archaeology lovers will visit the petroglyphs of Maragatería and the greatest gold-mining complex of the Roman Empire, Las Médulas (Word Heritage Centre).
Foodies will love the maragato stew, the tapas, the cecina, the chocolate… Oh, and the best chops of beef in the world, in El Capricho (Jiménez de Jamuz).