Astorga receives thousands of pilgrims every year. The Route from Astorga to Santiago takes approximately two weeks, which makes Astorga a good starting point for those who do not have much time. The city is famous for its gastronomy and for monuments such as the Cathedral or Gaudí’s Palace.
The next two or three stages are among the most beautiful on the Camino, but you will not find good supermarkets, cash machines and other services until you get to Ponferrada. In Astorga the pilgrim will find supermarkets, cycle repair shops, banks, ATMs, a 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. There are restaurants and bars that offer special meals for pilgrims on the way (“menú peregrino“).
Services for pilgrims in Astorga
- All things Camino shop: Deportes Huracán (GMaps). Hiking gear and walking clothing. Walking sticks, raincoats and all the equipment you could possibly need. Outdoor / sports shop.
- Cycle repair shops: Liébana Bike (GMaps).
- Banks and ATMs: in the streets near Plaza Mayor.
- Pharmacies: the one in Plaza Mayor, Farmacia Núñez, is convenient and the owner speaks English (GMaps).
- Supermarkets: Gadis, Alimerka or Mercadona, plus several grocery shops.
- Restaurants: Casa Maragata, Las Termas, Serrano, Entrecepas and many more. You will find many more, some will offer a special pilgrim’s menu.
- Spa: Spa Via de la Plata – appointment required, closed on Mondays (GMaps). Specific feet and leg treatments.
- Hot chocolate bar: Sonrisas –best pilgrim breakfast in town (GMaps).
- Souvenir shop: The Pilgrim’s Shop (GMaps).