Two days in Villafranca del Bierzo

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Villafranca del Bierzo, on the Camino de Santiago, is a wonderfully peaceful little town in the hills in the East of Léon in Northern Spain. If you only have two days in the town then do see these sights.

The Camino de Santiago in Villafranca del Bierzo

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Villafranca del Bierzo was founded in the 11C by French monks who belonged to the order of Cluny, establishing a Monastery where they could care for pilgrims who were walking the Camino de Santiago. Judging by the grand palaces in … Continued

Roman Gold Mine in Northern Spain

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Las Médulas is a spectacular landscape about half an hour south of Villafranca del Bierzo. The somewhat bizarre countryside is the result of the Romans mining for gold, and it is now a World Heritage Site. The local population had … Continued

A walk around Astorga

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We stopped for a few hours only, just enough time for a coffee and a walk around Astorga, on the road from Léon to Villafranca de Bierzo. Astorga, the old Asturica Augustea, was established as a Roman city and two … Continued

The Camino de Santiago from Leon to Villafranca

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The week spent in Léon had been wonderful but it was time to move on to our next destination. Our road followed the Camino de Santiago from Léon to Villafranca and we decided to stop in Astorga along the way. … Continued

Lingering in Leon for a week

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I am reluctant to leave Léon, which is probably obvious! I was sad to leave after staying there for a week, and I am equally sad to stop talking about it and leave the photographs alone! However, I need to … Continued

Enjoying food in Leon

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We stayed in an AirBnB in Léon and after a day’s walking were too tired to go out for dinner. This didn’t stop us from enjoying food in Leon, particularly as we also wanted to eat rather earlier than the … Continued

Romanesque Monasteries near Leon

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We were based in Léon and wanted a day out of the city so visited several remarkable Romanesque Monasteries near Leon. It was a wonderful day trip of c. 90 kms on easy roads. I wrote individual posts about the … Continued

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