Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada

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I had read of several interesting Romanesque Monasteries and Churches near Chantada, a town which is north of Monforte de Lemos and on the far side of the Minho River. It was an overcast day, but it was not cold … Continued

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.

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

Enjoying the river and gardens in Villafranca

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We enjoyed a three-night stay in the Parador at Villafranca del Bierzo and it was a wonderful stop. The hotel is comfortable, quiet, friendly and with excellent food. I highly recommended staying here if you are travelling in the area. … 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

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