Astorga Travel Guide

  • the Episcopal Palace
    the Episcopal Palace
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  • the plaque
    the plaque
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  • the shelter
    the shelter
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Astorga Things to Do

  • 3 angles

    These 3 angles, that were planned for the interior of the episcopal palace of Astorga by Antonio Gaudi once, will be seen nowadays in the park around of the museum, so dont miss them, when you come out of the Museum!The episcopal palace was finished by another architect after the early death of Antonio Gaudi, who had most of his ideas in the head,...

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  • Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz

    Capilla de la Sta. Vera Cruz is a small chapel that I found at the other side of the old town of Astorga, but unfortunately the doors of it were closed. I really love such tiny churches with that typical churchtower that is just a wall that shows also the bells of the church. The chapel is dating back to the year 1816.There seems to be a monastery...

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  • the medieval townwalls

    In Astorgas you will be able to see some quite large remains of the medieval townwalls and they were also the first sight of Astorga that I saw, when getting out of the bus in the central busstation. the town seems to be built on a small hill, that was once totally surrounded by these walls and nowadays the citycentre is about 6 meters above the...

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  • a Roman villa & great mosaiques

    This was in fact a great surprise for me, while I was walking through Astorga: there are some great remains of a Roman villa, dating back to more than 2000 years. You will be able to see some great remains of excellent mosaiques. All of that is covered by a glass-roof and there is no need to pay an entrancefee or stick to opening-times. My last...

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  • the townhall and the chimes

    This is the townhall of Astorga and it dates back to the 17th century. There is a clock on the building and 2 puppets in the local traditional costumes of the Maragatos will hit the clock there each full hour. On this square there will be a market each tuesday morning, so maybe it is best to make you photos at another time.

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  • The cathedral of Astorga

    This is the cathedral Santa Maria of Astorga,and its origins are dating back to the 8th century. The cathedral is mostly a museum nowadays and you have to pay an entrancefee, you will get cheaper tickets for the combination of the Episcopal Palace and the cathedral.But lets first take a look at the richly decorated entrance-gate, that you will be...

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  • "Museo de los Caminos" in Gaudi's Palace

    Take a look inside of Gaudi's Palace, that was once planed to be the episcopal palace and you will see a great Art Nouveau Interior with lots of mosaiques, paintings and sculptures about the Camino.The only place in the "Museo de los Caminos", where you are allowed to take photos is the entrancehall, where I have taken all of these photos.This...

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  • The episcopal Palace built by Gaudi

    This is the famous Episcopal Palace built by Antonio Gaudi between 1889 and 1913 for the local bishop, who actually did not like this palace and so he stayed in another building closeby and this building was finally transferred into a museum called "Museo de los Caminos"From OUTside the building looks a bit strange maybe, but make sure you will...

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  • My Camino in 1999

    In August 1999 I started my Camino in Astorga because I wanted to get to Santiago within 14 days. 3 days it was raining, the rest was fine, but in July and August are the hottest months and also the most peregrinos. So it was not easy to find a place to sleep, 2 times I had to sleep outside, but it was OK !

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  • Astorga - Plaza Mayor and surroundings

    As is general in Spain the Plaza Mayor is also home to the town hall. This town hall is unique in having two Maragatos, known as Juan Zancuda and Colasa striking the time, and this since 1748. The building is just over 300 years old.Other things to do :The Roman museum : The Ergastula is situated 2 mins walk from the town hall on plaza de San...

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  • Astorga - The Romans.

    Besides the Roman museum there is evidence of the Romans all over Astorga. The only part of the original wall visible from outside, along with a Roman gate along behind the Bishops Palace. The rest of the wall is of course original but covered and re-faced. In the calle Luis Braille there are some diggings going on and there is also the Plaza...

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  • Astorga - The Cathedral.

    This striking gothic cathedral was begun in 1471 on the site of a Romanesque predecessor and finally finished in the 1700's undergoing additions in Neo-classic, Baroque and Renaissance styles.The small church of Santa Marta is in the shadow of the cathedral. Martha being the patron saint of Astorga.

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  • Astorga - the Bishops Palace.

    The palace was begun in 1889 and finally deemed to be finished in 1913, although work actually carried on right into the 1960's. The attics were not finished according to Gaudi's plans, and that is why the three angels are actually exposed in the garden instead of inside. It is said the the Bishop never actually lived here and it is now a museum...

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  • Gaudí's Episcopal Palace

    There are only three Gaudí building outside Barcelona and Astorga has one of them! It was shut on the Monday I was there and I'm sure the inside is more quirky than the exteriior which isn't particluarly mad.It now houses the Museo de Los Caminos. 2.50euros to enter or get a combined ticket for Museo Catedralicio fo 4 euros.

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  • Enjoy a beer in Plaza de España

    Plaza de españa is an attractive spot to sit outside a bar/cafe and admire the arcaded shops and historic town hall.Cervecería La Esquina has 18 beers to choose from.

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Astorga Hotels

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  • Casa De Tepa

    Santiago, 2, Astorga, 24700, es

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Astur Plaza

    Plaza Espana 2-3, Astorga, Castile-Leon, 24700, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Gaudi Hotel Astorga

    When I arrived at around lunchtime in Astorga, I realized that all museums and even the cathedral...

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Astorga Restaurants

  • a tiny cafe/bar along the Camino

    This is a good example of a small cafe along the Camino, where someone had the idea to start a business along the Camino, where more than 100.000 peregrinos/pilgrims will pass by throughout each year and there is almost no other place to take a rest for quite some distance.It might have been the school-house once as the building looks like a...

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  • Highly recommended!

    As the León region is famous for 'cocido maragato' we checked our guide book for a recommended restaurant. 'La Peseta' was top of the list, so even though another restaurant in the square looked pretty good, we decided to pay a tiny bit more. We weren't disappointed as the food was excellent, the dining room was posher than we're used to and staff...

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  • Local food, affordable prices

    If you are looking for a stylish restaurant, this will not be your choice.Seen from the street it just looks like one of this small-village-bar, with some local (old) people playing cards or watching tv, but at the back of the cafeteria there is a tiny dinner-room, with 6 tables where around 15 people can seat.It is just some meters down the street...

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Astorga Transportation

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    by globetrott Updated Nov 2, 2012

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    I came by bus to Astorga and the central busstation is just a few steps from the epicopal palace, the cathedral and the medieval townwall, so you actually dont need a streetmap to find your way as a tourist or peregrino.
    Buses in Spain are really cheap like you see in my picture: from Belorado to Burgos i just payed 3,01 euros one way and the funny prices with single cents at the end come by the fact that 8% taxes will be added to all bus-tickets !
    Buses were always quite comfortable in Spain, the only problem for me was the fact that for larger distances along the Camino the buses go only 1 or 2 times each morning and when you miss them, you have to wait another day !

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Astorga Shopping

  • all you need for the Camino

    I found this shop close to the main sqare of Astorga. All of the employees there spoke german as well, that was quite helpful when it comes to details.And they also helped me a lot regarding the parcel that I intended to send "poste restante" to Santiago with 3 kg of equipment that I did not really need anymore. I bought a "camelbag" that is a...

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  • Artisan chocolate and cakes

    Mantecadas are a buttery biscuit peculiar to Astorga. Several shops in the centre sell attractively packaged boxes. There is a small chocolate museum with a 'chocolate artesano' shop attached. Entrance to the chocolate museum is 2 euros, a combined ticket to the museo romano is 3 euros.6 or 7 euros for a box of mantecadas

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  • Sweet souvenirs from Astorga

    Most famous and popular are "mantecadas", but also "hojaldres", and other sweet cakes. very cheap, about 2-3 Euros a 12-box.

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Astorga Local Customs

  • make me the bull ;-)

    This was a funny surprise of me to see in Spain: Obviously this "bull on wheels" is used by children who want to play bullfighting.I really hope that some day this sort of game for children is the only "left over" from the cruelties and insanity of bullfighting in Spain.In some places they gave up the bullfights already, but some regions still...

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  • watch out for the tiles

    Watch out for the tiles that cover the local houses ! I very much enjoyed their way of covering the houses by rows of tiles heaped up in a special way partly also with heavy stones holding them down against the strong winds that occur in that area.

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Astorga Warnings and Dangers

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    by globetrott Written May 19, 2012

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    Hiking-shoes have to stay OUTside of your room in most of the Albergues on the Camino, in some places you even have to store your Backpacks at the reception as well - so pack accordingly and have an extra-pair of shoes ready, something like light slippers or croogs, that are also perfect for a walk in the cities !

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Astorga Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch out for the storks

    Watch out for the storks and you will find them from now on all over the Camino: they will be nesting on special points high above the ground, on churchtowers, cranes, telephone-masts etc. It was great to watch them at many places along the Camino / Jakobsweg / St. James Way.This stork had his nest close to the monastery, on top of a small church.

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  • Big trees

    They are not a touristic spot, just 3 trees in a street.But seeing such tall and big trees in the middle of a city is so unusual, that they seemed fantastic.Location:Near plaza Obispo Marcelo, in front of the seminar, at the corner with calle Carmen.

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  • Rest up in Jardín de la Sinagoga

    If you are one of the many pilgrims that passes through the town or wanting to save pennies at lunchtime then take a picnic to the pretty park (origin of the name?). It is built into the roman wall, has shade, a purpose built graffiti wall and a pretty view of the plains below. Look out for the madroño donado trees planted with funding from...

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  • A city full of history and beautiful...

    The cathedral and Gaudi palace are the most famous attractions of Astorga, but the whole city centre is full of sightseeings.Take a city map from a tourist office or the pilgrims hostal (like the picture) and go round the streets to see all the marked monuments, as well as enjoy the sight from the city-wall promenade (Paseo de la muralla).

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