Astorga Travel Guide

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

  • 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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  • Festival

    We arrived the day after Astorga's August festival 'Festividad de Santa Marta' had ended. Missed out the on bullfights ;-) and fireworks ;-(.

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  • Astorga cathedral

    The impressive building is a sign of the importance of the city as religious centre.The facade is a master piece, with fine sculptures in every arch and column.The inside is also richly decorated: the altar, the choir, organ...

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Astorga Restaurants

  • 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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  • 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 Off The Beaten Path

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    by milugares Written Dec 13, 2003

    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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