After the opening ceremonies there is a competition/exhibition by the knights. They perform various demonstrations of skills varying from using lances to take rings from a stand, throwing spears (as shown), and picking up swords from the ground and then using them to cup heads of lettuce placed on a fence. All in all they were very impresive with...more
Whether you want to make your own costume for the festival or not you can still get dressed up for the occasion as there is a shop near the money exchange that rents out costumes for the festivities. 35E for a fully man's outfit of your choice and 50E for a woman were what I believe the prices were. So many people are dressed up, from the little...more
Saturday afternoon the festivities are kicked off with a parade that starts in the city centre and thru town under the bridge to the main arena (shown on my main page). Hundreds people are decked out in medieval costumes for the parade which includes horsemen, maidens, prisoners, knights, drummers and bagpipe players.more
Each year the festival holds a painting contest with various age divisions. You will find many painters such as this one in various parts of the town capturing part of the festival on canvas. The artists are very good and it is fun to watch their work develop over the day as you pass by many times (going back to the food stands...)more
There are many food stands to chose from during the festival. You can buy a plate of grilled meat or chorizo for example or you can purchase some spanish empanadas or stuff yourself full of sweets. The celtic stand sells a variety of crepes and there are many other things to chose from. The established restaurants in town offer a medieval menu which although we didn't try seemed to have a nice selection and was popular.
Favorite Dish: We had tuna and meat empanadas which are a good start. Also we had a kebab which we both liked alot. Our favorite was the brochettes ( I call them a shishkabob) made of chicken and vegetables whih was excellent. We had some grilled beef which was tough and cold but the grilled pork with it was good. . Other than that we tried plenty of cookies and other sweets which were very good.
We didn't try any of this beef in the picture (the same one from the intro page). They had been cooking it for hours but it still wasn't done so they were cutting off pieces and putting them on the parilla to finish cooking. We were stuffed with so many of the other things by that point we couldn't dream of eating any more.
Hospital de Orbigo is located inbetween Leon and Astorga on N-120 or AP-71 about a half an hour or so west of Leon.
There is plenty of parking for the festival near the old bridge.
Many pilgrims also pass through this route as the Camino de Santiago passes over the bridge.
Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza made their annual appearance at the festival. I really think that this representation of them is really cute and I smile every time I see these photos. I didn't understand all they were saying during the program but everyone was laughing and it was hilarious to watch them skip through town with legs...more
During the festival 90% of the city converts its currency to Doblas. There is an exchange office in the main square in the city centre that will switch your euros to Doblas to be used during the festival. 10% is taken by the city to offset the cost of the festival and of course they make some money by people like me keeping some of the Doblas for...more
There are many street performers during the festival and it is best to be paying to attention to the people who are juggling. Although they are very skilled performers sometimes accidents do happen and sometimes you become a part of the show without realizing it.
When I wasn't paying close attention one of the pins they were juggling went astray and hit me in the toe which was already injured and needless to say I was paying attention after that ;o)
Also for this photo I had been following the juggles up the street to get a good picture when they decided to turn around and come back down the same street putting me in the middle of the juggling. Luckily I escaped with this great photo :o)