AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY: Castile and León
DISTANCE TO SANTIAGO: 258 km
LINKS OF INTEREST
FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS:
- Santo Toribio: April 20th.
- Santa Marta: August 24th.
- Festival of Asturians and Romans: last weekend of July. Astorga celebrates the times when this town was the Roman city of Asturica Augusta.
Asturica Augusta was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BCE. and it still retains many archaeological remains from that time. The Silver Way and the French Way merge here. This circumstance explains why Astorga has been, over the centuries, one of the great historical sites of the Jacobean Routes and the second town with the largest number of Jacobean hospitals, only surpassed by Burgos.
- Cathedral of Santa María: construction began in 1471 but did not end until the 18th century. The former Romanesque cathedral was refashioned so we can find a combination of several styles of Spanish religious art.
- Bishop’s Palace or Gaudí’s Palace: Antonio Gaudí was commissioned in 1887 to built it, but it was not completed until 1961. The impressive white granite exterior gives it the appearance of a castle, manor house and temple. Built in Neogothic style, it presents a series of elements with an apparent military function such as battlements and towers, as well as viewpoints and terraces.
- Town Hall: located in the Plaza Mayor and built between 1683 and 1704, it was designed by Francisco de la Lastra, and was renovated 1994, maintaining the original façade, typical of Leonese civil Baroque style.
- Walls: 2.2 km of Roman walls, visible from around the city, whose erection dates back to the late 3rd century.
track astorga - Rabanal del Camino
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
- Castrillo de Polvazares: the most representative town of the Maragatería territory, declared a Historic-Artistic Site thanks to its good state of conservation. The typical occupation in this town concerned pack animals, and it was at its peak in the 18th century.
- Molinaseca: 17th-century sanctuary of Virgen de las Angustias, and medieval bridge.