CAMINO DE SANTIAGO FROM LEÓN TO CEBREIRO
El Camino de Santiago from León to O Cebreiro It passes through different regions of León until it enters Galicia through the mythical O Cebreiro, with its enormous significance on the Camino de Santiago.
We will visit the Maragateria, with the monumental Astorga and Ponferrada, capital of El Bierzo, with its spectacular Castle of the Templars. Halfway, we will find the mythical Cruz del Ferro, the highest altitude of the French Way.
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO FROM LEÓN STAGES
Day 1: Arrival in León. Accommodation.
Day 2: Stage from León to San Martin del Camino (26,15 kms)
Day 3: Stage from San Martin del Camino to Astorga (22,16 kms)
Day 4: Stage from Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (19,61 kms)
Day 5: Stage from Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada (32,12 Kms)
Day 6: Stage from Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo (22,35 kms)
Day 7: Stage from Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro (29,73 km)
Day 8: Arrival at O Cebreiro-End of Our Services
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Typical food on the French Way from León
The French Way is one of the most popular to get to Santiago de Compostela. It is chosen by thousands of pilgrims every year, who apart from enchanting landscapes steeped in history, have plenty of comforts along the way. They will know the kindness of all its citizens, as well as good signage, shelters and others.
Gastronomy is another of those points that are worth highlighting in this section. You will enjoy options adapted to all tastes and demands, always prepared with fresh products from the area, where tradition is always present.
In this guide we want to show you some of the most typical dishes of your organized trip to the Camino de Santiago on your way between León and Lugo. We will take the opportunity to suggest some of the best restaurants on this same stretch.
Typical dishes of the Camino de Santiago from León to O Cebreiro
Recipes steeped in tradition, which have passed from generation to generation and in many cases are still prepared even following the same processes. These are some of the typical dishes that you can taste from León to Lugo.
Includes a sauce that becomes the protagonist of the dish. It will allow you to have another perspective of the typical tortilla, once you try this peculiar and different one.
Firstly, It is a common and current potato omelette, being able to choose if you want it with onion and garlic or if on the contrary you go from these. The sauce is made from garlic and onion punched in a pan, accompanied by bay leaves and some chillies.
Sweet paprika, wheat flour and white wine are added to this preparation to finally add grated tomatoes and a touch of water. Afterwards, all these are crushed and that sauce is used to cook the tortilla a little more for a few minutes and voila.
Another of the Leonese classics that you must try yes or yes. This is a very traditional alternative in this area. In ancient times it was very recurrent to feed farm workers thanks to its high caloric intake. It offered them energy to face the long days.
It is made with chorizo, pork cuts such as ribs, trotters, pancetta and bacon, vegetables and legumes and, of course, chickpeas. In addition, you can also include eggs and stale breadcrumbs.
Know that you eat backwards. First, the meats, then the chickpeas, vegetables and legumes and finally the broth.
We must say it from now on, it is not exactly a cheap dish, but its exquisite flavor deserves it.
It is a traditional local lobster, but prepared in a particular way. There are two ways, the first is roasted or grilled and the second is cooked.
Another feature that makes this preparation so special is that this species is quite scarce, so it is not widely exported either.
Another of the most traditional preparations in Lugo and the entire region of Galicia in general. History says that this was the ideal preparation. It was also very recurrent for the farm workers returning home after a long winter day.
It is made from turnip tops, turnip greens, cachelos, cabbage, pork fat and white beans, as well as chorizo or bacon. All the ingredients are cooked together and once ready, they are served with some slices of fresh bread.
O Cebreiro cheese
Made with cow's milk, it is one of the most traditional cheeses and consumed throughout Galicia. It has a particular flavor and a characteristic mushroom shape.
You should know that O Cebreiro is the Galician gateway to the Camino de Santiago, being This cheese has been a true custom among pilgrims for many centuries. In fact, it was the favorite of the Spanish Crown for a long time, carrying out important orders for long periods of time.
If you are a lover of good cheeses on your way through the town of Arzua in the Camino de Santiago from Sarria, you can taste their famous tetilla cheeses with denomination of origin.
Where to eat on this stretch of the Camino?
Best Places to Eat from León to O Cebreiro
Once you enter this stage, there are many good options to enjoy traditional cuisine at its best. Among the best establishments in the area, these are worth visiting:
The Baths (Astorga)
Located on Calle Santiago de Astorga, Las Termas is a traditional inn in this area. In the heart of the city, its name is due to the fact that right in this area there were ancient roman baths.
His specialty is cooked Maragato. However, they have a fairly varied menu, always with sausages, cecina de León, scrambled eggs and croquettes present. If you are not exactly a fan of stews, they also offer fish and meat.
You should know that this restaurant is very popular in the area, so the recommendation is always to make your reservation at least two days in advance.
Or Xantar (Ponferrada)
Very close to the Town Hall square, O Xantar It is one of the most popular restaurants in Ponferrada. Its offer is quite wide and varied, so you will undoubtedly find a dish that suits your needs, always maintaining the local tradition.
Its menu has from seafood, meat and, of course, lots of sausages and wine so you can enjoy your best moments here.
Inn Don Nacho (Villafranca del Bierzo)
On Truqueles street, the Meson Don Pancho It does justice to its name from any point of view. No matter what time or day you come, you will enjoy a traditional at its finest.
you can taste broths, stews, meats, fish, seafood and sausages. Its menu is extensive, varied and generous, without neglecting its selection of wines, where you will be amazed by all the variety that you will have in your hands.
Meson Anton (O Cebreiro)
At this point on the Camino de Santiago you are tired and quite hungry. The Meson Anton It is a wonderful place to recharge your batteries and recover energy through its exquisite preparations.
Its options are based on traditional home cooking, with fresh products and recipes that remain intact over the years.
How to get to Leon
We indicate the different options of How to get to the French Way starting in León.
Option 1: Private car and leave the vehicle parked in León.
Option 2: Bus. You can get to León with different bus companies.
Option 3: Train (Renfe)
Upon your arrival in León, an experience you will never forget begins, in which we recommend what to see and do on your Camino de Santiago from León.
What to see and what to do on the Camino de Santiago from León (Travel guide)
STAGE FROM LEÓN TO SAN MARTIN DEL CAMINO AND ASTORGA
The Gothic Cathedral of León known for the beauty of its stained glass windows and the balance of its heights with the Latin nickname "Pulcra Leonina", and which opens the door to the medieval center of the city.
The Royal Collegiate Church of León, which represents a magnificent monumental complex begun in the Romanesque style. The museum houses the exceptional Chalice of Doña Urraca. At the end of the XNUMXth century, the Royal Pantheon was built.
The Convent of San Marcos de León, which was an old primate house of the Order of Cavalry of Santiago and with a spectacular Plateresque façade from the XNUMXth century.
Already during the stage, the Villadangos Church is dedicated to Santiago Apóstol, patron saint of the Villa. It is a temple with a Latin cross plan from the end of the XNUMXth century or the beginning of the XNUMXth century.
In Astorga, the Gothic-style Cathedral of Santa María stands out. Its neo-Gothic Episcopal Palace by Gaudí. We also highlight its magnificent Town Hall, as well as its walls.
ASTORGA-RABANAL DEL CAMINO STAGE
In Valdeviejas just 1 km from Astorga, we find the Parish Church of San Verisimo.
In Murias de Rechivaldo, its Church dedicated to San Esteban from the XNUMXth century stands out, a relief of the Virgen del Pilar and a statue of San Roque pilgrim stand out.
In Santa Catalina de Somoza, its Parish Church of Santa Maria stands out, where a relic of San Blas is preserved.
In the Goose, the parish church dedicated to Santiago stands out, which has a carving of the Holy pilgrim dress of the
XNUMXth century In the atrium there is a chapel that is known as the Christ of the pilgrims.
In Rabanal del Camino, we find the Hermitage of Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. On Calle Mayor you will find the Hermitage of San Jose from the XNUMXth century and the Hospital of San Gregorio and the house of the four corners. In the upper part is the Church of Santa María, in Romanesque style.
STAGE FROM RABANAL DEL CAMINO TO PONFERRADA
At the entrance to Foncebadón we find the Cruz del Ferro: there are many theories surrounding this mythical cross. Some say that it comes from the time of the Romans who left a stone in the Sanctuary of the God Mercury that was there, asking for protection on their journey. Others indicate that the stone is carried from the place each one comes from, as a symbol of their sins, and that leaving it there would mean the intention of starting a new life. However, the theories are multiple and from different perspectives.
In Manjarín, where there used to be a pilgrims' hospital from the XNUMXth century.
In El Acebo, the parish church of San Miguel and its Calle Real stand out.
In Molinaseca is the Chapel of the Virgen de las Angustias, in the Baroque style of the XNUMXth century. The temple of San Nicolas de Bari in neoclassical style, stands out for its carving of San Roque pilgrim. Also admire its Romanesque bridge over the Meruelo.
In Ponferrada, the Castillo de los Templarios stands out as one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of military architecture in Spain. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Oak and the Convent of the Conceptionists. As well as highlighting its Town Hall for its famous Clock Tower.
STAGE FROM PONFERRADA TO VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO
Villafranca del Bierzo is another city that was born and became important thanks to the Camino:
The Church of Santiago, a Romanesque temple with a single nave, famous for the "Puerta del Perdón". It is the only one that has the privilege of granting, together with the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, full indulgence to pilgrims who, while making their Pilgrimage Way, for physical reasons or illness, cannot finish their journey to Santiago de Compostela, in the Holy years.
The Castle of the Marquises of Villafranca.
Water Street, with numerous emblazoned buildings.
San Francisco church.
The Collegiate Church of Villafranca del Bierzo.
STAGE FROM VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO TO CEBREIRO
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- Roadside telephone assistance
- Luggage transfer in the stages
- 1 suitcase per person, maximum 20Kgs
- Roadside assistance vehicle in case of emergency
- Pilgrim's credential
- Pilgrim's Scallop
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- Up to 15 days before starting the Camino
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