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Astorga - Rabanal del Camino

Length: 20 Kilometres

The Cathedral’s Square makes a good starting point. We will cross through calle Leopoldo Panero and Puerta Obispo to reach San Pedro de Afuera St. Then we will leave the city of Astorga and, after driving along the Nacional VI, we will head for the LE-142 road (it is a B road).

Astorga - Rabanal del Camino
Astorga - Rabanal del Camino

After going further up the road for 1,5 km, we will find the hermitage ermita del Ecce Homo and, on the right side of our way, the village of Valdeviejas, where a hospital for the pilgrims was held during the XVth Century. If we continue another 2 km, we will reach Murias de Rechivaldo, and from there we will leave the road and continue our pilgrimage through a path, just before reaching Santa Catalina de Somoza, 5 km away from Murias.

We have left on the right of this stretch the village of Castrillo de los Polvazares, an important milestone of Leon’s province, named National Heritage, and famous due to its exquisite stew, the “cocido maragato”, that we can taste in any Inn.

We leave Santa Catalina de Somoza through the Real St. and we go back to the LE-142 road, walking towards El Ganso, 4 km further on. We still have to walk 7 km to reach the end of this stage at Rabanal del Camino. Almost 4 km before of El Ganso, we cross the bridge Puente de Pañote, over the stream Arroyo de las Reguerinas.

This is another milestone in our stage: on the right we can visit one of the great gold mines from the Roman Age, La Fucarona. Its reddish aspect, similar to Las Médulas from El Bierzo, makes it unmistakable.

The hermitage of the Bendito Cristo de la Vera Cruz warns us about our arrival to Rabanal del Camino, the end of this stage.

Astorga - Rabanal del Camino

Villages

Valdeviejas

This village, with no more than 170 inhabitants, is little further than 1 km away from Astorga, from which Valdeviejas depends administratively. The village belonged in the past to the municipality of Castrillo de los Polvazares. Its parish church was built to honour San Verísimo, and the village held a hospital for the pilgrims during the XVth Century. On the way out of Valdeviejas the pilgrim will find the Medieval Hermitage ermita medieval del Ecce Homo, redesigned a few times, the last one over the past century.

Murias de Rechivaldo

The pilgrim fully enters La Maragatería, an extensive region that merges with the land of El Bierzo throughout the Jubilee’s track. The parish church, under the protectorate of San Esteban, was built during the XVIIIth Century, and it holds an image of the pilgrim San Roque.

Santa Catalina de Somoza

This zone of the pilgrimage to Santiago is next to the mountain Monte Irago. The pilgrim crosses Santa Catalina de Somoza through its main street, the calle Mayor. Its parish church, named Santa María, holds a relic from San Blas, the patron Saint of the village. The village had a hospital before the XVth Century, known as Virgen de las Candelas. The village celebrates its festivities during the first weekend of August.

El Ganso

Its population does not exceed 50 inhabitants. As many other regions of the Jubilee pilgrimage, the festivities of El Ganso are dedicated to Santiago, and so is the parish church. In the atrium of this church there is a small chapel known as Capilla del Cristo de los Peregrinos.

We know about the existence of a hospital for the pilgrims and a Convent run by pre-monstratense nuns from the order of Cluny, both dated from the XIIth Century. All the pilgrimage’s guides underline the existence of “casas teitadas” (hay huts) in El Ganso, as a prelude of a similar indigenous construction from El Bierzo and Galicia: the pallozas.

Rabanal de Camino

The hermitage ermita del Bendito Cristo de la Vera Cruz, dated from the XVIIIth Century, welcomes us at the entrance of the village. The cobbled street calle Real takes us to the different interesting places of Rabanal del Camino.

There is an image of Santiago inside the chapel of San José. The chapel was built during the XVIIIth Century. We can also see the house that made the former Hospital de San Gregorio and the building known as la Casa de las Cuatro Esquinas, where the king Felipe II stayed.

With regards to the parish church, its apse, from the XIIth Century, worths to be mentioned. It seems that all during the XIIth Century, there was a house attached to the church and dedicated to the Orden de los Templarios (Order of the Knights Templar).

Lodges

Hostel de Murias de Rechivaldo

  • Address: Carretera de Santa Colomba
  • Place: Murias de Rechivaldo
  • Phone: 987 691 150
  • Located in the next village to Astorga: Murias de Rechivaldo, where one can visit the beautiful church of San Esteban, from the XVIIIth Century.

    The Hostel opens with the arrival of the first pilgrim and closes at 22:30 horas. Guests are allowed to leave after the closing hour .

    There is room for 24 people, 18 in bunk beds and the rest in mattresses over the floor.

    Available all year.

    Price: contribution.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 2 toilets
    • Room to keep the bicycles
    • Drinkable water
    • Lockers and wardrobes
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • Outdoor seating areas
    • 2 shower cubicles
    • Living room
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Living room-Dining room
    • Signal for mobile telephony available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Medical assistance
    • Restaurant and snack bars

Hostel Las Águedas

  • Address: Calle Camino de Santiago, 52
  • Place: Murias de Rechivaldoº
  • Phone: 636 067 840 - 987 616 765 - 987 691 234
  • Email: lasaguedas@yahoo.es
  • Website: www.lasaguedas.com
  • Property: Private
  • Without turning off from Camino de Santiago, you will find this renovated country house on the way out of Murias de Rechivaldo. The house keeps the charm of the constructions from Maragatería.

    There is a grocery and some basic stores inside the Hostel, such as "La despensa de Las Aguedas", for there are snack bars in the town, but there are not stores.

    Camping and horse riding are allowed in the garden.

    Breakfast served inside the Hostel.

    The Hostel is open all year from 12:00 to 22:00, and its price is 6 €.

    There is room for 60 people, separated in 3 different rooms.

    Pets are allowed.

    Booking is allowed.

    The care taken on guests is remarkable in this Hostel.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 4 toilets
    • Room to keep the bicycles
    • Drinkable water
    • Washbasin
    • Lockers and wardrobes
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Washing machine
    • Heating
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • Kitchen
    • Vending machine for drinks
    • Outdoor seating area
    • 6 shower cubicles
    • Towels and soap
    • Stable
    • Living room
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Fridge
    • Living room-dining room
    • Signal for mobile telephony available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Grocery stores
    • Restaurant and snack bars
    • Internet access nearby

Hostel Junta Vecinal de Santa Catalina de Somoza

  • Address: Calle La Escuela s/n
  • Place: Santa Catalina de Somoza
  • Phone: 987 691 819
  • Property: Town Hall
  • Santa Catalina de Somoza is the typical stone-houses town.. In the old days, there was a house there to give shelter to the pilgrims.

    Available all year at a price of 3 €.

    Open from 15:00 to 22:00.

    There is room for 38 people, all in bunk beds.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 2 toilets
    • Room to leave the bicycles
    • Drinkable water
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Public phone
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • Outdoor seating areas
    • 2 shower cubicles
    • Stable
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Signal for mobile telephony available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Restaurant and snack bars

Hospedería San Blas

  • Address: Calle Real nº 11
  • Place: Santa Catalina de Somoza
  • Phone: 987 691 411 - 637 464 833
  • Website: www.santacatalinadesomoza.tk
  • Property: Private
  • Open all year, from 10:00 to 22:30-23:00.

    There is room for 24 people, 20 in bunk beds and 4 in beds. 2 mattresses can also be used over the floor.The Hostel has 2 double rooms with toilet.

    Booking is allowed.

    There is snack bar and restaurant service and a grocery with the typical products of the zone.

    Its price is 5 € and the double rooms cost 35 €.

    There is a menu for the pilgrim, available at 7,50 €, and the breakfast costs between 1,20 and 3 €.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 6 toilets
    • Room to keep the bicycles
    • Drinkable water
    • Lockers and wardrobes
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Washing machine
    • Public phone
    • Heating
    • Electricity
    • Vending machine for drinks
    • Outdoor seating areas
    • 4 shower cubicles
    • Vending machine for coffee
    • Towels and soap
    • Living room
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Living room-Dining room
    • Signal for mobile telephony available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Grocery stores
    • Butcherys
    • Bakery
    • Restaurant and snack bars

Hostel Camino de Santiago

  • Address: Calle Las Eras (former schools)
  • Place: El Ganso
  • Phone: 987 691 088
  • Property: Residents’ Association
  • The Hostel is quite neglected.

    There is room for 16 people in bunk beds.

    No official hours to open and close.

    Available all year.

    Price: contribution.

    Services:

    • Washbasin
    • Public phone
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Signal for mobile telephony available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Phone box, located in a seasonal bar, open from May to November
    • Medical assistance: Fridays
    • Snack bar-Restaurant: there are several ones that open from May to November

Hostel El Tesín

  • Address: Calle Real s/n
  • Place: Rabanal del Camino
  • Phone: 650 952 721 - 696 819 060
  • The Hostel can hold 34 people.

    Available all year.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 6 toilets
    • Specific place for bicycles
    • Drinkable water
    • Washbasin
    • Lockers and wardrobes
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Heating
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • 6 shower cubicles
    • Towels and soap
    • Sitting room
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Signal for mobile telephony available.
    • Services in the vicinity:
    • Grocery
    • Medical assistance
    • Bakery
    • Restaurant and snack bars

Hostel Gaucelmo

  • Address: Calle Calvario nº 4
  • Place: Rabanal del Camino
  • Phone: 987 691 901
  • Property: Bishopric from Astorga
  • Run by the brotherhood of an English association named Saint James and the Asociación de Amigos del Camino de El Bierzo.

    There is room for 66 people, 46 in bunk beds and 20 in mattresses over the floor.

    There is a grass zone authorised to camp with camping tents.

    Available from April to October.

    Price: contribution.

    Reservation is not allowed.

    Open from 14:00 until 22:30.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 6 toilets
    • Room to keep the bicycles
    • Drinkable water
    • Washbasin
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Public phone
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • Kitchen
    • Outdoor seating area
    • 6 shower cubicles
    • Living room
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Dining room
    • Signal for mobile telephony available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Grocery stores
    • Medical assistance
    • Bakery
    • Restaurant and snack bars

Municipal Hostel de Rabanal

  • Address: Plaza Jerónimo Morán Alonso, s/n
  • Place: Rabanal del Camino
  • Phone: 987 691 272 - 687 617 445
  • Property: Municipal
  • Recently inaugurated, this Municipal Hostel is run by volunteers.

    The Hostel is kept in good condition.

    There is room for 45 people, placed as it follows: 22 in bunk beds and the rest in mattresses over the floor.

    Available from May 15th to October 15th, at a price of 3 €.

    Open from 11:00 to 23:30.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 2 toilets
    • Drinkable water
    • Washbasin
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Heating
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • Kitchen
    • 4 shower cubicles
    • Living room
    • Sockets available for mobile telephony
    • Living room-Dining room
    • Signal for mobile telephony available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Grocery stores
    • Medical assistance
    • Bakery
    • Restaurant and snack bars

Hostel Nuestra Señora del Pilar

  • Address: Plaza Jerónimo Morán Alonso
  • Place: Rabanal del Camino
  • Phone: 987 631 621 - 616 089 942
  • Property: Private
  • This village of just 60 inhabitants is a fantastic location to have a rest before crossing the Mount of Irago to reach El Bierzo. This is the reason why there are 3 Hostels, in spite of its reduced size. There is a bus to Astorga every Tuesday.

    The Hostel has a beautiful courtyard.

    There is room for 72 people in bunk beds and 30 mattresses over the floor of a room outside the main body.

    The Hostel opens early in the morning and closes at 23:00.

    Available all year at a price of 5 €.

    It is possible to book for groups.

    Services:

    • Hot water
    • 5 toilets
    • Drinkable water
    • Room to keep the bicycles
    • Washbasin
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Public phone
    • Heating
    • Electricity
    • Clothes line
    • Kitchen
    • Vending machine for drinks
    • Outdoor seating areas
    • 5 shower cubicles
    • Living room
    • Vending machine for coffee
    • Towels and soap
    • Fridge
    • Sockets available for battery chargers
    • Dining room
    • Signal for mobile phones available

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Grocery stores
    • Medical assistance
    • Bakery
    • Restaurant and snack bars
    • Internet access nearby

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