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León - Villadangos del Páramo

Length: 22 Kilometres

The distance of 22 km that separates León from Villadangos del Páramo runs through different road surfaces, taking in turns the A-road Nacional 120 and some gravel roads, specially open for the pilgrims.

León - Villadangos del Páramo
León - Villadangos del Páramo

The pilgrimage, from León, may begin from the Catedral. From the Pulchra Leonina to the Hostal de San Marcos, the way goes through the streets Dámaso Merino, Cid, Sacramento, Abadía, Renueva and Suero de Quiñones. After reaching the Square Plaza de San Marcos, the route crosses the bridge over the river Bernesga.

We leave Barrio de El Crucero and, through the road, we reach Trobajo del Camino, 4 km away from the city centre of León. From here on, a gravel road parallel to the A-road takes us, 3 km after, until La Virgen del Camino, known because of the sanctuary that wears her name.

During the 4 km that separate La Virgen del Camino de Valverde de la Virgen –next key point in this stage- we will take in turns the way that starts further up from the Santuario de la Virgen, on the left, with the A-road, which we will not leave until we stay 2 km away from San Miguel del Camino. To cross this village, we can walk through a parallel street to the road, although around 1 km later, after crossing the A-road, we will be able to walk through a gravel road that, 7 km later, will take us to Villadangos del Páramo, end of this stage.

The experience of some pilgrims advices about doing this stage following the traces of the A-road Nacional 120 because, even though it is not that comfortable due to the traffic, it is not as complicated as another options.

León - Villadangos del Páramo
León - Villadangos del Páramo

Villages

Trobajo del Camino

It is difficult to say at first sight where is the end of León and where does Trobajo del Camino begin, for the houses join without an apparent border.

Apart from its name, that points out Trobajo del Camino as a key town in the Jubilee, there is a small hermitage dated from the XVIIIth Century and devoted to Santiago on the right of the road that crosses the town. Once the pilgrim leaves the town, there is a hill from which it is possible to see León one the last time.

La Virgen del Camino

A pilgrimage place for the people from León in September 29th (San Miguel) and October 5th (San Froilán). The latter sanctuary, built over the former one in 1961, is managed by the Dominiques.

This sanctuary was built by the Dominique architect Fray Francisco Coello from Portugal, and the sculptor José María Subirachs erected thirteen images in a clear Modernist style.

The Baroc altarpiece of the temple, presided by the Virgen, is dated around the middle of the XVIIIth Century and it was part already from the last temple, built during the XVIIth Century. It is said that the Virgin showed herself to the shepherd Alvar Simón and invited him to throw a stone with his sling, making him to promise that a sanctuary would be built where the stone felt. According to the popular tradition, this vision determined the location of the sanctuary.

Valverde de la Virgen

Church devoted to Santa Engracia. This village was known in the past as Valverde del Camino.

San Miguel del Camino

It seems that there existed a Hospital for the Pilgrims in this village –unless from the XIIth Century-. The parish church is devoted to the Archangel San Miguel and held an image from Santiago dated on the XVth Century and lately brought to León.

Villadangos del Páramo

The religious and festive life of Villadangos del Páramo is presided by the Apostle Santiago, as it happens in many other zones of the Jubilee pilgrimage. The parish church is also devoted to him and the festivities of the village are held every July 25th under his patronage.

At the entrance doors of the parish temple dated on the XVIIth Century, the pilgrim can admire two polychromed bas-reliefs that represent, as Millón Bravo describes, the mythical victory of the Leonese king Ramiro I over Abderramán II in the fields of Clavijo, thanks to the help of the Apostle Santiago.

Besides, the altarpiece in the centre of the church is presided by an image from Santiago Matamoros, with a sword and a three-cornered hat.

Lodges

Hostel Don Antonino y Doña Cinia

  • Address: Camino de Villacedré, nº 16, La Virgen del Camino-24198
  • Place: La Virgen del Camino
  • Phone: 676 472 125
  • Email: alberguevirgen@gmail.com
  • Website:
  • Property: Municipal
  • The premises include a beautiful garden, very appropriate to let the pilgrims rest.

    Open from 12:00 to 23:00.

    Available from May 1st until October 3rd, and its price is 3 €.

    There is room for 40 people at the Hostel, 20 of them in bunk beds.

    It is closed to el Santuario, in a quite calm zone of the town.

    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 of fizzy drinks
  • Outdoor seating
  • 8 shower cubicles
  • Vending machine for coffee
  • Towels and soap
  • Living room
  • Sockets available for battery charges.
  • Fridge
  • Dining room
  • Signal for mobile telephony available

Services in the vicinity:

  • Tourism and Info Office
  • Cash dispenser
  • Chemist’s
  • Bike repair shop
  • Grocery
  • Medical assistance
  • Butchery
  • Bakery
  • Restaurant and snack bars
  • Internet access closed to the Hostel
  • Hostel de Villadangos del Páramo

    • Address: Carretera a Villadangos del Páramo
    • Place: Villadangos del Páramo
    • Phone: 987 390 003 - 660 305 615
    • Website: www.villadangosdelparamo.com
    • Property: Municipal
    • The Hostel belongs to the municipality and it is kept in a very good condition.

      It is placed on the road, at the entrance of the town.

      Open from 10:00 to 23:00.

      Available all year at a price of 3 €.

      There is room for 80 people, 40 of them in mattresses over the floor.

      Services:

      • Hot water
      • 4 toilets
      • Room to keep the bicycles
      • Drinkable water
      • Washbasin
      • Sickroom/first-aid box
      • Public phone
      • Electricity
      • Clothes line
      • Kitchen
      • Vending machine for drinks
      • Outdoor seating areas
      • 4 shower cubicles
      • Living room
      • Sockets for mobile phones
      • Fridge
      • Living room-dining room
      • Signal for mobile telephony available

      Services nearby:

      • Tourism and Information Office
      • Cash dispenser
      • Chemist’s
      • Bike repair shop
      • Grocery
      • Medical assistance
      • Butchery
      • Bakery
      • Restaurant and snack bars

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