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Villadangos - Astorga

Length: 26,5 Kilometres26,5 Kilometres

Villadangos del Páramo is one of the longest stages of the pilgrimage to Santiago in the Province of León. There is 26 km away from Astorga.

Villadangos del Páramo - Astorga
Villadangos del Páramo - Astorga

t after leaving Villadangos, we start a route through a gravel road that, in 3 km, takes us to San Martín del Camino. After 7 km, we find a path on the right that takes us to Puente de Órbigo and, after another 500 metres, we cross the historical Honrosover the Órbigo river.

We enter in Hospital de Órbigo almost without noticing, because it is really close to Puente de Órbigo. The pilgrim walks through the main street, calle Mayor, the remains of the ancient Hospital for the Pilgrims on the left. This Hospital gives name to the village. On the other side of the street there is a church under the protectorate of San Juan. Luis Pastrana points out in his guide about the pilgrimage to Santiago that the Jubilee route used to cross Estébanez de la Calzada in the past, but now this village has been excluded from the route by the A-road N-120.

The pilgrim goes from Hospital de Órbigo to Villares de Órbigo, 2 kilometres further on.

A stretch of 2 km takes us to Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias through an asphalted track, where we will have overcome half this stage of the pilgrimage through leonese spots.

Eight km further on, we will reach San Justo de la Vega, on the verge of Astorga. We leave San Justo through the street calle de los Vientos and a late effort of another 4 km will take us to Astorga, at the street named Puerta del Sol. If we continue through the streets Padres Redentoristas, Plaza de San Bartolomé, Pío Gullón, Postas, Santiago and Santa Marta –patron Saint of the city-, we reach the square Plaza de la Catedral.

Villadangos del Páramo - Astorga
Villadangos del Páramo - Astorga

Villages

San Martín del Camino

The parish church of this small village of 500 inhabitants is dedicated to the patron of the pilgrims, the Bishop of Tours, as Millón Bravo says. The statues of some protectors of the pilgrimage to Santiago such as San Miguel, San Roque and San Antonio Abad meet in his altar.

Puente de Órbigo

Its name comes from one of the best known and remembered stone bridges of the pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain. Its origin is Roman and the bridge has undergone many restorations. There is a monolith in the middle of the bridge that reminds the love battle won in 1434 by the leonese knight Suero de Quiñones.

Hospital de Órbigo

This leonese village, almost attached to Puente de Órbigo, takes its name from the hospital for the pilgrims that was built in the past by the knights Caballeros Hospitalarios de San Juan. The ruins of the hospital in the village and the church of San Juan remind this fact.

Villares de Órbigo

As in many other villages from the pilgrimage, in the parish church there is worship to the image of Santiago, who is venerated here. An image of Santiago Matamoros presides the worships in its High Altar.

Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias

There are carvings that show San Roque Peregrino and Santiago Matamoros in the church of Trinidad.

San Justo de la Vega

The Crucero de Santo Toribio, the Bishop from Astorga, announces that we are closed to San Justo de la Vega. Another identificative signals from the Jubilee are the carving of San Roque that, on behalf of Millón Bravo, was kept in the church of Santos Justo y Pastor until 1965, and a hospital for the pilgrims that apparently existed in the village.

Astorga

The capital of Maragatería was awarded with the qualifications of Augusta y Magnífica (August and Magnificent), during the celebration acts of its 2000 years of existence. This titles join the already admitted of Muy Noble, Leal y Benemérita.

The pilgrimage to Santiago and the Vía de la Plata get together in Astorga. The 24 hospitals for the pilgrims that had Astorga in the past, turn the city into a key point in the Jubilee route. The city was the episcopal see and head of an important monastic movement which began in the VIIth Century.

Astorga is a monument in itself. One can see it since the moment of crossing the walls in Puerta del Sol, walking near by the Convento de los Redentoristas (Convent of the Redentorists) towards the ancient Rúa de los Francos, known today as Plaza de San Bartolomé, then the Roman ergastulum, and the Town Hall –where two masterpieces of the Maragatería tell the time. Another worthy monuments are the Palacio del Episcopado (Episcopate’s Palace), a Neogothical artwork by Gaudí, where the museum Museo de los Caminos has been installed .This museum has a Jubilee hall, dedicated to the pilgrimage to Santiago. The pilgrim can also visit the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María, next to the Hospital of San Juan.

The Cathedral’s museum, the parc Parque del Aljibe, the Seminario and the garden Jardín de la Sinagoga are some of the numerous historic referents of the city.

Lodges

Hostel Municipal Hospital de Órbigo

  • Address: El Camping s/n
  • Place: Hospital de Órbigo
  • Phone: 987 388 206 (Town Hall from Hospital de Órbigo), open from 8:00 until 15:00, Monday to Friday.
  • Property: Municipal
  • The Hostel is kept in good condition.

    Open all year at a price of 3,5 €.

    There is room for 30 people in bunk beds and another 30 in mattresses over the floor.

    Booking is not allowed.

    Open from 8:00 to 23:00. Leaving the premises is forbidden after the closing hour.

    Services:

    • Washbasin
    • 2 electric hotplates for the heating.
    • Hot water.
    • 2 shower cubicles
    • 4 toilets
    • Lockers or wardrobes
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Vending machine for water and fizzy drinks
    • Vending machine for coffee
    • Kitchen
    • Meeting room
    • Dining room
    • Outdoor seating area
    • Public phone
    • Room to keep the bicycles
    • Stable
    • Signal for mobile telephony available
    • Socket available for battery charging

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Information for the pilgrim
    • Phone box.
    • Cash dispenser
    • Chemist’s
    • Repair shop
    • Grocery stores
    • Medical assistance
    • Butchery
    • Bakery
    • Bar-Restaurante
    • Internet

Hostel for Pilgrims Viatoris

  • Address: Church of the Trinidad
  • Place: Sahagún
  • Phone: 987 780 001 (Town Hall of Sahagún)
  • Property: Municipal
  • Were the Hostel closed, there is a tourism office right in the same place. ( 987 782 117).

    There is room for 100 people, 64 of them in bunk beds and another 36 in mattresses over the floor-.

    There is a room for those who snore and a toilet for the disabled.

    No booking allowed. Open from 10 to 22 h. (leaving the premises is forbidden after the closing hour).

    This Hostel is available only for pilgrims with accreditation.

Hostel for Pilgrims from Santibáñez

  • Address: Calle Caromonte bajo nº 3
  • Place: Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias
  • Phone: 987 377 698
  • Email: gvsara@latinmail.com
  • Parochial Hostel, well equipped.

    Open from 12:00 to 22:30.

    Available from Easter to September at a price of 4 €.

    There is room for 30 people, all in bunk beds.

    Services:

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

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Medical assistance

Hostel de Astorga

  • Address: Calle Matías Rodríguez nº 24 (during the winter); Plaza de los Marqueses nº 3 (in summertime)
  • Place: Astorga
  • Phone: 602 870 660 - 987 547 751
  • This Hostel is kept in good condition.

    Astorga was a very important city during the Age of the Rome Empire. Nowadays it holds 25 pilgrims’ hospitals. Behind its walls one can find the

    Episcopate’s Palace, asked to Gaudí after the burning of the former one. Those Hostels are managed by Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Astorga.

    Available all year at a price of 3 €.

    The Hostel has room for 36 people in winter and 195 in summertime, all them in bunk beds.

    During the summertime, the Hostel is moved into a school, and 2 zones from the school are converted in campings to enlarge its capacity.

    Services:

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

    Services in the vicinity:

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

Hostel for Pilgrims San Javier

  • Address: Calle Portería nº 6
  • Place: Astorga
  • Phone: 987 618 532
  • Property: Private
  • The Hostel is kept in a very good condition.

    Available all the year at a price of 6 €.

    There is room for 120 people, divided as it follows: 104 in bunk beds and 16 in beds.

    No booking is allowed in this Hostel, and it is only available for pilgrims with accreditation.

    Open from 9:00 to 22:30. Leaving the premises is forbidden after the closing hour.

    Services:

    • Washbasin
    • Washing machine and tumble-dryer
    • Heating
    • Fridge
    • Hot water
    • Shower cubicles
    • 10 toilets
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Vending machine for water, fizzy drinks and snacks
    • Towels and soap
    • Vending machine for coffee
    • Clothes line
    • Kitchen equipped with kitchenware
    • Meeting room
    • Dining room
    • Outdoor seating area
    • Public phone
    • Room to keep the bicycles
    • There is also the possibility of finding stables nearby

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Information for the pilgrim
    • Phone box
    • Cash dispenser
    • Chemist’s
    • Repair shop
    • Grocery stores
    • Medical assistance
    • Butchery
    • Bakery
    • Snack bar-Restaurant
    • 2 computers with Internet available
    • Signal for mobile telephony available
    • Sockets available for battery chargers

Hostel for Pilgrims Siervas de María

  • Address: Plaza San Francisco nº 3
  • Place: Astorga
  • Phone: 987 616 034 - 618 271 773
  • Opened for the first time in July 2006, the Hostel is kept in a very good condition.

    Available all year at a price of 4 €.

    There is room for 145 people, all of them in bunk beds. The rooms can hold 2, 4 or 6 people and there are also special rooms for groups.

    Booking is not allowed and only pilgrims with accreditation can be hold in this Hostel.

    Open from 8:00 to 23:00.Leaving the premises is forbidden after the closing hour.

    Services:

    • Washbasin
    • Washing machine and tumble-dryer
    • Heating
    • Fridge
    • Hot water
    • 13 shower cubicles
    • 15 toilets
    • Sickroom/first-aid box
    • Towels and soap
    • Vending machine for coffee
    • Clothes line
    • Kitchen
    • Meeting room
    • Dining room
    • Outdoor seating area
    • Public phone
    • Room to keep the bicycles

    Services in the vicinity:

    • Information for the pilgrim
    • Phone box
    • Cash dispenser
    • Chemist’s
    • Repair shop
    • Grocery stores
    • Medical assistance
    • Butchery
    • Bakery
    • Snack bar-Restaurant
    • Signal for mobile telephony available
    • Sockets available for battery chargers

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