Useful information about the Camino of Saint James Pilgrimage and Santiago de Compostela

Villafranca del Bierzo

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The village is located at the confluence of two rivers: Burbia and Valcarce. Almost surely its origin was due to the necessity of creating bridges so as to facilitate the passage to pilgrims, as happened with many other towns on the Way. Thus there is good reason to suppose that, it probably developed with the start of the pilgrimages to Santiago in the 9th century, being in the days of the Codex Calixtinus (12th century) an important nucleus that appears as the end of its tenth stage.


Foto de LAcastermerrin88. Panorámica de Cristóbal Megido Almaraz


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The town of Astorga with its more than 11,000 inhabitants, is one of the most important centers that crosses the Camino de Santiago, particularly known for the richness of its historical and artistic heritage. It also occupies a privileged geographical place on the Way, being the point where the French Way crosses the old Silver Way.


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Don't miss… The "Pallozas" of O Cebreiro

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The “pallozas” are traditional buildings that remain in some areas of the Spanish northwest, the most famous are those of O Cebreiro, in the French Way. Their main feature is their circular or oval shape. Their size usually ranges between ten and twenty meters in diameter, they have low stone walls and are covered with a thatched conical roof, made of straw and stalks of rye.

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St. John of Portomarín

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You shouldn’t miss the church of St. John de Portomarín, also known as Saint Nicholas, its name as a parish. It was built in the late twelfth century by the Knights of the Order of St. John of Malta, to whom Alfonso IX had donated the village. Portomarín was then a tiny village but with two enormous sources of wealth: the Way of St. James and a bridge that allowed pilgrims and traders to cross the Minho River.

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