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Las MédulasLas Médulas is a unique landscape on the Peninsula that captivates its visitors. As unique panorama, located in the Montes Aquilianos, near Ponferrada, is the result of exploitation of the mountains as a huge opencast gold mine in the Roman times. A forest trail will take you to discover this unique landscape and, with the help of explaining panels you will learn about the ins and outs of the Roman mining operation.
El Valle del Silencio (The Silence Valley) and Peñalba de SantiagoPeña Alba, in the Valle del Silencio, serves as a natural reference for the location of the beautiful village of Peñalba de Santiago. 23 km from the town of Ponferrada and following the course of the river Oza you will discover this beautiful town with its traditional houses of slate roofs and stone walls that staggered into the valley form a unique model of popular architecture. In the Valley of Silence, between oak, walnut and chestnut trees, Peñalba holds one of the most important monuments of Moorish architecture in Spain.
The church of Santiago Peñalba are the only remains of the monastery that was founded by St. Gennadius, back in the tenth century, between 931 and 937, during the reign of Ramiro II.
As a great natural balcony, Peñalba overlooks the valleys of Silence and Friguera, a surprising landscape that once seduced hermits and contemplatives.
Montes AquilianosThe Aquilonian Mountains and its foothills represent the largest forest area of Ponferrada, with a total of 29.556ha. The area has a complicated relief, with heights exceeding 2,000m. as the chair Mare (2.135m), steep slopes and deep valleys. Through these valleys flows the Oza and Ozuela rivers.
AstorgaAstorga has its origins in a pre-Roman castro, later it became an operations center of the Roman Emperor Augustus, and was called at that time Astúrica Augusta. To its emplacement leaded six Roman roads.
It was destroyed later by the Goths, by Tarik and also by Mansur (Almanzor) and nevertheless repopulated by King Ordoño II.
Astorga is where the Ruta de la Plata and the Jacobean Road meet, and still today remains as a major communications hub. It had up to 24 hospitals of pilgrims.
The current cathedral was started in 1471, it has three styles: Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque; worth to mention are the Virgin of Majesty, Romanesque XI century and the Altarpiece.
The jewel of Astorga nevertheless is the Episcopal Palace, designed by the architect Gaudí, which nowadays holds the Museum of the Roads.
The City Council is baroque, XVII century, with a curious clock in where two “maragatos” (local folks) mark the hours.
PonferradaPonferrada, is the economic and political capital of the region of Bierzo, develops its urban core from the eleventh century on par with the boom taking Jacobean pilgrimages.
The presence of the Templars marked profoundly the life of the town and its history until the dissolution of the Order.
In 1486 the Catholic Kings incorporate Ponferrada to the Crown. Ponferrada, strategically located on a promontory overlooking the confluence of the rivers Sil and Boeza has been a settlement of diverse cultures, which all have left their mark on the city and its surroundings.
What to visit: The Castle of the Templars, La Calle del Reloj, La Plaza de la Encina, the Town Hall, the Mozárabe Church of Santo Tomas de las Ollas. In the Valdueza Mountains also is worth to pay a visit to the Monastery of San Pedro de Montes.
LeónThe cathedral and its beautiful stained glass windows, along with the Collegiate Church of San Isidro and San Marcos Hostal are some of the most stunning buildings of Leon. León of Roman origins served as a base for the VII Legio to fight against the Asturians and other mountain tribes of northern Spain. And this from Legio comes his name, Leon.
Valporquero CaveIt is located on the southern slope of the Cantabrian Mountains, north of the city of Leon, 47 Km. away, in the municipality of Vegacervera. At 1.309m. altitude, in the heart of the mountains we can discover its underground wonders: Stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone and columns of different brightness and colors, bridges, stairs… are part of a fascinating 1km. tour that allows its visitors to admire the great work of art that nature has been modeling for over a million years.
MolinasecaMolinaseca is a villa surrounded by a beautiful mountain scenery full of trees (chestnut, oak, poplar). At the entrance of the town is located the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows (eighteenth century).
If you enter Molinaseca, following the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela, you will cross its monumental Romanesque bridge (for pedestrians only). Here tourists and pilgrims can take a break swimming in the magnificent natural river pool, eating at one of the great restaurants and sleep in hostels or in the shelter that the city offers pilgrims.