Astorga Journals

Camino- Climbing after Astorga

Best of IgoUgo

An April 2013 trip to Astorga by rufusni

Quote: Another section on the Camino Frances as I move on from Astorga up to Cruz de Ferro and beyond

Rabanal

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
Rabanal is a small mountainside village about 20km from Astorga. The village has started to thrive once again with the modern revival of the Camino Frances route to Santiago de Compostella. As such it is a popular stopping point for many pilgrims and consequently has several albergues which are designate pilgrim accommodation. There are also several posadas (inns) and casa rurals to stay as well. Given that I was a pilgrim I chose to stay in Refuge Gaulcemo which is run by the British Pilgrims' Group, which had a lovely garden and a wood burning stove which was great as that night was pretty cold when I stayed. The village is primarily focused on a single main street which is narrow and steep, cobbled...Read More

To the highest point on the camino

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
I woke and gathered together my things together and enjoyed some breakfast provided by the albergue- tea, bread and delicious apple jelly made by the monks next door. It was cool and dim when I left. At the top of Rabanal village is an area developed for pilgrims with benches. The path from Rabanal got a little wilder, and no longer followed the road, but was rocky, narrow and really mud in places with some huge puddles that were unavoidable. This morning I met a Spanish pilgrim, whose friend was taxiing to hospital in Ponferrada, so she had set out early to get there as quickly as possible. So we kept quite a pace as we climbed up this rough path. Though my strong boots were definitely better given...Read More

Exiting Astorga

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
One of the ladies I shared the four bed dorm with was up well before 5am, but at 5.45am she was still noisily rustling about and repacking her pack, and I was getting no more sleep and was just making myself frustrated so I decided to just get up, and I was out of the albergue at 6am. Dawn was not until after seven, so I pulled out the head torch that was in my pack and doubled checked my map and guide for how to get out of the city. So I headed through Astorga with a dark night sky but plenty of streetlights. Past the now dark cathedral, which actually the elaborate facade somehow seemed beautiful as it was bathed in the orange streetlights which gave it a glow that was very different from the ...Read More

Meson Puente Romano

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Perfect location"

Quote:
After a really tough descent down from the heightest point on the Camino Frances through El Acebo and Riego de Ambros, I was so glad to see Molinaseca appear in front. Coming down into the town on the camino you cross over a medieval bridge and on the other side of the river to the left you can see the most perfect terrace right by the river. As I was crossing the bridge I could see some of the pilgrims I knew waving to me from the tables on the terrace, and so I discovered this restaurant. It was a hot afternoon and I was happy to collapse onto a chair under a parasol. Next requirement was a drink and as I was stopping for the night in this town I knew I could treat myself to something stronger...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2013

Meson Puente Romano
Calle La Presa
Molinaseca 24413
987 453 154

Cruz de Ferro

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
Climbing up from Astorga you pass through several small villages. At Foncebadon just as you approach the village there is a cross with a sign instructing in several languages not to leave stones here. While walking the camino it is not unusual to see stones placed at crosses and other monuments along the way, however the sign here is to make sure that you don't mistake this cross for the Cruz de Ferro which is further up.Its a fair way still to climb up with another 2 kilometres beyond Foncebadon, to reach a height of 1505m but after rounding a corner on the path we could spot some sort of pole sticking up which we presumed was the anticipated Cruz de Ferro.For pilgrims the Cruz de Ferro i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2013

About the Writer

rufusni

rufusni
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom