Designed by Gaudi, the catalan architect of Sagrada familia in Barcelona, the palace resembles a castle, complete with a moat that surrounds it. There are three sculptures by the same artist outside as well. Nowadays, it houses a museum inside.
The Astorga region is famous for its local staples, like cocido maragato or cecina. Enjoy plentiful tapas like croquetas (pictured) during your visit, together with some excellent local wine. It also has a reputation for desserts, as there are many artisan chocolate factories and even a chocolate museum.
On our Guided Tours
Our historical tour continues as we visit the small town of Astorga, one of the best kept secrets in Spain. Connecting the history of Spain to the Camino we will visit a museum dedicated to the Camino showing off religious statues of St. James, impressive Roman artifacts and captivating local paintings.
Astorga, as small as it is, has an unexpectedly impressive cathedral. With notable artifacts, including a cross with wood supposedly from the cross of Jesus, and an awe-inspiring altar from Gaspar Becerra. We’ll also visit a lesser known stunning architectural success designed by Gaudi himself. An opulent bishop’s palace is the perfect example of the neo-medieval style of building.
Astorga continues to surprise with its own chocolate museum! One of our popular stops, the museum offers a tour and free samples. Great for gifts to take back home or personally enjoy on your Camino.