Route



This stage passes through...

Astorga, Murias de Rechivaldo, Santa Catalina de Somoza, El Ganso, Rabanal del Camino

Outstanding destinations

Description

Route belonging to:
The Way of Saint James

Name of route:
French Route

Distance:
20,60 km

Mode of transport
  • 4,50-5,50. Horseback

  • 1,50-2,00. Bicycle

  • 2,00-2,50. Walking

Main difficulties
Hard climb up to the Montes de León.

Flora, fauna and crops
The pilgrim enters a transitional area between the plains sown with cereals and the area of El Bierzo, with its reddish earth covered with oaks trees, heather and gorse.

Gastronomic products, cakes and pastries
The cocido maragato (chickpea stew) is the most famous local dish; other specialities are sausage meats and pulses.

Rest areas
There are rest areas in Murias de Rechivaldo (beside the hostel): area with shade, benches and tables; Santa Catalina de Somoza (at the end of the town): areas with trees, tables and benches; El Ganso (past the town): area with tables, benches and a few trees.






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