We start the route with a rather ugly and tedious stretch as it is the exit of León, full of residential and industrial areas with a lot of traffic. To get to Hospital de Órbigo you can follow the traditional route following the course of the national road or take the alternative, a little longer but away from traffic.
After crossing the impressive bridge of Hospital de Órbigo, the road again gives you two options: road or countryside. The second option takes you to the Cruz de Toribio, from where you will have spectacular panoramic views of the area.
The entrance to Astorga is quite easy, and less tedious than the exit from León. The only complication will be crossing the railway tracks, pilgrims on foot will cross over a pedestrian footbridge, while cyclists can follow the national road and avoid having to carry the bike up the stairs.
The years of cultural crossroads, from its pre-Roman and Roman beginnings to its medieval and later splendour, have made Astorga one of the most important points of artistic and cultural interest in our country. This small city has a large number of monuments that are a must to visit, among others, the rich legacy of Roman times, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Episcopal Palace (Gaudi’s Palace), the Museum of the Roads, the modernist building Casa Granell, and countless churches, monasteries and museums.