Today’s stage is simple and much nicer than the previous one, with hardly any asphalt but with the occasional steep climb. You will enjoy natural spaces until you reach Hospital de Órbigo, where you can discover the history of the Puente del Paso Honroso (Bridge of the Honourable Passage).
After leaving this location, you will again be presented with two route options. Continue straight on along a monotonous road next to the national road or turn right towards Villares, a much more interesting route. The two routes coincide at the Crucero de Santo Toribio.
From Santo Toribio, you can see how Astorga begins to appear on the horizon, a sign that your goal is very close.
You will finish the stage entering fully into the heart of the Maragatería, Astorga. The French Way and the Vía de la Plata converge in this historic city. 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 the Roman era, the Cathedral of Santa Maria or the Episcopal Palace, the work of the genius Gaudi. And to recharge your batteries, you can’t leave without trying its spectacular cocido maragato.