Castrillo de los Polvazares is a town belonging to the municipality of Astorga and located on the French Way. It is a picturesque village famous for its delicious traditional Maragato stew and with beautiful historic houses, wonderful corners and a special charm. It is a town declared of Cultural Interest, so it has a lot to offer travellers.
What to see and do in Castrillo de los Polvazares
A walk through popular architecture
This town constitutes an interesting complex that was declared a Historic-Artistic Site of great monumental value in 1980. It is very uniform in terms of its buildings, with unpaved cobbled streets, which have preserved their most primitive essences for centuries. The houses in Castrillo de los Polvazares have beautiful stone façades, and the doorways are lintelled or semicircular. In them you can find open running galleries and exterior staircases. The carpentry of its wooden constructions is exceptional, and the eaves of the roofs stand out. Just a stroll through the village will take the visitor back in time.
The church of San Juan Bautista
Given the size of the small village, it has only one church: the church of San Juan Bautista. Inside there is a single nave adorned with a transept and at its feet there is a belfry with a double bell tower. The birds’ nests that have found their place on the roofs and in the corners of the temple are striking.
This is the green area of Castrillo de los Polvazares and is located at the pedestrian entrance for pilgrims on the French Way. It is an area full of trees next to the river that invites you to rest, stroll and get in touch with the nature of the place. A perfect location for those nice weather days in the village.
Tasting the Maragato stew
The cocido is the dish par excellence of this area and it would be unforgivable to pass through here without trying it. It is a very hearty recipe that the muleteers ate and fed them for the whole day. The cocido maragato, specifically, is composed of seven types of meat, small chickpeas, cabbage or cabbage and soup. Also, the order in which you eat it is exactly that. The ideal is to find a quiet day to do a thorough tasting and to be able to rest the food.