Mansilla de las Mulas French Way

Information about Mansilla de las Mulas

Located in the eastern part of the province of León, in the region of Esla-Campos, very close to the capital, is Mansilla de Las Mulas with its more than 1700 inhabitants. This interesting village had a glorious past that is exhibited in each of its corners, which have witnessed the passage of pilgrims on their way to Santiago since the Middle Ages.

This region has well preserved medieval urban structure and an important part of the walled enclosure that you will love to appreciate. If you are a pilgrim following the
Aragonese Way
you will be able to enter through one of the four gates of the old wall, that is to say, through the gates of the castle that still preserve their side walls.

Since its time of splendour in the Middle Ages, Mansilla de Las Mulas has been famous for welcoming pilgrims with great hospitality, which is why here you will see seven churches, a pilgrims’ house, three hospitals and two monasteries.

What to see and do in Mansilla de las Mulas

Architecture of Mansilla

The typical architecture of Mansilla can be summarized in three types of architectural landmarks. The arcades that can be seen in the three squares of the town: the Plaza del Grano, in the Plaza del Pozo and in the Plaza de la Leña. We can also see two mills, El Molino de los Curas and El Redondal. This last one has been restored in order to conserve the most characteristic elements of the typical architecture of Mansilla. We also find two dovecotes, the Dovecote of the Molino de los Curas, located inside the mill itself and the Dovecote of Olleros Street located inside the walled enclosure of the town.

The wall of Mansilla

The wall of Mansilla de las Mulas is considered the best medieval fortification work in the province of León. This construction dates back to the 12th century, when Fernando II populated this place. The wall had turrets that communicated with an inner wall. It is remarkable for its height, some sections are more than 14 meters high and up to three meters thick, and it is crowned with battlements without arrow slits. There were four gates, of which the arch of Santa Maria or Conception is still preserved.