French Way - Reliegos

Information about Reliegos

Reliegos is a locality and hamlet of the municipality of Santas Martas, in the province of León and located on the French Way. This charming village has a long tradition of Roman constructions and even remains of prehistoric sites. It is a place of great interest despite its small size and you can also enjoy priceless views in a rural setting.

What to see and do in Reliegos

The Roman road of the Pilgrims

The best vestiges of the ancient Roman roads that were used to communicate the Asturicense Convent with the Eastern Pyrenees are preserved in the stretch between the towns of Calzadilla de los Hermanillos and Reliegos. The Roman road was used for much of its route as a main road, this was after the Roman occupation. Among the itineraries that acquired greater importance within the use of this route is the current French Way. The historic roadway is formed by an embankment, with an average height of one meter and thousands of tons of natural gravel that were transported and placed on site. Pilgrims will enjoy themselves here.

The medieval Pilgrims’ Hospital

The Jacobean route has crossed this village since the 12th century. Therefore, it is not surprising the existence of a small hospital to attend the pilgrims. Nowadays, a good part of its structure is still preserved. From the original construction, part of the exterior walls remain, which were built with noble materials. This old hospital is within the Protected Environment of the BIC of the French Route and has been declared a Building of Architectural Interest. Travellers will have the possibility to get to know the history better with this visit.