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Castrillo de los Polvazares is in the province of Leon in the Castile and Leon region of Spain. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

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Castrillo de los Polvazares started life in a different location but a terrible flood wiped it out and it was rebuilt in its current location in the 16th century. It has been built in a beautiful reddish stone and in certain lights the whole village glows.

Castrillo's streets are cobbled using the same stone as the houses giving the village a very attractive golden reddish/colour throughout. Many of the houses have unusual wide doorways. This is because Castrillo started life as a trading town and the wide doorways allowed travelling merchants to pass in and out easily with their goods. It attracted pilgrims from both the Camino de Santiago de Compostella (the pilgrim route) and the trade route from Seville in the south of Spain to Gijon in the north. This trade route known as the 'silver route' has been used since Roman times.

Castrillo de los Polvazares was declared a historic and artistic monument in 1980.

Wander around the village and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. There is a bar/restaurant if you are in need of refreshments.

Castrillo de los Polvazares is one of Spain's Historic-Artistic Sites.

Despite being only about 5 km from Astorga and 3km from the Camino de Santiago (Pilgrim Way) Castrillo de los Polvazares remains quiet and peaceful and relatively undiscovered.

Places to Visit Nearby

The beautiful town of Astorga with its Gothic Cathedral and the Palace Episcopal designed by Gaudi is so close it would be a real shame not to get the chance to visit.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Leon guide and the Castile and Leon guide.

See also: 

Map of Castrillo de los Polvazares and places to visit

Castrillo de los Polvazares places to visit

Astorga

Astorga

Astorga has a fine cathedral and a multi-turreted palace the Palacio Episcopal (Bishop's Palace) designed by Gaudi.

Astorga guide
Leon

Leon

Leon has a famous gothic cathedral with fabulous stained glass windows, the Basilica of San Isidoro and San Marcos Convent now a luxury parador.

Leon guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Castile and Leon

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