8th August 2020: Astorga {Spain, summer 2020}

We left Pontevedra in the morning and we drove off towards Astorga, in León. It should have been an all-motorway trip, except half the motorway was under construction so it took us a while longer than we thought to arrive.

The hotel was… shabby – and I’ve been in “bad” hotels before, but I’d never before been to one where there was food from the previous (?) guests in the mini-fridge, nor one with such… untrained staff.

After checking in, we went to see the cathedral Catedral de Santa María de Astorga and its religious artefacts museum, including some neat codices.

Then we had lunch – and did not die out of trying the local cachopo (huge stuffed and breaded fillet that we shared (≧▽≦).)

After lunch, we went to visit the palace that a bishop had commissioned Gaudí with, the Episcopal Palace of Astorga, or Palacio Episcopal de Astorga, also called Palacio de Gaudí, built within between 1889 and 1913, and obviously Modernist. I’d been wanting to visit this for a while now, so finally!

Later, we went out to buy “souvenirs” – namely local beef jerky cecina and chocolate! Although the chocolate museum was briefly on the plan, we forsook it because it was not significantly different from the one in Villajoyosa. and in the end the final product is what is important (≧▽≦).

Driving distance: 301 km
Walking distance: 5.89 km