The capital of El Bierzo is at a crossroads between the Meseta (a plateau), Galicia and Asturias. The town, whose origins go back to the ancient times, is nowadays the commercial centre of this region.
A medieval village heavily influenced by the Way of Saint James, with the parish Church of San Nicolás in the city centre, several hospitals and a stone cross at the exit of the town.
It offers the visitor all its beauty and peace. In its restaurants and taverns, we can taste all the gastronomy from El Bierzo, paired with a good wine of the Qualified Designation of Origin Bierzo.
Located in the centre of the hoya berciana (the basin of El Bierzo), it lies along both banks of the Cúa River. The oldest data concerning its settlement dates back from the Paleolithic. Abundant remains of the Iron Age can still be found. It is currently a town that owes its prosperity to its farming activities, but mainly to its famous wines with the Qualified Designation of Origin Bierzo.
Villafranca del Bierzo
Its origins go back to the Early Middle Ages. It owes its name to the influence of the Franks who had their neighbourhood there and to the Monastery of Santa María de Cluniaco (Cluniac Reforms). It has an extraordinary monumental wealth.