The unique and intricate work of the Palacio Episcopal de Astorga by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi is a must see in Astorga. Along the Pilgrim’s Road, the town has preserved churches, convents and many other structures important to the history of this region in Spain. Make sure to also visit the Gardens of La Sinagoga and the Chocolate Museum. The town center is a great place to try regional fare—indulge in the local stew.
Things to do in Astorga
4.5 based on 548 reviews
Visited Astorga to meet up with some Camino collegues and searched for a recommended restaurant to enjoy a classy dinner. It is not immediately close to the main square but only about two blocks from the entrance to the Cathedral. It is well worth the effort to find. We began early and were almost the only diners at 8pm but in true spanish style the dining room filled up quickly. The meal was delicious with the group of four very pleased with the quality of the food and the professional service. Highly recommended when you desire a true dining experience.
4.5 based on 414 reviews
In this restaurant you can only have the traditional 'cocido maragato' stew. There a re no more options. You have diferent kinds of meat including chorizo and ham, cheek peas with cabagge and vermicelli soup. The menu includes water and wine, soft drinks also available. For dessert you will have 'natillas', a kind of custard with cinnamon and 'matecado' (a piece of cake) and coffee. After that, they will offer you a traditional hot liquor, then your only option is to go for a long walk along the beautiful streets of Astorga. Not suitable for vegetarians as the stew is cooked all together, the cheek peas and the soup are boiled in the same pot as the meat.
4.5 based on 220 reviews
Just happened upon this restaurante. Had their daily meal and it was fantastic. Owner and staff very friendly. From what I found out it is rated the number 1 restaurante of 30 in the Astorga. But be prepared very filling and rich....yummy!!!
4 based on 335 reviews
An excellent cocido maragato with very attentive service during the whole meal. We would definitely come back. At 19,50 euros + drinks seems reasonably priced for the quality of the food you're going to have.
I would advise taking your time to fully enjoy a cocido maragato. This is no quick meal and you'll probably won't have dinner that night.
Meats are served first, then chickpeas and cabbage and soup comes the last. Be sure to to not eat all the meats. Do leave space for the amazingly good chickpeas and cabbage. You'll look at chickpeas with different eyes after cocido maragato. Last to come is the soup, which is rich and delicious. Desert is natillas, the Spanish equivalent to custard, with a bit of empanada de Astorga on it.
During the meal you'll be asked whether you want more meat, chickpeas or soup. At your own risk say yes. it's very tempting but I wouldn't do it. If you do and need a visit to the pharmacy, ask for a box of Almax, more effective than any Tums or Alka-Seltzer.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Cocido Maragato en Castrillo de los Polvazares Entrepiedras es una tipica casa maragata restaurada en el ano 2002. Deguste nuestro Cocido Maragato en Castrillo de los Polvazares Conserva la estructura original en la que en otros tiempos lo habitaran los arrieros maragatos. Los comedores el antiguo pajar y cuadras. Rehabilitados de una forma en la que conviven el aire de otros tiempos con los materiales modernos. Su capacidad es de ciento diez personas, a las que se suman las plazas de la terraza, unas cuarenta cuando el buen tiempo acompana. En la carta destaca la especialidad de la zona: el Cocido Maragato, plato que tiene la peculiaridad de ser comido en orden inverso a lo que estamos acostumbrados. De entrada se situan las carnes (morcillo de novilla, chorizo, gallina, pata y oreja de cerdo, lacon, tocino, costilla adobada, relleno), a continuacion repollo con sofrito y garbanzos, y para finalizar el cocido se tomara la sopa. Como postre, natillas y se termina con cafe de puchero y un digestivo chupito de orujo. El porque del orden de este pote tan tipico tiene varias teorias. Unos dicen que es para entonar el cuerpo, otros para que si sobra algo, mejor que sea la sopa.
What a find! Our hotel in Leon recommended this fabulous restaurant in the most amazing village of Castrillo de Los Polvazares, only about 6 km from Astorga. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the charming walled Gardens of this restaurant. With our very little Spanish...MoreMuchas Gracias y espero verle pronto por nuestra casa.
4.5 based on 78 reviews
4.5 based on 1 reviews
For those with certain allergies and complications, receive special treatment here without missing out in the "Cocido de Maragato Experience." They have a menu adapted for us and treat us with the upmost respect. We could not believe the quality of the food, as this is quite possibly our best experience in Spain as of yet. Be prepared to make Reservations and know that there is a kids menu also adaptable for allergies. Worth the wait and the trip.
4.5 based on 944 reviews
We stopped in Astorga on our way to Leon, and had lunch at Las Termas. The name is from the Roman baths there.
The host is the best part of the restaurante , he doesn't speak English but he will feed you like a king (or rather a local farmer having a family feast!!) The place was packed with locals, big tables of families eating and enjoying each others company, and he kept everyone feed and happy. We ate a set menu Soup, meat, chickpeas and cabbage, tomatoes, bread, water wine dessert, and coffee; we paid 42Euros for the two of us and we didn't need dinner!!! He will probably keep bringing out food till you ask him to stop. The food is fresh, well cooked rustic fare, and we highly recommend it.
4 based on 302 reviews
We were recommended this place and it was excellent. The food was delicious with a good choice of pilgrim menu or other and made a good change from other pilgrim menus. The owner was friendly. We would definitely go back.
4.5 based on 313 reviews
High experience in traditional food (cocido maragato) & vegetarian-vegan dishes. Allergics, children and good dogs are welcome.
I stayed in Castrillo for a few days and loved it! Almacen del Arriero was my favourite restaurant. It is run by a really nice family who are so warm and friendly. They speak English. The food was delicious. I couldn't eat cocido every day so the restaurant offered some other really amazing dishes. There were suitable things for my kids on the menu - they still talk about the natillas! I really recommend this place.
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