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- Minbar in room
- Drycleaning onsite
- Tennis Court
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Outdoor pool
TripAdvisor Reviews Santiago Leon León
Travel Blogs from León
The drive to Leon was a good opportunity to prepare for our Camino. As we depart Madrid the landscape becomes dry with curved dusty tracks riddling the terrain. In fact it is not unlike an Australian scene and but for the monastic outcrops which randomly appear, we could be in the Monaro.
Soon after leaving Madrid City a huge granite …
... walking carefully and slowly, and then men and women in very, very odd attire ... for a moment we wondered if we had enjoyed too much wine!!
We discovered that stags and stagettes are popular in Leon on weekends, and the tradition is for brides and grooms to be costumed by their ´friends´, and then paraded through the streets from bar to bar to bar. We saw, heard, and came close to touching a few of them.
With stomachs ...
... bed with his intestines coming from his stomach, wound around an apparatus like a pig would be rotisseried on, and his torturer was smiling whilst cranking the guts around and around it. I do not want to see that again. On a more pleasant note, buildings in the town squares were adorable, as were fashions in windows and cute little shops that sold all sorts of things, including one that had wooden shoes in the window! Leon was ...
... juice, nuts and other foodstuffs. Payment was made by 'donativo' with the pilgrim paying what he can afford. This principle applies in some of the albergues too. By early afternoon on the quiet local roads, my mind began to wander as did my stride pattern. I played some Spanish celtic folk music and gave free rein to my thoughts; firstly seeing myself as a wandering minstrel from a time gone by and then bringing ...
... into Villadangos del Paramo unfortunately runs parallel with a main road. It's really important over the 16kms to remain focused on your journey and not the noise of the cars - otherwise one can be come disillusioned very quickly. A late Breakfast is 4km out of Villadangos in San Martin del Camino - the choices are limited to Tortilla or a slab of bread. I am disillusioned now!! Onwards to Hospital de Orbigo with the heat of the day bearing down on us, ...