West of León attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in West of León

Las Médulas Gold Mines

The ancient Roman goldmines at Las Médulas, about 20km southwest of Ponferrada, once served as the main source of gold for the entire Roman Empire – the final tally came to a remarkable 3 million kilograms. It's stu…
Museum in Astorga

Museo del Chocolate

Proof that Astorga does not exist solely for the virtuous souls of the Camino comes in the form of this quirky private museum. Chocolate ruled Astorga's local economy in the 18th and 19th centuries; this eclectic co…
Museum in Astorga

Palacio Episcopal

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his mark on Astorga in the fairy-tale turrets and frilly facade of the Palacio Episcopal. Built in the 19th century, it now houses the Museo de los Caminos (in the basement), an e…
Cathedral in Astorga

Catedral

The cathedral’s striking plateresque southern facade is created from caramel-coloured sandstone with elaborate sculptural detail. Work began in 1471 and continued over three centuries, resulting in a mix of styles. …
Castle in Ponferrada

Castillo Templario

Built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century, the walls of the fortress-monastery Castillo Templario rise high over Río Sil, and the square, crenellated towers ooze romance and history. The castle has a lonely a…
Church in Ponferrada

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Encina

The Gothic-Renaissance Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Encina, up the hill past the tourist office, is very impressive – especially its 17th-century, painted wood altarpiece from the school of Gregorio Fernández.
Museum in Astorga

Museo Romano

Housed in the Roman ergástula (slave prison), the Museo Romano has a modest selection of artefacts and an enjoyable big-screen slide show on Roman Astorga.
Ruins in Astorga

Casa Romana

Remnants of a villa that once belonged to a wealthy Roman family survive under glass just down the hill from the Plaza de San Bartolomé. The highlight is the floor piece 'Mosaic of the Bear & the Birds', which o…
Museum in Astorga

Museo Catedralicio

Astorga's Museo Catedralicio, attached to the cathedral, features the usual religious art, documents and artefacts.
Ruins in Astorga

Foro Romano

Astorga's former Roman Forum once occupied one of the highest points of the Roman city. It now consists of low-lying ruins a block from Plaza de España.