And you feel like it make an autumn getaway with your family or friends, In the province of León there is a dream town that is ideal to visit in one or two days. A fabulous place to disconnect from the routine and breathe fresh air, from which you will return with your batteries charged.
Is about Peñalba de Santiago, the best preserved example of popular architecture in the Bercian mountain range. Currently, it has a population of 15 inhabitants, so it is a town that you will love if you are looking for peace and tranquility.
What to see in Peñalba de Santiago?
Located in the Valley of Silence, the town is very famous for its network of streets, its Mozarabic-style church and its rustic houses. It is built between mountains, so the natural environment is incredible.
Peñalba de Santiago has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) since 2008. Its origin dates back to the 10th century by the hand of San Genadio, and a small monastery was the first construction of the town.
Half an hour walk from the town you can visit the cave of San Genadio, where the saint retired to meditate. Legend has it that in his search for silence, he even managed to silence the waters of the Oza. This is the most widely accepted theory as to why the valley is called the Valley of Silence.
It’s a municipality that falls in love from the first moment, and that will make you feel as if you have traveled back in time. You will really enjoy walking among well-preserved stone buildings that form a beautiful set of rural architecture.
The Mozarabic Church of Santiago de Peñalba It is the most important visit. Inside, the two opposing apses and the remains of the decoration with paintings are surprising.
To get to know the natural environment, we recommend the path of the Tebaida Berciana. It starts from Peñalba de Santiago and is a circular route of 14.5 kilometers, which takes approximately six hours to complete.
Only half an hour by car is Ponferrada, the capital of the El Bierzo regionwhose visit is 100% worth it.
The Templar Castle is its main icon. It was built in the 12th century by the Templars, but throughout history it has been remodeled many times, and today it is in perfect condition.
It is also interesting to know the Basilica of Our Lady of the Oak, an old medieval church that was built at the end of the 12th century. It is a place of pilgrimage, and you can visit the interior.
Do you dare to make one? Autumn getaway to this dream town?