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Stage from Benavente to Alija del Infantado
This stage is the definitive goodbye to Zamora and the entrance to León
Information about the stage 24: Stage from Benavente to Alija del Infantado
Points of interest in the stage 24: Stage from Benavente to Alija del Infantado
- Km 0. Benavente(All services)
We will take as the beginning point of the stage the church of Santa Maria del Azogue. We left the Plaza de Santa Maria by the commercial street of the Herreros to turn left by the street Cañada de la Vizana, which ends coming down to join the street Blood Donors. More than street is the natural exit of the ZA-P-1511, known as the road of Alcubilla and which reaches Manganese de la Polvorosa. Through it we will continue the following kilometers, first passing by a gas station named Camino de Santiago and later under the bridge of the railway track (Km 3.8).
The road has hardly any traffic and offers a comfortable walk between the working lands irrigated by the Orbigo River and a Mediterranean forest flanked by the right. Two hundred meters after passing the 4 kilometric point, pay attention!, you have to leave the asphalt company on the right and start climbing on a runway (Km 5.3) – mismarked road that is reached three hundred meters with the train tracks. We cross them and continue parallel to the tracks – they remain on our left – to get them back half a kilometer later. Four hundred meters from the quarry located on our left is an area named El Peñón, 773 meters high, where Doctor Roldán Hervás placed the mansio Brigeco. After crossing the tracks for the second time we continued along the track and a little later we crossed the A-52 below, after which Villabrázaro appears.
- Km 7.5. Villabrázaro(Hostel temporarily closed. Bar. Store. Pharmacy)
After the bar we arrived to a cruise and we followed in front to leave the village. We move to a local road that will accompany us for the next 8 kilometers to Maire de Castroponce. At the entrance of this locality we receive a group of caves excavated in the land where the neighbors mature the wine of the harvest. Maire is located on the edge of the Orbigo, in the region of Benavente and the Valleys and is the last Zamorano town of the Vía de la Plata.
- Km 16. Maire de Castroponce(Bar)
At the exit of the town we take the road heading to the bridge of La Vizana, a milestone to which we arrived after two long kilometres and where we can see more than one fisherman tempting the trouts of the Orbigo (Km 18,5). La Vizana, already in the province of León, was a Roman construction on the road that underwent many modifications and that presents a medieval aspect. Once crossed by its compact floor of roaded songs we follow left by the road LE-114 to take a road in 200 meters to the right and then to the left which leads us directly to Alija del Infantado. If our intention is to go to the hostel the best is to continue straight through the LE-114 and not turn right, although it gives a small rodeo is the best option to reach Alija del Infantado. First it is passed by the Ozaniego Still Life and, about 100 meters, annexed to the residence of the elderly, is the hostel of pilgrims. The population, with a clear road structure, is already at our feet.
· Km 22.1. Alija del Infantado (Hostel. Bar. Store. Pharmacy. ATM)