Its name comes from the plural diminutive of Braña, a place of pasture for the summer, it is said that in the Mediavilla neighborhood, Count Gatón (founder of Villagatón and participant in the repopulation campaign of these lands) had a braña so that his cattle could benefit from those pastures with abundant ferruginous water.

Remains of a mining site reveal the Romanization of the area, and from the Middle Ages there is evidence of the commercial exploitation of numerous forges.

The railway station was opened to traffic on January 18, 1868 with the start-up of the Astorga - Brañuelas section of the line that intended to link Palencia with La Coruña.

It was the last stop and limit of the Spanish railways to the Northwest, travellers and goods had to get off the train and travel the section to Torre by stagecoach, until finally in 1881 the El Lazo Tunnel was built, a famous engineering work in it’s time (it is said that in this case it was a shepherd who came up with the great idea), thus extending the railroad to Galicia.


Until 1955, the year in which the entire line was electrified, it was an obligatory transshipment stop, since here the change was made from the steam engines, coming from Castile, to the electric ones.

From Brañuelas thousands and thousands of tons of coal left for the rest of Spain, arriving, to be shipped by rail, from the mines of the valley of the Tremor river, at the beginning of the century going up the slope with carts and horses, and from the years 20 through cable car lines.

Enterprising people established their businesses, shops, inns and bars here that remained open all night, reaching up to 3,000 inhabitants. As early as the 1960s, trucks displaced rail transport and the decline began.

Currently, the town is dedicated to livestock, agriculture and resin activity, although there are traces of mining and industrial activity.


It is a district of the municipality of Villagatón in the province of León. It is located at 1,090 meters of altitude, at the top of the Manzanal port, halfway between Bierzo, Cepeda and Maragatería. Furthermore, it has access to the Madrid-A Coruña highway, which is only 6 km away, and can also be reached by train with wide availability of schedules.


225 inhabitants (INE 2020)


May, 8 San Miguel
August, 15 Asunción de Nuestra Señora



Tourism in Brañuelas



Cumbras Borrascosas Cottage

A rural house in Brañuelas available for rent, with literary activities, storytelling, literary workshops, sports…



Bar La Bocamina

Café bar in Brañuelas, in front of the train station. Specializing in home-made croquettes and gourmet burgers.

Bar - Restaurant Andén 25

La casa del capataz del ferrocarril de Brañuelas se ha convertido en un Bar-Restaurante que combina la comida tradicional con un diseño moderno y acogedor. ¡Prueba el Cachopo!

Points of Interest

Mediavilla neighbourhood

A Neighbourhood in which the first houses of Brañuelas were built, you can still see remains of old houses and as well as the old bowling games.

Paraje de los Campos

Área recreativa con merendero, estanque e impresionante castaño centenario.

Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel

Construcción medieval de estilo románico, en la que hay una imagen de Santa Teresa de Jesús.

City Hall Park

Recreation area with children's games, sandbox and outdoor exercise area.

Era de la Cruz Park

Park located in the ancient area of the same name.

The Station Fountain

Emblematic fountain with abundant water throughout the year.

El Garigulín Public Picnic Area

Recreational area with barbecue, tables and a small house with a charcoal stove.

El Rinconín Mine

Recreation of a mine shaft made by former miners of the town.

Brañuelas Railway, Transport, Communications and Mining Museum

Museum center, inaugurated on August 5, 2017, which has housed...

Hiking Trails

Community in Brañuelas



Play Centre

All the information about the 2020 Winter Play Centre is now available.

Public School

Reopened in 2018, the public school belongs to the CRA of Santa Bárbara. Educational offer: Infant and Primary Courses



Elderly Residence


Manuel José García Ramos Pharmacy


Consultorio médico

Imprescindible solicitar cita previa por teléfono.



Swimming Pool

The municipal swimming pool remains open during the summer months.

Paddle Tennis Court

Open all year. Please see the information section for more details about the reservation and rules of use.



Civil Protection Group Villagatón City Council

The civil protection group was created due to the existing need in the municipality to bring together that...

Post Office

Opening hours from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Companies in Brañuelas

Business Directory

Aserradero Piedra Brañuelas
Bratelec S.L.
Technology and electrical installations.
Brezo Ecológico León
Treatment and sale of processed heather products.
Contrucciones El Grillo
Constructions and reforms.
Miel de Braña
Miel Los Serrano
Raquel Suárez Rueda
Crafts and painting.
Pulpería Los Gallegos C.B.
Octupus restaurant.
Sabor de Braña
Maintenance and reforms.
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