Manzanal del Puerto

Historia

Its name comes from Jupiter Menzano, to whom they sacrificed horses. In ancient times, royalty and nobility requested horses from La Cepeda, since they were a cross between a pure Spanish breed and a great Babiano.

During the War of Independence it suffered a very aggressive invasion by French troops that practically destroyed the entire town.

"El Camino de Manzanal" was of great importance as an alternative Jacobean route to the French road that passed through here, it originated to avoid snowfall and bad weather in Rabanal and Foncebadón. This is how it was found written in a pilgrim's guide from the 15th century, made by the German monk Hermann Küning. This route continued to a valley that brings us closer to the ruins of what was once a great church, that of San Juan de Montealegre, until we reached Torre, where it linked with another Jacobean route, the "Camino de La Cepeda".

 

It was also a legendary and strategic place of transit, which had an inn and a post office and post office stop. The town is located on the slopes of the Corón (which is also called Pastorin because of the shepherds' customs of raising a stone figurine on the top) that emerges behind the town. Its people were dedicated to livestock, agriculture and coal mining.

Location

It is a district of the municipality of Villagatón in the province of León. Its port is located at 1,225 meters of altitude, halfway between Bierzo, Cepeda and Maragatería. It has access to the Madrid-A Coruña highway, which is only a few meters away, and can also be reached by bus with wide availability of schedules.

POBLACIÓN

62 inhabitants (INE 2020)

FIESTAS DE INTERÉS

Saturday before Corpus Christi Santo Tirso
July 18 Santa Marina
TOURISM
COMMUNITY

Tourism in Manzanal del Puerto

Hospitality

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Restaurant la Puerta del Bierzo S.L.

Manzanal del Puerto

Puerto de Manzanal Restaurant

Bar and restaurant. Open 24 hours.

Points of Interest

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Steel Cross

They are 4 meters high and are located in the place of the same name, to disperse the storms that destroyed the crops. At the top, it carried a closed container with mercury inside (brought from the US). This idea was transmitted to the residents of the town by one of the many pilgrims who made the Camino de Santiago through Manzanal. The original cross disappeared in 1945 after a heavy snowfall.
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Majar Casinas

Built in the 60s with typical materials of the area (stone, slab, adobe ...), by several neighbours who joined forces (first the elderly and later the youth), to store the machinery used in the cereal cleaning work. They are located in the era of the town because it was where the construction work of bundles, mashed, cleaned, threshed...etc.
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Peña de Santo Tirso Hermitage

It is a natural cave under which the Hermitage is housed, where every year the weekend before Corpus Christi celebrates the festival in honour of Santo Tirso since according to legend, he took refuge there. The Saint is transferred in procession to here, where the tradition of passing through the mountains to heal pain is carried out.
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Cosmological Stele

Carboniferous sandstone rock reused as a voussoir in the village Church, in which there are engraved symbols from more than 4,000 years ago representing two men, the sun god and a female deity.
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Church of Santa Marina

Its construction dates from the end of the 18th century and is dedicated to Santa Marina, patron saint of the town.

Hiking Trails

Community in Manzanal del Puerto

Others

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CEPSA Service Stations

HIGHWAY A-6 (LEFT SIDE) KM. 350 - BRAÑUELAS
HIGHWAY A-6 (RIGHT SIDE) KM. 350 - BRAÑUELAS
Manzanal del Puerto

Easygas Manzanal del Puerto Service Station

Open 24 hours

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