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Did you know that... Villadangos del Páramo

It is located at one end of the moor of Leon and has a beautiful view of the valley. From Villadangos del Páramo some historians say that it could have been a Celtic castro, and that in Roman times it was a point of passage on the road between León and Astorga. During the Muslim conquest, in the Middle Ages, and because of it and its bloody struggles, the town suffered a depopulation until the end of the ninth century early tenth that the kings of Leon carry out a repopulation of the area. It was also the scene of the fights for the kingdom of León between the Aragonese of Alfonso I el Batallador and the Galician supporters of Doña Urraca, this happened in the year 1111 in the place known as La Matanza. From the 12th century until the 16th century Villadangos del Páramo was an ecclesiastical lordship, then became a civil lordship and Carlos III in the 18th century created the title of Marqués de Villadangos. At present in its nucleus is located the seat of the city council of its name that is formed, besides by him, by the districts of Celadilla del Páramo and Fojedo del Páramo.

Villadangos del Páramo

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In Villadangos del Páramo, its parish church, built at the end of the 17th century at the beginning of the 18th century and dedicated to the patron saint of the village of Santiago Apóstol, is well worth a visit. Its high belfry, which is a tower with a bulrush crowned by two bells that were melted in around 1707, was restored in 2002. Inside the church stands out the altarpiece of the high altar, of churrigueresco style, and in the center of the same one an equestrian statue of Santiago Apostle with the sword in high and to both sides two pictures in which it is represented the apparition of the Virgin of the Pillar to the Apostle and the Battle of Clavijo. In the entrance door to the temple you can see two polychrome reliefs of the sixteenth century in which Santiago again appears leading the fight against the Moors.


Villadangos del Páramo celebrates its patron saint Santiago on 25 July, also celebrates Easter and in August enjoys a medieval fair and market that commemorates the Battle of Villadangos.

Parish Church of Santiago Apóstol of Villadangos del Páramo


Villadangos del Páramo celebrates an ancient tradition known as the Burning of May. In the month of May, a tree was placed in the town square, which the boys had previously been in charge of felling, and it was decorated with ribbons, fruits... and there the young people went to have fun and enjoy until, on the last day of the month, the tree was burned. Now the tree is crowned with a straw doll and the last night of the month is burned in the square.


Villadangos Lagoon or El Estanque as it is popularly known, is at the exit of the village. At present it is one of the most valuable wetlands in the province of León, it is classified as a Wetland of Special Interest and has an extraordinary biological and scenic richness. Among the animals that live here you can see the marsh harrier, the bittern, or the water cock. During the migration season, other species are also seen, such as herons among others.

Villadangos del Páramo

The Legend

Oral tradition tells us that in the past, on the eve of the birthday, a ribbon was placed on the neck of the birthday girl in which small presents and gifts had been sewn. Then this ribbon was hung from the same nail from which the calendar hung.

Get to Villadangos del Páramo by car

Villadangos del Páramo is connected to León and Astorga by the N-120 and the AP-71 motorway. Also through the roads LE-442 and LE-443 can be reached from Chozas de Abajo on one side and from Santa Marina del Rey on the other, also the LE-413 joins with Villar de Mazarife.

By bus

Villadangos del Páramo has a bus service that connects it with León and the nearby towns. The bus stop is located on the National Road N-120 in the marquee of the Way of Saint James Urbanization.

By train

Villadangos del Páramo has a medium-distance railway service from Renfe, which stops at the station and connects it with the cities of León and Ponferrada. The station is located in the street Estación s/n, in the Barrio de la Estación.

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8:20 h.35.7 km.

Stage 19 Hospital de Órbigo-Rabanal del Camino
Difficulty-RemarkableRed difficulty category, level 2. Stages with large slopes or important distances, which require good physical preparation.

5:55 h.27.8 km.

Stage 18b Variant of Villar de Mazarife
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6:45 h.32.1 km.

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5:40 h.24.8 km.

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