Back to top

Did you know that... Villamarco de las Matas

It is located in Tierra de Campos, in the southeast of the province of León. Villamarco de las Matas, according to experts has its origin in Roman times, in a primitive villa dedicated to Marco Aurelio, this theory is supported by the proximity of the Via Trajana, therefore has almost two thousand years of history. Little is known more about it, so it is suspected that it would run parallel to that of the area, with its years of oblivion and importance. In the Middle Ages the Way of Saint James passed through here and the town had a pilgrims' hospital and a hermitage dedicated to the Apostle. Today it is a hamlet belonging to the municipality of Santas Martas.

Villamarco de las Matas

To discover What to see in Villamarco de las Matas?

In Villamarco, its small and quiet streets mix new and old buildings and among them is the parish church dedicated to San Isidro, was rebuilt in 1974 and has, as its own, the beautiful Mudejar-style Tower, witness of its previous church. The Santo Cristo del Malvar hermitage, built in brick, has a simple façade crowned with a belfry and inside, in the centre of the altar, the image of Santo Cristo del Amparo, also called Cristo del Santo Malvar.


Villamarco de las Matas celebrates its festivities on 8 December in honour of the Immaculate Conception, patron saint of the town, and on 15 May it celebrates San Isidro.​

Hermitage of Santo Cristo del Malvar in Villamarco de las Matas


It is told from generation to generation, as oral history passes from generation to generation, that until the beginning of the twentieth century, these areas were populated by shrubs and bushes in addition to extensive forests in which the oaks predominated and that there were also a lot of hunting and wolves, foxes ... In Villamarco de las Matas, there is still a small grove near the train track.


In this area there are several villages with the toponym of Las Matas, Villamarco de las Matas, Santas Martas de las Matas, Reliegos de las Matas, Grajalejo de las Matas, Villamoratiel de las Matas. The word Matas has as meaning land populated with trees of the same species. In some of the coats of arms of these towns they have reflected a holm oak.

Parish Church of San Isidro in Villamarco de las Matas

The Legend

The elders of the place tell us how in Villamarco there was a deep-rooted custom. When a poor, wandering person arrived in the village, all the neighbours had the obligation to assist him in his needs and so that everyone complied with this almost law, there was a symbol, they had a rod or stick called "el Palo de los Pobres" which was guarded in one of the houses, as a general rule that of one of the wealthiest of the village. The chiquillería received it as if it was a celebration and they accompanied it up to the dwelling of the one who had the stick, there it was taken care of and later with the stick in the hand, it went house in house receiving what goodly they could give it, bacon, bread... or they offered him the haystack or the stable to sleep.

Get to Villamarco de las Matas by car

Villamarco de las Matas can be reached from Santas Martas on the N-601, which joins Valladolid and León, via the CV-195. You will also find the detour to this town on the A-231 Motorway and from there to Villamarco de las Matas. In addition we will find another access in the local highway that joins El Burgo Ranero with Reliegos and Mansilla de las Mulas following the course of the Way of Saint James.

By bus

Villamarco de las Matas has a transport service on demand, which connects it with different neighbouring villages and with León. To do so, call 900 204 020. There is a service from Monday to Friday. The bus stop is located on the corner of the village church, on Calle Travesía de la Iglesia.

SENDITUR is not responsible for any variation in the information described, as well as for the misuse of its guides and recommends that everyone be responsible and prudent in carrying out the activity. Likewise, we invite you to document yourself with books and specialized guides to complement the information described. From the commitment of SENDITUR with Nature and the respect to the balance of the environment, SENDITUR urges you to travel in a responsible way, with low environmental impact and respecting at all times the Natural, Cultural and Social environment wherever you go. For any suggestion, SENDITUR invites you to send an email to .

Share your experience

Maximum size 2MB

*.gpx, *.kmz, *.kml, *.plt

List of Routes
  • Closeness
  • First name
  • Difficulty
  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Assessment

5:40 h.24.8 km.

Stage 17 Reliegos-Leon
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.

7:35 h.32.9 km.

Stage 16b Calzada del Coto-Mansilla de las Mulas
Difficulty-RemarkableRed difficulty category, level 2. Stages with large slopes or important distances, which require good physical preparation.

8:10 h.37.9 km.

Stage 16 San Nicolás del Real Camino-Reliegos
Difficulty-RemarkableRed difficulty category, level 2. Stages with large slopes or important distances, which require good physical preparation.
Church of San Tirso
Sahagún, León
Church of San Tirso

The tower of the Church of San Tirso is the emblem of the town

Royal Collegiate Church of San Isidoro
León, León
Royal Collegiate Church of San Isidoro

Sistine Chapel of Romanesque Art, palatine temple of the kings Fernando I and doña Sancha

Continue watching …

Copyright © 2024 SENDITUR