Villas in El Bierzo y Las MédulasA sleepy rural idyll in the north west corner of Castilla y León, El Bierzo is like a trip back in time.
Here you'll find strong Celtic roots but the region has also been home to the Romans, the Knights Templar and has witnessed the passing of centuries of Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago which cuts through the heart of the province.
The Romans found gold in the hills and created the unique red-rock landscape of Las Médulas whilst the Knights Templar built the fairytale castle at Ponferrada, the region's capital, to protect pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
With a benign micro-climate the region has long been famous for its market-garden produce, especially its peppers, as well as its cured meats and sausages. The local full-bodied red wines, once just a curiosity for local consumption, are now rightly enjoying a resurgence See properties...