From the early morning, as you cycle along the high plateau you will see Astorga on the horizon. Stop a couple of hours for lunch, to rest and visit this unique city with its 2,000 vibrant years of history, where Renaissance cathedrals and Roman baths jostle with the modernism of Gaudí.
In the afternoon, comes the real challenge: an impressive 1500m hike to the iconic Cruz del Hierro (the Iron Cross). Beautiful natural landscapes and culturally rich towns will enrich your day, before you reach Ponferrada, a city with a lively, and very pretty, medieval centre, guarded by the Templars Castle. The old part of the city is a pleasant pedestrian area where tourists and local people like to chill out on the terraces of Plaza del Ayutamiento and Plaza de la Encina.