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El Bierzo

León £ Ponferrada @ Ponferrada n Calle de Gil y Carrasco, Ponferrada; www.turismodelbierzo.es

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t Craggy, tree-clad hills around the ancient gold mines near Las Médulas

This northwestern region of León province was at one time the bed of an ancient lake. Sheltered by hills from the worst extremes of Central Spain’s climate, its sun-soaked, alluvial soils make for fertile orchards and vineyards. Over the centuries, the area has also yielded rich mineral pickings including coal, iron and gold. Nowadays, El Bierzo is a popular destination for walkers, with many ...

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