Molinaseca is in El Bierzo region, 6 kilometres south of Ponferrada, in a valley full of fruit trees, meadows and orchards.
The origin and the significance of Molinaseca, is linked to el Puente de los Peregrinos, a roman construction that rises above river Moruelo. There is where the village begins, and the historical area ends under the old stone transept, two unequivocal symbols of Jacobean tradition.
Molinaseca celebrates its major festivity honoring the “Virgen de las Angustias” (better known as “La Preciosa”) and San Roque on the 15 of August. It is one of the most important celebrations of el Bierzo. One of the best-known events which attracts a large amount of people is the water battle, celebrated in calle Real. People from the village along with visitors provided with buckets start a battle, throwing water at each other.
In Molinesaca you can find the Church of San Nicolás de Bari, with its great restoration of the gospel in baroque style. The sculpture of Jesus on the cross from the XIV century is an extremely important part of the church and is a must-see for sightseers
At the entrance of the village, towards Santiago, you will find the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias and its wonderful Piedad de Influjo from Gregorio Fernández. Its churrigueresque style restoration is also an unmissable sight.
6 km away from the villa, there is Ponferrada, capital city of el Bierzo region, where you will find the Templaria fort and the Basílica de la Encina.
12 km away from Molisenaca, Astorga direction, you can visit the famous Herrería del Compludo, declared a national monument in 1968. The unusual size of the hummer will capture your imagination.
It is our obligation to mention the paraje las Médulas, declared patrimony of humanity. Old roman gold mines, were exploited and destroyed by a water system that created a unique landscape. From the Orellán viewpoint you can contemplate al its splendour.
Other sites of interest are:
Valle del Silencio and Peñalba de Santiago and his only mozarab Church.
El Acebo. 9´5 Km away, following El camino the Santiago, 1200 meters high. It is worth it to visit la Fuente de la trucha and its parish church, where it is conserved a Romanic style image of Santiago Apostol.
Riego de Ambrós. 6´1 Km away. It had a hospital for the peregrines, but today is a little place with a parish church with a baroque restorations made by Pedro Santín in 1706 and two hermitages close to an old fountain.
Lombillo, Salas and Villar de los Barrios: 5 km away. They are villages with old houses and unique churches.
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