El Acebo is a very small village on the Camino de Santiago in the Province of León in the Autonomous community of Castille-León. The village is named after the European Holly. The picturesque village is a very good example of the mountain villages of upper Bierzo: The houses are built from slate, the typical building material of the region and are also covered with it. Another characteristic are the street-facing wooden balconies, that usually reach outside of the outdoor staircase. According to oral tradition the residents in the Middle Ages were against installation and maintenance of 800 stakes to mark the pilgrimage route (which is especially important in this area due to snow), which came as tribute from the king. Just like in other villages along the Camino de Santiago the revival of the Camino de Santiago improved the economic basis of the villages: Next to communal and private hostels there are holiday houses known as Casas Rurales, as well as a grocery that had reopened. The only restaurant, whose owner is also owner of the private houses and administrator of the communal houses, treats pilgrims based on the following motto: good cooking, worse service. The latter was found between entries in an actual pilgrim's guide. The village church is devoted to the archangel Michael and houses a polychrome figure, that represents Santiago. On at the village exit there is a modern moment made out of rebar to the death of the German cycling pilgrim Heinrich Krause, who died here on 13 August 1987. As a result, cyclists are now warned about the winding and steep descent towards Molinaseca. After the moment the street swings towards Compludo. St. Fructuosus indicates the founding of its first monastery in the 7th century and it has consecrated the Saints Justo and Pasor. One can also see the Medieval blacksmith of Compludo from the view of the monastery. A legend states that a sword was forged here, that Pelagius of Asturias had used in the Battle of Covadonga.
The hospitaleros were lovely and the communal meal was memorable. A very special atmosphere and the friendships made that night were special throughout the Camino.
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, a sun terrace with a swimming pool, garden and shared lounge, Albergue La Casa Del Peregrino is set in El Acebo de San Miguel. This hostel has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom.
Las instalaciones son correctas, pero hay demasiadas personas en un solo dormitorio y las camas son muy juntas. Trato bastante frio.
La Trucha del Arco Iris features accommodation in El Acebo de San Miguel. This bed and breakfast offers a garden. Free WiFi is available.
Surrounded by nature, La Casa del Peregrino boasts a shared outdoor pool and a garden with mountain views. This accommodation is located in El Acebo de San Miguel.