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Another site to see in Astorga is the shop I came across, the perfumería that also sells cow manure.
I looked up Cocido Maragata and found a webpage describing it, telling how to eat it, a couple of stories about its origins and a recipe. A warning though, the preparation time is given as 12 hours and I don't think that includes the time spend searching for the ingredients.If you are looking for a meal typical of the region and not "touristy", do try "Las Termas". Its speciality is the "Cocido Maragata".
We enjoy relaxing in the nice park that is adjacent to the municipal albergue. It sits high on a ridge and has great views of the surrounding areas. And we have enjoyed wonderful meals in Astorga. Some of our favorite meals in Spain are pulpo and paella. Last visit, we had both within one pilgrim's meal, with wine of course! Bob
Paella, like Pizza, is mostly of the deep-frozen and factory-made variety along the Camino; the "real thing" is found in southern Spain along the Mediterranean. The main importance of course is that you were hungry enough to like it in spite.
From what I remember Gaudí started design of the palace but after falling out with the council never finished it. Apparently he hated Astorga so much that he said he would prefer to fly over it by balloon rather than enter itI did what I dubbed as "A Full Trifecta" in Astorga - The Cathedral, Bishop's Palace (Gaudi) and Chocolate Museum. Of the 3 I was least impressed with the Choc Museum, perhaps party due to the fact that I have been through similar establishmets prior (if anything I am roughly one hour away from Hershey PA with all those candies, chocolates, etc.). Plus it is a bit of a walk... if you have a short stop (which I actually did as well) may reconsider.
If you like\love Gaudi then The Palace is a MUST for sure. His design is un-mistakable and interestingly the basement\crypt (however you want to call it) reminded me of the same in Casa Guell in Barcelona
Good luck, Have a good time and Buen Camino