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Villafranca Montes de Oca was founded by the Romans a little south of the present village under the name of Auca. The place was the bishop's seat until 1075. According to tradition, Saint Indalecio, a disciple of the Apostle James, was the first bishop and suffered martyrdom here.

St James church

Church of St. James (Iglesia de Santiago Apůstol), late 18th century. The building was erected on the same site where the cathedral and another church had previously stood.

ascent in the forest

Ascent to the Montes de Oca.

What is there to discover along the way?

Montes de Oca

At Montes de Oca, at 1080 m, there is a monument for the victims (the Fusiliers) of the Spanish Civil War.

Oca mountain

Here we are standing on Mount Oca, the highest point of today.


There is not much left of the originally dangerous, dense oak forests. The Way of St. James leads across a wide (fire protection) forest aisle.

Blick auf San Juan

San Juan de Ortega comes into view.

San Juan de Ortega

The last metres to the stage destination St. Juan de Ortega.

Photos: Gerhard, Rosmarie