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Castrillo of the Polvazares is a population of the province of León near to Astorga. It is a part of the region of The Maragatería and is provided with 90 inhabitants.

The people survives practically in his original state. All the houses are constructed in stone, and the streets are not asfaltadas, but paved. From 1980 it is declared by the Cabinet as historical - artistic set of high monumental value. According to some sources, the name " Castrillo " comes from the closeness of two forts: Castro of San Martino and of Taut of the Table.

The inhabitants of Castrillo were traditionally muleteers maragatos. These merchants were dealing with wines, caught, and a lot of other goods. The houses, so-called ' houses arrieras ', they are structured according to this activity, existing big doors for the step of cars, patios that are the center of organization of the house, blocks, and some big wine vaults.

The people originally was in a different place. It was destroyed by a few floods, and it was reconstructed in the XVIth century in his current emplacement.

The muleteers maragatos enjoyed big power and influence in the zone between the centuries XVIth and XIXth century. The region maragata is placed in a strategic point in the communications of the interior of the peninsula and Galicia. The proper Astorga is placed today in the middle of the national VIth. The maragatos were transporting to the interior worn saltings of fish of the Galician coast, and on having returned to his ground were loading with sausages and products of dry land. The decline of this caste began with the arrival of the railroad to Astorga in 1866.

The principal economic activity of the people at present is based on the tourism and on the craft. His principal tourist claims are his typical architecture, his gastronomy (with the maragato stew as banner), and his place in the Milky Way. The restaurants most known about the people are placed in houses maragatas rehabilitated for this need.

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