Ponferrada and the Start of the Camino de Invierno | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
Ponferrada and the Start of the Camino de Invierno → Toral de Merayo
To Santiago: 
265.10
Altitude: 
539

Ponferrada has more to offer than initially meets the eye. The Templar castle is one of the best-preserved examples of its kind and offers a good glimpse into what castle life must have been like. The Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Encina is named after a Templar legend according to which her image was found in the trunk of an Oak tree. It is located in the oldest part of town, near the castle.

Fiesta: 

Saturday is market day.
The Fiesta de La Encina is held September 8th and celebrates the patron Saint of El Bierzo, La Virgen de La Encina (oak). It lasts a week.

The Road: 

We begin in Ponferrada at the Albergue de Peregrinos where you can pick up a credential and a very basic map of the camino as it passes through El Bierzo. Turn left out of the albergue gate and continue to the first cruceiro. On the sidewalk across the street is the first mojon marking the...

History: 
Ponferrada was at one point one of the most important of the Roman settlements due to its location at the junction of two rivers (The Sil and Boeza) in a valley both fertile and rich in minerals. Its name derives, much like Puente la Reina, from its bridge. Built in 1082 it was one of the first to...

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Services
ATM: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Grocery: 
Yes
Pharmacy: 
Yes
Medical Center: 
Yes
Correos: 
Ave General Vives, 24401, Mon-Fri: 0830-2030 & Sat: 0930-1300, 987 403 187
Train: 
Yes
Bus: 
Yes
Bus Terminal: 
Yes
Photo in Ponferrada on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Ponferrada on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Ponferrada on the Camino de Santiago