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5.30km → Pereje
Altitude: 
519

Villafranca del Bierzo is one of the prettiest towns along the camino in El Bierzo. It is full of narrow streets that twist and turn and dare you to not get lost. Located along the Burbia and Valcarce rivers it can be difficult to navigate and steep climbs seem to be obligatory no matter the...

History: 

San Francisco de Assisi passed through 800 years ago and is said to have founded the Iglesia de San Francisco, do pay it a visit as it often doubles as an exhibition hall (plus its elevation affords a good view as the sun sets in the valley). During the Peninsular War Villafranca was used as the...

Notice: 

The Municipal and Ave Fenix albergues are at the very start of town. The latter is adjacent to the Iglesia de Santiago, one of only two churches along the way to have its own Holy Door for the benefit of pilgrims too sick to make it to the Santiago Cathedral.

The Fiestas del Cristo are held on the 14th of September.

Accommodation in Villafranca del Bierzo

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal Villafranca del Bierzo
Municipal
Campo de la Gallina
62 6€
Private

2

Albergue de la Piedra
Private
Espíritu Santo, 14
28 10€

3

Albergue Hospedería San Nicolás El Real
Private
Travesía de san Nicolás, 4
150 8€

4

Albergue Leo
Private
Ribadeo (del Agua), 10
24 10€ Photo in Albergue Leo on the Camino de Santiago

5

Refugio Ave Fenix de familia Jato
Private
Santiago, 10
80 5€ Photo in Refugio Ave Fenix de familia Jato on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue El Castillo
Private
Castillo, 8
24 10€
Casa Rural

7

B&B La Casa de Leo
Casa Rural
Pena Picón
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Hostal

8

Hostal La Puerta del Perdón
Hostal
Plaza de Prim, 4
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9

Hostal Burbia ⭑⭑
Hostal
Fuente Cubero, 13
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10

Hostal El Cruce
Hostal
El Salvador, 41

11

Hostal Méndez ⭑⭑
Hostal
Espiritu Santo, 1
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Hotel

12

Hotel San Francisco ⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor, 6
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13

Hotel Las Doñas del Portazgo ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Ribadeo, 2
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14

Posada Plaza Mayor ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Mayor, 4
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Parador

15

Parador Villafranca del Bierzo ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Calvo Sotelo, 28
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2.90km → Trabadelo
Altitude: 
929

The bar and albergue are both in the town of Pradela, which sits just off the camino before it descends towards Trabadelo. You do not need to go into town unless you are after a drink or a bed. Otherwise follow the arrows to keep along the camino.  The forests here are thick with chestnut trees...

The Road: 

Pradela sits on the hillside just above Trabadelo. The descent along the trail is quick and will deliver you into a side street half way into town; it is also possible to follow the road for a longer but less steep journey.

Accommodation in Pradela (Bierzo)

Private

1

Albergue Lamas
Private
Calella
10 5€ Photo in Albergue Lamas on the Camino de Santiago
4.40km → Trabadelo
Altitude: 
554

Accommodation in Pereje

Municipal

1

Albergue de Pereje
Municipal
Camino de Santiago
55 5€
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Altitude: 
572

Accommodation in Trabadelo

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal La Casa del Peregrino
Municipal
36 6€ Photo in Albergue Municipal "La Casa del Peregrino" on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Camino y Leyenda
Private
Camino de Santiago
16 10€ Photo in Albergue Camino y Leyenda  on the Camino de Santiago

3

Casa Susi
Private
Camino de Santiago
12 5€

4

Albergue Crispeta
Private
Camino Santiago, 162
48 8€ Photo in Albergue Crispeta on the Camino de Santiago
Parochial

5

Albergue Parroquial de Trabadelo
Parochial
La Iglesia
22 5€ Photo in Albergue Parroquial de Trabadelo on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

6

Casa Rural Os Arroxos
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago
Pension

7

Pensión El Puente Peregrino
Pension
Camino de Santiago, 153
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Hostal

8

Hostal Nova Ruta
Hostal
Carretera N-VI
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0.90km → Ambasmestas
Altitude: 
611

Accommodation in La Portela de Valcarce

Private

1

Albergue El Peregrino
Private
Camino de Santiago, 5
25 10€ Photo in Albergue El Peregrino on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

2

Hotel Valcarce ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Carretera N-VI
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1.60km → Vega de Valcarce
Altitude: 
625

Ambasmestas is named for the confluence of the two valley rivers, the Valcárcel (“valley of the prison,” so named because of its width) and the Balboa. Soaring above you is the A-6 highway connecting A Coruña with Madrid.

Accommodation in Ambasmestas

Private

1

Albergue Casa del Pescador
Private
Carretera N-VI
12 10/15€

2

Albergue Das Animas
Private
Campo Bajo, 3
20 6€

3

Albergue Camynos
Private
Carretera N-VI, 43
10 10€ Photo in Albergue Camynos on the Camino de Santiago
Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural Ambasmestas ⭑⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Carretera N-VI
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Hostal

5

Hostel El Rincón del Apóstol
Hostal
Carretera N-VI, 1
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2.10km → Ruitelán
Altitude: 
628

The nearby truck stop of the same name has a full restaurant, as well as a co-op boutique selling local delights like wine, honey, and chocolate. There is also a fruit stand.

The ruins of the Castle of Sarracín are located high on the hill on the other side of the river.

Notice: 

This is the last town with an ATM or a pharmacy until you reach Triacastela.

Accommodation in Vega de Valcarce

Municipal

1

Albergue de Vega de Valcarce
Municipal
Pandedelo
92 5€ Photo in Albergue de Vega de Valcarce on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Santa María Magdalena
Private
Carretera N-VI, 57
16 9€ Photo in Albergue Santa María Magdalena on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue El Paso
Private
Carretera N-VI, 6
28 10€

4

Refugio Vegetariano ISANA
Private
Carretera N-VI, 23
12 5€
Parochial

5

Albergue Virgen de la Encina
Parochial
Juan Pablo II
26€
Casa Rural

6

Casa Rural El Recanto
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago, 38
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Closed

7

Albergue Sarracín
Closed
Carretera N-VI, 32
12 10€ Photo in Albergue Sarracín on the Camino de Santiago

8

Albergue El Roble
Closed
Carretera N-VI, km 426
17 5€ Photo in Albergue El Roble on the Camino de Santiago
1.40km → Las Herrerías
Altitude: 
667

San Froilan lived as a hermit in a nearby cave during the 9th century. At the behest of the people of León, King Alfonso III named him as Bishop, a position which he held for only 5 years.

Accommodation in Ruitelán

Private

1

Refugio Pequeno Potala
Private
Carretera N-VI, 20
34 5€ Photo in Refugio Pequeno Potala on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
722

Las Herrerias, and the conjoined hamlet of Hospital, are at the base of the mountain that has been lurking on the horizon for a few days.

At the end of town, just past Casa Polin, is a small picnic area and the Fuente de Quiñones (named after the famous jouster of...

Notice: 

A local service offers to take you to the top of the mountain on horseback, an alternative to the 6km ascent and a taste of what luxury would have felt like 900 years ago.

The Road: 

The climb begins as a gradual ascent along the paved road. The camino will eventually leave this road in favor of a footpath which descends to your left. Arrows at the turn-off indicate that the camino for cyclists remains on the road and if you are on a bike this is the preferred route. When it...

Accommodation in Las Herrerías

Private

1

Albergue and Pensión Casa Lixa
Private
Camino de Santiago, 35
20 11€ Photo in Albergue and Pensión Casa Lixa on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Las Herrerías
Private
17 7€
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Paraíso del Bierzo
Casa Rural
Carretera N-VI
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4

Casa Rural do Ferreiro
Casa Rural
Camino de Santiago, 41
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Pension

5

Pensión Casa Polín
Pension
Camino de Santiago, 6
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Hotel Rural

6

Hotel Rural El Capricho de Josana
Hotel Rural
Camino de Santiago
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2.50km → La Faba
Altitude: 
692
Altitude: 
912

A small hamlet on the way up to O’Cebreiro, there is little more than a collection of houses, a parochial albergue (run by a German confraternity) and the adjacent church which has a daily evening Mass. Two other bars are in the center of the village, one distinctly Gallego in feel and the other...

History: 

Sir John Moore’s very unlucky British army, having been run out of Villafranca by the French, and suffering terrible weather, retreated through these hills on his way to Coruña. Moore would never leave the peninsula, and is buried in Coruña.

Accommodation in La Faba

Private

1

Bar Albergue El Refugio
Private
Camino de Santiago, 9
9 5€
Parochial

2

Albergue Ultreia Antigua Casa Parroquial
Parochial
66 5€ Photo in Albergue "Asociacion Alemana Ultreia" Antigua Casa Parroquial on the Camino de Santiago
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2.20km → O Cebreiro
Altitude: 
1152

Laguna sits about 1km from the Galician border, making it a rather remote frontier town.

Accommodation in Laguna de Castilla

Private

1

Albergue La Escuela de La Laguna
Private
49 10€ Photo in Albergue "La Escuela" de La Laguna  on the Camino de Santiago

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