Camino de Invierno Ponferrada to Puente de Domingo Florez | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
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5.50km → Toral de Merayo
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...

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...

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...

Accommodation in Ponferrada and the Start of the Camino de Invierno

Parochial

1

Albergue de peregrinos San Nicolás de Flüe
Parochial
Loma
175 Donativo€ Photo in Albergue de peregrinos San Nicolás de Flüe on the Camino de Santiago
Private

2

Albergue Alea
Private
Teleno, 33
18 11€

10

Albergue Guiana
Private
Castillo, 112
90 12€
Hostal

3

Hostal Nirvana ⭑⭑
Hostal
Lago de Carucedo, 12
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6

Hostal San Miguel
Hostal
Juan de Lama, 14

9

Hostal Río Selmo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Río Selmo, 22
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Closed

4

Hotel Madrid Bierzo
Closed
La Puebla, 44
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Hotel

5

Hotel El Castillo ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
El Castillo, 115
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7

Hotel Los Templarios ⭑⭑
Hotel
Flórez Osorio, 3
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8

Hotel Aroi Ponferrada ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Marcelo Macías, 4
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Altitude: 
494

Has a pharmacy, a nice stone bridge, and a very friendly bar (Cafe Bar Mariluz) located in the square which is not square. They have WIFI there and were friendly to this pilgrim. A post office and a pasteleria round out the services available here.

The Road: 

When leaving Toral de Merayo, keep on the road and to the at the first fork (gentle right). You will leave town on the asphalt road, turn left on another, and begin a climb off to your right shortly after that.

Ignore all markings for the PR-LE-41.

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Polideportivo

Accommodation in Priaranza del Bierzo

Polideportivo

1

Polideportivo de Priaranza
Polideportivo
Priaranza del Bierzo - Camino de Santiago - 24
3.70km → Villavieja
Altitude: 
538
The Road: 

There are two sets of arrows when leaving town, and a mojon which keeps you on the camino towards Villavieja. Do not follow the arrows to "Las Barrancas"

Altitude: 
764

Fountain and possible albergue with unknown opening date. Construction was underway in late 2011 but was still awaiting future grants for completion.

The Road: 

From here you begin a climb with great views of the nearing castle.

Photo in Villavieja on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Villavieja on the Camino de Santiago
6.70km → Las Médulas
Altitude: 
557

A nice, quiet town along the camino. It has a small shop of the typical “lights off, but we carry everything” Spanish variety, a bar which does full meals and has a wifi signal just outside their door where some locals sit with their laptops, and a pharmacy as

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The Road: 

Continue out of town in the same direction you walked in and resist the temptation to take a small and well-manicured path of fitness machines on your left-hand side. Just stay on the road and walk around the bend. It is just after that bend that you take a dirt track up and to your left. A...

Accommodation in Borrenes

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Cornatel Médulas ⭑⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Plaza Ayuntamiento, 3
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Altitude: 
557

Located off the camino to the north by about 500m, but included here because it offers accommodation.

Accommodation in Carucedo

Casa Rural

1

Hotel Rural La Peregrina
Casa Rural
Carucedo-Las Médulas, km 0.5
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Altitude: 
736

This town has a tourist information center, accommodation, bars, and restaurants targeting weekenders hiking the many trails around the area. You will have to go through the town, and leave on the opposite end. If the arrows are not visible at a fork in the

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The Road: 

You enter Puente along a trail that descends into town. Once you get to the first road, you have two options. The first is to continue along the camino into town. Go that way if you wish to resupply or see the town. Eventually, though the trail will turn you back around and take you back uphill...

Accommodation in Las Médulas

Hotel

1

Hotel Medulio
Hotel
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2

Complejo Rural Agoga
Hotel
Carretera Las Cuevas
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Casa Rural

3

Cabañas Rurales Lares
Casa Rural
General, 11
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Las Médulas - Camino de Santiago - 24Las Médulas - Camino de Santiago - 24
1.50km → Quereño
Altitude: 
370

This town has most services, including many atms and friendly locals.

The Road: 

The way out of town, if you spent the night in the hostal, is "behind" the hostal. Walk around the building to your Left. Follow that road and keep to the right when it splits. Follow the arrows and the signs pointing to Quereño.

An alternate route of equal distance can be made by...

Accommodation in Puente de Domingo Flórez

Hostal

1

Hostal Restaurante La Torre
Hostal
Chao do Marco
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3

Hostal La Torre II
Hostal
Chao do Marco
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Polideportivo

2

Polideportivo de Puente Domingo Flórez
Polideportivo