Camino de Invierno Ponferrada to Puente de Domingo Florez | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Distance to Santiago: 
205.10
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 Iglesia de Santa María de la Encina is named after a Templar legend according to which her...

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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.

When leaving Toral de Merayo, keep on...

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Polideportivo de Priaranza

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Priaranza del Bierzo - Camino de Santiago - 24

Mirador de Santallo

A scenic overlook at the entrance to Santalla which offers excellent views of the Bierzo valley and the mountains beyond.

Altitude: 
534
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Altitude: 
538

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

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Castillo de Cornatel

With a history that dates back to the 9th. c. , this castle has seen its fair share of battles and owners. So much so that it's actual origins are somewhat muddled. What history can be nailed down begins in the middle of the 11th. c. when the castle was taken over by a local count. A generation later it was given to the Templars, and by the 14th. c. it was to change hands several times more. It was also in the 14th. c when it became known as the Castle of Cornatel.

During the armed uprising staged by the lower class in 1467 the castle was almost entirely destroyed, only to be rebuilt again by centuries of owners.

Visits are free for pilgrims and 2€ otherwise.

Closed on Mondays otherwise:

11:00-13:30 and

16:00-20:00

Continue on the road downhill turning Right at the first intersection and Left at the second (near slate factory).

Altitude: 
795
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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 well.

One Casa Rural in town...

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Casa Rural Cornatel Médulas
Plaza Ayuntamiento, 3

Casa Rural
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Altitude: 
557

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

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Hotel Rural La Peregrina
Carucedo-Las Médulas, km 0.5

Casa Rural
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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 road just out of town, take the path...

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Altitude: 
370

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

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....

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Hostal Restaurante La Torre
Chao do Marco

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Polideportivo de Puente Domingo Flórez

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Hostal La Torre II
Chao do Marco

Hostal
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