→ 4.50 → Molinaseca → 4.10km → Ponferrada

Altitude
582
To end of camino
212.40
ATM
Yes
Bar
Yes
Bus
Yes
Grocery
Yes
Medical Center
Yes
Pharmacy
Yes
Restaurant
Yes

Molinaseca is a popular weekend destination for ponferradinos, who make the short drive to swim in the dammed up río Maruelo. The riverfront makes for an excellent place to swim, cool down, and mingle.

Fiesta

If you are in Molinaseca on the 17th of August, beg borrow or steal a bucket and prepare for the citywide water fight. The day prior celebrates San Roque and the day after celebrates the Fiesta de las Angustias with a more traditional procession through town.

The Road

Between Molinaseca and Ponferrada you will be almost exclusively on the sidewalk adjacent to the road. Three kilometers from the center of Molinaseca the camino splits. The camino technically turns left at the curve in the road and passes through Campo on the way to Ponferrada. Turning right to follow the road will get you to Ponferrada just the same and is a shorter path to the Municipal albergue.

Comments

michael

Took the suggestion and found this place to excellent. I felt like royalty. Highly recommend.

michael

This town was adorable and the women at the pharmacy were so kind and helpful. It was well-stocked. Time your journey through here so you can take a swim and cool off in the afternoon. Even if you don’t plan to stay the night, swimming here is a beautiful and fun experience. The water is chilly, but not unbearable. It is so refreshing. Hike for moments like these. Take the time to enjoy it all. At the very least, take a seat on the edge and soak your feet. The cool water will help with swelling and aches.

michael

There are no cash machines in Molinaseca!

michael

The Albergues outside town is run by the worst Hospitalero on the Camino, not only did he make me go back to town to change a 50 euro note instead of waiting for more pilgrims and giving me change it was stinking hot in the hottest heatwave in 50 years and I couldn’t get a beer. He put Spanish people on the second floor with insulation and Europeans and Asians on the top floor with no insulation to toast. He refused to fill the bbq gas bottle so we could cook. And the sign says Albergue 200 metres and is about 2 km out of town. Pathetic

michael

Señor Oso is a brand new Albergue right in the center of town, very clean and modern. Nice beds, washer/dryer, kind host. So glad we stopped in, they have only been open two days.

michael

A new Albergue opened in summer of 2019. Young hospitalero very nice, accommodating and knowledgeable with town. Hostel is modern and perfectly located in center of town. Host gave recommendations for dinner options, and hostels for the next couple of towns. He was very accurate with his recommendations. Don’t make the mistake of passing this place if you decide to stay in this beautiful little town after a hard decent from Cruz De Ferro!

michael

… an older American named Tim. He’s the classic Camino story where he sold everything to move to Spain after his own Camino, and likes to sit on the Main Street watching pilgrims. He’s a nice guy and will entertain you while you rest after the descent from the Alto