3.20km → Ponferrada → 3.20km → Compostilla
To end of camino: 
205.10
Seehöhe: 
539

Ponferrada’s Templar castle is one of the best-preserved examples of its kind and offers a glimpse into what castle life must have been like in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Iglesia de Santa María de la Encina is named for 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.

Feiertage: 

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

Geschichte: 

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 from the construction of its original bridge. Built in 1082 it was one of the first to be decorated with iron and so ‘Pons Ferrata’ became Ponferrada. The original bridge no longer exists.

Wegbeschreibung: 

Exiting Ponferrada takes you past the castle and briefly through the old town before crossing over the río Sil. At the end of that bridge turn right. The way curves left and at the next large intersection turn right. Keep straight through the first roundabout, and turn right at the second. From here the camino follows temporary signage through construction.

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Services
Bankomat: 
Yes
Bar: 
Yes
Lebensmittelgeschäft: 
Yes
Apotheke: 
Yes
Arztpraxis: 
Yes
Postamt: 
Ave General Vives, 24401, Mon-Fri: 0830-2030 & Sat: 0930-1300, 987 403 187
Zug: 
Yes
Bushaltestelle: 
Yes
Photo of Ponferrada on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Ponferrada on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Ponferrada on the Camino de Santiago

Comments

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

The Rocky Mountain Shop is excellent. Great selection of high quality gear. I got new Hokas and my wife got a puffy.

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

If you were stamp-happy along the way from St. Jean and are running out of room, or are starting your Camino in Ponferrada, you can purchase a credential for €2 at Albergue de peregrinos San Nicolás de Flüe.

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

Have just now had terrible experience here, when the Spanish friend I am traveling with complained about the quality of the room compared to what was represented when she called (she was told we would have a view, we are looking at a wall; the room was supposed to be large, it’s tiny, etc). The manager pounded on the door and demanded payment up front and threatened to call the police if we didn’t pay. I’m from the States and I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of traveling. Avoid at all costs.

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

You will have a much nicer time in Molinaseca or Cacbelos. Staying in Ponferrada is jarring and can take you out of the peaceful camino spirit . The city is also very expensive and eating out at night in the old town you will find very little cheap as a pilgrim.

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

I stayed in a hotel called El ancla. It was nice, I think a out 25 euros, and had a private room with bathroom. Lots of stores and restaurants nearby for whatever you need.

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

Excellent place to stay when in Léon. Juan treats everyone as a potential long lost friend. Clean, convenient, no negatives except the party crowd going home at 6am, but you’re up at that time anyway. Calle Ancho 25