Ponferrada is the capital of the region of Bierzo, the best prelude to Galicia. Emerged under the protection of the Camino de Santiago in the eleventh century, it has become throughout history an essential site for the French Way, so the former Templar capital will be the best starting point for your Camino. In this stretch of the French Way from Ponferrada to Santiago, you will discover a lot of similarities between the Leonese region of El Bierzo and the Galician community, both in its culture and nature as well as in its language and gastronomy. You will discover medieval villages, cathedrals, Templar castles and beautiful natural landscapes such as the Bierzo Valley and O Courel.
Entering the ancient forests of chestnut and oak trees, you will make your way to Compostela. Numerous hór