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The more than thirty kilometres that separate Molinaseca from Villafranca de
Villafranca del Bierzo
Villafranca del Bierzo run through fields of vineyards and quiet villages full of services. We will pass through Ponferrada, the last big city until we reach Compostela, which will amaze us with the beautiful Castle of the Templars. The landscape becomes greener and greener and little by little we feel the proximity of Galicia.

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We say goodbye to Molinaseca with our minds set on Villafranca del Bierzo along a path that leads us to the village of Campo, where we find picturesque ancestral homes and the church of Nuestra Señora de la Encina. We cross the river Boeza and arrive at the city of Ponferrada, capital of the region of El Bierzo. It is well worth a stop to visit the Templar Castle, the main tourist attraction of the city.

We skirt the castle and leave the city. We pass a sports site and take a track that leads us to the Church of San Esteban de Columbrianos. We meet again with the vegetation, saying goodbye definitively to the Castilian farmland. The route continues through Fuentes Nuevas, which has services, and the town of Camponaraya.

A little further on we see a fork that leads us to Carracedo del Monasterio, a variant that adds up to a couple of kilometres and that takes us to an important Benedictine abbey, nowadays in a state of abandonment.

We continue along the original route for almost 6 kilometres until we reach Cacabelos, where we can have a drink and rest. The Camino leads us to Pieros, which shows us a crossroads with two alternatives. A shortcut takes us along stretches of road shoulder, while the official route through Valtuille de Arriba passes through comfortable vineyards and is only 2 kilometres longer. We recommend the official route, as walking on the hard shoulder is always more dangerous.

After choosing one of the two options, we arrive at Villafranca del Bierzo. We will enjoy a relaxing afternoon admiring the Puerta del Perdón, the church of Santiago and, why not, taking a dip in the river beach.

To consider

Easy stage that goes along good asphalt and dirt tracks, through vineyards. In summer it is advisable to protect yourself from the sun and heat, as temperatures tend to be very high in this area.

Places of interest

  • Castle of the Templars – Ponferrada
  • Basilica of the Encina – Ponferrada
  • Church of San Esteban – Columbrianos
  • Hermitage of the Divine Christ – Fuentes Nuevas
  • Church of San Ildefonso – Camponaraya
  • Convent of San Francisco – Villafranca del Bierzo
  • Main Square -Villafranca del Bierzo

Typical dishes

  • Trout
  • Sausages from Bierzo
  • Empanada
  • Bierzo Peppers
  • Chestnuts
  • Botillo

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Hostels

Villafranca del Bierzo Hostel

Address: C/ Campo de la Gallina, s/n.  24500 Villafranca del Bierzo – León.

Phone: (+34) 987 542 356

Email: [email protected]

Web: Unavailable

San Roque Pilgrims' Hostel

Address: Avenida Fraga Iribarne, s/n. 24413 Molinaseca – León.

Phone: (+34) 692 886 721

Email: [email protected]

Web: Unavailable

Pilgrims' hostel St. Nicholas of Flüe

Address: Calle Obispo Camilo Lorenzo, 2, 24400 Ponferrada

Phone: 987 41 33 81

Email: [email protected]

Web: https://sannicolasdeflue.com/

Towns

Cacabelos

Town: Cacabelos

Povince: León

Population: 4.996

Villafranca del Bierzo

Town: Villafranca del Bierzo

Povince: León

Population: 2.974