Stage 25: Ponferrada - Villafranca

24,2 Km
5h 30m
Urban - City

General information

Ponferrada was founded in 1908 with a population of only 3,000 inhabitants. Today, it has grown to over 67,000 inhabitants, making it the last major city before reaching Santiago in about 8 to 10 days.

Its strategic location, first overlooking the fertile surrounding valley and then as a rich mining district, has contributed to its growth.

It is believed that the area was populated before the Romans colonized it and built a fort for mining. The city was reconquered by Alfonso III the Great, who began its reconstruction.

The first documented evidence of construction for pilgrims was the creation of the bridge in 1082. At the end of the 12th century, the town was entrusted to the Knights Templar, who began building the castle in 1218 and completed it in 1282. The castle can be visited daily between 10:00 and 14:00 and 16:30 and 20:30 between April 1 and October 15.

Other historical buildings that we recommend are the Church of San Andrés, of Templar origin, and the Church of Santa María de la Encina.



Ponferrada is a good place to have breakfast. However, there are several small towns along the way to stop for lunch.

Along the way you will pass through places like Fuentes Nuevas, Camponaraya and Cacabelos. The last 8 km from Cacabelos to Villafranca are quite easy, with only a small hill after the village, but there are no places to get water or food.

Hostels Ponferrada - Villafranca

Hostel Address Place Telephone Property Management Staff
Albergue Hospedería San Nicolás El Real C/ Travesía de San Nicolás, 4 Villafranca del Bierzo (León) 696 978 653, 620 329 386 Private Private Pedro y Charo
Albergue El Castillo C/ El Castillo, 8 Villafranca del Bierzo 622 674 676 Private Private Sonia
Albergue El Serbal y la Luna C/ El Pozo, 15 Pieros (León) 987 54 60 44, 639 888 924 Private Private Mar
Albergue Naraya Avenida de Galicia, 506 Camponaraya (León) 987 45 91 59 Private Private Noelia y Patri
Albergue de la Piedra C/ Espíritu Santo, 14 Villafranca del Bierzo (León) 987 54 02 60, 618 743 465 Private Private Livia y Unai
Albergue de Cacabelos Plaza del Santuario, s/n Cacabelos (León) 987 547 167 Ayuntamiento de Cacabelos Ayuntamiento de Cacabelos Meli
Albergue Leo C/ Ribadeo (Calle del Agua), 10 Villafranca del Bierzo (León) 987 54 26 58, 658 049 244 Private Private María y Ángela
Albergue de Carracedo del Monasterio C/ La Roda, 1 Carracedo del Monasterio 608 888 211 Ayuntamiento de Carracedelo Private. Begatur S.L. Eva y Matilde
Albergue La Gallega C/ Santa María, 23 Cacabelos (León) 680 917 109, 987 54 94 76 Private Private Rosa
Albergue Municipal Villafranca del Bierzo A la derecha de la Iglesia de Santiago, Albergue la Villa Villafranca del Bierzo (León) 987 54 23 56, 987 54 00 89 Ayuntamiento Ayuntamiento Hospitaleras Gestión Privada.
Albergue San Blas C/ San Blas, 5 Columbrianos (León) 611 614 149, 675 651 241 Private Private Jesús y Rosa
Albergue La Medina Avenida Camino de Santiago, 87 Camponaraya (León) 987 46 39 62, 667 348 551 Private Private Javier
Albergue Señor Oso calle Real 43 Molinaseca +034 661761970 Jose Manuel Miranda Rivas Private Jose Manuel
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