This section of the Camino Francés, starts in the city of Ponferrada, with its imposing medieval Templars Castle. This section of the Camino Frances (Section 7) takes pilgrims to the market town of Sarria, in Galicia, the most popular Camino starting point.
You will begin your Camino journey in the city of Ponferrada. The city of Ponferrada developed as a settlement on the road to Santiago in the middle ages. It is in Ponferrada that the Templars settled in the 12th century to protect pilgrims on their way to Santiago. The city of Ponferrada received its name from ‘Pons Ferrata’ meaning Iron Bridge in Latin. The bridge was constructed in the 11th century to help pilgrims to cross the Sil river.
Walking the Camino from Ponferrada
On the Camino from Ponferrada, you will be heading to Villafranca del Bierzo, a gorgeous mountain town surrounded by idyllic countryside.
The St. James church in Villafranca del Bierzo is the only other church on the Camino de Santiago where pilgrims can receive plenary indulgence.
After Villafranca, a challenging ascent takes pilgrims to the mountains of O Cebreiro and into Galicia. O Cebreiro is a quaint mountain village of centuries-old thatched cottages in a region of outstanding natural beauty. After O Cebreiro, the Camino continues across rural Galicia along forest tracks towards Sarria, just over 100km away from Santiago.
Allan and Carmel, Australia
Thoroughly enjoyed our Camino experience. Thanks to Caminoways, it all ran like clockwork.
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