This section of the French Way, the famous Camino Francés, starts in the city of Ponferrada, with its imposing medieval Templars Castle, and 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, where the Templars settled in the 12th century to protect pilgrims on their way to Santiago. From here you will be heading to Villafranca del Bierzo, a gorgeous mountain town surrounded by idyllic countryside.
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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