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Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo


Day 2

Accommodations: Villafranca del Bierzo (B)

Walking: 24 km / 15 mi

This morning your Fresco Tours guide will be available at breakfast to answer any more questions you have. Then, we will walk with you out of town to help get your “feet wet” and introduce you to the symbols and markers of the Camino! After an hour of showing you the way on this stage from Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo, we bid you our last “Buen Camino!” as you continue onwards to Santiago de Compostela. Just a bit of experienced guidance, before you head out on your own! 

The path today will take you through the village of Fuentes Nuevas where you will pass through the lively Plaza de la Ermita. Be sure to grab a stamp at the Church of Nuestra Señora before continuing on your way. 

Also on the Camino today are the small Hamlets of Cacabelos and Pieros. As you will notice these towns are tucked in the vineyards of the wine region, and provide the opportunity for a nice rest and a delicious glass of local wine while on your walk. 

Today’s journey ends in the town of Villafranca del Bierzo, where the Romanesque Church of Santiago is located. This historical and architectural gem is one of the many churches dedicated to St. James the Apostle, and the first that we cross on our journey to Compostela. The church was built in the 12th century and exhibits the characteristic architectural style of Romanesque art. Its famous southern facade is known as the “Puerta del Perdón,” or “the door of forgiveness,” which dated from 1186 when the Bishop of Astorga obtained a papal bull which authorized the building of a church. 

After a full day you should enjoy dinner and a drink in Villafranca del Bierzo and join the centuries of pilgrims who sought refuge here along the Way. Moreover, you can relax knowing that your luggage has been safely transferred to your hotel for the night!

Elevation Profile for the Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo stage on the Camino de Santiago
Elevation Profile for the Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo stage on the Camino de Santiago

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