Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Francés
from St Jean-Pied-du-Port
to Santiago de Compostela

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Stage 23 - From Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada

Esta página foi gentilmente traduzida por Tiago Penedo

Fuente kindly provided by the Forest Service of Leon

A birthday photo for Regina from Germany

Approaching Foncebadón, down to 2 inhabitants recently

.... but now life is returning

The ruin of the 12th c. hospice built by the hermit Gaucelmo

The Cruz del Ferro - the summit at last!

The author looking forward to the downhill ahead

The "atmospheric" refugio of Manjarín

The plain of Ponferrada

First view of El Acebo, one of the most interesting villages on the Camino

The road goes in enormous hairpins down the mountain, but the Camino can take a steeper, more direct route

One of the many jettied houses in El Acebo

Interesting variety of outside staircases (many houses have animals on the ground floor and humans upstairs)

The refugio Meson El Acebo

Still downhill with the Camino taking short cuts

Riego del Ambrós - the Meson Ruta Santiago



Distant views

Yet another cross

Very up-and-down scenery




Entrance to Molinaseca - also very interested in a better-groomed way

Shells set in to the railings along the Camino

The Romanesque Puente de Peregrinos

Main street

Things become a bit urban on the 8 km to Ponferrada

Ponferrada was the end of this bicycle section of my Camino. I returned on foot at the end of August to complete the last 205 km (122 miles) of the Camino, and also to go on by bicycle to Finisterre. This ALSA bus is a reminder of the excellent long-distance bus services in Spain - this company has a website at I and my bicycle rode all the way back to Bilbao, with sightseeing time there and in Leon.