On The Camino De Santiago in Ponferrada Spain

December 8, 2012 — 10 Comments

I had an excellent visit and spent well over an hour in the castle, more than I had expected. I was exhausted and needed some rest. A French woman took my photo in front of the castle, and I obliged with one of her and her daughter. I bought two postcards and chose a patio that faced the castle for a break… The door of the nearby Iglesia de Santa María de la Encina was open, and it was the first church I had been inside for a few days. The highlight was a realistic-looking statue of Christ lying on his back inside a glass coffin, his hands raised as if he were still alive. As I crossed the Río Sil to the modern area of the city, I took one last look at the castle sitting mightily on top of the hill… From Page 153, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days.

I felt so fortunate that I was able to visit the Ponferrada Castle. I was also very happy to see the sun and blue sky, and looked forward to my afternoon walk through the Boeza Valley to Villafranca Del Bierzo. Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago, in the chapter, Day 15: Wild Spanish Lavender. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons). On my last post, My Visit to the Ponferrada Castle, On The Camino De Santiago, I focused on the amazing castle and after my break, continued through the old town of Ponferrada.

The quiet downtown. Looking toward the Iglesia de Santa María de la Encina or Basílica de La Encina.

Quiet Downtown, Ponferrada Camino Frances church


 The entrance to the church.

Basílica de La Encina, Entrance, Ponferrada Stone, Camino Frances


 A haunting depiction of Christ in a glass coffin.

Basílica de La Encina, Jesus, Ponferrada Camino Frances


 One last look at the castle across the Río Sil.

Looking Back, Castle, Ponferrada Camino Frances clouds Hill River


The price of wine in Spain surprised me. An expensive bottle was usually in the 4-5 euro range but many were less than €2.

Wine, Ponferrada Camino Frances vino, bottles store


Along the Camino, there were many modern pieces of art, although I don’t know what they all represented. I believe the first one depicts the Pope and possibly a king.

Pope, Statue, Ponferrada Camino Frances modern


This sculpture was my favorite. I believe that it’s a tribute to women and their contributions to the church and family.

Tribute to Women, Ponferrada statue Camino Frances


A closer look.

Art, sculpture, metal, Tribute to Women, Ponferrada, downtown, Camino Frances


I have no idea what this represented, but it was obviously the focal point of the roundabout.

Metal Statue, Ponferrada Camino Frances blue sky


This modern bridge looked simple and sleek. A piece of art, in an architectural sense.

Modern Bridge, Ponferrada white, hill Camino Frances


In the distance, the upper levels the mountains were covered with snow. By now, it was the second week of May.

Bridge, Mountains, Snow, Ponferrada Camino Frances, clouds, River


Houses on the outskirts of Ponferrada along the Camino, for the most part, seemed prosperous. The areas rich hills had been mined since Roman times and are a tourist attraction themselves. Las Médulas Cultural Landscape is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is Compostilla, and belongs to a large coal company.

Outskirts, Ponferrada Camino Frances, street, trees, houses


I believe this was the school in Compostilla. At least, there were teenage students leaving when I first arrived.

Compostilla, Ponferrada Camino Frances school, church


Facing the Iglesia Parroquial de Compostilla.

Iglesia, Compostilla, Ponferrada church, Camino Frances

I hope you enjoyed this post as I had a pleasant walk on a sunny spring afternoon. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Ponferrada to Camponaraya, I’ll continue through the Boeza Valley with interesting towns and villages, and beautiful flowers and vineyards. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


10 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Ponferrada Spain

  1. Brings back some great memories…I remember sitting in the plaza at Ponferrada…fun to watch the pilgrims wander into town, catch up with those they had walked with over the last few days….

  2. Thanks for the comment. I sat at the plaza too, but the streets were rather quiet. I enjoyed relaxing and writing postcards with the castle across the road.

  3. Another interesting post, but you must research to make the points of interest more “interesting”. LOL The sculptures were wonderful.

    • I know but I couldn’t find any online information for the sculptures. I even asked one of the Camino groups. I’ll get more information to you next time 🙂

  4. Did you forget to include a link to the next page, or did you edit this page at some point and inadvertently delete the link. I’ll try searching for Boeza Valley and/or Ponferrada and see if I can locate it. I’d hate to miss some of the pictures. They are all so wonderful.

  5. The sculpture of the women represents… Women roasting and peeling red peppers, its very tipical of the El Bierzo and those peppers’are the best.

    • Thanks again, Teresa. I really admired the sculpture. I’ve heard of the El Bierzo peppers and I’m glad to know the connection. Buen Camino 🙂

  6. Stanley Cooper June 23, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Persons, I was there, it is THE LAND OF MY MOTHER
    Thank you.♦

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