The Camino Frances from Ponferrada

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The Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada

Distance: 93 Km

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 371€ per person

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Section 7 of the French Way: Section 7 of the French Way, from Ponferrada to Sarria, begins in the beautiful city of Ponferrada, with its imposing Templar Castle, and finishes in the city of Sarria in Galicia, which is also the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago.

Once we leave Ponferrada we will head to Villafranca del Bierzo, a small beautiful mountain town surrounded by idyllic countryside. Next we will tackle a steep climb that will take us to the mountains of O Cebreiro.

O Cebreiro is a beautiful mountain village of great natural beauty. Once we pass O Cebreiro, we will continue on our Camino de Santiago journey through rural Galicia, following forest trails until reaching Sarria. We can take an alternative route to get to Sarria that will enable us to visit the impressive Monastery of St Julian of Samos. Have an unforgettable time on the Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada!


Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Ponferrada



Once we reach the city of Ponferrada, we will have the opportunity to visit its beautiful old town and the Templar Castle, in addition to trying some of the wonderful local cuisine that comes from the surrounding mountains, such as the ‘botillo’ (meat-stuffed pork intestine) and some of the best meats in Spain. 


From Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – 17km

6h | +230 m / -211 m

We will walk through the spectacular region of El Bierzo, nestled among the mountains. If we are travelling in summer, then we will have the chance to eat some of the area’s delicious cherries. The rest of the year, we can try the different cured meats and other local delicacies. In Villafranca del Bierzo we recommend visiting the Romanesque Church of Santiago. This Church has a “Door of Forgiveness”, which only opens during Holy Years.


From Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro – 28km

This route will be one of the most complicated sections on our journey to Santiago, as we will have to climb more than 1,000 meters along the valley of the Valcarce River before reaching the beautiful town of O Cebreiro. We must be ready to tackle this challenge!


Optional: From Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro spending the night in Herrerias – 21km y 9km

3h30 | +580 m / -263 m

We can divide this route into 2 sections (21 km and 9 km) and sleep in the small village of Herrerías, which offers spectacular views of the mountain.


From O Cebreiro to Triacastela – 19km

5h30 | +1204 m / -1574 m

From O Cebreiro we will pass through the ‘Serra de Rañadoiro’ mountains, and once we’ve crossed Alto do Poio we will descend to the village of Triacastela.


From Triacastela to Sarria – 21km

5h30 | +454m / -648m

Of the two possible options, the SAN XII route offers an amazing passage along narrow forest trails that run through theoak forests that are so typical of the Galician region. On the other hand, if we want to visit Samos and its impressive monastery, we have to walk through the valley of the Ouribio River.



In Sarria we will get the chance to visit the town center where we will find beautiful churches, chapels, monasteries and pilgrim hospitals. Sarria’s main street, Rea Maior, has a quaint atmosphere, and is a great place for getting a coffee. We recommend visiting the Church of Santa Mariña with its evocative pilgrim mural, the Castle and Fortress of Sarria, as well as the Monastery of La Magdalena.

Camino de Santiago Accommodations from Ponferrada

Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.

All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Santiago.

All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.

Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino de Santiago.

Camino de Santiago Services from Ponferrada


Accommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.

Rooms with private bathroom.

Meal plan of your choice.

Luggage transport between stages.

Complete itinerary of the route.

24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

Assistance vehicle in case of emergency.

Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.



Additional single room: €110 per person.

Extra night in Sarria: €55 per person.

Transfer from Sarria to Ponferrada: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €18 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €12 per person.

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