French Route stage 29: Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo


This stage passes through...

Ponferrada, Columbrianos, Fuentes Nuevas, Camponaraya, Cacabelos, Pieros, Villafranca del Bierzo

Outstanding destinations


Route belonging to:
The Way of Saint James

Name of route:
French Route

22,40 km

Mode of transport
  • 5,00-6,00. Horseback

  • 1,50-2,00. Bicycle

  • 2,00-2,50. Walking

Flora, fauna and crops
Land with grapevines and fruit trees combined with a profusion of chestnut trees.

Gastronomic products, cakes and pastries
The local gastronomic specialities include botillo (cured stuffed meat), sausages (particularly cecina (cured meat), wine from El Bierzo, brandies, and garden produce such as peppers, apples, chestnuts, cabbage greens and potatoes.

Rest areas
Camponaraya (on the way out of town beside the modern cross): area with pine trees and drinking fountains, benches and tables.

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