Stage 26: Ponferrada-Villafranca del Bierzo

Stage 26 of the French Way takes pilgrims from Ponferrada to the charming Villafranca del Bierzo, offering a day that combines Templar history with the natural beauty of the Bercian region.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Camponaraya: This small enclave marks the beginning of the stage, giving pilgrims a gradual introduction to the day of walking through the fields and vineyards.
  • Cacabelos: Along the way, walkers will pass through this town in Bercia, known for its wine-growing traditions and rural charm.
  • Villafranca del Bierzo: The final destination of this stage, Villafranca del Bierzo, is a picturesque town with a rich architectural heritage, including the church of Santiago and the Castle of the Marqueses.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Molinaseca Bridge: This old medieval bridge is one of the first points of interest in the stage, with its stone architecture and its historical connection with the Camino.
  • Church of Santa María in Cacabelos: Walkers can make a brief stop to explore this church, which reflects the religious tradition of the region.
  • Church of Santiago in Villafranca del Bierzo: Upon arriving in Villafranca del Bierzo, the Church of Santiago is a prominent monument, with its Romanesque façade and its importance in pilgrimage.
  • Castle of the Marquises in Villafranca del Bierzo: This medieval castle, also known as Castle-Palace of the Marquises of Villafranca, is an architectural jewel that dominates the city and provides panoramic views.

Stage 26 of the French Way offers pilgrims the opportunity to experience the transition from the Bercian region, with its fields and vineyards, to the historic Villafranca del Bierzo. From the medieval bridges to the religious monuments and castles in the city, this stage offers a unique experience on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

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StagesThe Camino Francés | French Way

Etapa 1

Saint Jean Pied de Port-Roncesvalles

24 km
5/5
7h
Etapa 2

Roncesvalles-Zubiri

21 km
3/5
5h15m
Etapa 3

Zubiri-Pamplona

20 km
1/5
4h30m
Etapa 4

Pamplona-Puente de la Reina

24 km
2/5
5h45m
Etapa 5

Puente de la Reina-Estrella

22 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 6

Estrella-Los Arcos

21 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 7

Los Arcos-Logroño

28 km
2/5
6h15m
Etapa 8

Logroño-Nájera

29 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 9

Nájera-Santo Domingo de la Calzada

21 km
1/5
4h45m
Etapa 10

Santo Domingo de la Calzada-Belorado

22 km
1/5
5h
Etapa 11

San Juan de Ortega-Belorado

24 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 12

San Juan de Ortega-Burgos

26 km
2/5
5h45m
Etapa 13

Burgos-Hornillos del Camino

20 km
2/5
5h15m
Etapa 14

Hornillos del Camino-Castrojeriz

20 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 15

Castrojeriz-Frómista

25 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 16

Frómista-Carrión de los Condes

19 km
1/5
4h15m
Etapa 17

Carrión de los Condes-Calzadillla de la Cueza

20 km
2/5
4h32m
Etapa 18

Calzadilla de la Cueza-Sahagún

25 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 19

Sahagún-El Burro Ranero

18 km
2/5
4h
Etapa 20

El Burgo Ranero-Mansilla de las Mulas

19 km
2/5
4h15m
Etapa 21

Mansilla de las Mulas-León

18 km
1/5
4h15m
Etapa 22

León-Villavante

31 km
2/5
7h40m
Etapa 23

Villavante-Astorga

21 km
2/5
5h9min
Etapa 24

Astorga-Rabanal del Camino

21 km
2/5
5h50m
Etapa 25

Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada

32 km
4/5
6h 30m
Etapa 26

Ponferrada-Villafranca del Bierzo

24 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 27

Villafranca del Bierzo-O Cebreiro

28 km
4/5
7h30m
Etapa 28

O Cebreiro-Triacastela

21 km
2/5
4h45m
Etapa 29

Triacastela-Sarria

18 km
2/5
4h15m
Etapa 30

Sarria-Portomarín

22 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 31

Portomarín-Palas de Rei

25 km
2/5
5h45m
Etapa 32

Palas de Rei-Arzúa

28 km
3/5
6h45m
Etapa 33

Arzúa-O Pedrouzo

19 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 34

O Pedrouzo-Santiago de Compostela

19 km
2/5
4h30m

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