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Did you know that... Padornelo

It is a village through which the Way of Saint James passes, belonging to Pedrafita do Cebreiro, which stands on a terrain abounding in stone and slate slabs. The village of Padornelo was ceded by Oveco Sánchez to Gelmírez and it is said that in his church there was an encomienda of the Hermanos Hospitaleros de San Juan de Malta. In the village there were until 1890 two parishes, that of Santa María Magdalena de O Poyo, annexed to Hospital da Condesa, which was built where today is the parish cemetery and the current one of San Juan linked to the encomienda of Portomarín..


To discover What to see in Padornelo?

Padornelo has a little more than a dozen constructions, among which the parish church of San Juan stands out. It was rebuilt in the 15th century and is what remains of the Sanjuanista priory. With a marked rural architecture in its roof inlosado rests the bell tower and in its interior it lodges a simple baroque altarpiece of a single body, that dates of century XVII. You can also see tombstones.

Church of San Juan in Pardonerlo


Padornelo displays a strong Jacobean tradition, here were installed knights of the Order of San Juan de Jerusalén, whose mission was to attend and defend pilgrims.

Get to Padornelo by car

Padornelo can be reached by taking the detour we find on the LU-633 road that follows the course of the Way of Saint James joining Piedrafita do Cebreiro with Triacastela, Samos and Sarria among other localities.

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List of Routes
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5:10 h.21 km.

Stage 23 O Cebreiro-Triacastela
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding stages, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.

6:10 h.24.6 km.

Stage 24b Triacastela-Sarria by Samos
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding stages, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.

4:25 h.18.1 km.

Stage 24 Triacastela-Sarria by San Xil
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.

8:05 h.28 km.

Stage 22 Villafranca del Bierzo-O Cebreiro
Difficulty-HighRed difficulty category, level 3. Mountain stages in not very steep terrain, in which there are no major technical difficulties. They need sufficient experience and training for this type of terrain. These are fairly "easy" itineraries with gentle slopes, for the usual mountain routes.
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Sanctuary of Santa María la Real Do Cebreiro
Abbey of Samos
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Abbey of Samos

Samanos, meaning place where religious live in community

Monastery of Santa María de Carracedo
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Monastery of Santa María de Carracedo

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The Medulas
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The Medulas

In the Dorado of the Roman Empire

Castle of Ponferrada
Ponferrada, León
Castle of Ponferrada

Castle of the Templars, the most representative construction of Ponferrada

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