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The dizzying descent of the French Way to the Sil valley

At the gates of the Mountains of León, in Rabanal del Camino, the ascent continues to Mount Irago, now the port of Foncebadón, which takes us to one of the milestones of the French Way, the Cruz de Ferro. Gateway into the land of Bierzo, which we will reach after a tireless descent that will take us to Ponferrada in the Valley of Sil, before passing through Molinaseca. A spectacular stage of the Way of Saint James that will offer us unbeatable viewpoints from where to enjoy the spectacle that the passage of the French Way through these lands offers. Added to ancestral traditions and the history of these lands and their people, make this stage has a special attraction that makes it one of those that every pilgrim has marked on his head.

Stage 20 Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada of the French Way

The stage 20 Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada with 32,3 Km starts from Rabanal del Camino and continues with the long ascent of the port of Foncebadón, in search of one of the key points of the whole Way of Saint James. A pilgrims' hospital, built by the hermit Gaucelmo in the 12th century, gave life to Foncebadón. A town that has experienced a new resurgence, after its almost total abandonment, thanks to the French Way around which it was created. The Cross of Ferro, one of the outstanding points of the Way of Saint James is the antechamber of the entrance of this in the Bierzo. This place is full of symbolism, which serves as a preparation for another corner of the Way, Manjarín, whose bell replicates as if it were a lighthouse to guide pilgrims to their refuge. A crossing along the top of the mountain shoulder takes us to a steep descent that ends in El Acebo de San Miguel, which welcomes us with its characteristic slate roofed houses and its church of San Miguel. ​

Manjarín another landmark of the Way of Saint James

This locality is located in a privileged balcony from where you can contemplate the valley that houses the Compludo Forge or the mountains that hide Peña Alba de Santiago. The French Way continues the descent through the lands of Bierzo to take us to Riego de Ambrós and the hermitage of San Sebastián, another clear example of typical architecture of the area, with slate roof houses and wooden balconies. The descent continues to lead us to the charming Molinaseca, whose Sanctuary of the Virgen de las Angustias of the 18th century, precedes the carefully maintained Romanesque bridge or Bridge of the Pilgrims that serves as access to the interior of the town, where we can contemplate its noble and emblazoned houses as well as the imposing church of San Nicolás de Bari of neoclassical style.

Panoramic view of Molinaseca

Campo is the next urban nucleus that crosses the Way, of ancestral homes and of medieval origin, its church of Nuestra Señora de La Encina de Campo from the XVII century and the Roman fountain at the entrance to the locality stand out. Ponferrada, built in the location of an old castro, with exceptional witnesses of its long history, such as the Castle of the Templars or the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Encina, patron saint of El Bierzo, next to the characteristic Clock street that gives access to the town hall square, and which are some of the wonders of the last great city that we will pass through before reaching Santiago and which is the final point of this stage.

The Trick

Molinaseca is an attractive and interesting alternative end point of stage, where we can recover from the complicated descent and enjoy the attractions offered by one of the most beautiful towns on the Way.

Pet area, the Way of St. James with my dog

This is a stage so that you can enjoy a large part of the route, through mountainous terrain, with a variety of pavements. The mileage is high and although bearable is demanding, but it is the sections of asphalt especially at the end and the poor state of part of the descent which will force us to be attentive and take the necessary measures to avoid injuries. With hardly any shade, in summer the effort is multiplied and the heat can increase as we enter the trenches and watercourses through which the route runs.

The water, so available in the first kilometers of the stage, is quickly reduced to the passage through the localities and although almost at the end we will cross some stream that can be used to cool down, we cannot leave it to luck to replenish the water reserves that we must carry.

Although some stretches of the route are almost covered by bushes, the almost absence of livestock means that they should not be a source of parasites. We are in the middle of the mountain and although the continuous passage of people drives them away, the local fauna can come and visit us at any time.

Sendigrino Ico_Hotel Ico_Albergue Ico_Hostal Ico_Restaurante IcoCafeteria Ico_Supermercado Ico_Farmacia Ico_Cajeroautomatico Ico_Veterinario Ico_Taller_de_BTT
Rabanal del Camino​​ Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok    
Foncebadón   Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok        
Manjarín   Ico_Ok              
El Acebo Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok          
Riego de Ambrós   Ico_Ok Ico_Ok   Ico_Ok          
Molinaseca Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok      
Ponferrada Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok Ico_Ok

Description of stage 20 Rabanal del Camino - Ponferrada of the French Way

From Rabanal del Camino to Foncebadón 5,4 Km

Calle Real, next to the church of La Asunción in Rabanal del Camino (0h 00min) is the starting point of this long mountain stage.

We left Rabanal del Camino

This street continues the ascent we left halfway yesterday and leads us to the outskirts of the town. Soon the cobbled street and the houses give way to a dirt track embedded between stone walls that delimit the fields.

We do not have to leave the track that began at the exit of the locality

The wide track, which we must not abandon, leads us on a continuous ascent, partly losing its good initial firm.

The road ends on the road

A few metres after passing a building, which may well be the town's water reservoir, we come to the meeting point of the road. It is advisable for cyclists to follow this road during this stage.

We crossed the road

In front of us begins, on the other side of the road, the path we have to follow. This wide path continues the ascent, cutting the slope of the mountain, crossing the fields full of bushes.

The trail serves as a guide on the route

The noise of the cars reminds us of the proximity of the road that a few meters above follows our same course.

When arriving at the fountain we continue in search of the trail that follows to the left

After a short and gentle descent we arrive at a small rest area where the path seems to get lost, forcing us to look for the reference of the water pylon that marks the beginning of the path again.

A wooden bench and a row of trees serve as a reference to find the path.

The route follows the course that marks the trail now much narrower, but well marked, entering the vegetation that at times seems to make it disappear again and leaving behind a path that reaches this rest area from the nearby road.

The trail goes up to the road

This section in clear ascent, shows us clearly the mountainous terrain through which passes today's stage.

We got to the road

After a demanding ascent some solitary stairs serve us to save the earth slope that separates us from our friend the road.

The route crosses the road

Again we are forced to cross it, as the Way follows a wide dirt trail that begins on the other side.

We continue with the ascent

This trail quickly turns to recover the course marked by the road, reminding us once again that we are ascending Monte Irago. The itinerary, although with enough distance, follows the winding course that marks the road.

We went through the rest area

The rocky path partly softens its unevenness shortly before reaching a new rest area, which we will cross leaving a large fountain on our right and a small track on our left that leads directly to the road. The ascent makes us continue to gain height allowing us to observe the wall of mountains that, to our left, mark the beginning of the Mountains of Leon with the Teleno as representative.

The trail is wide but rocky

The path is still rocky and runs without separating too much from the road company.

The route goes through a false plain from where we can already see Foncebadón

Without deviating at any time from the course that marks the path well defined by which we are going and that gives us small rest in its continued ascent we arrive at another rest area from where we can already observe the first objective of the day, Foncebadón.

Without deviating at any of the crosses we found.

The route continues without detours towards this locality, leaving behind as many paths as we find, these serve as access to the antennas and high tension towers that surround the area.

We arrived at Foncebadón

Once again, the road gets in front of us, forcing us to cross it in order to continue along the path that will take us to the interior of Foncebadón (1h 30min).​

From Foncebadón to Cruz de Ferro 2 Km

We cross Foncebadón following the track that crosses it

The track by which we arrived at this population makes us the guide for her leading us up to the outskirts of the same one.

We continue straight leaving our back Foncebadón

On leaving the village definitively, the route leaves a track on the right to go straight on, allowing us to sense the final part of the ascent. The track with quite good firm continues in soft ascent for the moment, going to the meeting of the ruins of an old building.

We continue with the ascent without deviating.

The main track leaves behind the paths that descend towards the valley to continue halfway up the slope in search of higher altitude.

We cross the road again.

The road cuts us off again, so we have to cross it once more to continue the route, now next to it.

We follow the final stretch of the ascent up to the cross

Our next objective of the day can already be seen pointing out to us the pass of mountain by which to save us this first obstacle that the French Way raises to us in many kilometers.

La Cruz de Ferro awaits us

The Iron Cross (2h 15min) rises in the pile of stones that serve as its base, marking the false end of the ascent we have to face.

From Cruz de Ferro to Manjarín 2,3 Km

We leave behind this icon of the Way and continue along the andadero, which undertakes a first descent following, as could not be otherwise, the line that marks the road.

We started a false plain over the shoulder of the mountain.

A long stretch awaits us in the company of the road, with the andadero delimited by some wooden trunks that will serve as a guide.

We're following the course of the road for now.

This well-defined path, and without trunks on its sides, and is losing its good firm little by little due to the tireless work of water. We leave behind some crossings, without abandoning the company of the road for now.

The route separates from the road company

The route alternates gentle descents with short ramps that make us gain height again, making us advance through this mountainous terrain, moving away from the road to shorten the curves it draws.

We go out to the road to cross the section that separates us from Manjarín

Once again we come across the road, from which we had separated a few metres, and now we are forced to continue along it.

The Way of Saint James arrives at Manjarín

This stretch of asphalt is used to cover the few metres that separate us from Manjarín (2h 50min), to which we arrive next.

From Manjarín to El Acebo de San Miguel 7 Km

The route follows the road

The road leads us through this peculiar place, allowing us to contemplate its curious and eye-catching corners.

We left the road

Following the course marked by the asphalt we reach the height of a new detour, on our left begins a track where the route continues.

The itinerary follows the path on the right

Shortly after starting the track we reach a new crossroads where we turn right again this time leaving the path that descends into the valley. This detour makes us recover the orientation line that marks the road to continue cutting the slope of the mountain.

Another new rest area

A long watering hole and wooden benches serve as a reference to know that we are on the right course, from here the track becomes a wide trail that directs our steps towards the imposing antenna that crowns the top of the mountain in front of us.

The path leads to the road

We meet the road again to cross it once more, leaving it now on the opposite side.

We crossed the road

As soon as we cross the road we turn left again, taking the course that marks the nearby road.

We continue without deviating at the crossroads

The route continues bordering the top, crowned by the great antenna that served us as lighthouse until here, this section crosses with several ways that ascend towards it.

We must seek the beginning of the trail

The itinerary seems to go out again to the road but in reality it crosses the asphalted trail that goes up towards the antenna to go in search of a narrow path that advances a few meters ascending next to it and then to separate gradually, following the curve that draws under us the road.

The road is still our reference point. The real descent begins

The route now passes through a fairly cobbled mountain trail that clearly shows us what awaits us in the descent ahead.

Looking back to see what we have descended

The descent becomes more evident and leaves behind the paths that are found, the firm, full of slabs and loose stone, increases the possibility of slips. In the distance at the bottom of the valley you can already sense the end of the stage and the landscapes we will be walking through in the next few days.

We continue the descent without deviating

The strong descent continues, giving us some short respite, to reach a new crossing with a track that cuts ours without contemplations.

We cross the road again, to continue the descent.

Shortly after crossing this track we find again the obligation to cross the road to continue the descent towards the next town of the day that is already seen at our feet.

This part of the descent becomes hard and with some complication because of the unevenness and the terrain we tread.

Again this part of the route increases its inclination that added to the stony ground through which it runs make this stretch a cumbersome descent.

We continue our descent towards the following locality

After crossing more paths that do not have to confuse us, the route describes the typical zetas that partially soften their unevenness, leading us once again towards the road.

The French Way arrives at El Acebo de San Miguel

The way we are now going ends without further complications at the gates of the town, which we enter by following the inseparable road in its uninterrupted descent that will take us to the interior of El Acebo de San Miguel (4h 25min).​

From El Acebo de San Miguel to Riego de Ambrós 3,3 Km

Once again, the road, turned into a beautiful street, will serve as an improvised guide, taking us around the whole town.

The route follows the street without deviating

Without ever deviating from the Camino Real, the name given to this street, we reach the outskirts of the town, at which point the asphalt once again makes its presence felt.

We continue along the road

A few metres further on we leave on our left the road that descends towards Compludo and its famous smithy, to go straight on. This stretch of road offers us a narrow trail on its edge and magnificent views of the valley and the mountains that surround us.

At our choice either on the road or on the trail

After a relatively long descent, after a few bends, we arrive at an esplanade where several paths offer us the possibility of leaving the road for a while. If this is our choice, on our right, hidden among the bushes, we will find the beginning of the most advisable and transited trail of all.

The trail takes us back to the meeting of the road

This well marked trail will take us, without detours and with the road to our left, across the field until we come across it again in front of us, avoiding a wide curve that it draws.

We cross the road to follow the descent

It is in this place where a new trail begins that will avoid us another long stretch of road.

We follow the descent

This trail, wider than the previous one, takes us directly on a continuous descent towards the next locality of the day to which we have been able to observe perfectly for quite some time now.

The route takes us directly to Riego de Ambrós

The French Way without allowing any detour takes us quickly to the interior of Riego de Ambrós (5h 00min), making us cross the long street that crosses this town.

From Riego de Ambrós to Molinaseca 4,7 Km

Our walk through the streets of Riego de Ambrós takes us to a fork where a house divides the street we are going down into two.

We follow the street on the left

The route then continues turning left into the street that will take us to the limits of the town, leaving the one in front of us that will take us to the road.

We get out of the town

Shortly after passing through the town square, just where the street begins to gain height, we have to detour following the one on our right that quickly finishes taking us out of the town, becoming a dirt path that looks more like a torrent of water.

We crossed the creek

This path in quite bad condition descends to a stream that we will have to cross to reach a somewhat clearer area of vegetation. Impressive chestnut trees are the antechamber of our gradual return to the road.

The route turns right and exits the road

After recovering some of the lost height, the route turns to the right, leaving a path that goes straight on, to exit at the nearby road.

We leave the road again.

This small stretch of asphalt in which we continue with the descent ends just before the road describes a curve, place where a new path begins to the right where we have to continue. This path starts a gentle ascent saying goodbye to the road that goes away, in search of the best place to save the hill that presents itself to us.

The route follows on the left

Shortly after starting the route along this track, a few metres before reaching the height of a high-voltage tower, the itinerary leaves the wide track that continues its ascent towards the tower to continue along the path on the left that will take us towards the final descent to Molinaseca.

Return the bad state of the land

Soon we began the descent following the path that leads us, through a fairly cobbled terrain, to cross a small stream. The bad state of this part of the route has caused pilgrims to create a small trail next to the original one, thus avoiding us to pass through it.

Both trails run at the same time

After joining the two routes again, the terrain gives us a small truce until we again have to face the uncomfortable descent, fitted as if it were a trench walking on slippery stone slabs, through a fairly stark terrain that does not facilitate our progress.

The descent is still a bit complicated

Almost without realizing it, Molinaseca is closer to us than it actually is at the moment. The terrain becomes kinder, allowing us to progress more comfortably.

We continue along the path without leaving the road

The meandering route comes close again to the inseparable road, which tempts us to continue along it, offering us a track that leads to it, a track that we leave to our left to continue straight ahead, facing a short but intense ascent.

Now we're off to the road.

Without deviating from the path we are walking on, which quickly begins the descent again, we find ourselves again with another path that takes us towards the road, an option that we will now follow in order to go out to it.

La carretera nos llevará hasta Molinaseca

The route then continues the descent down the road towards the next town that already offers us the safety of its sidewalks.

The Way of St. James enters Molinaseca crossing the bridge

Following the course of the road that takes us into the town centre, we can contemplate the careful architecture that characterises this locality until we come across the Romanesque bridge over which we continue crossing the river Meruelo.

Follow the street through the town

This bridge aligns us with the Calle Real that will accompany us on our way through Molinaseca (6h 10min).​

From Molinaseca to Campo 4,2 Km

Following the straight line that marks the Calle Real, we soon come across a crossroads that indicates the proximity of the inseparable road.

The French Way bids farewell to Molinaseca

Without further ado, the route takes us back to the road that will once again be our companion for a while, although fortunately this section has a sidewalk that prevents us from walking on the road.

Once again we follow the course of the road

This journey passes between country houses and townhouses that almost make us miss the tortuous descent that brought us here.

The road is still our companion

With no room for error, the straight course of the road soon leads us to a demanding climb that at this point seems longer and heavier than it really is. We leave behind us some solitary path that goes out to our step to after crowning this mini-port to find us with the final point of the sidewalk.

We say goodbye to the road

Luckily a few metres further on we reach a crossroads where we leave the company of the road that leads to Ponferrada to continue, of the two more possibilities that arise, by the track on the left that continues with the descent begun shortly before.

The dirt track continues with the descent

This dirt track marks the limits of the urbanization we are passing through and leaves behind the accesses that are introduced into it.

We didn't leave the road at any time.

The undulating terrain forces us to a new climb through the first vineyards of the many that we will find in this part of the Way. Without deviating from the main track at the crossroads we find, we begin a new descent with the silhouette of Ponferrada watching us.

We follow the descent through the streets of Campo

The next population of the day receives us forcing us to decide between two of its streets, being the street of the right that continues with the descent the one that takes us until the interior of Campo (7h 05min), leaving behind us the way that would take us until the Roman source of the locality.

From Campo to Ponferrada 3,4 Km

We follow the street on the left

The Plaza presents itself to us by making us cross it to follow the route along the street to the left of the two that begin in front of us.

The route follows the road without detours

Almost without realizing it, we leave the town and find ourselves walking along a road marked out by the houses of what looks like an urbanization.

We follow the road at all times

This road, which we must never abandon, leads us to the final point of the stage, allowing us to see on one side the banks of the river Boeza and after it Ponferrada and on the other the imposing figure of Pico Pajariel.

We continue to the right on this new road

After a long stretch of open country, the road ends when it crosses with another that will replace it as a guide to our steps.

We still don't deviate.

We continue to walk through the houses that border it, more and more abundant, ignoring the crosses with which we come across.

We continue straight on

After a short while this street we are going down joins with another tree-lined street where, without breaking the straight course we are following, we have to continue.

We cross to go to the old bridge, now pedestrian.

This short stretch ends in a wide square, to our right we can see the pedestrian bridge that will serve to cross the river Boeza.

The route follows the street on the left

As soon as you cross the river, the French Way turns to the left to continue walking through the orchards that extend along the banks of the river.

We cross the tunnel and begin the ascent

The street takes us, without loss, to cross under the railroad tracks and to begin the ascent that will return us to the protection of the buildings.

We turn right bordering the Queen's hospital.

Once again we will be leaving behind the detours that we are until finishing the ascent, moment in which turning to the right we undertake the straight one to run by the street that takes us up to the interior of the city.

The Way continues between the Castle and the Church

This street ends in front of the church of San Andrés, forcing us to turn left in search of the pedestrian crossing that will help us cross to the other side. The route then begins a new ascent bordering the Castle of Ponferrada.

The route takes us through the street on the right to the center of Ponferrada

The walls of the Castle will guide us to a square, where cyclists who are passing through the city must follow the street on the left that borders the limits of the castle, while the rest of pilgrims is the street on the right that will take us to the heart of Ponferrada (7h 40min).​

Plaza Virgen de la Encina and Calle Reloj, end point of the stage

The Virgen de la Encina square, with the unmistakable Clock street that transports us to the beautiful town hall square, serves as the final point of this stage.


Technical details of the stage

ico-distancia-totalDistance. 32,3Km

Our route through Ponferrada will determine the final distance.

ico-tiempo-totalTime. 7:40h

Expertise in descent may vary in part from this figure. If, for some reason, we are forced to follow the road because we cannot follow one of the sections of trails that shorten its itinerary, we will have to take into account the distance this adds to the total and the time it takes us to cover it.

ico-calendarioTime of year

In winter it is very common to find the layout totally snowed, remaining practically impassable, forcing us to follow the road. The landscape is spectacular and offers us different colour combinations in eac:season. Wit:practically no shaded areas, in summer it is advisable to take advantage of the coolness of the sunrise, while in winter in the early hours of the morning we can find ice on the route.

ico-materialRequired equipment

Recommended boots, hiking clothing should be appropriate to the time of year and weather conditions. It is also advisable to bring some warm clothing and rain even in summer. Equipped backpack, canes, canteen and food. You can not miss the camera, sunglasses and sunscreen, it is also advisable a map of the area wit:the route and telephone wit:batteries charged. Consult our list of material and equipment to make the Way. Read more

ico-dificultadDifficulty. Remarkable


The profile, almost in its entirety is downhill, should not lead us to underestimate this toug:stage. It is precisely the long and demanding descent, whic:added to the state of certain parts of it contributes to increase the demand that can cause muscle and joint problems. The absence of shade in summer is another conditioning factor which, together wit:the morphology of the terrain, makes the hot days harder than one would expect. The ascent sections are mostly found at the beginning, althoug:there is some ramp that are interspersed in the descent, forcing us to make an extra effort.


The stretches of road are somewhat misleading in giving us the impression of being little traveled, given that this is not the case since the area is very touristic and there are not a few who come to know it. We must pay special attention in the descent to avoid falls, slips or other physical problems that these can generate. Everything is complicated in case of rain, snow or ice, the terrain is suitable for it and we can find areas of mud or very slippery stones and in winter some ice plate can play a trick on us. Attention the days of fog, in case of doubt it is preferable to follow the road, althoug:this supposes a few kilometers more, that will be nothing in comparison of if we get lost.


Althoug:signposted, we must not forget that we are traveling a mountain area and there will be many paths and trails that we will find. In addition the pilgrims in their eagerness to shorten or to avoid some stretches, have created many trails that can make us doubt in more than one occasion. It is not advisable to leave the route, its layout is usually well defined. Every entrance to a city means increasing the difficulty to follow the marks and Ponferrada is not an exception wit:different alternatives of passage and not very good signposting.

Important places to pass through
1-Rabanal del Camino 0:00h 1158m 0Km 29T 723151 4706908
2-Foncebadón 1:30h 1439m 5.4Km 29T 718369 4707761
3-Cruz de Ferro 2:15h 1497m 7.4Km 29T 716843 4707432
4-Manjarín 2:50h 1446m 9.7Km 29T 714758 4707527
5-El Acebo de San Miguel 4:25h 1152m 16.7Km 29T 708961 4708301
6-Riego de Ambrós 5:00h 931m 20Km 29T 707051 4710797
7-Molinaseca 6:10h 582m 24.7Km 29T 703601 4712503
8-Campo 7:05h 538m 28.9Km 29T 700040 4712452
9-Ponferrada 7:40h 545m 32.3Km 29T 697692 4713060

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

Stage Profile

Profile of Stage 20 Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada of the Frenc:Way

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 1897m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 641m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 1256m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1510m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 504m

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of Stage 20 Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada of the Frenc:Way

This sketc:of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographical Map Stage 20 Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada Frenc:Way


This schematic wit:the pat:is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrantes 192,191,159 y 158 1:50.000".


Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems wit:the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise.

Centennial trees
Corners of the Way of Saint James
Cruz de Ferro
Roman Bridge of Molinaseca
The hard descent
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Roberto Ruiz
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Para mi uno de los tramos más bonitos de este Camino y también duro.

The Smithy of Compludo
Ponferrada, León
The Smithy of Compludo

Beautiful example of popular medieval industry

Castle of Ponferrada
Ponferrada, León
Castle of Ponferrada

Castle of the Templars, the most representative construction of Ponferrada

Monastery of Santa María de Carracedo
Carracedo del Monasterio, León
Monastery of Santa María de Carracedo

Benedictine monastery and Royal Palace of the Leonese monarchy


¿Did you know that...

It is well known that when the pilgrim passes through the Cross of Ferro he must throw a pebble at its base to get rid of sins. This fact has left almost no stones in the surroundings, as pilgrims collect them instead of carrying theirs from their place of origin as is really marked by tradition.

Don't miss out...

If you have the necessary time and sufficient energy, approximately 5 km from El Acebo de San Miguel is the smithy of Compludo where we show the daily work that used to be done in this place, whose rhythmic hammering, it is said, rumbled in the valley and was heard by pilgrims as if the steps of a fearsome giant were.


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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 02-10-2018. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.

All the times are approximate and take an orientative character, the stops have not been taken into account, no matter how small they are. All the information related to the route, texts, images, videos, maps, diagrams, tracks, towns, and places of tourist interest are published as a guide, and may not coincide with the current state of each place. Before undertaking any activity, assess your technical knowledge, your physical condition, find out about the weather and the variations that the route may undergo, equip yourself correctly, be prudent and responsible at all times, and do not exceed your capabilities. SENDITUR is not responsible for any misuse or inappropriate use of the comprehensive guides of its routes and/or publications as well as its electronic guides, nor for any variations in their descriptions for the aforementioned reasons, and recommends that everyone be responsible and prudent in carrying out the activity. We also encourage you to read books and specialised guides to complement the information described above.

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