Private (18, 15€, April to November) Albergue Alea, to the right of the RIGHT ROUTE into town shortly after it passes under a railway bridge, on Calle Teleno, signposted. Laundry facilities. Communal evening meal with vegetarian options. Breakfast. Good reports. Website www.alberguealea.com Tel 660 416 251 Open 13:00
Religious (186, donativo) Refugio de San Nicolás de Flüe, beside a big car park on the Camino, if you followed the 'official' left route it's on the right, otherwise it's on the left. On Calle de la Loma. Kitchen, laundry facilities. The original mega albergue. Website www.sannicolasdeflue.com Tel 987 413 381 Open 13:00
Private (90, 15€, March to October) Albergue Guiana, on the Camino between Refugio de San Nicolás de Flüe and the castle, on Avenida del Castillo. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Sauna. Breakfast. Oriented towards cyclists. Website www.albergueguiana.com Tel 987 409 327
Ponferrada has all facilities. There are several supermarkets near the albergues and lots of restaurants and cafés near Plaza del Ayuntamiento, including Restaurante La Fonda which does a good menú del día, and Pizzeria la Competencia which does good pizzas, it's on Plaza Virgin de la Encina. Restaurante Mencía, on Calle Nicolás de Brujas, has also been recommended. Tourist Office hidden in the main entrance to the castle. Ponferrada is a popular Camino starting-point, especially in summer. Some would say the hustle and bustle of the last 100km really begins here (especially if you're here at the weekend).
Tap / click here to go to the Camino Guide website.
The Camino de Santiago Guide is also available as an app. It contains all the great information as this online guide plus:
- offline, zoomable maps which show you your exact location
- more background and historic information about the places you'll walk through
Tap HERE to see the app in your phone's app store.
In addition to what you see here the full guide also contains:
You can get the full guide as a PDF document to download by making a donation to this website (see the bottom of this page).
If you'd like to see what it looks like you can download a samples from here the first 20 pages of the Walking Guide to the Camino de Santiago
For your donation you'll also get a PDF copy of Camino de Santiago Practical Preparation and Background, the definitive guide to preparing for the Camino. It's got loads of information about:
To download a sample of the first 20 pages of Camino de Santiago Practical Preparation and Background, just click here!
Your donation will help ensure that this guide to the Camino de Santiago continues to be updated every year and continues to be made freely available to pilgrims.
Also, if you donate at least €5 you get access to the full guide to download in PDF format. The full guide has all the maps, altitude profiles, history and sightseeing information which isn't in the free one. You'll also be able to download a copy of Practical Preparation and Background the indispensable guide for first-time pilgrims, with all you need to know about packing, planning, etc.
Please note: credit card transactions are handled by PayPal. We do not store any of your credit card information nor do we have access to it.