Our walk out of Ponferrada this morning brought us past the Knights Templar Castle - it is a very impressive 12th century structure. We did not tour it but did walk up the main entrance before continuing on the Camino
Castillo de los Templarios
Entrance To Drawbridge
Constructed About 1178 - the Order Outlawed in 1312 - Used Castle for Sale?
Peregrinos Enjoying Breakfast at Outdoors Cafe
This morning our walk was short lived - interrupted by more irritating blisters. Meeting other pilgrims with a similar problem we determined that a quick visit to El Estacion de Autobus and 1.65€ would get us to our next destination of Villafrance Del Bierzo - without causing further damage to our feet. Thirty minutes later the eight of us once again took up our backpacks and began wandering through this village. It is a medieval town with buildings and bridges that testify to its authenticity.
The Remanent of Rio Burbia
Village Built on Mountainside
Camino Way Mark on Building
Typical Mountain Village
View From Village Bar Deck
This albergue is run by a husband and wife team who designed this structure that is built into the side of the mountain. The following photos show this very clean and maintained albergue. Built in 2008 - it looks as if they opened just yesterday
Notice Natural Mountain Wall
Our Semi-private Room Shared With Beatriz y Jorge
Dale and Arlene