Camino de Santiago, Day 26
Molinaseca to Cacabelos 14 Miles
This article is the twenty-second in our series of walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago with my husband Scott. Some articles will be only about one day of walking, and some may include a few days of walking, for the lengths will vary. To begin with the first article click here.
On Day 26 we all woke up feeling even more excited about the day ahead, than usual.
The Castillo de Ponferrada, a Castle of the Knights Templar, would be along our route and we hoped to see it.
Our Morning Walk
As we made our way out of town there was some confusion due to the lack of arrows leading our way. We walked along city streets and sidewalks, not seeing the markers we were used to. Eventually, we saw one of the usual yellow arrows that we had become accustomed to.
After about an hour and a half, we walked into the city of Ponferrada. Once we turned the corner, we were excited to see the castle ahead of us.
Scott had hoped to tour the castle, so we were disappointed when we walked to the entrance and found that it didn’t open for another hour.
The four of us decided to stay and wait for the castle to open. We went across the street to a bar and had our usual coffee and tortilla potata. It was nice to enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
Have you ever been somewhere that makes you so excited, you feel like a kid again? That’s how I felt, touring the Knights Templar Castle. It was built in the 12th Century, and has been added on to over the years. The more time I spent, the more I wanted to stay all day. At one point, it was given to the Knights Templar as a base to protect pilgrims walking the Camino.
The exhibits provided so much information about the Middle Ages, and life in and around the castle. They were written in multiple languages, and had great pictures that told the stories of life. They gave information on the social classes, politics and trades. I spent a lot of time reading all of the exhibits. There was a miniature model of the castle, which I found interesting.
Touching and feeling the stone walls, I envisioned how the construction took place. Walking the walls and looking out from the towers, I could see for miles and miles. I pictured myself back in the Middle Ages being a lookout and protecting the castle.
After spending time at the castle, we walked through the old section of the city looking for an ATM.
Scott asked a little, old man for directions and he was so sweet, for he led us several blocks to the nearest ATM.
We withdrew enough cash for a few days and were once again on our way.
The majority of the day was spent walking on pavement and concrete. It was much harder on our feet than the dirt trails.
Midafternoon we saw a wine tasting room and had to stop. For a small fee, we tasted several wines and enjoyed small tapas. It was a nice break, but we still had some walking to do. So, off we went.
Shortly after wine tasting, we began walking on dirt roads through vineyards. What a perfect way to finish our day on the Camino!
We entered Cacabelos and looked for a place to stay the night.
Eventually, we found Hostel Maria, with rooms available. We always seemed to have a room on the third floor, which meant a lot of going up and down stairs on sore feet.
Relaxing In the Evening
After cleaning up and washing our laundry, Scott and I met up with Blythe and Jenn to explore the town. The four of us found an outdoor cafe and relaxed in the sun with drinks and snacks.
Blythe and I spent time in the nearby pharmacy, and resupplied our blister prevention and protection stash.
Later, we found a restaurant serving pizza and enjoyed a delicious dinner. We even had leftovers to take with us on our walk the next day!
Our night ended with a card game in the lobby of our hostel.
Day 26, 14 Miles.