Going to Villafranca del Bierzo, Province of León

I left the town of Ponferrada for the west in the morning. On the way to Villafranca del Bierzo, the first town is Camponaraya.

Entered the town of Camponaraya, the San Ildefonso Church came into view.

Entered the town of Camponaraya, the San Ildefonso Church came into view.

Clock Tower of Camponaraya; Going into the Camponaraya Town over the Nagara River.

Clock Tower of Camponaraya; Going into the Camponaraya Town over the Nagara River.

Camponaraya is a village and municipality located in the region of El Bierzo, Castile and León. According to the 2010 census, the municipality has a population of 4,230 inhabitants.

Francisco Sobrín Street, Kid enjoying spring water on Plaza la Constitución / Modern monuments on Plaza la Constitución

Francisco Sobrín Street, Kid enjoying spring water and Modern monuments on Plaza la Constitución, and City Hall of Camponaraya.

Chapel of Our Lady of Solitude, Camponaraya.

Chapel of Our Lady of Solitude, Camponaraya.

Passing in front of the chapel and going to the outskirts of town, there are three monuments.

Strange three monuments on the road side, Camponaraya.

Strange three monuments on the road side, Camponaraya.

I don’t understand a bit of Spanish. But I knew that the colorfu houses would be a winery soon, because I am a boozer.

Winery Viñas Del Bierzo S. Coop, Brewing plant, Shop and Bar. A glass of Wine with Tapas (relish).

Winery Viñas Del Bierzo S. Coop, Brewing plant, Shop and Bar. A glass of Wine with Tapas (relish).

You can enjoy the wine and Tapas (relish) for 1.5 euros. I tried red and white wine. First asked red wine, a little sour with the sweet smell, was a delicious wine with fruity. The next ordered white one was strong in acidity. But it was fresh.

After the winery, left Camponaraya for the next town Cacabelo.

Scenery, from Camponaraya to the village of Cacabelos.  Path through vineyards, Teaditional raised floor storehouse, Pilgrimage mountain path, and Fountain for pilgrims

Scenery, from Camponaraya to the village of Cacabelos.
Path through vineyards, Teaditional raised floor storehouse, Pilgrimage mountain path, and Fountain for pilgrims

Arrived at the edge of the Cacabelos village.

Going into to the village of Cacabelos.

Going into to the village of Cacabelos.

Cacabelos is a village and municipality located in the region of El Bierzo. According to the 2010 census, Cacabelos has a population of 5,498 inhabitants. It is well known for its wines.

Cacabelos Map

Cacabelos Map

Ermita de San Roque Cacabelos (Chapel of Saint Roch) Cacabelos

Ermita de San Roque Cacabelos (Chapel of Saint Roch) Cacabelos

Chapel of Saint Roch built in 1590 is located on the main street of Cacabelos (Street Santa María), part of the Camino de Santiago.

Interior of the Ermita de San Roque Cacabelos.

Interior of the Ermita de San Roque Cacabelos.

The inside of Chapel of Saint Roch was like the warehouse of the festival float and articles.

Plaza Mayor Cacabelos, also called Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Left of the house is the Town Hall.

Plaza Mayor Cacabelos, also called Plaza del Ayuntamiento. the left house is the Town Hall.

Iglesia parroquial de Cacabelos (Parish of Saint Mary of Cacabelos)

Iglesia parroquial de Cacabelos (Parish of Saint Mary) is located on the Plaza Mayor.

The original parish church of Santa María consecrated by the Bishop of Santiago in 1108, it was rebuilt almost entirely in the sixteenth century.

Plaza Calvo Soltelo in Cacabelos is a transportation hub of the town.

Plaza Calvo Soltelo in Cacabelos is a transportation hub of the town.

Estatua del Vendimiador on the Plaza Calvo Soltelo in Cacabelos.

Estatua del Vendimiador on the Plaza Calvo Soltelo in Cacabelos.

Estatua del Vendimiador (Statue of Vendimiador, grape harvesters) on the Plaza Calvo Soltelo in Cacabelos. The harvest of grapes seemed to be very hard work. We should thank them.

Río Cúa (River Cua)

Río Cúa (River Cua)

Puente Mayor, the bridge over the river “Río Cúa”

Puente Mayor, the bridge over the river “Río Cúa”

Crossed the Mayor Bridge, proceeding the Foyo Street to the west, strange something come into view.

An old grape expression for the manufacture of wine.

An old grape expression for the manufacture of wine.

This region is exactly a kingdom of wine. It should become independent from Spain. Dionysos or Bacchus would be the king.

Passing the old grape expression monument, a big church is towering. This area is an end of the Cacabelos Town. The church is Santuario de la Virgen de la Angustia (Sanctuary of the Virgin of Anguish).

Iglesia de Las Angustias Cacabelos

Iglesia de Las Angustias Cacabelos

Facade and Altarpiece of Iglesia de Las Angustias Cacabelos.

Facade and Altarpiece of Iglesia de Las Angustias (Church of Sorrows) Cacabelos.

Seventeenth century neoclassical church dedicated to the Virgin of the Fifth Anguish.

Leaving Cacabelos, I looked back and said Adiós Cacabelos, gracias!”

Flowers from Camponaraya and Cacabelos

Flowers from Camponaraya and Cacabelo

 

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