Ponferrada Free Tour

In this Free Tour you will discover how the city has been for centuries, an obligatory step (between the plateau and the neighboring Galician lands) of the pilgrims who travel the Camino de Santiago to Compostela, which were protected by the Knights Templar within the walls of the Castle; thus growing the walled city and forming a Jewish community.

What is a Free Tour?

It is about a walking visit with a qualified guides for free. Once the tour is finished, you can put a price according to your level of satisfaction.

Things to do Ponferrada Free Tour

At the meeting point, our visit begins with a brief introduction to the city (origins, history and evolution). We will go to the Las Cuadras building, a stone building, attached to the wall of the Templar fortress. Currently, it is the Ponferrada Information and Tourism Office.

The Castle awaits us a few meters away, where we will talk about the Order of the Temple, about how this festival is celebrated in the city, being the greatest symbol of the municipality and one of the most important fortresses in Spain.

We will contemplate the beautiful views from the Bridge (Pons Ferrata), to return to the church of San Andrés, which stands on top of a medieval church at the end of the 17th century.

The House of Shields, a manor house of the García de Llanas family, owned by the City Council, and which in 2003 can be visited as the Radio Museum of Luis del Olmo (famous journalist and Spanish radio host, whose program "Protagonistas" was the oldest in history.

Already in the Plaza de la Encina, there is another of the most important monuments, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Encina, which houses, among others, the Morenica, one of the few black virgins that exist and who is wrapped in a mysterious legend .

Located on Calle del Reloj, we find the Old Prison, a 16th century building that houses the current Bierzo Museum; the door of the façade of the Convent of the Immaculate Conception, a church with a single nave with coffered chestnut wood; the Clock Tower, rises on a showy semicircular arch, which belongs to the only door of the old medieval wall that is preserved today. Being the access that connects the Plaza del Ayuntamiento with the famous Calle del Reloj and the old town.

To end our guided tour, from the old Plaza de las Eras, the Consistory, has a granite façade, which highlights a coat of arms of the reign of Carlos II and a wide balcony, as a typical construction of the time.

The writer Gil y Carrasco, the Casa Macías, balconies, cobblestones, trades and traditional architecture of the Bierzo region, will make this Free Tour a unique and unrepeatable experience.

Highlights to see in Ponferrada Free Tour

  • Cuadras
  • Castillo
  • Puente
  • Iglesia de San Andrés
  • Plaza de la Encina
  • Basílica de la Encina
  • Casco Antiguo
  • Calle del Reloj
  • Casa de los Escudos
  • Convento de la Purísima Concepción
  • Real Cárcel
  • Torre del Reloj
  • Casa Macías
  • Plaza del Ayuntamiento
  • Instituto Gil y Carrasco
  • Balcones
  • Arquitectura tradicional
  • Gastronomía local del Bierzo
  • Leyendas e historias


1 hour 30 minutes
Guide in Spanish

Only Price: free

Availability and starting time
Not available
When to book?
You can reserve up to before the activity
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel the reservation, so that the guide does not wait.


Official Local Tourist Guides
Radio service individual guides
Empresa Sello Calidad Turística SICTED
Empresa Sello Covid 19
Empresa Sello Turismo Responsable
1 Participación en Premios Mensuales: Ver Premios


Tickets to monuments and museums

Meeting point

The start of the visit is on Calle Gil y Carrasco, in front of the Ponferrada Tourist Office.


How to book?
Limited availability. Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability. Choose date and fill in the required fields. Secure and protected payment. You will immediately receive your booking confirmation.
Super safe route! COVID-19 efforts
Our route takes the recommendations and key considerations of security and protection against Coronavirus.
Is the interior of the monuments visited?
Only the exterior of the named sites
Is the tour adapted for people with reduced mobility?
Fully adapted
Guaranteed departures without min of travelers
Are animals allowed?
Activity recommended for children?
Yes, families are welcome

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