Ponferrada is the Bierzo’s capital and as such, has many tourist attractions. The city has an intrinsic connection with the ancient Templars and that is why the first stop we recommend is the Templar Castle of Ponferrada. Come and discover the hotels in Ponferrada!
It is located above an ancient Celtic settlement, followed by a Roman and Visigoth site later, until the castle construction in the 13th century. In 1.178, King Ferdinand II gave his consent for the Knights Templar and Pilgrims who ran the city to be established. Today, the castle is one of the best treasured in Spain and is used as a research centre and historical studies of Ponferrada and as a library specializing in Knights Templar history.
The Energy National Museum or also known as Fábrica de la Luz, is a museum dedicated to scientific dissemination focused on energy. It is located in an old thermal power station and has the industrial architecture of the twentieth century. The museum is divided into two parts; a part dedicated to coal energy and a second part dedicated to energy transformation and efficiency.
Another of Ponferrada key points is the Clock Tower that connects the two most characteristic squares of the city, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Encina. It is obligatory to pass under the Arco de las Eras and observe the Clock Tower.
Ponferrada is the key point of the Bierzo Denomination of Origin wine (D.O. Bierzo) and we recommend that you visit one of the wineries where these wines are made.
Tapas are also served in Ponferrada. We force you to go on a route through the city bars and drink a short beer or a glass of wine. In general, all tapas are usually free with the drink. The area we recommend is the one near the Castle of the Templars, between the Town Hall Square and Plaza de la Encina. Another less touristic area is Molinaseca avenue.