First, I must tell you that the Templar Castle in Ponferrada was declared a National Monument and Historic Art in 1924. When in 1178 Ponferrada became dependent on the Templars via a gift of the Kings of Leon, the Templars found a small fort that became Roman citadel. They expanded it and improved it as the defense of the Camino de Santiago. The Castle that is there today resulted from a long series of additions and alterations carried out since the early twentieth century. The shields and crests of those who occupied and helped in its construction are proof of its various stages. The second photo is the Baroque Town Hall and the Clock Tower last Renaissance style, which is located in the access Clock Street (next to Town Hall). Because it is original, a picture of Ponferrada is attached to the Clock Tower.
Having read some posts on this riding club, I must say that I'm very disappointed with the people that have given their opinions so far. Today both my partner and I are very happy with the way we have been treated by Javier our monitor and by the other people who work there: he gentleman who does the maintenance, the lady who workd in the bar-restaurant, and the jockey we met. The vitality and appearance of the horses is amazing and the choice is quite varied in terms of among size, races and heights. I agree the facilities need a slap of paint and some other repairs are necessary, but I guess all in good time. Finally, I encourage anyone who has thought of it to try horse riding.
The Ponferrada clock tower is one of the most symbolic monuments of the city because it was the ancient city gate from the year 1567, and because it has quite a peculiar shape. On one side of the tower is the town square or town hall square and the street to the other clock. You can crawl safely under the tower for a tour of Ponferrada.
This museum is located opposite the Temple Castle, in the "House of the Shields" . This building gets its name because of the numerous coats of arms and weapons that can be seen on the facade. The museum has two floors and 4 rooms, where you can see various objects related to the history of radio (microphones, old radios, receivers ...) as well as posters and photographs. There are also listening rooms, radio workshop, library on the subject, shop, etc.. The strange thing about the museum is that the developer is Luis del Olmo, and there is a room that is completely dedicated to him, and another to his radio show "Players". To me it is an interesting museum, other than the collection of old radios. There are other interesting things to see in Ponferrada, including the Castle, or the Museum of Bierzo. The regular ticket costs € 2.80, and € 1 for children under 18 years. It is open From October to April-11-14h and 16-19h-May to September: 11-14h and 17-20.30h, Don't come on a Monday because it will be closed. -Sunday and holidays: 11-14h. Free admission on those days.
This park is in the upper area of Ponferrada, near AC Hotel roundabout. It is the largest in the city (28,471 m2). It's pretty iconic, and gives its name to many businesses in the area. It's a nice place for a drink in times of good weather, it has a restaurant-bar with a terrace on the top floor, plus several tables with umbrellas in the park. Also food. The park has a playground, basketball courts, and a pond with ducks, swans and geese, and a music kiosk and a day center for the elderly. There is also an enclosure for birds. Additionally, the town celebrations, in early September, the Tapas Fair, takes place in this park.
Ponferrada City Council is in the Plaza Mayor, near the castle, the clock tower and the Basilica de la Encina. It has a baroque facade, built in stone between 1692 and 1705. It has two towers on either side of a central body, with the imposing shield on a large balcony. In addition to housing the municipal council, there is also a tourist information office which organizes guided tours of the city.
The Ponferrada Bus Station is located at the beginning of the new housing estate La Rosaleda, very close to the financial center of the city (lower area). It has a large parking area for vehicles, and several bays for buses. It operates companies like Alsa (which, as well as other routes, links the capital of Bierzo with Leon many times each day), Aupsa, Linecar, Dainco, Pelines and González de la Riba. There are also short-haul routes to most locations in the region of Bierzo, and touring to Asturias, Madrid or the nearby Galicia, and even foreign countries like Belgium, Andorra and France. Automatic windows are available to buy your tickets, and you can relax in the bar-cafeteria, or buy something at a snack machine.
In the main square of the town hall Ponferrada, is one of the most important squares of the city. In the square, part of the hotel is located as well as several cafes. There is also the statue of waffle, which we wanted to take a picture with. You can get to the square following Broad Street, and if you look a bit around, you will find the street after the city council, which as its name suggests, it is behind city hall. Like it or not, if we pass through Ponferrada, we always visit this plaza.
This church is in the old town of Ponferrada, directly opposite the castle of the Templars. It is Baroque and was built in the 17th century in stone with a slate roof. It has a Latin cross. Most notable is the tower of three bodies, raised on the front door. In the last section is the bell tower. Currently not used as a place of worship, but it houses a Baroque altarpiece and the crucified Christ of the Fortress (XIV century).
The biscuit maker, a profession that has disappeared. I got to know the waffles-cookies-candy in the park. My father, my uncles and my grandparents enjoyed this pleasant little gentleman selling cookies for all the children.
The fairground is installed on the esplanade just behind Sports City, opposite the Quinto Centenario bridge. The fair opens around 30th August and lasts 10 days, during the celebration of the patron saint of Encina and Encinina. Like any self-respecting fair, there are plenty of rides and attractions for all tastes, ages and stomachs, from typical bumper cars, the house of terror or the Grasshopper, to the new attractions that turn you upside down over and over again until your stomach empties out completely!! There are also a few places to eat (both sandwiches, burgers or a magnificent barbecue grilled meat), and the typical churros or Candy floss stalls.
This is one of the pubs I used to go when I used to spend the weekend in Ponferrada. It is located in the lower area of the center of the city. If you past during the day you won´t even notice it´s there, but at night is quite recognizable by the amount of people who congregate on the street outside the premises, and double-parked cars (in Ponferrada you usually go out by car because although it is small, there are several clubbing áreas in the outskirts). The facade is made of metal and has a neon sign with the name of the pub. Free entry but there are bouncers at the door. The place is quite big, L-shaped and is usually full of people, the first part is narrower but widens at the bottom and a small dance floor, there are two bars, one in each zone. It´s decor is very modern, with lamps (low light) glass, leather sofa area, metal walls, big screen TV where they play music videos. The atmosphere is of people between 18 and 35, and the music is varied, both Spanish and international with the latest hits. Open Thursday through Saturday from 12pm to 5am.
Along with the Templar Castle, the Basilica de la Encina is a must-see in Ponferrada. In the Plaza de la Encina, it is in the highest part of the city and its high tower, visible from everywhere, has the nickname "Bierzo Giralda". The temple is from the 16th century and has a Latin cross plan in Renaissance style. But the most significant is inside: the image of La Morenica (Virgen de la Encina, patron of Bierzo), a polychrome wooden altarpiece at the main altar, made by Gregorio Hernandez. The celebrations of the city are the Fiestas de la Encina, in honor of the Virgin. 2008 was the centennial of incorporation of Ponferrada as a city, so it was very high-profile, and the Virgin was veiled all night and then went in procession accompanied by more than 100 banners from all parts of Castilla y León.
I do not think there are any other cinemas in Ponferrada, but these are great. They are on the top floor of the Centro Comercial El Rosal, in the industrial area of La Rosaleda, recently built, near the city's financial center. There are 7 theaters of different sizes, brand-new and very well-equipped with Dolby sound and comfortable seats. At the entrance is the ticket office and a small sweet shop. Once inside there is a huge counter where you can purchase drinks and popcorn.
Bergidum Theatre is very close to the main square, in the "upper" part of Ponferrada. The building dates from 1946, but in 1996 it was acquired by the local council to convert into a municipal theater. It is part of the Spanish Network of Theatres and Auditoriums in public ownership. It has a capacity of 646 spectators, and in it are all kinds of shows: theater, opera, conferences, concerts, music and dance performances .. These events take place from September to June, and mainly at the weekend. Prices vary depending on the show. There are seasonal or monthly subscriptions. Besides the stage, there's a large movie screen behind the curtain. It is equipped with a full lighting and sound system. The box office is open Monday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00 pm one hour before each performance.
Are you wondering what to do in Ponferrada? There are tons of places to visit in Ponferrada. This city is the capital of the famous region of "El Bierzo" is the province of Leon, which is famous for its historical heritage and breathtaking mountain scenery. There are tons of things to do in Ponferrada. The first thing to point out is that there is a "Templar" Castle. At the moment, the castle houses a permanent exhibition in which medieval and Renaissance books are on display, as well as the new Templar library with 1380 volumes related the Order of the Temple of the Knights Templar, making it the largest of its kind in the world.
Another of the many things to see in Ponferrada is the Basilica de la Encina, which was built in a Renaissance style, and the Church of Santiago de Peñalba. The Monastery of San Pedro de Montes and Santo Tomás de las Ollas complete some of the major attractions in Ponferrada that you must see. Among the other stuff to do in Ponferrada and throughout the region of "El Bierzo" is enjoying the gastronomy. The region has several designations of origin and quality brands, such as the wines of Bierzo, russet, chestnuts, and botillo.
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