Anywhere but Manzanal.
Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
174Trip End Apr 10, 2011
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We planned to start our second Spanish route in a city called Ponferrada. This place was surrounded by white tipped mountains which were only just visible thought the still winter haze.
We secured a decent park across the river from the big castle, and it took no time at all before we had marched across to explore it.
The 11-12th century Templar castle was built to protect pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago
They say that in the middle ages, a castle was the equivalent of a country today owning a nuclear bomb. Because they were almost impossible to conquer, and sometimes meant years and huge futile campaigns that costed a lot. They were huge symbols of power.
After that we pushed out of town and continued our journey. More amazing scenery. We even passed a town called 'Manzanal!’ But we didn’t want to explore or park ourselves in there……….