El Acebo

El Acebo, officially known as El Acebo de San Miguel, is the first village in the comarca of El Bierzo on the Camino. It is located mid-way between Rabanal del Camino and Ponferrada.

After climbing steeply ascending and descending mountain paths, pilgrims arrive at El Acebo, an enchanting small settlement restoring the air of old times. The village is indeed very small, with only two streets that cross it from east to west. Pilgrims will mostly walk on the main street, Calle Real.

Accommodation in El Acebo

Hotel nameTypePrice rangeRoom typeOther
Hostal Rural La Casa del PeregrinoGuest houseMid-rangePrivate roomsBreakfast included, WiFi, Swimming pool,
Albergue La Casa Del PeregrinoAlbergueBudgetShared roomsBreakfast included, Garden, Terrace, WiFi, Spa and wellness centre, Swimming pool
La Trucha del Arco IrisGuest houseMid-rangePrivate roomsBreakfast included, Terrace, Garden, WiFi
La Rosa del AguaGuest houseMid-rangePrivate roomsBreakfast included, Bar, Garden, WiFi, Terrace

What to See in El Acebo


A fountain may not be something important in itself nowadays, but today, as it was centuries ago for pilgrims, a water fountain where to hydrate oneself is a real blessing. At the eastern entrance of the village, where the road and the path meet, you can find a fountain, which without being monumental, can be a great relief.

Hommage to Henrich Kranse

A poignant memorial place, a statue bicycle made of iron, pays homage to Heinrich Kranse, a German pilgrim, who passed away at 70 in El Acebo.

Church of Archangel San Miguel

This village is basically a pilgrimage village, in the middle of the mountains. It lies about 1,150 meters above sea level in a small village, thus the church itself is quite small as well.

Like most buildings in El Acebo, it is built with the local slate. Inside, you can see a polychrome image of Santiago Apostle, one of the motifs of the Camino de Santiago.