I left Villafranca del Bierzo at dawn.
One last look back as I headed up the valley along the Rio Valcarce.
This is not enhanced. The heather on the mountain made it glow purple.
The villages along the Camino in this area are little more than ghost towns with many abandoned and crumbling rock and slate buildings. Once in a while though, a home like this appears.
My destination, Las Herrerias is in a lush green valley
This is the view from the terrace of my hotel located just before Las Herrerias. I could see a church on a hill above the village so set off to explore.
The church is not mentioned in any of the guidebooks and appeared to be abandoned.