Through the ancient region of Maragatería, the Camino winds up the Montes de León and finally to the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross). The cross marks the highest point of the Camino Frances, and pilgrims traditionally leave a stone at its base along with a wish. It is believed that this tradition dates back well before Christian times, to Roman and even to Celtic rituals.
You then descend to the fertile region of Bierzo, home of some excellent wines. Passing the old Templar’s fortress near Ponferrada, you will walk to the final destination of this stage: Cacabelos.