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A view of Ponferrada city & El Bierzo valley

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A view of Ponferrada,an industrial city in the center of El Bierzo Valley in northwestern Spain. 

El Bierzo is known for de high quality of its country products, excellent wines among others

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A: Museo Nacional de la Energía entre la niebla

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 1.6 km away

Museo Nacional de la Energía en Ponferrada (El Bierzo). Día nublado

Museo Nacional de la Energía entre la niebla

B: Museo Nacional de la Energía, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 1.6 km away

Museo Nacional de la Energía, Ponferrada

Museo Nacional de la Energía, Ponferrada

C: Museo Nacional de la Energía, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 1.6 km away

Museo Nacional de la Energía, Ponferrada

Museo Nacional de la Energía, Ponferrada

D: Skatepark en la Rosaleda, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 1.7 km away

Skatepark en el barrio de la Rosaleda, Ponferrada, El Bierzo, León

Skatepark en la Rosaleda, Ponferrada

E: Estadio El Toralín, Ponferradina

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 1.7 km away

Estadio El Toralín, Ponferradina

Estadio El Toralín, Ponferradina

F: Torre de La Rosaleda, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 1.8 km away

Torre de La Rosaleda, Ponferrada

Torre de La Rosaleda, Ponferrada

G: Ponferrada Railroad museum

by Susana Lopez Fernandez, 2.7 km away

This is a museum dedicated to the history of narrow-railroad machines. Those machines played an impor...

Ponferrada Railroad museum

H: Vintage Cars Rally

by Henry Alvarez, 2.7 km away

The vintage cars rally is celebrated every year at the end of the "radio week", starting in Barcelona...

Vintage Cars Rally

I: Interior casa abandonada en el Plantio, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 2.8 km away

Interior casa abandonada en el Plantio, Ponferrada

Interior casa abandonada en el Plantio, Ponferrada

J: Casa abandonada en el Plantio, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 2.8 km away

Casa abandonada en el Plantio, Ponferrada

Casa abandonada en el Plantio, Ponferrada

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