Carracedo Claustro 2
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Carracedo Claustro 2

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A: Antiguas Cocheras Renfe en Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 8.7 km away

Antiguas cocheras abandonadas de Renfe en el barrio de La Placa, Ponferrada, El Bierzo, León

Antiguas Cocheras Renfe en Ponferrada

B: Toral de Merayo, La Calleja 1

by Henry Alvarez, 9.6 km away

A nice stroll from the city of Ponferrada to the little town Toral de Merayo encounters this pass wit...

Toral de Merayo, La Calleja 1

C: Torre de La Rosaleda, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 10.1 km away

Torre de La Rosaleda, Ponferrada

Torre de La Rosaleda, Ponferrada

D: Skatepark en la Rosaleda, Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 10.3 km away

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

Skatepark en la Rosaleda, Ponferrada

E: Ponferrada, vista desde el Pajariel

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 10.5 km away

Ponferrada, vista desde el monte Pajariel

Ponferrada, vista desde el Pajariel

F: Vintage Cars Rally

by Henry Alvarez, 10.6 km away

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

Vintage Cars Rally

G: Ponferrada Railroad museum

by Susana Lopez Fernandez, 10.7 km away

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

Ponferrada Railroad museum

H: Estadio El Toralín, Ponferradina

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 10.9 km away

Estadio El Toralín, Ponferradina

Estadio El Toralín, Ponferradina

I: Ponferrada, vista desde el Pajariel 2

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 10.9 km away

Ponferrada, vista desde el monte Pajariel

Ponferrada, vista desde el Pajariel 2

J: Pasarela Río Sil Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 11.1 km away

Pasarela Río Sil Ponferrada

Pasarela Río Sil Ponferrada

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