‌ALTERNATE ROUTE from Villafranca to TRABADELO, VIA PRADELA +1.7km

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‌ALTERNATE ROUTE from Villafranca to TRABADELO, VIA PRADELA +1.7km

If you fancy a climb and a not too long detour, look for a narrow path on your right immediately after crossing the bridge. It looks like a hastily poured concrete drive and starts off quite steep. The way offers much better views with little to no traffic and it passes through a chestnut forest. There is one town along the way, Pradela, which has a bar and a small albergue.

The route via Pradela adds less than two kilometers of distance to the day, but a not insignificant amount of elevation gain/loss. The two routes rejoin in Trabadelo.

Notice: The start of this route is not marked, so if you want to follow it pay close attention after you cross the bridge. There may be an old woman there warning against the dangers of wolves, of traveling alone as a single woman, or any other strange and deranged reasons. Ignore her and carry on your merry way.
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