My time in Ponferrada has been great. It is a beautiful old town with a great view of snow capped mountains in the distance. It is peaceful, lovely and always offers a nice free pincho when ordering a beer or wine. The town has a great old castle on the edge of the river. Free on Wednesday’s it made for a nice stroll.
In addition the old town is pedestrian only with a wonderful old buildings.
As I head out to the big city of Rome I suspect I will miss the quiet solitude of Ponferrada and the small villages nearby.