Camino de Invierno (The Winter Way)

Camino de Invierno (The Winter Way)

Camino de Invierno (The Winter Way)

Camino de Invierno (The Winter Way)

From Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela. 10 sections. 263 kilometres.

The beautiful town of Ponferrada, historically linked to the Knights Templar, is the starting point for the Camino de Invierno or Winter Way that goes through the valley of the river Sil as the natural gateway to Galicia throughout the centuries. This is a beautiful route, with lots of nature and breath-taking landscapes, which at the same time avoids climbing the high peak of O Cebreiro, a strenuous and almost impossible mission in the winter.

This route initially followed an ancient Roman road as the historic alternative for a more accessible entry point to Galicia. This is a good option for rainy weather and snow, although pilgrims increasingly favour this route in the spring and summer when it is lush and green. 

The Camino de Invierno is less crowded than other routes, and, therefore, the walk will be quieter and in solitude. It does have, however, good signage and a network of hostels and accommodation in the final stage of each section. 

Besides, this Camino runs through the valley of El Bierzo, and is the only Camino going through the four Galician provinces: it enters Galicia through Valdeorras, in the province of Ourense, to move into the South of Lugo and from there to Pontevedra and A Coruña. The landscape on the way is its best asset: you will be walking through the Médulas (an amazing Roman mine), you will meander along the Canyons of the river Sil or climb to the Alto do Faro - all of those are unique experiences for pilgrims.

All stages

How to get to the starting point

Stage 1

How to get to the starting point
Ponferrada
Las Médulas

Stage Kms
27,2 km
Accommodations on the stage
30
Stage Difficulty

Camino de Santiago associations

Castilla y León

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago del Bierzo

Email
asociacion@amigoscaminobierzo.org

Direction
Avenida del Castillo, 106 Ponferrada, 24401

Galicia

Asociación Cultural "Camiños a Santiago pola Ribeira Sacra"

Email
amenendez@edu.xunta.es

Direction
Rúa Historiador Germán Vázquez, 15 Monforte, 27400

Galicia

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de la Provincia de Lugo

Email
lugocamino@gmail.com

Direction
Praza Comandante Manso, 11 Lugo, 27001

Galicia

Asociación Amigos del Camino de Santiago por Valdeorras

Web page
asociacionvaldeorras@hotmail.com

Direction
Urbanización Hnos. Losada, 15 (Casa da Cultura) A Rúa, 32350

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