Today we bring you the Winter Road, a route that the pilgrims used to do to avoid the highest to avoid the highest peaks and the cold snows of O Cebreiro during the winter season. The route of the Sil Canyon and the Ribeira Sacra, goes into the map of Galicia through the surroundings of the Sil Canyon and the Ribeira Sacra. An intimate and high quality scenic route in which you can also visit a protected area, declared World Geopark by UNESCO in 2019, the Courel Mountains Geopark.
How can I interpret this map of the Winter Road?
In this map we present you the 8 stages of the Winter Way. Departing from Ponferrada you will visit 2 Autonomous Communities and 5 Provinces: Castilla y León (province of León) y Galicia (provinces of Ourense, Lugo, Pontevedra and A Coruña)
Along your route there will be numerous towns with services so you won’t have any problem to stock up on your Way to Santiago.
Sections where there is a shortage of services o Please note!
To date, the biggest problem of this route lies in the lack of accommodation in some of the lack of accommodation in some of the stages of the route.. That is why the Camino de Invierno is a Camino that is convenient to plan in advance, map in hand, to anticipate possible problems.
To do so, it is best to rely on an agency to plan your trip and thus avoid problems of availabilities in the stages where the offer is reduced.
But… From where do I start the Camino?
The original starting point of the Winter Road is in Ponferrada a place you should mark on your map if you want to live the experience of entering Galician lands through special regions as such special regions as El Bierzo, Valdeorras or the Ribeira Sacra. In any case, if you want to shorten your Camino we are always open to customize it, but we insist that this route. But we insist that the raison d’être of this route is precisely the route that takes us into Galicia, so starting once past these regions would make it lose a little sense.
This Way is one of the least frequented, although in recent years it has been gaining fame at the same time that the Ribeira Sacra region has awakened the interest of tourism in general. It’s a Camino where you can enjoy great wines so if you have a predilection for red wines, you should definitely put the Camino de Invierno on your map..