Winter Way

8 Stages | 202 km

The Winter Way begins in Ponferrada, crossing the valley of the river Sil and the Ribeira Sacra to Santiago de Compostela.

The Winter Way emerged as the alternative route followed by pilgrims on the French Way to avoid the high mountains of O Cebreiro which, in winter, were totally impracticable due to heavy snowfall. Due to its recent signposting and officialization it is one of the most virgin routes of the Way of St. James. A paradise to be discovered.

Our journeys of the Winter Way of Santiago

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The Winter Road

This route, unknown by many pilgrims, is the only one that crosses the four Galician provinces (Ourense, Lugo, Pontevedra and A Coruña). And now you may be asking yourself… “and what can the road of Winter offer me?” Well, the Winter Way offers the pilgrim the most absolute escape that there can be, at the same time that it offers the opportunity to see impressive natural landscapes that remain intact after the passing of the years.

If you want to disconnect to reconnect with yourself, discover exceptional places and enjoy an incredible gastronomy, this is your route.

The Winter Road

Where to start the Winter Way?

From Ponferrada

The capital of El Bierzo is the starting point of the winter route; from here you can easily reach Santiago de Compostela in just 13 days, covering a total of 260 kilometres. Undoubtedly this route has established itself as a perfect alternative to escape from the growing overcrowding of the Galician section of the French Way.