Camino Invierno

Camino Invierno

Walk the Camino Invierno, a tranquil route to Santiago, taking in terraced vineyards, impressive canyons and beautiful Romanesque chapels. The Camino Invierno (or Winter Way) was the route taken by pilgrims in the medieval ages to avoid the mountains of O Cebreiro on the Camino Frances. Nowadays, it offers an off-the-beaten-path option for pilgrims searching for some solitude. Start in Ponferrada and pass through the Las Médulas archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose striking red mountains were created by Romans excavating gold. Walk through the lush landscapes of the Ribeira Sacra region featuring impressive canyons and terraced vineyards, perhaps stopping to enjoy a glass or two of the wonderful wines produced in this region, before continuing through Galicia until you reach the revered Santiago de Compostela.
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Hiking route · Borrenes
Ponferrada to Borrenes
Difficulty moderate
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 476 m
Descent 458 m

Leave the city this morning, crossing the medieval Mascarón bridge over the Sil river. 

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Hiking route · Puente de Domingo Flórez
Borrenes to Puente de Domingo Florez
Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 343 m
Descent 508 m

A short ascent dotted with vineyards soon brings you to the landscape of Las Médulas this morning, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

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Hiking route · O Barco de Valdeorras
Puente de Domingo Florez to O Barco de Valdeorras
Difficulty moderate
Distance 18 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 351 m
Descent 279 m

Leaving the Castilla y León region behind, today you enter Galicia by the hand of the Sil River, who will accompany you for much of the following ...

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.4 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 294 m
Descent 267 m

Wine will continue to be a feature today, especially in Vilamartín de Valdeorras, with its large number of underground cellars. They can be easily ...

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Hiking route · Quiroga
Montefurado to Quiroga
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.8 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 481 m
Descent 441 m

In the morning you will be collected at A Rúa and transferred to your starting point. Ascend along paths giving you outstanding views over the ...

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Hiking route · A Pobra do Brollón
Quiroga to Pobra de Brollon
Difficulty difficult
Distance 22.8 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 521 m
Descent 641 m

In a stage marked by moderate ascents and descents, you will walk through mills, forests and cliffs towards the Lemos valley. 

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Hiking route · Monforte de Lemos
A Pobra de Brollon to Montforte de Lemos
Difficulty easy
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 190 m
Descent 95 m

Today you will walk to meet the Miño, father of the Galician rivers. The route will take you very close to one of the most photographed images of ...

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Hiking route · Chantada
Monforte de Lemos to Chantada
Difficulty difficult
Distance 30 km
Duration 9:00 h
Ascent 698 m
Descent 499 m

Today you will walk to meet the Miño, father of the Galician rivers. The route will take you very close to one of the most photographed images of ...

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Hiking route · Chantada
Chantada to Rodeiro
Difficulty moderate
Distance 25.4 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 664 m
Descent 512 m

Today you will ascend to Monte Faro, declared a Special Conservation Area, where one of the highest peaks in Galicia is located at a height of 1 ...

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Hiking route · Rodeiro
Rodeiro to Lalin
Difficulty moderate
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 304 m
Descent 232 m

Begin today by passing through small rural towns and several bridges over the Arnego river on its way to the Ulla river. 

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Hiking route · Lalín
Lalin to Bandeira
Difficulty moderate
Distance 22.9 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 249 m
Descent 447 m

The Camino Invierno joins with the Via de la Plata today and is a short and easy stage, crossing through landscapes typical of rural Galicia. 

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Hiking route · Silleda
Bandeira to O Outeiro (Galegos)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.1 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 326 m
Descent 394 m

Walk through farmland and small villages with a long descent down to the Ulla River valley, followed by an ascent to Outeiro (Galegos). 

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.8 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 327 m
Descent 340 m

Start with a short, beautiful climb and then pass through forest, rural areas and small villages before entering the city of Santiago de Compostela.

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