209 km – 7 stages
It is thanks to the Association “Camiños a Santiago pola Ribeira Sacra” that we are able to present you here with the official itinerary of the Camino de Invierno.
De Winter Way is a very old camino that was used (and still is, though less popular as in ancient times due to the decay of the pilgrimage in general decades ago) by pilgrims to enter Galicia avoiding (specially in winter) the difficult pass over the snowy mountains of El Cebreiro.
If you are a pilgrim on the French Way, when you get to the albergue in Ponferrada, you’ll have two options: one is to continue on the French Way (and note that in summer, it will become more busy and busy with thousands of pilgrims walking only the last 100k from Sarria to Santiago. In other words: winter is not the only factor that should be guiding you to get off the French Way and continue your adventure on a far less traveled road full of ancient beauty…
If we were able to awaken your curiosity about this Winter Way, you’ll turn left in Ponferrada and you’ll be enjoying wonderful views of the river Sil. The only Way that passes through all of the 4 Galician provinces after crossing the territory of León. Besides the loyal companion of the river Sil, you’ll pass through an archaeological park called Las Médulas (UNESCO World Heritage Site), you’ll cross a big part of the Ribeira Sacra.
Km 0: Ponferrada (All services)
Km 5,3: Toral de Merayo (cafe, restaurant, post office, bakery, water well, butcher, medical centre, pharmacy)
Km 7,5: Villalibre (cafe, water well)
Km 9: Priaranza del Bierzo (cafe, restaurant, water well, grocery shop, medical centre, farmacy, ATM)
Km 11,4: Santalla del Bierzo (cafe, grocery shop, water well)
Two arrows leaving town and a Mojon towards Villavieja. Don’t follow the arrows to ‘Las Barrancas’.
Km 16,4: Villavieja (Albergue coming soon, water well)
Km 21: Borrenes (grocery shop, bar with meals, pharmacy, rural house, water well)
Km 27,5: Las Médulas (All services)
Km 35: Puente de Domingo Flórez (All services)
Km 0: Puente de Domingo Flórez (All services)
Km 1,3: Quereño (Arrival in Galicia)
Km 5: Pumares (Natural spring fountain, no other services)
Km 6,5: Nogueiras
Km 10: Sobradelo (All services, including train station and a public pool)
Km 13: Éntoma (bar, well)
Km 16,5: O Barco (All services)
Km 21: Arcos (hotel)
Km 23,5: Villamartín (Albergue, bar, grocery, ATM, hostal, public pool, pharmacy)
Km 28: A Rúa (All services: get here everything you need, the next ~28 km do not offer many services).
Km 0: A Rúa (All services: get here everything you need, the next ~25 km do not offer many services).
Km 7: Albaredos
Km 8,3: Montefurado (well)
Km 9: Hermidón
Km 15,9: Bendilló (well)
Km 17,6: Soldón
Km 20,7: Novaes
Km 24,9: Quiroga (All services)
Alternative route (the ancient way) via Hospital will lead you to visit some remarkable monuments. Follow the way at Caspredro instead of going down to the village and you’ll end up in Quiroga after a few kilometers with the feeling of being very happy not to have missed these few additional steps.
Km 0: Quiróga (All services)
Km 1,5: San Clodio (nice river beach on the banks of the Río Sil, point of interest since several ancient roads to Monforte converge in San Clodio)
Km 4,2: Nocedo (well)
Km 13,5: Carballo de Lor (well)
Km 15,4: Barxa de Lor (bar, well, restaurant, hospedaje)
Km 19,7: Castroncelos
Km 22,9: Pobra de Brollón (All services)
Km 25,7: Cereixa (bar, restaurant)
Km 30,2: Reigada
Km 33: Monforte de Lemos (All services)
Km 0: Monforte de Lemos (All services)
Km 2,1: A Vide (Quinteiro)
Km 5,7: Moreda
Km 7: A Broza
Km 7,8: Reguengo
Km 9,8: Piñeiro (well, hospedaje)
Km 12,7: Camiño Grande
Km 13,2: A Barxa
Km 14,2: Rendal
Km 14,8: Fontela (bar, restaurant, well, hospedaje)
Km 17,9: Cirdeiro
Km 21,5: Iglesia de Diomondi
Km 23,8: Belesar (bar, restaurant, well)
Km 26,2: Líncora (bar, well)
Km 28,5: Chantada (All services)
Km 0: Chantada (All services)
Km 1,6: Centulle
After passing through Centulle the camino arrives at the highway and a mojon across the road indicates (with a shell) that the camino continues straight. Turn right and leave the road at km 92 to your left. The arrows are the right indicators.
Km 2,9: Casasoa
Km 4,5: Boán
Km 5,3: Lucenza (bar, hospedaje)
Km 8: Penasillás (bar, restaurant, well, hospedaje)
Penasillas marks the beginning of a long climb to the Alto de Faro.
Km 12,6: Ermita de Nuestra Señora de O Faro
On the way up to the Alto you will pass a small picnic area on your right hand side. Immediately after that the road merges with another coming from the right. Turn right here, and that same small picnic area will be on your right again. A short distance on you will come to a left hand curve which also has a service road on the right. Take that service road and when it splits take the path the the right, following along the spine of the ridge with the windmills to your left.
Near the bottom this path crosses over a highway. Here the signs have been manipulated. Keep on the road with the windmills, and after the second windmill turn to the left. There is at least one bar along this route. [source: wisepilgrim.com]
Km 20,3: Casa de Camba
Km 21,7: Río (well, restaurant, bar)
Km 25,7: Rodeiro (All services)
Km 0: Rodeiro (All services)
Km 5: Penerbosa
Km 10: Eirexe (well)
Km 11,8: Ponte Pedroso (well)
Km 18,9: Palmaz (well)
Km 22,2: Lalín (All services)
Km 26,8: A Laxe (Albergue)