Camino de Invierno
The Ribeira Sacra region is home to great natural beauty and archaeology, as well as being the area with the highest number of Romanesque religious buildings in Europe, hence its name.
Traditionally the Winter Way was the route taken by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela in the Wintertime to avoid the snowy mountains of O Cebreiro, on the Camino Frances. However today it is better explored in Spring and Autumn, to appreciate its full and natural beauty.
Highlights of the Camino de Invierno
Winemaking is a centuries-old tradition in the region, introduced by the Romans. One of the highlights is the picturesque village of Belesar, crossed by a Roman road and where pilgrims can admire the lovely views of the River Miño with its canyons and terraced vineyards. The Camino de Invierno has been marked with the Camino arrows and shells by the local Camino association. It is an off-the-beaten-track trail and a spectacular route recommended for experienced walkers.
If you are unsure about the fitness levels required please have a look at our Camino Fitness ebook to see how you can increase your fitness levels to undertake this Camino.
This Camino route is steeped in history, culture, and tradition and is the perfect alternative Camino for those looking for something more challenging and quieter during the busier months.
For more information, read our article on the Secret Camino de Invierno.
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For over 1000 years, pilgrims from all over the world have walked the Camino Ways across Europe in their quest for spirituality. Making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, they encountered a variety of people, cultures and beliefs, leading to friendship and new experiences. This continues today with the Camino de Santiago being the most well known and well-loved walk in the world. More than just a walk, the Camino de Santiago is an unforgettable and unique journey for the body, mind and soul.