Camino de Invierno Camino de Invierno from Monforte to Santiago Last 100km

Activity:
Walking or Cycling
Duration:
7 nights
Distance:
138 km
Difficulty:
Medium +
Tour Type:
Self-Guided
Time To Go:
From April to October
Price:
From 679€
Rating:

Camino de Invierno from Monforte to Santiago Last 100km

The last section of the Camino de Invierno from Monforte to Santiago Last 100km takes pilgrims from Monforte de Lemos, capital of the Ribeira Sacra wine-making region to Santiago de Compostela.

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 Camino de Invierno (or the Winter Way in English) was the route taken by pilgrims to Santiago 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 natural beauty.

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 spectacular route recommended for experienced walkers.

As you will be completing The Camino de Invierno last 100km, you will qualify to receive your Camino Pilgrim Certificate at the Pilgrim Office of Santiago.

Read our article on the Secret Camino de Invierno

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Map of the Camino de Invierno from Monforte to Santiago Last 100km

Itinerary of the Camino de Invierno from Monforte to Santiago Last 100km

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Monforte
Monforte
You arrive in Monforte.
32 km
Chantada
Chantada

Pilgrims leave Monforte de Lemos by its medieval bridge towards Campo de San Antonio and passing the Clarisas convent, where you will spot a ‘cruceiro’, the classic Galician stone way cross; and the town hall. You will be passing small hamlets, little villages and pretty chapels, as well as following forest tracks across oak woods, on your way to Chantada. In the picturesque village of Belesar you will have lovely views of the River Miño with its canyons and terraced vineyards. The old Roman road crossing the village is known as ‘Codos de Belesar’.

27 km
Rodeiro
Rodeiro

Make sure you explore the historic centre in Chantada before you leave today. The town has a rich medieval heritage, as it can be appreciated by the number of Romanesque religious buildings. The town has a pretty river walk and river beach, great for a swim on hot Summer days. From Chantada, the Camino de Invierno climbs up to Monte Faro and its chapel, so the first stretch will be one of the most challenging of the route. From the Faro, it is said you can see the four provinces of Galicia. Today you will encounter many ‘cruceiros’ and ‘petos de animas’, traditionally built on crossroads to keep people safe and to remember the ‘souls’ of those who have passed.

22 km
Lalín
Lalín

Today is your last day on the Camino de Invierno, as the route joins the Via de la Plata in the town of Lalín. It is a pretty flat and easy stage today, across peaceful forests and farmland on low hills. There are no services on the way, so make sure you take enough snacks and water.

16 km
Silleda
Silleda

From Lalin, the Camino del Invierno joins the Via de la Plata route. Today’s stage is pleasant and short, taking you across undulating hills, peaceful woods, farmland and small hamlets on your way to Silleda, famous for its cattle and country fairs, including the international Green Week (Semana Verde).

20 km
Ponte Ulla
Ponte Ulla

Starting with an easy stroll towards Bandeira, a town famous for its empanadas (Galician pastry pies), your Camino journey continues through farmlands and hamlets. Just before descending to Ponte Ulla, the old castle is worth a visit for its 360-degree panoramic views. In Ponte Ulla, take a closer at the Igrexa de Santa Maria da Magdalena and its impressive Romanesque facade.

21 km
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Today is a very special day as you will make your way into Santiago! Leaving Ponte Ulla you will first climb up towards Pico Sacro with its Ermita de San Sebastian, where you can enjoy breathtaking views. The last couple of kilometres to Santiago are still quite rural and it is difficult to believe you are so close to the city. Finally, you reach Santiago a UNESCO World Heritage site with its world-famous cathedral.

Take time to explore this wonderful city. Always vibrant and lively Santiago de Compostela and its UNESCO listed old town will enchant you. Here you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a chat over a few bites and a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Access

How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

Monforte de Lemos

Santiago de Compostela Airport 120km: From Santiago airport you can take a shuttle bus to the bus station or the train station (departing every 30min). You can either take the train or the bus from Santiago de Compostela to Monforte. By train, the journey takes approximately 2 hours. You will have to take a train to Ourense (Empalme) and there take the train to Monforte. There are trains every hour to Ourense and from Ourense to Monforte. See www.renfe.com for full schedule and tickets. There are two bus companies covering the Santiago-Monforte route: ALSA and MonBus. The journey takes just under 2 hours. Each company has 3-4 departures per day. See www.monbus.es and www.alsa.es for bus time tables.

Vigo Airport 140km: The best option is to take the local bus from the airport to Travesia de Vigo near Vigo Guixar train station. There you can take a train to Ourense and then change for a train to Monforte. See www.renfe.com for full schedule and tickets.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.

Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.

Whats Included

All our trips include selected accommodation with private bathroom, holiday pack with electronic route information guidebook, links for your google maps and 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising support vehicle if needed.

OPTIONAL: You will also have the option to add or remove the Luggage transfers (one bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (where available), bike rental and airport transfers.

Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. See http://caminoways.com/country-cottages for more details.

Bike Rental: If you have booked bike rental please note that €100 refundable deposit per bike will be charged on departure date.

NOT INCLUDED: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)

* This year, important restoration works continue at Santiago Cathedral in order to get the cathedral fully restored ahead of Holy Year 2021. Read more here:  https://caminoways.com/pilgrim-mass-santiago-cathedral-renovation

Belinda, Canada - September
Camino Ways was very helpful in arranging our walk of 132 Km. We were 4 women over 50 and had asked for a quiet Camino. The Invierno route was lovely. The first three days were challenging but we had been prepared based on notes and advice we received from Camino ways. The accommodation was great overall - Chantata being the one exception but I think it was all that was available. The only snag we ran into was that we had some difficulty getting breakfast if we wanted to start early. Most of the accommodation operators preferred breakfast after 8:00 a.m. This was not a fault of Caminoways but rather a limitation of the accommodations. The two guest houses Caminoways arranged were highlights of the trip, walking notes were helpful and thorough, and the two times we had to phone for the support they were prompt and very helpful. I would highly recommend Camino ways. I would certainly use their service again!
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