Traditionally the Camino de Invierno (Winter Way) 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.
The last section of the Camino de Invierno 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.
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 route has been marked with the Camino arrows and shells by the local Camino association. It is an off the beaten track and spectacular route recommended for experienced walkers.
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