Traditionally the Camino de Invierno (Winter Way) was the route taken by pilgrims to Santiago in the Winter time to avoid the snowy months in the mountains of O Cebreiro, on the Camino Frances. Pilgrims would head south of Ponferrada and follow the meandering River Sil into Galicia.
This is a truly spectacular Camino route, full of history and breathtaking landscapes; perfect for those looking for a challenge and an off-the-beaten track Camino experience. Despite its name, this off the beaten track route is best discovered in Spring, when green lush vines create wonderful vistas or in Autumn to make the most of the magical red and ochre colours of the forests and vineyards.
The Camino de Invierno takes pilgrims to the unique landscapes of Las Médulas; a UNESCO-listed site shaped by gold-mining in Roman times; and once in Galicia, pilgrims walk in the heart of the superb Ribeira Sacra, the valley of the Sil River. This relatively undiscovered region is famous for its impressive river canyons, terraced vineyards and rich Romanesque heritage.
The route has been marked with the Camino arrows and shells by the local Camino association. Once in Santiago de Compostela, you should request your Compostela pilgrim certificate to complete this unforgettable trip.
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