The Winter Way to Santiago de Compostela
Attracted by the beauty of a unique environment, more and more pilgrims arrive in Santiago de Compostela after crossing the four Galician provinces completing the more than 200 kilometers of the Winter Way.
During the winter time, in order to avoid the harsh conditions of the French Way as it passed through O Cebreiro and the usual overflows of the Valcarce river, the pilgrims began to detour on their way through Ponferrada, giving rise to this new route.
At this point, where Galicia and Leon join, the road diverts to the left following the natural course of the River Sil to pass through the region of Valdeorras to continue to the south of the province of Lugo. When arriving at Lalín, municipality of the region of the Deza, the route converges with the Way of the Southeast to continue jointly until Santiago de Compostela.
In total, the pilgrims who make this route to get to Compostela will have covered the 235 km completing nine stages spread throughout the four Galician provinces, a route where they can enjoy impressive natural and architectural sites.
But the success of the Winter Way is not only due to its condition as a winter alternative. This route crosses the Archaeological Park of Las Médulas (World Heritage since 1997) and part of the Ribeira Sacra, a territory known for its excellent wines and for hosting the largest concentration of Romanic style churches and monasteries in Galicia - many of which are located in the famous canyons of the Sil river-.
Another attraction of this route are the monumental heritage of Monforte de Lemos, the wineries and the traditional architecture of Chantada, or the top of O Faro, place from where the pilgrims can see the four Galician provinces.
If you are thinking of putting your boots up soon in Compostela Net Hotels we propose this alternative route for you to live the experience in a different way. Are you aiming to travel the Winter Way?