The alternative route of the medieval pilgrim
El Winter Road to Santiago de Compostela was traditionally used by pilgrims to avoid the snow de Or Cebreiro.
This Way was the one chosen by the pilgrims in the past so as not to suffer the winter snows. We will enjoy the Leon region of Bierzo and we can visit Templar castles such as Cornatel. Las Médulas will give us a beautiful image of the geological formations that have developed in this region.
On this day we will leave the community of León behind to enter the Galician lands. After a small ascent to the top of Las Pedrices we will continue a beautiful descent until we reach the Cabrera river. The rest of the stage will continue its course through the Valdeorras region, known for its wines.
Today we have a short stage to recover. Today it is very important to rest in A Rua, since once this population has passed we will have very few services.
Today unlike yesterday we will have a slightly longer day but without any difficulty. We will continue to the side of the river Sil enjoying the places that will take us to the entrance of the Ribeira Sacra.
During these days we have been increasing the mileage and today we face a challenge. Despite being a hard and long stage, we can consider it as the queen stage of the Winter Road. With a wide Jacobean tradition. Those who are not prepared will have options to be able to divide it into two sections.
Today we will enjoy the fruits of the Ribeira Sacra, famous worldwide for the high quality of its wines. We have to keep in mind that today's journey is mainly by road and without many services for the pilgrim.
Today we will have our first ascent. The Sierra do Faro. It has 1153 meters of altitude and will be the highest point of the Winter Trail. But it is worth it only for the views that we can enjoy upon reaching its peak. It is worth leaving the Camino a bit to visit the hermitage and the viewpoint that are less than half a kilometer away.
On this day we reach the first meeting point. The Winter Way meets the Mozarabe Way or Sanabres Way. As a note to keep in mind today we must assess whether we want to sleep in Lalin, in a private shelter, or continue to A Laxe where we will find a higher population of pilgrims.
Again we find a long stage. But as in the previous one, we can divide it by staying overnight at the Bandeira lodge. It is a long but very pleasant stage. As special notes, remember that in Outeiro you do not have services other than the pilgrim hostel.
Y for colophon a short stage to arrive enjoying Santiago de Compostela.
Points of interest
Las Médulas was originally a Roman exploitation of gold in the open, although the pre-Roman indigenous peoples had already exploited the site, beating river pleasures. Abandoned exploitation in the third century, the native vegetation was again taking over the place: oaks , brooms, Carquesa, holm oaks and carrascas. At the same time the chestnut cultivation was expanded, of which today numerous specimens can be seen in the park, some of them cataloged as centenary trees
Serra do Courel
The Sierra del Caurel houses the largest natural jewel of Galicia, the Devesa de Rogueira, a native forest, where almost all the natural plant species of Galicia that have no coastal environment coexist, such as chestnut trees, holly, beech, yew, oak trees and birches and wild orchids.
Monaserio San Vicente do Pino
The old monastery of San Vicente del Pino (in Galician: Mosteiro of San Vicente do Pino) is a monumental complex located in Monforte de Lemos (Lugo), flanked by the remains of the San Vicente Castle, of which part of the wall and defensive cubes is preserved, and the tower of the tribute, from which you can see the whole of the Lemos Valley, and the remains of the palace of the Counts of Lemos, building of which lost most of it in a devastating fire
Nosa Lady of Antiga
El College of Our Lady of La Antigua (in Galician: Colexio da Nosa Lady of Antiga) is in the city of Monforte de Lemos (Lugo, Spain), and in this place. It is owned by the “Fundación Colexio Nosa Señora da Antiga de Monforte de Lemos”. Being currently a center of the Pious Schools, the Piarist Fathers teach, so it is popularly known as the College of the Piarists. Built in Herreriano style, it is often known as El Galician Escorial for being one of the few manifestations of this style in this community.