Camino of winter
The alternative route of the medieval pilgrim
El Camino of winter to Santiago de Compostela was traditionally used by pilgrims to avoid the snow de Or Cebreiro.
This Camino he was chosen by pilgrims in the past to avoid suffering the winter snows. We will enjoy the Leon region of Bierzo and we will be able to 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 pose ourselves with a challenge. Despite being a hard and long stage, we can consider it as the queen stage of the Camino of winter. With a wide Jacobean tradition. Those who are not prepared will have options 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 promotion. The Sierra do Faro. It has 1153 meters of altitude and will be the highest point of it Camino of winter. But it is worth it just for the views that we can enjoy when we reach its top. It's worth getting out of the Camino to be able to visit the hermitage and the viewpoint that are less than half a kilometer away.
On this day we reach the first meeting point. He Camino Winter meets the Camino Mozarabic or Camino Sanabres. As a note to take into account today we must assess whether we want to sleep in Lalin, in a private hostel, 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 an open-pit Roman gold mine, although the pre-Roman indigenous peoples had already exploited the deposit, battering the river pleasures. Abandoned in the XNUMXrd century, the native vegetation was once again taking over the place: oaks , brooms, Carquesa, holm oaks and holm oaks. At the same time, chestnut cultivation expanded, of which many specimens can be seen in the park today, some of them classified as centenary trees.
Serra do Courel
The Sierra del Caurel is home to Galicia's greatest natural jewel, the Devesa de Rogueira, an autochthonous forest, where practically all the natural plant species of Galicia that do not have a coastal area coexist, including chestnut trees, holly, beeches, yews, oaks 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 the defensive cubes are preserved, and the keep, 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 is 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.