Walking the Camino de Invierno from Monforte de Lemos to Santiago de Compostela
Welcome to the remarkable Last 100km section of the Camino de Invierno, leading pilgrims from the picturesque town of Monforte de Lemos, known as the capital of the Ribeira Sacra wine-making region, all the way to the sacred destination of Santiago de Compostela. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Ribeira Sacra region, where natural landscapes harmonize with a rich tapestry of archaeological wonders. Here, pilgrims can marvel at an extraordinary collection of Romanesque religious buildings, making it the epitome of Europe's Romanesque heritage. Upon completing the Last 100km of the Camino de Invierno, you will be eligible to receive your Camino Pilgrim Certificate at the prestigious Pilgrim Office in Santiago.
FREE This trip createstonne(s) of CO2, we offset it for free
For pilgrims seeking a more contemplative journey with fewer crowds, this route provides an ideal setting to find inner peace and tranquility.
Along the Camino de Invierno, walkers will encounter a rich cultural heritage, with historic towns and villages showcasing centuries-old churches, monasteries, and bridges. The route’s historical significance is palpable, and pilgrims have the chance to immerse themselves in the fascinating history and traditions of the Galician and Leonese regions.
The Camino de Invierno offers a chance to savor the delicious cuisine of the Galician and Leonese regions. Along the way, pilgrims can indulge in traditional dishes such as pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus), empanadas (savory pastries), caldo gallego (Galician broth), and regional wines. Exploring the local culinary scene is a delightful experience and an integral part of the Camino journey.
Monforte to Santiago De Compostela
Camino de Invierno
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You will be pre-booked into a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.
Day 2 29.55km
Starting from Monforte de Lemos, pilgrims cross the medieval bridge and venture towards Campo de San Antonio, passing by the historic Clarisas convent and a traditional Galician stone cross. Along the way, they'll encounter charming hamlets, quaint villages, and beautiful chapels, traversing forest tracks that lead to the town of Chantada. En route, the picturesque village of Belesar offers stunning vistas of the River Miño, adorned with breathtaking canyons and terraced vineyards. Notably, the village features the renowned 'Codos de Belesar,' an ancient Roman road.
Day 3 49.03km
Leaving Chantada, the Camino de Invierno presents one of its most challenging stretches as it ascends towards Monte Faro and its picturesque chapel. The rewarding climb offers panoramic views where, it is said, one can behold all four provinces of Galicia. Along today's path, you will encounter numerous 'cruceiros' (stone crosses) and 'petos de animas' (monuments honoring the souls of the departed), traditionally erected at crossroads to safeguard travelers and pay homage to those who have passed.
Day 4 15.4km
As the Camino de Invierno merges with the Via de la Plata route, your journey continues from Lalin. Today's stage is a delightful and relatively short one, offering a pleasant experience as you traverse rolling hills, serene woodlands, and charming farmlands. Along the way, you will encounter idyllic small hamlets that add a touch of rustic charm to your path. Your destination for the day is Silleda, renowned for its vibrant cattle and country fairs, including the internationally recognized Green Week (Semana Verde).
Day 5 21.08km
This day first starts with an easy stroll towards Bandeira, a town well-known for its empanadas (Galician pasties). As the day goes on, the Camino continues downhill through farmlands and villages. Just before descending to Ponte Ulla, the old castle is worth a visit for whoever is keen to enjoy more great views. In Ponte Ulla, have a closer look at the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Magdalena and its very detailed Romanesque facade.
Day 6 20.95km
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Today is special, not only because it is the last day of this section, but also because it is the finishing line of the whole Via de la Plata or Camino Mozárabe route! As you leave Ponte Ulla, we first walk up towards Pico Sacro with its Ermita de San Sebastian and wonderful scenic views. The last kilometres to Santiago still reflect the rural atmosphere of Galicia and it is sometimes difficult to believe you are so close to such an attractive city. Finally you reach Santiago and its world-famous Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you: – Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre – Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house! – or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours) – Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.
How to Get There
Getting to Monforte de Lemos, Spain
It is best to fly to Madrid or to Santiago de Compostela.More info.
Virtually, every company flies to Madrid. Spanish national company: Iberia
2 – Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA. If you’re arriving at Santiago de Compostela Airport, you have convenient transportation options to reach Monforte. A shuttle bus service operates from the airport to both the bus station and the train station, with departures every 30 minutes. From there, you can choose between taking a train or a bus to Monforte. The train journey takes approximately 2 hours and involves transferring at Ourense (Empalme) before continuing to Monforte. Trains to Ourense are available hourly, and connections to Monforte are readily accessible. For the train schedule and ticket information, please visit Renfe.
1 – From Madrid, train 5h30, several per day
2 – From Santiago de Compostela. Bus 4h, several per day or Train 6h, several per day