The Camino de Invierno

The Camino Invierno or Winter Way is a Camino that was originally followed by pilgrims during the winter months to try to avoid snow, mud, and rain. It travels from Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela. The last 100km is comprised of 3 stages of the Camino Invierno and 2 stages of the Camino Sanabres. It totals 133.5 km.

Stages
Day 1 Monforte de Lemos to Chantada (29.7km)
Day 2 Chantada to Rodeiro (25.8km)
Day 3 Rodeiro to A Laxe (27.2km)
Day 4 A Laxe to Outeiro (34.1km)
Day 5 Outeiro to Santiago de Compostela (16.7km)

The above is only an example of what you can choose to do. There are many ways to walk the Camino. If you would like there are transport services that will carry your backpack or luggage from place to place so that you only need to carry a day pack.

There is a pilgrim’s Mass every day in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It begins at noon. You are not allowed to bring your backpack into the Cathedral so you will need to check into your lodging or store your pack before entering. The pilgrim’s Mass is a very moving experience whether you are Catholic or not it does not matter.

It is best to make reservations for your stay in Santiago de Compostela as it can be very crowded depending on the time of the year that you arrive. Booking.com is an excellent resource for making reservations.