April 2020: Due to the Covid-19 health crisis travel on the Camino is not possible. We need to keep safe, and we need to keep those who live and work on the Camino safe. The Camino will not disappear, it is just temporarily inaccessible. Keep your Camino dreams on hold until such times as it is safe to travel. Read more
A guidebook in English to this road less travelled is now available from mapiberia.com
The Camino Invierno or Winter Road takes the pilgrim to Santiago from Ponferrada and is approx. 260k long.
It is a beautiful, scenic and peaceful alternative path to the busy Sarria-Santiago final leg of the Camino Frances. It is also sometimes known as the Camino Real (alluding to the gold mines along this Roman trade route). It is mainly referred to as the Winter Way because it was more passable in winter time, being further south—hence also known as the Camino de Sur. Monforte de Lemas is at the 110k mark and boasts a parador! There is less infrastructure along this route making some knowledge of the Spanish language beneficial. This Camino is highly recommended!