HISTORY OF THE WINTER ROAD

The Camino de Invierno is a pilgrimage route to Santiago, where many pilgrims chose to enter Galicia during the winter season in order to avoid the difficult passage of the snowy peaks of O Cebreiro.
This variant of the Camino de Santiago leaves Ponferrada, from where it separates from the French Way, and arrives at A Laxe (Lalín), where it joins the Sanabrés Way.
Its length is 262 km and has the peculiarity of passing through the four Galician provinces.
It enters Galicia by the region of Valdeorras following the natural channel of the River Sil. This form of access to Galicia was chosen by different towns throughout history to make their incursions in Galician lands; From the Romans to the French Napoleonic troops.
This route presents several places that make it especially attractive:
► Crosses the Archaeological Park of Las Médulas, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997.
► Pass through the Ribeira Sacra, with its slopes filled with vineyards and Romanesque churches.
► It crosses the valley of the Sil river as it passes through Valdeorras, between vineyards and Roman bridges.
Most of the route runs along dirt roads and secondary roads with hardly any traffic, linking the abundant and very scattered Galician villages.

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