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Stage 1: Ponferrada-Las Médulas

Stage 1 of the Winter Way, from Ponferrada to Las Médulas, is presented as an exciting start to this winter variant. With a distance of approximately 25 kilometers, pilgrims immerse themselves in a mountainous and forested landscape, standing out for its tranquility and connection with the historical and natural wealth of the region.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Ponferrada: Starting point, this historic city offers pilgrims the opportunity to explore the Castle of the Templars and the Basílica de la Encina before setting out on the journey.
  • Compostilla: Intermediate town, known for its traditional architecture and cobblestone streets, providing pilgrims with a glimpse of rural life.
  • Las Médulas: Final city of the stage, famous for its cultural landscape, Las Médulas is an ancient Roman mining site declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, notable for its unique rock formations.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Templar Castle in Ponferrada: An impressive medieval fortress that dominates the city, offering pilgrims a glimpse into the history of the Templar Order in the region.
  • Church of Santiago in Columbrianos: On the outskirts of Ponferrada, this Romanesque church is a place of interest with notable architectural details.
  • Las Médulas: The landscape of Las Médulas, an ancient Roman gold mining operation, stands out for its reddish rock formations, creating a unique and fascinating environment.

This initial stage of the Winter Way offers pilgrims a captivating mix of history, nature and unique landscapes, from the imposing fortress of Ponferrada to the extraordinary rock formations of Las Médulas.

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Peregrino en un campo con flores

StagesCamino de Invierno | Winter Way

Etapa 1

Ponferrada - Las Médulas

28 km
3/5
7h15m
Etapa 2

Las Médulas-El Barco de Valdeorras

27 km
3/5
6h45m
Etapa 3

El Barco de Valdeorras-A Rúa de Valdeorras

12 km
1/5
3h
Etapa 4

A Rúa de Valdeorras-Quiroga

27 km
3/5
7h
Etapa 5

Quiroga-Monforte de Lemos

33 km
4/5
7h20m
Etapa 6

Monforte de Lemos-Chantada

30 km
5/5
7h30m
Etapa 7

Chantada-Rodeiro

25 km
3/5
6h45m
Etapa 8

Rodeiro-Lalín

22 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 9

Lalín-Silleda

16 km
1/5
4h
Etapa 10

Silleda - Ponte Ulla

20 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 11

Ponte Ulla - Santiago de Compostela

25 km
2/5
6h

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