Stage 11: Ponte Ulla-Santiago de Compostela

Stage 11 of the Winter Way, from Ponte Ulla to Santiago de Compostela, marks the final stretch of the pilgrimage. With approximately 20 kilometers, this route is characterized by the excitement and anticipation of reaching the venerated city of Santiago. Pilgrims will experience a combination of rural trails and urban areas, culminating in the majesty of the Cathedral of Santiago.

Stage 11 Winter Camino

Ponte Ulla is well known by its historic bridge, which dates back in the Middle Ages, but the most reliable place is the Monte Sacro (Sacred Mountain). This was the location where the St. James Disciples found the oxen that carried the Apostle’s remains to the Libredón forest. Moreover, if the day is clear, you may distinguish the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from the top of the Monte Sacro.

Sacred Mountain Winter Way

Before arriving in Santiago, you will cross the last medieval bridge along this pilgrimage route. That’s the bridge over the river Sar from the 13th century, and just then you can contemplate the collegiate church “Colegiata del Sar”, one of the Romanesque jewels in Santiago region.

You are finally reaching Santiago de Compostela! You will enter in Obradoiro Square through the “Puerta de Mazarelos”, where the Cathedral will be waiting for you. Did you know that there were 7 doors in the fortified enclosure of Santiago de Compostela? Well, this is the only that survives! And you may have the opportunity to cross it! Sounds good?

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Ponte Ulla: Starting point that offers pilgrims a last look at its historic Roman bridge and the tranquility of the rural environment before entering the final stage.
  • Teo: Town that is crossed on the way, providing a gradual transition towards the urban presence of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Santiago de Compostela: Final destination and summit of the pilgrimage. The entrance to the city offers walkers a gradual view of the majestic cathedral, creating a unique atmosphere of excitement and achievement.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral: The most significant monument of the stage and the St. James Way in general. The cathedral, with its imposing façade and the famous Plaza del Obradoiro, represents the highlight of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims can admire the Gothic architecture and enjoy the striking religious symbolism.
  • Historical Monuments in Santiago: As pilgrims approach the center of Santiago, they will find numerous historical monuments, charming squares and cobblestone streets that tell the rich history of the city.

Stage 11 of the Winter Way not only represents the end of the physical journey, but also the beginning of the spiritual experience in the venerated Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This final stretch is imbued with deep meaning and offers pilgrims the opportunity to reflect on their journey before reaching the sacred destination.

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StagesCamino de Invierno | Winter Way

Etapa 1

Ponferrada - Las Médulas

28 km
Etapa 2

Las Médulas-El Barco de Valdeorras

27 km
Etapa 3

El Barco de Valdeorras-A Rúa de Valdeorras

12 km
Etapa 4

A Rúa de Valdeorras-Quiroga

27 km
Etapa 5

Quiroga-Monforte de Lemos

33 km
Etapa 6

Monforte de Lemos-Chantada

30 km
Etapa 7


25 km
Etapa 8


22 km
Etapa 9


16 km
Etapa 10

Silleda - Ponte Ulla

20 km
Etapa 11

Ponte Ulla - Santiago de Compostela

25 km

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