Stage 2: Las Médulas-El Barco de Valdeorras

Stage 2 of the Winter Way, from Las Médulas to O Barco de Valdeorras, offers pilgrims a journey of approximately 30 kilometers through the beautiful countryside and mountains of the region. This section stands out for its serenity and direct connection with nature, providing pilgrims with a calm and reflective experience.

Etapa 2 Las Médulas - O Barco de Valdeorras

The second day you will find several roman bridges. Moreover, you will discover the Via Nova (also known as Via XVIII), a roman itinerary that connected Braga (North of Portugal) and Astorga (León, Spain). This is an ancient path where you may see the Miliarios (the old roman milestones).

Miliario - Via Nova

Moreover, the vineyards are also very important in O Barco de Valdeorras. You may try their wines, made it with Godello grapes, with a sweet and soft taste.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Las Médulas: Starting point, pilgrims can enjoy one last view of this mining landscape before entering the surrounding nature.
  • Villabuena del Puente: An intermediate town, with its rural charm and traditional architecture, offers pilgrims a respite before continuing the journey.
  • O Barco de Valdeorras: Final city of the stage, known for its wine industry and its welcoming atmosphere, it offers pilgrims the opportunity to explore its cultural heritage.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Church of San Esteban in Villabuena del Puente: A small Romanesque church that adds a historical touch to the path, with architectural details that capture the essence of the region.
  • Roman Bridge over the Sil River: Just outside Villabuena del Puente, this historic bridge provides pilgrims with a direct connection to the region’s Roman past.
  • O Barco de Valdeorras Vineyards: As they approach the final city, pilgrims can enjoy the beautiful vineyards surrounding O Barco, which are characteristic of this wine region.

This stage invites pilgrims to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and history of the region, from the landscapes of Las Médulas to charming towns such as Villabuena del Puente, culminating in the welcoming town of O Barco de Valdeorras.

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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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