Stage 5: Quiroga-Monforte de Lemos

Stage 5 of the Winter Way, from Quiroga to Monforte de Lemos, covers around 30 kilometers and offers pilgrims a day of walking through varied Galician landscapes. The path winds through hills and forests, providing an enriching experience of nature and local culture. This stage stands out for its beautiful views and the connection with the history of the region.

Etapa 5 Camino Santiago Invierno

This is probably one of the most difficult stages in the Winter Way. In particular, the section from Nocedo to Carballo de Lor is a long and pronounced ascent. So, be ready and take it easy! Moreover, in this section you won’t see any village or people. It’s the best time to enjoy a moment of peace and the self-awareness.

Although the lack of people and villages is common within this area, you will quickly find a little village with a fountain. After crossing the roman bridge over the river Lor (14th -15th Century), used by pilgrims and residents for centuries, you will arrive in Castroncelos. Here, there is a church dedicated to the apostle Santiago El Mayor (St. James the Great).

Finally, you will reach the town of Puebla de Brollón, where you can have some food and drinks, before the short pronounced ascent you will have ahead. After reaching the place “Alto da Serra” (a high point in the mountain), you will start to descent towards Monforte de Lemos.

Monforte has a significant cultural heritage. Among some of the features that you will find, there is the Benedictine monastery, which gave origin to the town. Nowadays, the building hosts the Parador Nacional hotel. Besides that, you may also find several elements of the religious heritage, like the Convent of Santa Clara that houses an important religious art collection. Valuable goldsmithing pieces, sacral jewels, altarpieces, sculptures, paintings and even religious clothing.

On top of that, the old quarter is well worth visiting. Don’t forget to visit the Ribeira Sacra interpretation centre, placed in the old Sancti-Spirit hospital. In middle of the 18th century, it used to be a hostel for pilgrims.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Quiroga: Starting point with its rural charm and cozy atmosphere, where pilgrims can enjoy the local architecture before embarking on the walk.
  • Vilafranca do Bierzo: Intermediate town, known for its cobbled streets and the church of San Francisco, which offers pilgrims a place to rest and explore.
  • Monforte de Lemos: Final city of the stage, with its imposing National Parador and the Monastery of San Vicente, provides walkers with a unique historical and cultural environment.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Church of Santiago in Quiroga: It stands out for its Romanesque architecture, inviting pilgrims to explore its details before starting the journey.
  • Church of San Francisco in Vilafranca do Bierzo: Historical monument with an impressive Gothic façade, providing walkers with a cultural break on their journey.
  • Parador Nacional and Monastery of San Vicente in Monforte de Lemos: Two outstanding points of interest, where pilgrims can immerse themselves in the rich history of the region.

This stage offers pilgrims a unique mix of natural landscapes and historical heritage, from the departure in Quiroga to the arrival at the monumental Monforte de Lemos, creating an unforgettable experience on the Winter Way.

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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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