Stage 6: Monforte de Lemos-Chantada

Stage 6 of the Winter Way, from Monforte de Lemos to Chantada, covers approximately 25 kilometers and takes pilgrims through a picturesque journey in the Galician region. This section stands out for its rural roads, crossing green landscapes and small settlements, giving walkers a unique experience of inland Galicia.

Stage 6 Winter Way

In the past, Monforte was a bridging point and intersection between ways, such Monforte and Castro Caldelas, through the Roman road “Via Nova”; Monforte and Sober, Pantón and Belesar; and even between Monforte and Lugo. The Roman roads were still used in the Middle Ages and later for pilgrims and all sorts of people.

This stage doesn’t encounter serious difficulties, despite the incline to reach the peak of Líncora (Alto de Líncora) from Belesar. Anyway, the vineyards, that hung on the riverbank, will conform an amazing landscape.

The Ribeira Sacra is famous for its high quality wines. The grape “Mencía” is one of the best red ones you will ever try. Its sweet fruity flavor is very characteristic.

Mencía - Ribeira Sacra

An enormous reservoir, known as “Os Peares” is located on this area. Both the old Roman bridge and the old Church were flooded after the construction of this reservoir. Furthermore, there are several “petos de ánimas” (religious sculptures to honor the wandering souls), along the route. They used to be placed on the entrance and the outskirts of the villages. Although you won’t find remarkable ancient monuments in Chantada, the arcades on the streets at the Old Quarter are an exceptional sample of the typical architecture of this area.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Monforte de Lemos: Starting point with its imposing National Parador and the Monastery of San Vicente, offering pilgrims a historical atmosphere before embarking on the journey.
  • Escairón: An intermediate town that provides a pleasant break, with its quiet streets and the possibility of exploring the local architecture.
  • Chantada: Final city of the stage, known for its rich wine tradition and the charm of its old town, where walkers can enjoy local hospitality.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Monastery of San Vicente in Monforte de Lemos: A historical monument that stands out for its Romanesque architecture, inviting pilgrims to explore its details before starting the day.
  • Church of San Miguel in Escairón: A place of interest with its religious architecture, where walkers can enjoy a short break and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.
  • Church of Santa María in Chantada: Emblematic monument that marks the arrival to the city, giving pilgrims an impressive view and a connection with local history.

This stage offers pilgrims a mix of nature, history and culture, from the start in Monforte de Lemos to the arrival in the charming Chantada, thus creating an enriching experience on the Winter Way.

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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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