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    The Winter Way at your own speed

    Traditionally, the Winter Way was the route chosen by medieval pilgrims during the coldest months (as its name suggests). It emerged as an alternative to the French Way, although today it is a route that involves certain difficulties, and is recommended in periods of the year with milder temperatures.

    We recommend this route to experienced pilgrims, since the terrain is rough at certain points, the stages are long, and the services along the way are rather scarce. But without effort there is no reward, and the truth is that it is one of the most spectacular options when it comes to landscapes.

    In addition, there is the possibility of dividing some of its longest stages into two, in this way it will be possible to enjoy a more bearable path.

    If you are not ready to face walking days of more than 30 kilometres, the adapted version of the Winter Way is the perfect choice for you. Walking among vineyards, canyons, and the wildest nature of Galicia region, are more than enough reason to choose this special itinerary.
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    • 14 nights of accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • 24-hour telephone assistance
    • Pilgrim Passport
    • Walking notes
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    Itinerary

    Day 1:

    Arrival in Ponferrada, starting point of the Winter Way.

    Day 2: Ponferrada – Las Médulas (27 km)

    The Winter Way begins in Ponferrada, which is also an emblematic stop on the French Way. The stage will take us through the region of Las Médulas.

    Day 3: Las Médulas – O Barco de Valdeorras (27 km)

    We will cross an old path of Roman origin on our stage to O Barco de Valdeorras. The region is well known for its wines.

    Day 4: O Barco de Valdeorras – A Rua de Valdeorras (14 km) 

    The stage from O Barco to A Rúa de Valdeorras is shorter than the previous ones. You can enjoy the landscapes and visit some of its chapels along the way.

    Day 5: A Rua de Valdeorras – Quiroga (26 km) 

    The stage offers spectacular views of the Sil River and its well-known canyons. This area, known as the Ribeira Sacra, is well known for its wine and terraced vineyards.

    Day 6: Quiroga – Barxa de Lor (14 km)

    Originally this stage would be the longest, reaching from Quiroga to Monforte de Lemos (almost 34 km!). But it is possible to divide it into two, spending the night in Barxa de Lor, or in Pobra de Brollón.

    Day 7: Barxa de Lor - Monforte de Lemos (19 km)

    With the division of the great stage Quiroga – Monforte de Lemos in two, this walking day is easier. The path passes through the heart of the Ribeira Sacra region.

    Day 8: Monforte de Lemos - Vilariño (14 km)

    Let’s divide the second great stage of the Winter Way in two, which originally goes from Monforte de Lemos to Chantada (about 30 km). Pilgrims who complete this stage will enjoy the views of the River Miño and its terraces.

    Day 9: Vilariño - Chantada (15 km)

    Peaceful day, still in the land of the Ribeira Sacra, only 15 km.

    Day 10: Chantada - Rodeiro (26 km) 

    Chantada is a stop with a great medieval heritage that is worth a visit. The most difficult part of the day? The ascent to Monte Faro.

    Day 11: Rodeiro - Lalín (22 km) 

    This is the last stage of the Winter Way itself, since from Lalín the route joins the Vía de la Plata.

    Day 12: Lalín - Silleda (15 km) 

    Starting from Lalín, you may see more pilgrims on the route than in the previous days (those who arrive from the Vía de la Plata). The stage from Lalín to Silleda runs through rural areas, quiet roads and small forests.

    Day 13: Silleda - Ponte Ulla (20 km) 

    The path continues through small rural areas and quiet roads.

    Day 14: Ponte Ulla - Santiago de Compostela (25 km) 

    Last stage of the Winter Way and the Vía de la Plata, from Ponte Ulla to Santiago de Compostela. The path begins with a steep climb towards the Pico Sacro, and continues through small rural areas until reaching the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

    What to do once in Santiago? You can attend the Pilgrim’s Mass in the Cathedral, visit the Pilgrim’s Office to request your Compostela, or even continue your adventure to Finisterre, the End of the World.

    Day 15

    Check out Santiago de Compostela

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    How to get there

    Let’s see the different options that we have to reach the starting a finishing points of the Winter Way.

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    PONFERRADA

    1.-León
    •Car: They are 113.3 km and about 1h 8 minutes long.
    •Bus: We will take an ALSA to Ponferrada, with a duration of 1 hour 55 minutes and a cost of between €6.40-9.40.
    •Train: From the León train station we will take the train to Ponferrada. The duration of the journey will be approximately 1h 30 minutes and cost between €10-20.

    2.-Asturias Airport
    •Car: 228 km by car, approximately 2 hours and a half. From Oviedo they are about 180 km and 2h 5 minutes long.
    •Bus: First we will take an ALSA bus from the airport to Oviedo. With a duration of 45 minutes and a cost of €9.00.
    From Oviedo we will take another ALSA to Ponferrada, with a cost of €17.88 and a duration of 3 hours and 15 minutes.
    •Train/Bus: In this option, we would take an ALSA bus from the airport to Oviedo. With a duration of 45 minutes and a cost of €9.00.
    Then we will go by ALSA from Oviedo to León. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, with a cost of €9.11.
    Afterwards we will walk about half a kilometer to the station from where we will take the train to Ponferrada. The duration of the journey will be approximately 1h 30 minutes and cost between €10-20.

    3.-Oviedo
    •Car: From Oviedo it is about 180 km and takes 2h 5 minutes.
    •Bus: From Oviedo we will take an ALSA to Ponferrada, with a cost of €17.88 and a duration of 3 hours and 15 minutes.
    •Train: We will go by ALSA from Oviedo to León. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, with a cost of €9.11.
    Afterwards we will walk about half a kilometer to the station from where we will take the train to Ponferrada. The duration of the journey will be approximately 1h 30 minutes and cost between €10-20.

    4.-Santiago Airport
    •Car: A journey of approximately 200 km and 2h 15 minutes.
    •Bus: From Santiago we must take the bus to Lugo. There is a bus that covers this route every 2 hours, with a cost of €9.75 and a duration of 2 hours. For more information freire company.
    Then we will take an ALSA from Lugo to Ponferrada, with a cost of 1h 20 minutes and approximately €9.52.
    •Train: To take the train, you must first take either a taxi (with a duration of 15 minutes and a price that can range between €24 and €34) that will take you to the train station, or a bus that will take you to the same. As for the bus, the route usually lasts approximately 23 minutes, with a price of €3 and a bus frequency every 20 minutes (for more information, www.empresafreire.com)
    Once at the train station we have 2 options:
    – Train Santiago – Ponferrada: We will therefore take a train from Santiago to Ponferrada with a duration of between 3 and 5 hours. In addition to a cost of between €20-30.
    – Train Santiago – Ponferrada via Ourense: We will first take a train to Ourense, with a duration of between 40-45 minutes and a cost of between €10-20.
    From Ourense, we will take the train that will take us to our destination, Ponferrada, with a duration of approximately 2 hours and a half and a cost between €14-20.

    5.-A Coruña Airport
    •Car: They are just over 200 km and almost 2 hours long.
    •Bus: First we must take a bus that brings us closer to the bus station. A bus passes every 30 minutes that will take us to Avenida Alfonso Molina, with an estimated time of 13 minutes and a cost of between €1-2. For more information www.autoscalpita.com.
    From here, we will take an ALSA to Ponferrada, with an estimated duration of 2h 20 minutes and a cost of €17.18.
    •Train: First we will take a bus that will take us to the train station in Alfonso Molina, in the terms described in previous sections.
    From here we have 2 options:
    – Train A Coruña – Ponferrada: We will take a train from A Coruña to Ponferrada, which will take us between 3 hours and a half and 5. At a cost of €20-30.
    – Train A Coruña – Ponferrada via Ourense: In this option we will first take a train to Ourense. With a duration of approximately 1h 10 minutes and a cost of €20-26.
    From Ourense, we will take the train that will take us to our destination, Ponferrada, with a duration of approximately 2 hours and a half and a cost between €14-20.

    6.-Vigo Airport
    •Car: By car it is 248 km and 3h 10 minutes.
    •Bus: First we must take the urban bus L9A at the airport and make the stop at Avda. Aeropuerto 565 – Carballal. This section lasts about 4 minutes and usually runs every 30 minutes.
    Then, from Avda. Aeropuerto 565 we must walk to Avda. Aeropuerto 656 and take the L25 bus to Rúa Pateira – Block 9. There is a bus every hour and it has an estimated duration of 21 minutes. For more information www.vitrasa.es.
    Then we will walk 1.1 km for 12 minutes to Avenida de Madrid, 57.
    Then, we will take an ALSA to Ponferrada, with a duration of 3h 15 minutes and a cost of €25.18.
    •Train: If we choose to go by train, we must first take the L9A bus line, which takes us to Tva de Vigo 7, with an estimated duration of 24 minutes and a frequency of one bus every 30 minutes. For more information, www.vitrasa.es.
    Then, after walking 13 minutes (approximately 1 km), we arrive at Vigo-Guixar, from where we will take the train to Ponferrada, which lasts approximately 4 hours and costs between €24-27.

    7.-Madrid Airport •Car: It is 402.4 km and 3h 52 minutes of travel. •Bus: We will take an ALSA from Barajas airport to Ponferrada, with a cost of approximately €30.60 and an estimated duration of 5 hours 45 minutes. •Train: First we will have to take the Madrid suburban train (RENFE), which takes us to Chamartín. This journey takes approximately 16 minutes, the estimated price ranges between €1.50 and €3. A train passes every 30 minutes. From Madrid-Chamartín, we will take a train to León, with an estimated duration of 2h 20 minutes and a cost of between €20-49. From León, we will take a train to Ponferrada. The duration of the journey will be approximately 1h 30 minutes and cost between €10-20.

    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

    1.-Santiago de Compostela Airport
    •Car or taxi: Choosing this option, the journey has an estimated duration of 13 minutes (15.6 km).
    •Bus: The route from Lavacolla to the center of Santiago has an estimated duration of 19 minutes. Multiple operators cover this route, such as the freire company (www.empresafreire.com), with a cost of €3.00 and a frequency of one bus every 30 minutes. Also other companies as above (arriba.gal).

    2.-Vigo Airport
    The options to go from Vigo airport to Santiago de Compostela are the following:
    •Car or taxi: The journey by car or taxi has an estimated duration of 59 minutes (92.4 km).
    •Bus: To go to Santiago de Compostela, we must first take the urban bus L9A at the airport and stop at Avda. Aeropuerto 565 – Carballal. This section lasts about 4 minutes and usually runs every 30 minutes.
    Next, you must take line L25 or L28 from Avda. Aeropuerto 565 to Jenaro de la Fuente 11. This section has an estimated duration of 24 minutes, and a bus passes every hour. For more information www.vitrasa.es.
    Jenaro de la Fuente 11, is near the Travesía de Vigo, which is where we are going to take the next bus that will take us to Santiago de Compostela. The estimated duration is 1h 27 minutes, with an estimated price of €6.80. There is a bus to Santiago every 30 minutes. For more information, www.monbus.es.
    •Train: If we choose to go by train, we must first take the L9A bus line, which takes us to Urzaiz – Muro Estación, with an estimated duration of 26 minutes and a frequency of one bus every 30 minutes. For more information, www.vitrasa.es.
    Then from Vigo Urzaiz (train station), we will take the train to Santiago de Compostela. There is a train frequency of 1 hour, with an estimated cost of €11.50 and an approximate duration of 50 minutes. The Santiago train station is in a relatively central area of ​​the city. For more information www.renfe.com.

    3.-A Coruña Airport
    Next, we detail the following options that we have when going from A Coruña airport to Santiago de Compostela:
    •Car or taxi: The estimated time for this option is 44 minutes (68.8 km).
    •Bus: Regarding the bus, we have 2 options:
    – Bus from A Coruña airport to Santiago de Compostela: First we must take the bus that takes us from the airport to Portazgo. The journey has an estimated duration of 8 minutes, with a bus frequency of 1 every half hour and an approximate cost between €0.8 – €1.50. For more information tmg.xunta.gal.
    Once in Portazgo we will take the bus that goes to Santiago de Compostela, which has an estimated duration of 1 hour and 12 minutes, with a frequency of one bus every hour. As for the cost, it will be approximately €4.50. For more information monbus.es.
    – Bus A Coruña – Santiago via Alfonso Molina: First we must take a bus that takes us to the bus station. A bus passes every 30 minutes that will take us to Avenida Alfonso Molina, with an estimated time of 13 minutes and a cost of between €1-2. For more information www.autoscalpita.com.
    Once there we will take the bus that goes to Santiago de Compostela, which has an estimated duration of 1 hour and 3 minutes, with a frequency of one bus every hour. As for the cost, it will be approximately €5.05. For more information monbus.es.
    •Train: First we must take a bus that brings us closer to the bus station. A bus passes every 30 minutes that will take us to Avenida Alfonso Molina, with an estimated time of 13 minutes and a cost of between €1-2. For more information www.autoscalpita.com.
    Then, once we arrive at the station, we will take the train that will take us to Santiago de Compostela. There is usually a train frequency of one every half hour. The estimated journey time is between 28 and 37 minutes, with a cost of €7.60. For more information www.renfe.com.

    4.-Porto Airport
    •Car or taxi: The trip with this option has an estimated duration of 2h 21 minutes (230.4 km).
    •Bus: The estimated time for this journey is 3 hours 40/50 minutes. There are several companies that operate on this line such as ALSA (with an estimated cost of €21-35) and Rede Expressos (with an estimated cost of €16-21), both with a frequency of one bus per day.

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