Winter road is an alternative way to enter Galician lands. The pilgrims, especially in winter time, avoiding the hard ascent by the snowy peaks of O Cebreiro, opted for a route already discovered the Romans, following low dimensions of the basin of the river Sil. From Ponferrada (León), passed by the Ribeira Sacra and Orense lands of the Deza where joined to the Southeast route to Santiago.
ROUTE / CULTURE
Winter Road roots go back to a Roman road linking the Roman gold mining of Las Médulas, with the Via XVIII of the Antonine itinerary. Was it rich basin gold of the Sil, for the South Lugo, and the tunnel Roman of Montefurado. Is continued towards the plain of Lemos and Chantada saving the runway of the rivers Lor, fits and Mino by bridges Roman, as the preserved in Barxa of Lor. In any case, it usual was cross in boats.
The route amounted from Chantada towards the saw of or lighthouse, in whose Hermitage is could invoke them favors of our Lady to get to Santiago, after cross them lands of the Deza, joining is in Lalín (to Laxe) to the road of the Southeast.
It presence of them Templar in the Castle berciano of Cornatel, and them sanjuanistas, in Novaes, Quiroga, whose parcels is placed in the way of pilgrimage, gives faith of the importance of this road in the middle ages. To its fixing contributed them monasteries that the mark, especially, in the incomparable Ribeira Sacra, that lent its support hospital. Also was essential the villa of Monforte de Lemos, in the legendary castro homage.
Monforte developed a very important heritage historical art linked to the lineage of the Castro, counts of Lemos. In the enclosure walled of San Vicente do Pino, besides the monastery, is located the Palace condal, and the Tower of tribute, where is located a parador national of tourism from 2000. Not less great is the College of the cardinal-the Escorial gallego-, where is saved paintings of it carving of the Greco, and the convent of the Poor Clares, with one of them more important museums sacred of Spain.
A ROAD WITHOUT FOOTPRINT
The road of winter does not leave indifferent. Crosses by exceptional landscapes natural and artistic. In its beginning the peregrine is will find with the unmatched spot of them Médulas, heritage of the humanity (1997), whose reddish pinnacles, protruding between them chestnut, are the remember of it greater exploitation gold Roman to sky open of Spain.
Not less shocking is the entry in Galicia, following the the river Sil, leaving to the right the saw of to Enciña da Lastra, place of importance community (LIC) since 2000.
Arrived to the Ribeira Sacra, route Cultural European from the 2004, the Peregrine should venture is by the canyons of the Sil. From its impressive viewpoints is observed the terraces of vineyards that hang on the slopes of the river offering a landscape of spectacular beauty. Finally, a magical journey between Romanesque temples that melt between the lush green of the landscape of this sacred land.
Already in the mythical sierra of or lighthouse, is impossible not amaze is before a panoramic that covers to the four provinces Galician. From the Summit, to the foot of the Hermitage, will look that is more near Santiago, playing the same ceiling of the sky.
PREPARING YOUR TRIP
He Peregrine that seeks tranquility will find in the road of winter a faithful companion that, among others environments, it will guide beside silent rivers that open road between the mountains. The knowledge of this route still is scarce, by what not has with the influx of other routes historical to Santiago.
Although lacks for now of a wide network hospital-already offers, in all case, hostels municipal in Vilamartín, Xagoaza (or boat) and Quiroga-, the accommodation is resolves without difficulty with its wide network of houses of tourism rural and hotels, that is complete with the Parador of tourism of Monforte.
There are some sections of certain difficulty that the Walker should know, as are the down and rise by them elbows of Belesar or the ascent and descent of the mount or lighthouse. Are difficulties that are overcome with the beauty of the landscape that it surrounds. Also will have with refreshing areas River where power rest, as are them piers of or boat, Vilamartín to Rúa, Quiroga, San Clodio, Barxa of Lor, to Pobra de Brollón, Monforte of Lemos, Belesar and Chantada.
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