The Camino de Invierno The Pilgrim's Guide The 7 gems

On the Camino de Invierno, I discovered a path less trodden, yet rich with hidden treasures that beckon the curious and the adventurous. This journey, woven through the tapestry of Spain’s rugged beauty and deep history, reveals its secrets to those who walk its path with open eyes and a light heart. Let’s meander through the “7 Gems of the Camino de Invierno,” each a delightful surprise, unveiling stories and sights that enrich the soul and tickle the fancy.

ponferrada fort


Here, the past stands tall and proud. The Templar Castle in Ponferrada is a grand sentinel, guarding the memories of knights and bygone eras. Its towering presence and mysterious corridors invited me into a world where history felt alive, whispering tales of heroism and intrigue.

Las Meduals

Las Medulas

– Amidst the striking saffron landscapes of Las Médulas, one steps into a scene that defies time. Sculpted by the hands of ancient Romans, these formations are a vivid reminder of nature’s malleability under human will. Wandering here, I felt as though I was walking through an art gallery curated by history itself.

SIl river Canyon

Sil River canyons

Walking along the Sil River, flanked by imposing canyons, was a moment of tranquility and awe. These natural giants stand as timeless guardians of the river, their towering presence a humbling reminder of nature’s grandeur and the enduring beauty of the Spanish landscape.

Monforte de Lemos

Monforte de Lemos

The historical heartbeat of Monforte de Lemos echoes through its ancient streets and grandiose castle. Exploring this city is akin to time travel, with each corner revealing a new chapter from a bygone era, rich in stories and steeped in the aura of the past.



Crossing the bridge at Belesar, with the serene river below, I was struck by the harmony of nature and human design. The valley, with its sprawling vineyards, painted a picture so perfect, it seemed to leap out of a storybook, inviting passersby to pause and soak in its beauty.



In Chantada, the cobblestone streets and colonnaded squares of the old town fill the town with a quaint charm and warm-hearted locals, wraps visitors in a blanket of welcoming smiles, offering a glimpse into a lifestyle steeped in tradition and community. On the way out, is a whole street painted with murals of a Galician storyteller.

Monte Faro

Ermida at Monte Faro

The solitary Ermida at Monte Faro, perched high with panoramic views, offered a haven of peace. From this vantage point, the world unfolded in a tapestry of rolling hills and distant horizons, a reminder of the vastness of our journey and the intimate encounters it gifts us. Monte Faro is the highest point on the Invierno. Do not miss it, as strictly speaking it is 500m off the marked route.

The Camino Invierno books

A New Book is here

And you will find out more about these gems in that book, as well as more of our personal encounters.


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