Camino de Invierno – A camino for all Seasons.


Camino de Invierno iphone app guide

Camino de Invierno iphone app guide

The Camino de Invierno is the newest oldest road to Santiago de Compostela.  The route has been in use since Roman times and many of their original pathways still exist.  By pilgrimage standards however it is still struggling to receive official status by the Archdiocese of Santiago; though it is important to note that pilgrims choosing this option have had no difficulty in obtaining their Compostela certificate.

Its name is derived from, say historians, from its function as a wintertime alternative to climbing the pass over O’Cebreiro.  It follows the Rio Sil and enjoys the warm microclimate that is created by these warm waters.

Starting in Ponferrada, the trail turns south before reaching the Templar Castle there and continues for some 275km to Santiago de Compostela.  For the last 65km or so it is joined by the Camino Sanabres (or the Via de la Plata) from the South.

It is important to note that this route, by modern standards at least, is still in its infancy.  Pilgrim centric accommodation is nearly non-existent and one is left to find a pillow in whatever accommodation presents itself.  These are growing in number year by year, but ironically enough there is an insufficient amount that remain open in the Winter months, making the Winter Route more suitable to Summer walking.

If you are the kind to choose the path less taken, or have tired of the growing number of pilgrims along the Camino Francés, do yourself the favor of taking this detour.  It is not unlikely that you will be the only pilgrim on the trail until you reach Lalín.

“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.”

― John Muir

Camino de Invierno iphone app guide

Complete & Searchable Accommodation (albergues and others) Directory

Albergues and Alternatives 

  • Opening and closing times
  • Season open
  • Number / Type / Price for bed
  • Meals
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Relaxing Facilities


  • a map view – data connection required
  • read comments / leave comments for other pilgrims

plus contact info

  • phone
  • email
  • website
  • and now with a facebook link too

Camino de Invierno iphone app guide

Heaps of Points of Interest

  • Churches
  • Capillas
  • Pleasant detours from the camino
  • A few restaurants (places where everyone eats, or places where only those in the know eat).
  • Bridges
  • Monuments
  • and so on and so forth

Camino de Invierno iphone app guide

Everything On a Map*

if it is in the app, it is on the map

standard and satellite views

map includes camino route

*data connection needed

Includes one long continuously scrolling Elevation Profile

indicating distances between cities with food and accommodation

icon_21729Up to Date

The camino de invierno is always changing, growing, maturing.
Driven by the frequently updated data behind,
the apps are always current.getitnow