This guide is the product of a collaboration of pilgrims. It is based loosely on the 2010 CSJ guide authored by Rebekah Scott and myself, and the last half-decade has been maintained by Laurie Reynolds based on her own experiences as well as the experiences of several pilgrims who have shared their knowledge in the Camino de Santiago Forums.

It is the first in a series of guidebook/apps to the tertiary routes to Santiago, crowd written and community-sourced.

5.60km → Toral de Merayo
To end of camino: 
266.30
Seehöhe: 
539

Accommodation in Ponferrada and the Start of the Camino de Invierno

Private

1

Albergue Alea
Private
Teleno, 33

18
11€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Alea

2

Albergue Guiana
Private
Castillo, 112

90
15€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Guiana
Parochial

3

Albergue de peregrinos San Nicolás de Flüe
Parochial
Loma

175
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de peregrinos San Nicolás de Flüe
Hostal

4

Hostal San Miguel
Hostal
Juan de Lama, 14

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal San Miguel

5

Hostal Nirvana ⭑⭑
Hostal
Lago de Carucedo, 12

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Nirvana ⭑⭑

6

Hostal Río Selmo ⭑⭑
Hostal
Río Selmo, 22

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Río Selmo ⭑⭑
Hotel

7

Hotel Los Templarios ⭑⭑
Hotel
Flórez Osorio, 3

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Los Templarios ⭑⭑

8

Hotel Aroi Ponferrada ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Marcelo Macías, 4

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Aroi Ponferrada ⭑⭑⭑⭑

9

Hotel El Castillo ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
El Castillo, 115

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel El Castillo ⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Ponferrada and the Start of the Camino de Invierno on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Ponferrada and the Start of the Camino de Invierno on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Ponferrada and the Start of the Camino de Invierno on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
260.70
Seehöhe: 
494

Pharmacy, nice stone bridge, and a friendly Café Bar Nogal, located in the plaza. Bar opens around 9 and is reported to have weak wifi. There is also a post office, a shop just before bridge, and a bakery. Bar El Puente is just before the river. These bars, and many others on the Invierno, have irregular opening hours, particularly on the weekends.

Wegbeschreibung: 

When leaving Toral de Merayo, pass the church. The asphalt road turns to dirt fairly quickly. The camino then branches off to the right. Soon you will arrive at Villalibre de la Jurisdicción.

Accommodation in Toral de Merayo

Casa Rural

1

Miralmonte
Casa Rural
Calle Merayo, 43

2

Las Tres Negrillas
Casa Rural
La barrera de Arriba, 24

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Las Tres Negrillas
Photo of Toral de Merayo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
257.70
Seehöhe: 
485

Fountain. Bar La Estrella is along the highway, but the Camino passes through the middle of town and does not pass that bar. Bar Ruta 98 is a short walk from the center of town on the way to the main road.

Photo of Villalibre de la Jurisdicción on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
256.00

Soon after entering town, the Camino takes you off the highway and to the right.

Fountain, Farmacia, Bar Taberna El Sitio de mi Recreo is very close to the camino. It has a nice patio and recommended as “cozy” but does not open till late.

Wegbeschreibung: 

Leaving town, the path rejoins the highway before the Mirador de Santallo, a well-known scenic overlook. The views over the Bierzo valley and the craggy cliffs across the river, known as Las Barrancas de Santalla, make for a nice place to rest for a while.

Accommodation in Priaranza del Bierzo

Polideportivo

1

Polideportivo de Priaranza
Polideportivo
Photo of Priaranza del Bierzo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
254.50

A scenic overlook at the entrance to Santalla which offers excellent views of the Bierzo valley and the mountains beyond.

Photo of Mirador de Santallo on the Camino de Santiago
3.80km → Villavieja
To end of camino: 
254.10
Seehöhe: 
538

Right after the mirador, you leave the highway and go through on a village street. There is also a grocery store in town center.

Hinweis: 

There are two sets of arrows when leaving town, and a mojon which keeps you on the camino towards Villavieja. Do not follow the arrows to Las Barrancas.

Wegbeschreibung: 

The Calle Chaos takes you out of town, and it turns to a dirt path.

A couple of kms out of town, after walking through ag fields and orchards, a mojón takes you to the left, across the national highway and an ascent begins. There is a sign for the Villavieja Albergue....

Accommodation in Santalla del Bierzo

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Las Barrancas
Casa Rural
Real, 6
Photo of Santalla del Bierzo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
250.30
Seehöhe: 
764

Spring-fed fountain, Church of Santiago. This pretty little hamlet was once home to the serfs who worked for the inhabitants of the castle up above. Other than the albergue, there are no services of any kind, so if you plan to stay here, you must carry your food and provisions with you.

Villavieja is the one place where pilgrims repeatedly reported having been scared by a very large mastiff, loose and barking loudly. For years, the owner had refused to do anything. It seems that the dog is now confined (but not chained) in a large yard. The dog situation in Villavieja...

Wegbeschreibung: 

Halfway through Villavieja, there’s a paved road to the right. If you take that road, you will bypass the castle. On the left is a large, very nicely renovated old house, and the Camino to the castle goes by the left side of that house. It is a light gravel path through chestnut trees...

Accommodation in Villavieja

Municipal

1

Albergue municipal de Villavieja "Manuel Fuentes"
Municipal
Antigua Escuelas

16
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue municipal de Villavieja "Manuel Fuentes"
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Cornatel
Casa Rural
Corrales
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Cornatel
Photo of Villavieja on the Camino de Santiago
3.70km → Borrenes
To end of camino: 
249.10

Visiting hours have been reduced and change frequently. It is a good idea to call ahead to get current hours. You can call the town hall of Priaranza del Bierzo at 987 420 806 or call 606 898 140.

The scholarly debate on the castle is ongoing, but here is one respected version of its history. It seems that the castle may have been the site of the Roman Castelo de Ulver, built to defend the gold operations at Las Médulas. Later 9th century traces have also been identified. It is likely that the castle was rebuilt in the 13th century by the Knights Templar after Alfonso IX of...

Wegbeschreibung: 

Once you have finished your visit, continue along the downhill road. Turn right (following the arrows) at the first intersection and a left at the one that follows. From here you will arrive shortly in Borrenes.

Photo of Castillo de Cornatel on the Camino de Santiago
2.60km → Carucedo
To end of camino: 
245.40
Seehöhe: 
557

Quiet village with a fountain in main square. It has a pharmacy and small shop of the typical “lights off but we carry everything” variety. The shop is closed on Sunday. Bar Casa Marisol does full meals and has a wifi signal. This establishment doesn’t open till 12:30.

Polideportivo may or may not be available for pilgrims. Information would be appreciated. Possible phone number is 987 460 181.

The church of San Vicente in Borrenes has a wooden virgin from the 12th century. An abbot from Villafranca visited the church in 1701 and left...

Wegbeschreibung: 

Continue out of town, and resist the temptation to take a small, manicured fitness trail on the left. Just stay on the road and walk around the bend. A dirt track will appear up and to your left; a short climb later the trail will descend again. The first road you see takes you to Carucedo...

Accommodation in Borrenes

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Cornatel Médulas ⭑⭑⭑
Casa Rural
Plaza Ayuntamiento, 3

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Photo in Casa Rural Cornatel Médulas on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Borrenes on the Camino de Santiago

This off-road route takes you straight to the iconic Orellán lookout (Mirador de Orellán), the spot for the best views of Las Médulas. You will also pass the galleries (open for visits), the ancient tunnels that pushed the water through narrowing spaces at increasing speeds so it would blow up the hills and disgorge the gold. From the mirador, you can either go down to the village of Las Médulas, or bypass the village entirely by carrying on to Puente Domingo Flórez. The alternative is about 11 km with a total of 475 m elevation gain.

The...

4.40km → Las Médulas
To end of camino: 
242.80
Off Camino: 
300.00
Seehöhe: 
557

Located off the camino to the north by about 500m, but included here because it offers accommodation. Carucedo also has several bars/restaurants

Accommodation in Carucedo

Casa Rural

1

Hotel Rural La Peregrina
Casa Rural
Carucedo-Las Médulas, km 0.5

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Rural La Peregrina
To end of camino: 
238.40
Seehöhe: 
736

The Las Médulas cultural area has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was at one time the most important gold mine of the Roman Empire, and a long stretch of the Camino Invierno follows a road built to transport minerals out of the region. Along the river you will still see remains of Roman mines alongside their modern counterparts. Las Médulas, an environmental holocaust two millennia ago, is now a spectacular, spooky assembly of deep-red cliffs and valleys, with wooded parkland and pathways threading in between. Essentially, the bare earth mounds and crags...

Wegbeschreibung: 

Leave Las Médulas on a tractor path on the western edge of town that leads to a beautiful morning walk through wooded hills. There is the possibility of a short detour to the left (perhaps 500 meters) to a ‘mirador’ with good views back over Las Médulas and the Bierzo valley....

Accommodation in Las Médulas

Private

1

Albergue Turístico A Senda
Private
General
Casa Rural

2

Cabañas Rurales Lares
Casa Rural
General, 11

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Cabañas Rurales Lares

3

Casa Socorro
Casa Rural
General
Hotel

4

Hotel Medulio
Hotel

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Medulio

5

Complejo Rural Agoga
Hotel
Carretera Las Cuevas

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Complejo Rural Agoga
Photo of Las Médulas on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Las Médulas on the Camino de Santiago
1.40km → Quereño
To end of camino: 
230.20
Seehöhe: 
370

Pharmacy, supermarkets, bars, ATM, a medical center, and one hostal. Internet is available at the town hall in the old town, set against the old bridge on the río Cabrera and in the Hostal.

Wegbeschreibung: 

In Puente de Domingo Flórez, the Camino markers take you over the bridge on the national Highway N-536. This road is called Avenida de Orense in town. At the intersection with Calle Chao de Marco, turn left. When Chao de Marco curves to the...

Accommodation in Puente de Domingo Flórez

Polideportivo

1

Polideportivo de Puente Domingo Flórez
Polideportivo
Hostal

2

Hostal Restaurante La Torre
Hostal
Chao do Marco
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Restaurante La Torre

3

Hostal La Torre II
Hostal
Chao do Marco

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal La Torre II
Photo of Puente de Domingo Flórez on the Camino de Santiago

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