The Winter Route now has a new information guide published by Turismo de Galicia. The publication, which contains practical information for pilgrims, is part of the Xunta de Galicia’s commitment to this route, which obtained official recognition last year with the passing of the Cultural Heritage Act.
The new guide, published in six languages (Galician, Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian) follows the format of those published for the other pilgrimage routes. It includes content about the world of the pilgrimage to Santiago, its history, rituals and customs, allowing pilgrims to contextualize their experience. It also provides the practical information most often requested by pilgrims: maps, stage profiles and distances, stage details and basic information about the municipalities on the way, with resources and services, places to visit, hostels, information telephone numbers and websites, as well as travel tips. It can also be used as the credencial (pilgrim’s passport) where pilgrims collect stamps in order to obtain the Compostela certifying that they have completed the pilgrimage.
Specifically, the Winter Route goes through Rubiá, Carballeda de Valdeorras, O Barco de Valdeorras, Vilamartín de Valdeorras and A Rúa in the province of Ourense; Quiroga, A Pobra de Brollón, Monforte de Lemos, Pantón, O Saviñao and Chantada in Lugo; Rodeiro, Lalín, Silleda and A Estrada in Pontevedra; and Vedra, Boqueixón and Santiago de Compostela in A Coruña.