The road to Santiago de Compostela by bike
Since anriquity there’s been four routes in Europe to Santiago di Compostela, crossing in Roncisvalle. The most crowded road to Santiago has been the French-one for centuries. It starts on the Pyrenees, with two access points, in Roncisvalle (Navarra) and in Somport (Aragona). These routes get together in Puente la Reina and – through La Rijoia, Castiglia and León, they arrive in Galizia.
Duration: 9 days
Departure: on request
Price: from 760,00 eur per person; min. 2 pax
- accommodation (8 nights) in hotels or B&Bs, in dbl rooms
- assistance on phone during your trip
- bike garage and area for small repairs
- health and luggage insurance
- cancellation of your trip for the worthy cause
- costs of transportation for getting to Leon
- bike rent
- lunches and dinners
- luggage transfer
- transfers from/to Finisterre
- anything not mentioned under “the price includes”
***The itinerary is only indicative, detailed description and any other information will be available at the moment of confirmation
Meeting point at the Hotel. We’ll visit León where there are some of the most representative Spanish monuments, like its Cathedral, a real Gothic jewel built during the XIII° and XVI° centuries. Also the San Isidoro Romanic Basilica (XI° e XII° centuries ) where you will find the important San Isidoro’s sepulchre, and the San Marco Monastery with its wonderful facade.
Dinner on your own and overnight in León.
Leon - Astorga
Breakfast at the Hotel. Our tour will start through large wheat fields called “Mesetas”, to Astorga (called Astúrica Augusta by the Romans), where the Franch Road and the Plata’s cross. Astorga has a majestic Gothic cathedral (XV° century) with a baroque facade.
Dinner on your own and overnight stay in Astorga.
Astorga – Ponferrada
Breakfast at the Hotel. Easy ride in the Spanish countryside through Campo, where there is the St. Christ Hermitage, and Ponferrada. In the Medieval age this town was accesible from two points: a Roman bridge over the river Boeza which fell down in the XVIII° century; and the bridge over the river Mascarón. At the end of XI° century the Astorga’s bishop, Osmundo, ordered a new bridge to be built with an iron railing called “Pons ferrata”.
Dinner on your own and overnight in Ponferrada.
Ponferrada – O’Cebreiro
Breakfast at the Hotel. This stage is more diffucult because of the rise to O’ Cebriero, a medieval village 1300 mts high with an amazing view. We’ll visit the “pallozas”, preeomanic houses with straw roofs built in IX° – X° centuries, where there is a precious wooden sculpture of Santa María la Real.
Dinner on your own and overnight in O’Cebreiro.
O’Cebreiro – Portomarin
Breakfast at the Hotel. We’ll ride from O’Cebriero to Portomarin, a Roman village very important in Medieval Age, that actually lay under an artificial basin built in 1962 from the river Mino’s waters.
Dinner on your own and overnight in Portomarin.
Portomarin – Arzua
Breakfast at the Hotel. The golden landscapes of wheat fields will be replaced from green valleys: Santiago, we’re coming!
The Road will pass by Palais del Rey and La Coruña to arrive in Melide, where it crosses the Frech Road from Oviedo. In Melide there is a stone cross dated back to XIV° century, one of the oldest in Galizia. Last stage will be Arzùa.
Dinner on your own and overnight in Arzùa.
Arzua – Santiago
Breakfast at the Hotel. Galizia’s landscapes, with their luxuriant vegetation, will guide us to Santiago in a magic atmosphere. We’ll pass by Burgo, Arca, San Antón, Amenal and San Paio, then Lavacolla, a village where the pilgrims used to wash themselves and got changed before entering Compostela. Then Villamalor, San Marcos, Monte do Gozo, San Lázaro, and finally SANTIAGO DI COMPOSTELA.
Dinner on your own and overnight stay in Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago – Finisterre – Santiago by bus (optional)
Breakfast at the hotel. The arrival in the city of Santiago de Compostela marks the end of the “religious” Way. By bus, we reach Finisterre. The journey towards Cape Finisterre, called in Galician “Cabo Fisterra” is a different path, certainly pagan. Return to Santiago. Overnight at hotel.
breakfast and departure