Start: León Finish: Santiago de Compostela
From Valladolid, Oviedo or Madrid airport, you travel by public transport to Léon. Hopefully you have time to visit the cathedral, a masterpiece of the Gothic style.
After the rental bikes have been delivered, tested and adjusted, you start with a gentle ride of 49km through the plains of Castille to Astorga, a town of Roman origin, where the Camino crosses the Via de la Plata. In this fortified town Gaudi built the archbishop’s palace in modernist style.
Challenge: 49km, 225m in ascent
Villages along the way: S. Martín del Camino, Hospital de Órbigo
Testing of bikes and legs as you cycle from Astorga (at 880m altitude) through the hills of the Bierzo area to the Cruz de Fierro (at almost 1507m altitude) and then down to the village of Molinaseca. Most desolated rural area of the entire camino, but there are small villages with some café’s.
Challenge: 46km, 725m in ascent and 950 in descent
Villages along the way: Cruz de Fierro
A relaxing day of only 31km to the city of Vilafranca del Bierzo. On your way you pass Ponferrada, which was also founded by the Romans because they exploited coal mines in the nearby hills. The most impressive historic monument is without any doubt The Templar castle of 8000 square meters, built in the 12th century. After Ponferrada you cycle through an ondulated area to Villafranca del Bierzo, an important gate way to Galicia.
Challenge: 32km, 225m in ascent
Villlages along the way: Ponferrada, Cacabelos
Today the toughest climb of the entire Camino awaits as you cycle into Galicia; first along the old national road and then 6km steeply up along a dirt road to O Cebreiro (this section can be avoided by following the old national road to the pass Pedrafita and then follow a tarmac road to Cebreiro). O Cebreiro is a remarkable and emblematic village, full of legends and stories related to the Camino. It has a Romanesque church from the 11th century. Your hotel is just next door.
Challenge: 29,5km, 600m in ascent
Villages along the way: Vega de Valcárcel, Las Herrerías
Today you first start with some short ascent, but then its 35km mostly downhill through the lush green Galician countryside, with dense woods. On your way the monastery of Samos, which was founded in the 6th century but was continuously reformed (in the 18th century for the last time).
Challenge: 46km, 425m in ascent
Villages along the way: Fonfría, Triacastela
During this long day there you will accomplish a total ascent of 725m, but never more then 200m on one climb; often less. The landscape is rural and entertaining, because continuously changing and there are plenty of villages with café’s and restaurants where you can share experiences with fellow pilgrims. To reach the charming rural hotel for tonight you’ll have to make a small detour near Palas de Rei.
Challenge: 52km, 725m in ascent
Villages along the way: Portomarín, Hospital da Cruz
A gentle and ‘ondulating’ day as you cycle from one village to the other, all focussed on diary production and services for pilgrims. Again you will stay at a very charming rural hotel, in a typical Galician manor house; a so called Pazo.
Challenge: 35km, 250m in ascent
Villages along the way: Melide, Ribadixo da Baixo
A ‘glorious’ day as you will finally reach the “Puerta del Perdón” of Santiago’s cathedral. The standard route goes via the airport and the Monte del Gozo through the outskirts of town. If you prefer a more scenic route, you cycle via Touro (50km).
Challenge: 39km, 375m in ascent
Villages along the way: A Rua, Lavacolla
After breakfast your cycling tour ends.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March 15th and October 24th.
Arrival to León
Departure from Santiago de Compostela
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GPS tracks are available on request.
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