Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance which continues to be shared by pilgrims from all walks of life. It is the only long-distance route to have been awarded World Heritage recognition.
The Camino is more than a journey across the Spanish landscape. It is a personal journey which unites people from many parts of the globe, all of whom decide to undertake this pilgrimage.
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Make your way to Astorga, where you will have the chance to explore this fascinating city which is known for its walled city centre, and the episcopal church designed by Gaudi. It is also well worth taking the time to visit the beautiful Cathedral.
Distance: 30 miles (49 km). Climb: 2320 ft (707 m).
Today, on your bicycle, you will head into the Maragatería area . This wooded and mountainous region is known for its beautiful villages, with red stone houses, dotted around the landscape. On this, your first ride, you will climb to the highest point of the tour. Here you will pass the stone cross at 1.510m, which is a traditional pilgrimage site. Each pilgrim leaves a stone which they have carried with them, all the way from their homeland. If you want to, you too could bring your own small pebble with you! Later you will descend into the rich valley of the Bierzo.
Distance: 30-37 miles (49-59 km). Climb: 2201-4498 ft (671-1371 m)
On day three, you will travel through the landscapes and beautiful villages of the Alsatian Ried which is rich in aquatic flora and fauna. You will finish today’s cycle ride in Colmar, the capital of the wine of Alsace and the town of art, by the cycle track of the channel of Colmar.
Distance: 34-28 miles (54-45 km). Climb: 3143-846 ft (958-258 m)
Today will take you into a new region, where you will find a very different climate, vegetation, and people. Galicia is a greener part of Spain. It is wooded and mountainous. On your route you will descend into the small town of Samos, where you will find an ancient monastery, dating back to the middle Ages. It is still remains inhabited by monks in the present day. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit it! The remainder of the route meanders along streams and rivers, flowing from the mountains, down to the town of Sarria.
Distance: 30 miles (48 km). Climb: 3665 ft (1117 m).
On today’s adventure, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful sections of the Camino in Galicia.You will find yourself travelling on narrow, but quiet roads, through woodland and green pastures. You will discover a small slice of heaven and area of peace and tranquility, as you pass tiny villages where the locals live off the land, as they have done for generations.
Distance: 37 miles (60 km). Climb: 3862 ft (1177 m).
Today you’ll be tempted to stop at every one of the charming villages you encounter. Each one is a hidden gem, with stone-built houses and narrow streets that will transport you back in time! You can breathe in history as you pedal along, and can only imagine how many thousands of people have shaped this legendary route.
Distance: 17 miles (27 km). Climb: 1965 ft (599 m).
Today, take time to enjoy the final kilometres of your adventure. The Camino now leads you into the very heart of the city of pilgrims, the unique Santiago de Compostela, and into the Plaza de Obradoiro which overlooks the Cathedral, built in honour of Saint James. It is a city shrouded in centuries of legends, you will arrive elated, surrounded by the echos of the pilgrims who have come here before you. With a buzz of satisfaction, at having completed your week’s rides, and a smile on your face, you should arrive with enough time to get your “Compostelana” or Pilgrim’s Passport. The city is filled with many important landmarks which you can enjoy. History can be found round every corner and there is always an incredible atmosphere. You won’t want to say goodbye!
Departure day. Why not linger in Santiago a little longer, to enjoy a few days of rest and sightseeing. How about a touch of Luxury in the 5***** Parador?
Difficulty: Moderate +
Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps three or four ascents per day.
You will need to be in good health and reasonably fit. These trips may contain elements that are quite active, but not too hard.
Total distance cycled: 286 km
Route Map (For guidance only):
Routes maybe subject to change or alteration. All route notes, maps and day-by-day information will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX Files are available for most our the cycling holidays we offer. Please ask us for details.
• 7 nights’ accommodation. Standard Bike Hire
• 7 breakfasts.
• Pilgrim’s Passport
• Luggage transfers (1 item per person, up to 20kg)
• Detailed maps with the trail clearly marked
• Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit,
• Advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
• Emergency support.
• Activity insurance.
• Half Board (6 dinners, not in Santiago)
• Extra night(s) in Astorga
• Extra night(s) in Santiago
• Upgraded Hotel in Santiago
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.