With this post we want to bring you closer to a way of travelling that is currently on the rise: cycle touring. Cycle touring is the practice of cycling in a non-competitive way for leisure and recreational reasons. It consists of choosing the bicycle as a means of transport for sightseeing, in a relaxed way.

As you can imagine, this is the perfect way to do the Camino de Santiago, and here we explain everything you need to know to embark on this adventure!

What does cycle touring consist of?

The essence of cycle touring goes far beyond the bike ride. It is a relationship between man and machine in which there must be collaboration and trust; an experience that will give you the freedom to choose, let go, connect and disconnect at the same time. This experience starts from the moment you decide to plan your trip. You will have to decide the place, plan the route you will take, study the terrain, plan where you will stop to eat or if you will bring food from home, the stops you want to make to get to know the place… and of course you will have to get in shape!

All the journeys of the Camino de Santiago by bike
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Different types of cycle touring

Depending on how we want to travel, there are different types of cycle touring.

Self-sufficient cycle touring

It is the practice of cyclotourism in an autonomous way. It consists of taking with you everything you need to stock up and sleep. This is quite an adventure, as in addition to planning the route, you will have to look for the ideal place to camp. An experience for the more adventurous!

Bikepacking

This mode consists of carrying everything you need for the route with you, compressed in frame, front and saddle bags. It is designed to carry all the essentials without the need for panniers, so there are no elements that protrude from the side of the bike. It is perfect for routes on narrow trails.

Light cycle touring or assisted cycle touring

These are the options in which we contract a luggage transport service and accommodation with a travel agency. Currently, this is the most practiced modality in Europe and the one that best suits the Way of St. James. Very comfortable for cycling trips lasting a few days!

With the bike in front of the sea