CYCLING THE CAMINO: FRENCH WAY FROM LEON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (314km)

Each year the number of pilgrims who choose to do the Camino with bike increases. Cycling has different advantages compared to walking. If you decide to take this bike ride, Leon will be the starting point. The path crosses forests, valleys and historical towns that will make this journey an unforgettable experience.

Arrival in León

The traveler is responsible to arrive at the given accommodation on the chosen date. This day is a good chance to visit the city and to rest.

León – Astorga

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 4h 30′Distancia53 Km

We will enjoy a peaceful route of low difficulty. The starting point is León to go towards Villar de Mazarife. The route goes along interminable valleys. We will enter San Martín del Camino and from there a small descent leads us to Hospital de Órbigo. After a relatively strong descent we will arrive to San Justo de la Vega, only three kilometers before our destination, Astorga.

Astorga – Ponferrada

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia53 Km

This stage reaches the highest point of the French way, the famous Iron Cross (Cruz de Hierro). From Rabanal, the path leads us to El Acebo, a mandatory stop before to stat the hard descent until Bierzo. Finally we will arrive to Ponferrada, a wonderful city to enjoy the rest of the day.

Ponferrada – O Cebreiro 

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia53 Km

Once leaving Ponferrada we will reach Villafranca del Bierzo, the entrance to the city is worth to visit with its famous “Puerta del Perdón”. The beginning of the stage presents irregularities with many ups and downs. The last ten kilometers flows along the Valley of Valcarcel River. The stage ends in O Cebreiro, a wonderful Celtic style village.

O Cebreiro – Portomarín

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia62 Km

From O Cebreiro we leave towards Triacastela. From Triacastela, there are two possibilities to get to Sarria: Samos or San XiI. If we choose San Xil, we will find a path going mostly through countryside. If we choose Samos (highly recommended) we will have the chance to visit the Benedictine Monastery, the path follows the provincial asphalt road, narrow and very busy. Before arriving in Sarria we will cross iconic and emblematic places. The rest of the stage does not present special difficulties leading us to Portomarin.

Portomarín – Arzúa

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 7hDistancia53 Km

We continue our journey with one of the most difficult stages. To begin, a hard climb leads us to “Montes de Ligonge” before to arrive in Palas de Rei. From there only a few kilometers separate us from Melide. It’s a must to stop at one of its “pulperias” to try the best Galician octopus. After Melide we will find Ribadixo do Baixo, one of the most beautiful places of the French way with its photogenic Roman bridge. Finally, after a last strong climb we will get to Arzúa.

Arzúa – Santiago de Compostela

Dificultad BajaTiempo estimado 4hDistancia39 Km

We continue our journey with one of the most difficult stages. To begin, a hard climb leads us to “Montes de Ligonge” before to arrive in Palas de Rei. From there only a few kilometers separate us from Melide. It’s a must to stop at one of its “pulperias” to try the best Galician octopus. After Melide we will find Ribadixo do Baixo, one of the most beautiful places of the French way with its photogenic Roman bridge. Finally, after a last strong climb we will get to Arzúa.

Santiago de Compostela

Mission completed. After sealing our credential at every stage and collecting our Compostela, we deserve this great reward. A good opportunity to get to know the city, enjoy its culture, people and gastronomy, after all the effort invested you’ve earned it.

THIS TRIP INCLUDES

  • 8 days / 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
  • Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
  • Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
  • Telephone assistance service 24/7
  • Travel assistance insurance
  • Single room supplement: 125 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 35 € pax double room / 55 € pax single room
  • Breakfast: 45 €/pax
  • Half Board:  145 €/pax
  • Cancellation insurance: 20 €/pax
  • Electric Bike rental: 315 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 27”: 170 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 29”: 210 €/pax
  • Bike shipping from your home: 60 €/pax
  • Bike shipping from Santiago: 60 €/pax

PRICE

  • 380 € pax double room

ACCOMMODATION

For this itinerary we offer accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation.

Hostales y/o pensionesHostels and hotels 380 €

* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.

H O T E L

Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement. 

Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

The accommodation in Hostels and Guesthouses has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and comfortable room ideal for sleeping and resting.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement.