Cycling the Camino: French Way from Ponferrada to Santiago (260 Km)

This itinerary is a good option for those who want to experience a part of the French way. If we have time we will have the chance to complete our journey to Santiago afterwards. The journey starts in Ponferrada and goes along some of the most beautiful and iconic places of the French way.

Arrival in Ponferrada

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.

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 LowTiempo estimado 4hDistancia39 Km

To finish our journey we will have an easy and pleasant stage, crossing through forest with lights up and downs and alternating with areas of national road frequented by cars and trucks to finally get to Pedrouzo. This is one of the most exciting stages as it is the one that would complete our journey to Santiago.

Monte Do Gozo it’s a strategic point, located just 4 km from the Cathedral. Once there we will observe in the distance the towers of the long-awaited Santiago Cathedral and we will feel a great personal satisfaction. We must let ourselves be guided downhill, the end of our Camino is near. We will arrive at Obradoiro Square, where the Cathedral is located.

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.

** After leaving the accommodation, our services will be concluded.

THIS TRIP INCLUDES

  • 6 days / 5 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: 95 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 35 € pax double room / 55 € pax single room
  • Breakfast: 40 €/pax
  • Half Board:  95 €/pax
  • Cancellation insurance: 20 €/pax
  • Electric Bike rental: 230 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 27”: 140 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 29”: 160 €/pax
  • Bike shipping from your home: 60 €/pax
  • Bike shipping from Santiago: 60 €/pax

PRECIO

  • 299 € 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 guesthouses 299 €

* 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.