FRENCH WAY FROM PONFERRADA TO SANTIAGO (206km)

This itinerary is ideal for those who want to experience a part of the French way, specially if your days are limited to do it by foot. In addition to the comfort and speed that the bicycle can provide, one of the differentiating points if you decide to do so, will be freedom of movement. Going by bicycle gives you the opportunity to make small detours during each stage, to know places of singular interest and to add good experiences to your way. Cycling the the French Way from Ponferrada is one of the most beautiful and advisable options.

Arrival in Ponferrada

Welcome to Ponferrada, emblematic and historical city, did you know that the city of Ponferrada had its origin in the Middle Ages and its associated to the Way of Saint James?

The stop in this city gives us the perfect opportunity to enjoy leisure moments and the rich Bierzo’s gastronomy. We highly recommend you to taste the famous “botillo” accompanied by a local wine. You will be able to enjoy all this and much more by strolling through the historic “Barrio del Temple”, where you will also have the opportunity to have a drink and get to know the city’s nightlife.

Ponferrada – O Cebreiro

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia53 Km

We start our way from Ponferrada crossing the beautiful town of Villafranca del Bierzo. The ascents and descents, the mountain, the vineyards and the beautiful natural landscapes are the main characteristics of this stage. We are facing one of the most popular stages of the French Way, we will leave Castilla y León to enter Galicia. The stage concludes in the amazing landscapes of O Cebreiro, parish belonging to Pedrafita do Cebreiro.

O Cebreiro is a place of incalculable ethnographic, natural and cultural value. It has several restored examples of the traditional “palloza”, a characteristic construction of the Celtic pre-Roman culture, which are still preserved today in several parts of the Ancares. In addition, Santa María la Real church is the oldest church on the Xacobean route. It’s built in pre-Romanesque style dating from the 9th century. During your stay in O Cebreiro, you will live a magical and celtic experience of disconnection, which will charge your batteries to continue, to overnight here will be for sure one of the best memories of your Camino.

O Cebreiro – Portomarín

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia62 Km

We will leave O Cebreiro to reach Portomarín. This town, located on the banks of Miño river, is a beautiful place and well known among the pilgrims. Portomarín is a village that had to be relocated from its original enclave to a higher point in the valley, due to the construction of the Belesar swamp that caused the flooding of the old enclave of the village. If the day is clear you will be able to see the remains of the old Portomarín at the bottom of the river. In this small and crowded village you will have the opportunity to enjoy the local gastronomy, relax and rest.

Portomarín – Arzúa

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 7hDistancia53 Km

From Portomarín we will continue our journey towards Arzúa, passing by Palas de Rei, Melide and Ribadiso da Abaixo, as the main points of the stage. In Galicia, it is said that the best octopus is eaten at O Carballiño (Ourense) and Melide. It is almost mandatory to make a stop at Melide where to taste the famous Galician octopus. Afterwards, almost immediately before arriving at Arzúa, we will pass through Ribadiso da Abaixo, a small and charming village.

Once you arrive in Arzúa, during your dinner we recommend to try the local cheese, wihch hase Denomination of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa, accompanied by other typical products of the zone.

Arzúa – Santiago de Compostela

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 4hDistancia39 Km

Congratulations! You have reached the last stage of the Way. This stretch will be more relaxed and you will be able to enjoy the landscapes and the environment much more. You will enter Compostela through the Monte do Gozo, wich name means the emotion and the feeling of plenitude that invades the pilgrims when they arrive there and glimpse on the horizon, for their first time, the imposing towers of the Cathedral of Santiago. This panoramic view is a gift, enjoy and let yourself be taken to the Plaza del Obradoiro.

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the city where the rain makes magic on the wet stones. After having stamped your credential in each stage and having collected your Compostela, now its the time to enjoy the city, you have earned it.

We hope that you enjoy strolling through the historic centre, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liqueurs, among all the things that this small city has to offer.

Santiago de Compostela

And this is where our work ends, we hope to have managed to bring you an unforgettable life experience.

Good way!

*After leaving the accommodation, end of our services.

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
  • PRIVATE SHELTERS
  • Extra night in Santiago: 25 €/pax
  • HOSTELS
  • Single room supplement: 95 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago:35 € double room / 55 € single room
  • Breakfast: 40 €/pax
  • Half Board: 120 €/pax
  • Cancellation insurance: 20 €/pax
  • HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
  • Single room supplement: 145 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago:45 € double room / 70 € single room
  • Breakfast: 50 €/pax
  • Half-Board: 150 €/pax
  • BIKE RENTAL
  • Electric Bike rental: 240 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 27”: 140 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 29”: 160 €/pax

PRICE

  • 220 € pax private shelters
  • 340 € pax hostels
  • 435 € pax hotel or superior accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

We offer three options:

Albergues privadosPrivate Shelters 220 €
Hostales y/o pensionesPriv. Hostels and Guesthouses 340 €
Hoteles y alojamiento superiorHotels or sup. accommodation 435 €

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

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.