FRENCH WAY FROM RONCESVALLES TO SANTIAGO (754km)

This itinerary is the perfect option for cycling lovers. This is a good way to do the whole French Way without investing as many days as walking. In addition to the comfort and speed that the bicycle can provide, one of the differential 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 add good experiences to your Way.

Along the 754 kilometres that you will pedal, you will have the chance to visit places of singular beauty, arriving at Santiago de Compostela plenty with incredible sensations and memories that you will gather in each stage of the Way.

Arrival in Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles (Orreaga) is a beautiful place located in the Navarrese Pyrenees where you will be surrounded by forest in a privileged place. At your arrival you will have time to enjoy the nature and the historical heritage by strolling through this beautiful town. We recommend to visit places such as Basajaunberro, and to get to know its main historical monuments, such as its Collegiate Church, which dates back to medieval times. You can also enjoy the local gastronomy, tasting its famous Idiazabal sheep cheese.

Roncesvalles, is a place where natural beauty is mixed with myths and history, becoming a perfect starting point for the Camino.

Roncesvalles – Pamplona

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia42 Km

In this first stage we will start our journey towards Pamplona (Iruña), passing through villages and places of singular beauty. We will enter the valley of Erro, crossing El Espinal and then ascend to the top of Mezkiritz, where we can see the famous and typical houses of the area, Bizkarreta-Gerendiain. We will reach Zubiri through the Puente de la Rabia and then we will reach Pamplona through Villava.

Pamplona is a city that still conserves its medieval defensive walls, in fact this walled complex has been declared as National Monument. A must visit is the Cathedral of Santa María, perhaps the most dazzling artistic building, a Gothic jewel hidden behind a neoclassical façade.

After strolling through its historic streets and going through an endless number of monuments, you should taste the famous gastronomy of the area: the famous pintxos. And if you are in the city by the second week of July, get ready to experience the great feast of San Fermines!

Pamplona – Estella

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia42 Km

Estella (Lizarra) is a village bathed by the Ega river. This town is famous by its hotsprings of salty water, considered of therapeutic properties. We recommend you to visit it to rest after the day. Once rested and fresh, you can not miss the narrow streets of its historic area and get know its magnificent monuments such as the Palace of the Kings of Navarre or the Church of San Pedro de la Rúa.

The monk Aymeric Picaud said in the 11th century that “Estella is a city of good bread, excellent wine, lots of meat and fish and all kinds of happiness”. If you visit the city by the end of July, you will take a trip back in time to dress up like in the Middle Ages and enjoy the great festival of Medieval Week.

Estella – Logroño

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia50 Km

In this stage we will leave Navarre Region to enter La Rioja up to its capital, Logroño. You should get lost in the streets of the historic centre and visit, among other important buildings, the Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda and its town halls. The affable and hospitable character of the people of La Rioja makes Logroño the perfect stop to enjoy a good afternoon of leisure and gastronomy. Don’t miss to visit one of the city’s most emblematic places: Café Moderno. Walking around Calle del Laurel, also known as the Route of the Elephants. For wine lovers, it is a must to visit the wine cellars in Ruavieja.

Logroño – Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia49 Km

We will leave Logroño in direction to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a place that dates back to the 12th century. Thanks to the Xacobean route, this town, like so many others, experienced a very important economic, artistic and cultural development throughout the Middle Ages. In this small town you can wander through streets full of history in its monumental area, marvel at the remains of its walls dating from the twelfth and fourteenth centuries and admire its Cathedral, a perfect example of progotic art in our country. As a curiosity, inside the Cathedral there is a henhouse in which live a rooster and a hen, as a symbol of commemoration of the miracle of the hanged pilgrim.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Burgos

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 7h 30′Distancia72 Km

Heading towards Burgos, the two most significant points through which this stage will run are Belorado and Atapuerca. Once in Burgos, we will have the chance to be dazzled with the jewel of the city, its Cathedral, one of the best representatinos of Gothic style, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. As a data, 2021 will be a good year to visit this city, since its Cathedral receives the commemorative acts of the VIII centenary of its construction.

Leaving aside the city’s flagship construction, you should not miss a stroll through the Castle and its viewpoint, visit the Cartuja de Miraflores or the Monastery of Santa María la Real de las Huelgas, among all the heritage that this city has to offer. For history lovers, a visit to the Museum of Human Evolution is a must, where you can see royal fossils of hominids found in Atapuerca.

Burgos – Carrión de los Condes 

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 8h 30′Distancia87 Km

During this stage we will cross many beautiful towns as Hornillos, Castrojeriz, Frómista… to finally reach our destination: Carrión de los Condes.

It is a perfect place to taste typical Castilian dishes, such as a good roast lamb. During the day you will have time to enjoy the rich Palencia gastronomy tasting some tapas of Cerrato cheese accompanied by a good local wine. Carrion de los Condes is plenty of rich architectural heritage. We reccommend to invest some time visiting important civil constructions such as “Casa del Águila” (Palace of the Counts of Salinas), and significant religious constructions such as the Church of Santa María de las Victorias y del Camino, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and the oldest in Carrión.

Carrión de los Condes – León

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 8h 30′Distancia93 Km

León combines culture and gastronomy with its most famous neighborhoods: “Barrio Húmedo” and “Barrio Romántico”. You will find the perfect balance to combine visits to its rich architectural and cultural heritage combining it with the famous “tapas”. Among its many emblematic places, you can not leave the city without visiting the Cathedral, the Royal Collegiate Church (Basilica of San Isidoro), the Palace of the Guzmanes, or the Plaza Mayor … and of course, if you are a passionate of modernism you can not miss Gaudi’s “Casa de Botines”.

León – Astorga

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 8h 30′Distancia54 Km

We begin our route entering into the heart of the Maragatería, Astorga. The French Way and the Via de la Plata come together in this historic city. The city was from its begining a crossroad between cultures, from its pre-Roman and Roman beginnings to its medieval and later splendour. Nowadays Astorga is one of the most important points of artistic and cultural interest in our country. This small city has a large number of monuments that must be visited, among others, the rich legacy of Roman times, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Episcopal Palace (Gaudí’s Palace), the Roads Museum, the modernist building Casa Granell, and countless churches, monasteries and museums. To recover our strength we can stop to contemplate the Plaza Mayor and then go and taste its famous “Cocido Maragato”.

Astorga – Ponferrada

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia53 Km

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

  • 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
  • PRIVATE SHELTERS
  • Extra night in Santiago: 25 €/pax
  • HOSTELS
  • Single room supplement: 285€/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 35 € double room / 55 € single room
  • Breakfast: 110 €/pax
  • Half Board: 390 €/pax
  • HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
  • Single room supplement: 365 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 45 € double room / 70 € single room
  • Breakfast: 135 €/pax
  • Half-Board: 435 €/pax
  • BIKE RENTAL
  • Electric Bike rental: 515 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 27”: 295 €/pax
  • Mountain Bike rental 29”: 365 €/pax

PRICE

  • 495 € pax private shelters
  • 785 € pax hostels
  • 970 € pax hotel or superior accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

We offer three options:

Albergues privadosPrivate Shelters 495 €
Hostales y/o pensionesPriv. Hostels and Guesthouses 785 €
Hoteles y alojamiento superiorHotels or sup. accommodation 970 €

* 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.