8 Days / 7 Nights
Duration
206 km
Distance
Moderate
Grade

This itinerary takes you on a cycling adventure along the French Camino, the most famous of all the Camino de Santiago routes, from the historic city of Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela. Ride though a richly varied landscape from the vineyards of El Bierzo to the mountainous borderlands of Galicia to the wooded countryside so typical of the Camino’s final stages. Discover fascinating historical towns and villages while gaining a rare insight into the diverse culinary and cultural traditions of the Camino.

 

STAGES

Ponferrada—O Cebreiro (52 km)
O Cebreiro—Sarria (39 km)
Sarria—Palas de Rei (47 km)
Palas de Rei—Pedrouzo (48 km)
Pedrouzo—Santiago de Compostela (20 km)

INCLUDES

En suite hotel accommodation
Breakfast
Daily luggage transfers
Pilgrim’s kit (passport and shell)
Mountain bike, panniers and helmet
Full Assistance
Detailed information prior to start
24/7 support telephone number
Flights not included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cycling through a varied landscape dotted with charming towns and villages
  • Sampling delicious local foods and wine
  • Admiring the Camino’s rich architectural heritage as you spin the peddles
  • Reflecting on your journey in the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

 

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Day 1. Arrival in Ponferrada

Your journey starts in Ponferrada, capital of the Bierzo winemaking region and the last major town on the French Way before Santiago de Compostela. Its most famous sight is without doubt the stunning 13th-century Templar Castle.

Overnight: Ponferrada

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Day 2. Ponferrada—O Cebreiro (52 km)

Leave Ponferrada and cycle through the vineyards of El Bierzo as far as the impressive medieval town of Vilafranca del Bierzo. Follow a river valley before entering Galicia and tackling the climb to the mythical mountain village of O Cebreiro. Take a relaxing evening stroll among the traditional stone-and-hay dwellings known as pallozas.

Overnight: O Cebreiro

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Day 3. O Cebreiro–Sarria (39 km)

Descend from O Cebreiro and follow a nice undulating trail with beautiful views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. Wonderful native forests, charming rural villages and stone-built architectures vie for your attention. Throw in traditional raised granaries, standing crosses and Romanesque churches—this is Galicia at its purest.

Overnight: Sarria

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Day 4. Sarria–Palas de Rei (47 km)

Today you will cycle along quiet country backroads through woods and hamlets as far as Portomarin. From there, the track winds through a rural terrain with ups and downs before reaching the town of Palas de Rei, where you can enjoy a nice traditional dinner.

Overnight: Palas de Rei

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Day 5. Palas de Rei—Pedrouzo (48km)

Today’s stage is similar to previous days as your wheels roll through thick eucalyptus and oak forests, peaceful creeks and historical towns and villages such as Boente, Ribadixo de Abaixo and Arzúa.

Overnight: Pedrouzo

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Day 6. Pedrouzo—Santiago de Compostela (20 km)

Your short final stage weaves between minor roads and narrow lanes before reaching Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia and home to the tomb of the Apostle Saint James.

Overnight: Santiago de Compostela

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Day 7. Free Day in Santiago de Compostela

Soak up the bustling ambience of Plaza de Obradoiro while admiring the stunning Gothic façade of the famous Cathedral. After visiting the relics of the Apostle Saint James in the Cathedral, take a stroll through the vibrant streets and plazas of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight: Santiago de Compostela

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Day 8. Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the end of your Camino adventure. See you next time!

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