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Cycling Camino Frances: Leon to Santiago

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 17 reviews
  • Cycle the final stage of the Camino from Leon to Santiago
  • Explore the medieval quarter of León
  • Visit Gaudi’s Museo de los Caminos
  • Ride to the steps of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compestela
  • Relax with a chilled glass of Galacian Albariňo and grilled octopus
Cycle the classic and UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage trail from León to Santiago de Compostela. Starting out in León, the capital of the Spanish Kingdom in the Middle Ages, cycle across the Castilian plains to the spectacular Montes de León and the high point of Cruz de Ferro. Journey through the ancient wine valley of EL Bierzo and through the lush landscapes of Galicia. Spend each evening indulging in the local produce such as chilled Albarino wines and delicious seafood tapas. Your show-stopping end to this iconic trip is a sweeping descent into the imposing grand square of Plaza del Obradoiro, home to the imposing Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where celebrations of your ride can commence!

What To Expect

Do you enjoy a challenge and a true sense of achievement at the end of your travels? Cycle the thrilling final stage of the Camino de Santiago and gain your Compostela. Enjoy the freedom of riding through rural Spanish countryside combined with authentic villages and gastronomic excellence - what is not to love!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Mountain Biking | A more specialist category of cycling holiday, expect ascent, descent, and tougher terrain with mountain bikes essential

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Mixed Abilities

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  • Historical Journeys

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Grade & Terrain

This cycle is graded moderate with daily rides of up to 60km, over rollling terrain with some sustained climbs. The cycle is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.You will principally follow traffic free cycle paths, quiet country roads, dirt tracks and some busier roads as you enter and leave larger cities.

Navigation

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There will always be other cyclists/walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.

Accommodation Information

Each accommodation on the Camino is different and full of character. Each accommodation has been chosen for ambience, atmosphere, and to ensure it offers the best possible option in each location. Owing to the nature of this route, you will also be able to share stories and tales with fellow cyclists (and walkers) completing the Camino de Santiago.

We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up quickly, especially in high season.

Solo Cyclists & Single Rooms

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists. As you will meet fellow pilgrims, walkers and cyclists en route, it is a great trip to take if you are travelling on your own. A solo cyclist supplement is payable (as accommodation is in rooms for single occupancy).

Meals

A local continental breakfast is included each morning. Breakfasts usually consist of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yoghurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.

Lunch and dinner are not included which means you are more flexible to choose from local cafes, bars and restaurants. Every overnight stop normally serves a 'Pilgrim's Menu' which includes 3 courses, wine and water.

Included
  • 7 Nights in small family-run hotels and hostels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Leon / from Santiago de Compostela
  • Bike hire (21 gear mountain bike)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Entrance fees to museums and attractions
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire (21 gear mountain bike)

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of April to the end of October. The trip does become particular busy during the peak summer months of June-August so we would suggest you book once your plans are finalised.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Oviedo is often the most convenient airport and is serviced by easyJet from London. There are 8 buses a day from Oviedo to Leon which takes 1hr30. Timetables and fares can be viewed at Alsa.

Alternatively, Madrid airport is serviced by the majority of major airlines which may be a more suitable option for international passengers. Or you can fly into Leon Airport itself, which is 6km by taxi from the city.

By Train: León can easily be reached by train from Madrid which takes 2hr45. Timetables and fares can be viewed at Renfe.

Getting from the End

By Air: Direct flights are available from Santiago de Compostela Airport to London Stansted and Gatwick airports. Alternatively connecting flights via Central European hubs such as Madrid and Barcelona is also a good option.

By Train: It is also possible to take the train from Santiago to Madrid (approx. 7-8hrs). Timetables and fares can be viewed at Renfe.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. The maximum weight of a piece of luggage is 20kg.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good cycling shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months, lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Compostela/Pilgrims Passport

The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, you can obtain one at the start of your cycle in the pilgrim’s office or the local church in town. You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk in Santiago you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have cycled the last 200km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.

Equipment

Giant Talon Mountain bikes (or similar) are available for hire.

All bicycles are 24-speed and included in your hire is a front bag, water bottle and holder, helmet, lock and a repair kit. For hygiene and health & safety reasons, we do suggest that you bring your own helmet. Please never ride without a helmet.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in León Day 2 Cycle to Astorga 34 miles / 54 km Day 3 Cycle to Ponferrada 33 miles / 53 km Day 4 Cycle to O’Cebreiro 33 miles / 53 km Day 5 Cycle to Portomarín 40 miles / 63 km Day 6 Cycle to Arzúa 33 miles / 53 km Day 7 Cycle to Santiago de Compostela 25 miles / 39 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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