French Camino Cycling: Astorga to Santiago (self-guided)

8 days cycling the last 270 km of the French Way: from Astorga to Santiago
Description

Your cycling tour in the Camino begins in the charming town of Astorga, 270 km away from Santiago. You will start in the impressive open space of Castilian plains to gradually cycle into the forests and rolling green hills of Galicia. Along the route you will climb to the highest point of the trip, the "Iron Cross" (1.505 m), that has become one of the abiding symbols of the pilgrim way of St. James, to then ride through fertile valleys full of vineyards in the Bierzo region and finally through the green countryside of rural Galicia before reaching Santiago de Compostela. Once there, don’t forget to get your Compostela certificate!

 

  • Day: 1 - Arrival in Astorga

    Arrival in Astorga, a charming historic town. Time to explore this interesting city with its walled city center, episcopal church designed by Gaudi and beautiful Cathedral.

    If you are flying to Madrid, you can take a bus directly to Astorga. The bus company ALSA runs a daily service from Madrid to Astorga (duration: between 4 and 5 hours; price: around 25€ per person). Alternatively there are good and fast trains from Madrid to Leon and from there to Astorga there are buses or you can ask us to arrange a transfer.

     

  • Day: 2 - Astorga - Molinaseca (49 km/31 miles)

    You leave the Castilian plains behind and climb gradually into the mountains of León to the Monte de la Cruz de Ferro (1505m). En route you pass through Castrillo de los Polvazares, known for its very special architecture created by strong orange coloured stone. After riding through the charming mountain village of Acebo (the main street is a straight line of beautiful balconied houses) you will enjoy the descent into Molinaseca, with stunning views of the surrounding valley.

  • Day: 3 - Molinaseca - Herrerías de Valcarce (52 km/32 miles)

    The highlight today is the ride to the beautiful town of Villafranca with stunning views across the vineyards of the Bierzo region and the wooded mountains of León. After the first easy and mainly flat 25km, you have a short climb to Villafranca, which is worth a look for its many monuments and picturesque town square. In the last section today you will ride along the always green and beautiful Valcarce valley. Your charming rural hotel is located in the village of Las Herrerías de Valcarce, on the foothills of Monte de O'Cebreiro. 

  • Day: 4 - Herrerías de Valcarce - Sarria (54 km/34 miles)

    Today you start cycling up (9 km) to the top of the mountain and the small village of O'Cebreiro, that is also the first village in Galicia. From here, you will have wonderful panoramic views of the valleys that surround this peak, and you can admire the charming slate roofed black houses. Once you enter Galicia, the landscape changes dramatically and the area is populated by a number of traditional agricultural villages. Each family has small plots of land, which they cultivate for their own vegetables. As well as a change in culture, landscape and language, the gastronomy of Galicia is famous for using products of high quality and preparing them in simple but delicious ways. You will cycle through Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and cycle through chestnut forests to Sarria.




  • Day: 5 - Sarria - Palas de Rei (48 km/30 miles)

    Today's ride runs through beautiful rural Galician countryside and along tree-lined paths to the town of Portomarín, which was rebuilt on a hilltop in the 1960s in order to construct a reservoir. After lunch, a 13 km climb, followed by a welcomed 12 km downhill, takes you to Palas del Rei, where today's stage ends.

     

  • Day: 6 - Palas de Rei - O Pedrouzo (48 km/30 miles)

    You will make your way through forest and rural areas. Continue along the paths to Santiago, connecting villages. You can breathe the history along the way and can only imagine how many thousands of people over the centuries have shaped the path as it is today.

  • Day: 7 - O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela (19 km/12 miles)

    Today you will cycle only 19km; this last stage is shorter so you have plenty of time to discover the lively city of Santiago. Cycle to the famous Monte do Gozo, where you will be able to see for the first time the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Continue the Camino to the heart of this old city into the Plaza de Obradoiro, where all pilgrims celebrate their longed arrival surrounded by the beautiful facade of the Cathedral and other old stone buildings. You will arrive with enough time to be able to get your “Compostelana” and visit the most important landmarks before saying goodbye to the Camino.

     

  • Day: 8 - Return

    Your tour finishes after breakfast. You can book extra nights in Santiago. 

Prices and Dates

Prices (per person) 

Person in double/twin room: 896€

Single Supplement: 165€

Rental Mountain Bike (including helmet and one pannier): 120€

Rental E-bike (including helmet and one pannier): 210€

 

What's included: 

  • 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels on the Camino itself with en-suite facilities.
  • Half board with 7 reinforced breakfasts and 6 three-course dinners including drinks (the dinner in Santiago is not included).
  • Luggage transfers between accomodations.
  • Detailed maps and itinerary description.
  • Pilgrim Passport.
  • Support with arrangements to get to the first hotel and back home.

Optional:

  • Bike hire (mountain bike or trekking e-bike / including helmet and one back pannier) 
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Accommodation

Astorga

Accommodation Astorga   Accommodation Astorga

 

Molinaseca

Accommodation Molinaseca   Accommodation Molinaseca

 

Las Herrerías de Valcarce

Accommodation Herrerias   Accommodation Herrerias

 

Sarria

Accommodation   Accommodation

 

Palas de Rei

Camino de Santiago Accommodation   Camino de Santiago Accommodation

 

O Pedrouzo 

Accommodation Pedrouzo

 

Santiago

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