Camino de Santiago is an amazing trip that you can do in so many ways: walking, on a mountain bike (gravel bike), on a road bike… There are also many different Caminos, depending on your starting point and the different ways you can follow.
The trip we suggest is a road bike trip following the classical french Camino, starting at Saint Jean de Pied de Port in France, and getting to Spain through Puerto de Ibañeta. Some trips start at Roncesvalles, already in Navarra (Spain) avoiding the climb to Ibañeta. There is also the Northern Camino (along the coast), the Via de la Plata, or the Portuguese Camino (see map above).
The Camino de Santiago road cycling trip we suggest here includes stages about 100 km long, and the end is at the Atlantic Ocean in Finisterre (the end of the earth in Galician language), instead of Santiago de Compostela. Obviously it is very easy to shorten the trip in one stage and arriving at Santiago de Compostela in just 7 stages and 790 km.
The trip gets all the highlights of Camino de Santiago as Roncesvalles, Puente la Reina, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, León, Ponferrada or Monasterio de San Julián de Samos. The villages, the cathedrals, the paths, the hostels, the restaurants… Such an amazing experience the Camino is!
- Stage 1) Saint Jean de Pied de Port-Estella 120 km, 2300 mts elevation including Ibañeta
- Stage 2 Estella-Santo Domingo de la Calzada 100 km, 1500 mts elevation
- Stage 3) Santo Domingo de la Calzada-Fromista 138 km, 1800 mts elevation including Puerto de la Pedraja.
- Stage 4) Fromista-León 112 km, 700 mts elevation
- Stage 5) León-Ponferrada 107 km, 1400 mts elevation including Foncebadon-Cruz de Hierro
- Stage 6) Ponferrada-Sarria 100 km, 1300 mts elevation including O Cebreiro
- Stage 7) Sarria-Santiago de Compostela 110 km
- Stage 8) Santiago de Compostela-Muxia-Fisterra 108 km