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The start of your pilgrimage by bicycle to Santiago is in the village of Roncesvalles. Origin preferred by the pilgrims of the French Way for being the first Spanish population, and for avoiding the great climb to 1500 meters, if you chose to start in Saint Jean Pied de Port (France). It is a journey of 466 miles, divided into 13 stages, lasting 15 days.

Your Camino de Santiago by bicycle begins in Roncesvalles, where you will spend the first night. The other nights of your French Jacobean Route will be in the following locations: Puente la Reina, Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, Frómista, Sahagún, León, Astorga, Ponferrada, O Cebreiro, Portomarín and Arzúa from where you will culminate your amazing Camino in Santiago de Compostela next to the venerated tomb of the Apostle.

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French Way of St. James Route from Roncesvalles to Santiago by Bike 15 Days

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Day 1

RONCESVALLES

Roncesvalles, where you will start tomorrow your exciting pilgrimage by bike along the French Way of Santiago. OVERNIGHT

Day 2

STAGE 1 (41 MI) · FROM RONCESVALLES TO PUENTE DE LA REINA

Our first stage of this French Way of Santiago is framed between incomparable mountain landscapes, since we are in the Navarro Pyrenees, with dense forests that, at very early hours, even prevent the passage of light, and dirt paths between cereal fields. Although to reach Pamplona our journey will be fundamentally descending, we should not forget that there are intense slopes. We recommend not carrying much weight in the saddlebags. Once the city of Pamplona is over, we will head towards Alto del Perdón with a progressive slope of 260 meters that intensifies at the end. We can make the journey by road or dirt track. Although the effort is important, you will be highly gratified with the spectacular views of the Pyrenees and Pamplona behind us and the Navarre countryside in front. The descent is a little more dangerous, to the steep slope is added some stony section in which caution should be taken. We recommend not carrying much weight in the saddlebags during the whole journey. The cultural heritage of Pamplona is huge, so we must prioritize the charm and highlight the Historic Center, the Cathedral, the City Hall, the Church of San Lorenzo that houses the patron San Fermín and the Vuelta del Castillo Park. Also, before arriving at Puente la Reina, we suggest you make a detour to visit the beautiful hermitage of Santa María de Eunate, whose octagonal floor plant was inspired by the old Church of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a widespread trend in the Romanesque. And, already in Puente la Reina, its beautiful Romanesque bridge and its churches of Santiago, San Pedro and del Crucifijo. Gastronomically, as in the entire Camino de Santiago, we can enjoy the fantastic and varied Spanish cuisine. In this area, the well-known pintxos, the rich products of the Navarre orchard and Idiazabal cheese stand out. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 3

STAGE 2 (44 MI) · FROM PUENTE DE LA REINA TO LOGROÑO

Our second day is very plural, combining the earth and the asphalt of the roads to follow in our Way of Saint James. Initially it is necessary to review the pronounced, although short, ascent to Mañeru with 135 meters of difference in 0,7 miles of distance. We continue along a comfortable route to Torres del Río, with gentle slopes, and little wooded area from Villamayor to Los Arcos. At the end of the stage we have more steep sections with complex descents to Viana and from there to our goal of the day, Logroño, we will make a pilgrimage through an urban area. The appointment with art and culture recommends us to take a walk through Estella, a city that owes its existence to the French Jacobean Route. In it we can enjoy representative monuments of both civil and religious work: Palace of the Kings of Navarra, Church of San Pedro de la Rúa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Church of San Miguel Arcángel and Convent of Santo Domingo. In Irache its Monastery next to which is the fountain of Bodegas Irache that offers free a pipe with water and another with wine. Do not forget to take a relaxing break at the Fuente de los Moros (cistern XIII) of Villamayor de Monjardín. Already in Logroño name the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Stone Bridge. In the culinary field continue to highlight the culture of the tapa or pintxo, the prestigious wines of Rioja and to sweeten our mouth a little we can taste the classic espadrilles of Estella and the cakes of txantxigorri among many other delicatessen. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 4

STAGE 3 (31 MI) · FROM LOGROÑO TO SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA

Our day today glides smoothly between rich mountains and valleys full of vineyards and horticultural fields that change to cereal closer to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The main pitfalls are continuous but moderate: the Alto de la Grajera and the Alto de San Antón. In summer periods the heat is usually intense. Among the artistic heritage stands out the fantastic Monastery of Santa María la Real in Nájera, but without a doubt, the pearl of the stage is the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada due to the care of the Camino de Santiago pilgrims that the saint do along his life. The gastronomic references, as usual, are numerous and exquisite. Continuous tributes to the palate. From the rich and prolific orchard of La Rioja, the vegetable stew and the legume stews, the Riojana potatoes from are made. Another star ingredient is cod, and the most successful recipe is cod in Riojana style. Roasted lamb chops with vine shoots and baked shoulder are other special dishes for meat lovers. Riojan chorizo ​​and camerano cheese can be good companions of the Camino. And as dessert, the ahorcaditos, traditional sweets stuffed with almond cream shaped like scallops. Nothing more appropriate! FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 5

STAGE 4 (45 MI) · FROM SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA TO BURGOS

Our journey today is divided into uneven sections. We begin the stage by rural roads generally of land with slight land undulations. After the municipality of Redecilla we left La Rioja to enter the region of Castilla y León. Continuing our Camino de Santiago, we approach the vicinity of the Montes de Oca, long stretch of forest with slopes of different consideration, 200 meters at the beginning of the ascent. At the foot of these mountains we find the town of San Juan de Oca that offers us an attractive pilgrimage through the Sierra de Atapuerca to Burgos and, at the end of the day, a tedious entrance to Burgos, where we will spend the night. During our varied stage both in profile of the road and in artistic heritage we can stop to enjoy artistic pieces such as the baptismal font of Santo Domingo de la Calzada in his hometown, Viloria de Rioja. Another of the invaluable works of the Way of St. James is the spectacular Romanesque baptismal font of the church of Redecilla del Camino built in one piece. And when you reach the Sierra de Atapuerca, you will find the most important prehistoric sites in Europe, a World Heritage Site. To get a visit you have to arrange them in advance. But we have not finished the day, we have the monumental Burgos with its gothic Cathedral of Santa María , one of the most important monuments in Spain; the historic center; the Charterhouse of Miraflores; the monastery of the Huelgas Reales and a long etcetera. The most important products and dishes of the day continue to have the production of the Rioja orchard, the lamb, the various tapas with native products such as morcilla de arroz and fresh cheese. For dessert we recommend the chocolates made by the nuns of the Monastery of Santa Clara in Belorado, as well as the delicious yolks of Burgos. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 6

STAGE 5 (41 MI) · FROM BURGOS TO FROMISTA

We begin our pilgrimage through the Castilian plateau, generally dirt tracks, with some sections of loose stone that, pedaling carefully, do not represent a major problem. The biggest problem we have in the hard ascent to the Alto de Mostelares, at the exit of Castrojeriz, a slope of 145 meters in just 1 miles. The scarce grove overexposes us to the inclement climate of the highlands: very cold in winter and very hot in the summer season. The most representative visits are the convent of San Antón in Castrojeriz, the Fitero bridge over the Pisuerga river and the Canal de Castilla. However, the jewel of the stage is the church of San Martín de Frómista. We continue tasting the vegetable stew, in this case, with a variant that adds pork and veal; Castilian garlic soup, lamb and other typical products of the area. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 7

STAGE 6 (36 MI) · FROM FROMISTA TO SAHAGUN

Today we begin our pilgrimage by bike along the French Way of Santiago, leaving us to take a simple stage that runs parallel to the road. The Way looks like an infinite succession of cereal field. There are sections that, in case of rain, form important puddles. We should be cautious and stock up before leaving Carrión de los Condes because, until Calzadilla de la Cueza there is not a single town in the 10,9 miles that separate them. Due to this inconvenience for pilgrims, foodtruck are placed in the area from Easter to the middle of October. The historical-artistic offer of the day is offered by the city of Sahagún. Among its heritage we highlight the beautiful Arch of San Benito belonging to the disappeared Monastery of Cluny, the churches of San Tirso, La Peregrina and San Lorenzo in the Mudejar Romanesque style; the Museum of the Benedictine Mothers that exhibit the venerated piece of the Pilgrim Virgin and an admirable collection of goldsmith's objects. Gastronomy continues to share many recipes with Burgos, although they have variations. In Sahagún we can enjoy a dish based on leeks, a vegetable that has great popularity in the area. Then, we can retire to rest from a monotonous day. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 8

STAGE 7 (34 MI) · FROM SAHAGUN TO LEON

A new journey through the Leon plateau, characterized by endless extensions of cereal in this French Way of Santiago. The city of León is the cultural enclave of the day. We recommend you visit the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria (13th century) one of the treasures of European Gothic whose multicolored lighting is due to its fabulous stained-glass windows. Its rich museum, exhibits works ranging from prehistory to the present. The Basilica of San Isidoro and its Pantheon of Kings (s. XI), whose decorated vaults have earned it the name of “Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque”. The monastery of San Marcos; the Romanesque churches of Santa María del Mercado, Santa Ana, San Marcelo; the Palace of the Guzmanes of the 17th century and the House of the Botines of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí from the end of the 19th century. After the cultural tour we recommend you try some delicious dish of Castilian cuisine such as Beans with chorizo, with pig trotters and even with trout; roast of lamb or kid, frog legs in bañezana style, among others and endless delicious tapas. Its wonderful sausages such as jerky and chorizo, as well as cheese, accompanied by a good piece of bread, is a fantastic resource for the Camino. In León we will spend the night. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 9

STAGE 8 (33 MI) · FROM LEON TO ASTORGA

The stage follows the trend of the previous ones through the fields of Castilla, but from Hospital de Órbigo, we will prepare for the Montes de León, entering a more rugged terrain. To enter Órbigo Hospital we will cross the longest bridge on the Camino de Santiago, it is its impressive medieval bridge of the Paso Honroso with 310 meters. The end of the stage will be in Astorga, a city full of charm and one of the most prominent of the French Way of Santiago. The Roman Walls and The Roman Museum of Astorga bring us closer to their important past during the colonization of the Iberian Peninsula by this Empire. But, definitely, his main artworks are the Cathedral of Santa Maria, and The Episcopal Palace, the work of Gaudí. Gastronomy continues to enrich our palate every day with dishes made from trout, crabs and frogs from the rivers that we are crossing, to which we must add the star dish of Astorga the famous cocido maragato, as well as the delicious mantecadas. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 10

STAGE 9 (33 MI) · FROM ASTORGA TO PONFERRADA

During this day we will cross the Montes de León. Up to the town of Rabanal the ascent is not very complicated for the pilgrim by bicycle but, from this moment on the Camino de Santiago becomes harder, both due to the uneven terrain and the weather, fact to take into account during the winter times. In Foncebadón we will find an altitude of 1,437 meters. The severity of this ascent is generously rewarded for the spectacular views. We continue crossing the Montes de León, due to the altitude should be taken into account in the most extreme seasons. This geographical accident, a natural border between La Maragatería and El Bierzo, offers the highest height of this French Way of Santiago reaching 1,505 m. From the beginning of our day we will be able to verify this fact, we will face the hard ascent to Cruz de Ferro, the most popular, simple and symbolic cruise of the Camino de Santiago. According to the popular tradition, the pilgrim must place a stone at his feet to achieve the protection of God along the Jacobean Route. The end of the stage is located in Ponferrada, whose cultural heritage includes the magnificent Templar Castle (12th - 14th centuries); the Basilica of Our Lady of the Encina (16th century) and the Church of San Andrés (16th century). The rich cuisine of the area is another attraction for this French Jacobean Route that is repeated in all stages. One of the most interesting restaurants on the Camino de Santiago is La Taberna de Gaia in Foncebadón, where they serve exquisite medieval dishes. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 11

STAGE 10 (32 MI) · FROM PONFERRADA TO O CEBREIRO

The magnificent valley of the El Bierzo region full of beautiful vineyards will be the protagonist of the first part of our stage today that will combine dirt tracks and roads. The climate of this first zone is milder than that of the previous day that ran between the Montes de León, although in summer we must protect ourselves from the sun due to the lack of shade. After this first relatively comfortable stretch, we will face the toughest route of the French Way of Santiago in Spanish lands. The enormous slopes reach their greatest stumbling block in the ascent to O Cebreiro. This pilgrim's effort is largely offset by the charms offered by the first Galician village of the French Jacobean Route. In Villafranca del Bierzo, we find a city full of rich artistic heritage that we should not miss. And, at the end of the day, in the town of O Cebreiro we can visit the legendary Benedictine Church of Santa María la Real (s.IX). It is said that the Eucharistic Miracle or Galician Holy Grail was produced in this religious building. The legend tells how, before a single farmer who attended with devotion to the Celebration of Holy Mass on a harsh winter day, the consecrated Host and Wine become visible Meat and Blood that leave their mark on the Patena and the Chalice . Relics preserved to this day, much revered by the pilgrims of The Way that are exposed in a showcase, a gift from the Catholic Monarchs. Another of the charms of the small village of O Cebreiro are the ‘pallozas’ (traditional round or oval buildings made of stone and thatched roof, characteristic of several areas of León and Galicia). Wines of El Bierzo pair with tasty dishes of Leon cuisine and already in Galician territory, we can taste their delicious empanadas with typical products of the area and the cheese of O Cebreiro. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 12

STAGE 11 (38 MI) · FROM O CEBREIRO TO PORTOMARIN

We face another beautiful route characterized, in its first half, by high mountains that exceed 1,200 m., continuous slopes and the descent to Triacastela. In the colder seasons we will have to go prepared for snow, blizzards and fog typical of this altitude. Continuing, and according to the option chosen to reach Sarria, through San Xil or Samos (4,5 miles longer), we will enjoy the superb San Xil Valley or the magnificent forests of chestnut and oak trees along the Vega of the Oribio River. To end by a more relaxed stretch that will pass through a path dotted with small towns and villages between lush forest of ferns, chestnuts and oaks. In the city of Portomarín, we will culminate another wonderful stage of our French Way of Saint James. Those who choose Samos to go to Sarria can visit the fabulous Samos Monastery. Already in this city we can enjoy its monumental complex composed of the Churches of Santa Marina and Salvador, the Magdalena Monastery and the Romanesque-style Ponte Aspera. The old medieval city of Portomarín was flooded into the waters of the Belesar swamp in 1963 but its most valuable buildings and monuments were moved to its current location in the new Portomarín. These include the medieval bridge that takes us to the small Chapel of the Virgen de las Nieves, the Romanesque Church of San Nicolás and the portico of the Church of San Pedro of this same time and the Pazo de Berbetoros of the seventeenth century. We can taste the typical Galician cuisine's dishes based on pork such as: raxo (marinated in paprika), lacón (roasted and served with extra virgin olive oil and paprika) and zorza (chorizo meat before stuffing it) ; as well as the precious eels and the exquisite Galician veal. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 13

STAGE 12 (34 MI) · FROM PORTOMARIN TO ARZUA

Today's journey goes through softer and more comfortable routes that wind between oaks and eucalyptus forests, adorned with small villages on both sides. When leaving Palas de Rei we will change the province of Lugo for A Coruña. In the town of Castromaior we can see a settlement or 'Castro' typical of the Iron Age. Advancing on our Way of St. James, we will arrive at the famous Cruceiro de Lameiros (1,670). Cross of great symbolic value. In the city of Palas de Rei you will have the opportunity to visit the Fortress Castillo de Pambre built in the 14th century. Other fundamental artworks are the Church of Santa María de Leboreiro and the Velhe Bridge over the Furelos River, civil work of the 12th century, and one of the most beautiful on the French Way to Santiago de Compostela. One of the most valued products of Galician cuisine is the octopus, and to taste the best recipes we recommend stopping at a pulperia. To complete the menu we can add cheeses, wines and artisan cakes from each area. After passing the municipality of Melide we will be only 31 miles from Santiago de Compostela. Today's night will be in Arzúa where you can visit the Church of Santiago and the Convent of La Magdalena. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 14

STAGE 13 (24 MI) · FROM ARZUA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

This last day of your French Way of Santiago, includes easier routes to overcome in which we will enjoy the superb Galician landscapes full of meadows with vineyards and dense forests with ferns, oaks and eucalyptus. Throughout this stage, we suggest you visit the small Church of Santa Irena with its fountain, recognized among the pilgrims as: 'Fountain of Eternal Youth', whose story tells us that, 'everyone who washes with its waters will retain eternally his youth '. The Church was built at the end of the 17th century in the place where the Portuguese saint was martyred to honor her. A few miles of your remaining Way to Santiago is the municipality of Lavacolla, from there you can climb to the Monte do Gozo viewpoint, where, for the first time, you can see the Cathedral Church of Santiago de Compostela. From this point, we will be a few miles from the Plaza del Obradoiro, where the Santiago Apostle Cathedral awaits us. After passing the trip, you will be asked to show your Pilgrim Passports and to tell the purpose of your trip (eg spiritual, cultural, leisure) at the Pilgrim's Office. After that, you will obtain the Special Certificate that proves that you have successfully completed your Pilgrimage. The journey is over, but NOT the experience of the Way. Now, together with a multitude of pilgrims of all nationalities, you can explore the surroundings of the Cathedral, admiring its impressive Portico de la Gloria, Romanesque masterpiece, created by Master Mateo. Inside the Cathedral you can see the famous Botafumeiro, a huge censer, that perfumes the Cathedral in the most solemn moments. Upon leaving the temple of Santiago Apostle, you can share your experiences on The Way with a happy and satisfied crowd of pilgrims. Gastronomically, Santiago de Compostela offers you an extensive menu of delicacies such as seafood, octopus, fish, meats, empanadas, cheeses, wines and desserts cooked masterfully. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT

Day 15

SANTIAGO. End of Services

After a full breakfast our services end. We can facilitate your return trip *. This is the end of your wonderful adventure. We hope you enjoyed and feel satisfied with your pilgrimage on this Camino Frances de Santiago. The fruits of your Camino de Santiago will appear from this very moment deep inside you, and will last, accompanying you, over the years. Thank you very much for trusting mascamino.es. Good Return Trip!
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    Transfer Santiago-Madrid
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