Camino Primitivo MTB Tour

Camino Primitivo MTB Tour

Camino Primitivo MTB Tour

Prices

From $550USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Explore the spellbinding landscapes of Asturias and Galicia on two wheels

Challenge yourself with both thrilling rides through the gorgeous landscapes of Spain’s Asturias and Galicia regions.

Explore the remarkable cities of Oviedo, Lugo, and Santiago, each with great historical legacies.

Pedal your way along ancient trails and through medieval villages fashioned with traditional architecture.

Witness the landscape change from mountainous terrain to dense forest and wide open green pastures.

Discover the timeless beauty of Northern Spain’s Asturias and Galicia regions on the 8-day self-guided Camino Primitivo MTB Tour. In the 9th century, King Alphonse II decided to see with his own eyes the bones of the apostle St. James. With that purpose, he journeyed through dark woods and daunting mountains, from the capital of his kingdom - Oviedo - to a remote area of what is now Galicia. This cycle tour follows this same authentic route, traversing part of the ‘España Verde’, through the varied countryside of Asturias and Galicia.

Following Roman stone ways, countryside paths and traditional farming or trading routes, you’ll enjoy thrilling rides along dirt tracks, paths and some local minor roads. As you cycle along this historical trail, you will get a taste of the special atmosphere that surrounds the pilgrims who follow the Camino de Santiago. You will take in the important highlights and will be able to learn about the history and traditions around this famous pilgrimage trail.

Please note that guests can opt to enjoy this ride on E-Bike instead of MTB if preferred.

Camino Primitivo MTB Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Oviedo

If you arrive in Oviedo with some time to spare, we recommend visiting the old town and, of course, the Gothic Cathedral, the starting point for pilgrims to Santiago. Do not miss the lively atmosphere in this historic city centre, with plenty of cafés, restaurants and cider houses to enjoy!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Oviedo
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Ride Through the Green Asturias Countryside to Salas

Your pilgrimage begins this morning by following the Jacobean copper shells through narrow lanes in the city centre, then out into the green Asturian countryside. Tarmac lanes, old footpaths and country roads take you past quiet villages and through hilly countryside, passing the Cornellana Monastery. Founded in 1024, this centre was of great religious and political importance throughout the early history of the Christian kingdom in Asturias. After this stop to rest before the last part of the route which follows some ascents and descents on the lead up to Salas.

Your hotel in Salas is located in the historic town centre, inside a former castle and with a museum of Pre-Romanesque architecture just beside it.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Salas
Distance
51 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Ride from Salas to Pola de Allande

Start off today’s beautiful ride as you head south, via Soto de los Infantes, through the beautiful Narcea River Valley before ascending to Tineo, a historically significant town on the Camino.

As you continue èn route´you will pass by the Romanesque church and Monastery of Obona. These monuments, partly in ruins, formed part of an important cultural and intellectual centre for centuries. From here a succession of small churches and chapels will lead you up to Lavadoiro Pass (812m), before you descend to Pola de Allande, a lovely little town with Asturian flavour.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Pola de Allande
Distance
49 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Challenging Ride from Pola de Allande to Fonsagrada

A tough but rewarding day lies ahead, due to the climb (625m) this morning to reach Puerto del Palo. This pass, at 1146m, divides the green, wooded area of Allande from the vast, more barren mountains to the south. But then, your 1st reward: a downhill 35kmstretch to stunning Lake Grandas, only 4km before the ascent to Grandas de Salime, located at the top of a hill!

Grandas is a pleasant town with a Romanesque church and interesting ethnographic museum. Another steep ascent still awaits: Alto del Acebo Pass (1030m), before you glide down into Fonsagrada, where your next accommodation awaits.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fonsagrada
Distance
60 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle the Galician Countryside to Lugo

Once you cycle into Galicia, you leave the steep ascents and mountainous areas behind, moving into a gentle rural landscape, dotted with picturesque hamlets. This easier riding will allow you to truly enjoy the Galician countryside, with exquisite traditional architecture such as the ‘Pazos’ and ‘Casas Grandes’, well-preserved country homes on large estates, all impressive buildings in stone and wood.

At the end of the day, Lugo awaits with its Roman walls (3rd century) and many interesting buildings to visit in the old town, secluded within its walls. Outside the walls, there are Roman baths at the natural hot springs on the banks of the River Miño that are well-worth a visit.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lugo
Distance
54 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Ride from Lugo to Melide

You might have some time to visit the major monuments in Lugo, and maybe do some shopping, before you get back on your bike today. From Lugo onward, the Camino Primitivo merges with the more recent, but more popular French Route, somewhere between Palas de Rei and Melide, the quiet lanes and path get busier and you will feel a stronger "pilgrim atmosphere" from here.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Melide
Distance
48 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Final Stretch to Santiago de Compostela

On your last day you will feel the excitement grow more and more as your arrival to the final goal gets closer and closer. You will share the route, scenery and atmosphere with other pilgrims as you approach the Monte del Gozo (where pilgrims catch their first glimpse of Santiago) and then downhill to the St James Cathedral. On arrival, bask in the moment as you reach the world-famous Santiago de Compostela, surrounded by many smiling pilgrims who have also completed this journey.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Distance
54 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Depart

After breakfast your cycling trip comes to an end. Check and depart for the airport.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Camino Primitivo MTB Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour in Spain is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price per person depends on the room type chosen and the travelling dates.

Prices below are per person.

Departures from May 18th to July 31st:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: €795EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double or a twin room: €550EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €525EUR

Departures from August 1st to August 31st:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: €875EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double or a twin room: €595EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €550EUR

Departure on September 1st to October 26th:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: €795EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double or a twin room: €550EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €525EUR
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Accommodation on Camino Primitivo MTB Tour

Hotels on this trip are 2 and 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Standard rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotel Campoamor in Oviedo

Enjoy the historical sights of Oviedo, like the famous Oviedo Cathedral, just a short 5-minute walk from this relaxed hotel.

Hotel Castillo Valdés in Salas

Feel the history in the walls of this restored 16th-century mansion adorned with a beautiful tower. Enjoy great dining at this comfortable hotel featuring elegant rooms.

Hotel Nueva Allandesa in Pola de Allande

Enjoy this charming riverside hotel in Pola de Allande that features homey rooms and modern amenities.

Hostal Cantábrico in Fonsagrada

Get to know other pilgrims at this welcoming hostal in Fonsagrada that features mixed-gender dorms and a shared kitchen and dining area.

Hotel Méndez Núñez in Lugo

Feel the energy of historic Lugo at this comfortable hotel situated in the city center and featuring modern amenities.

A Lúa do Camiño Hotel in Melide

This low-key guesthouse provides guests with all they need for a great nights rest after a thrilling day on the trail.

Hotel Bonaval in Santiago de Compostela

Soak up the magic of Santiago’s old town at this cozy hotel set on a cobbled street just a short walk from the famous Santiago de Compostela (7-minutes).

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Camino Primitivo MTB Tour?

Meals

7 hearty breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

During this tour, you will be moving from one location to another by your bike and the luggage transfers are included. However, you are responsible about any other transportation needed outside of this itinerary.

Also Included

  • Detailed route description and maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Any personal transport
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Guide services
  • Flights
  • Bike rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc.

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights at any of the accommodation of the programme or Bilbao
  • Transfers to and from airport / train station / bus station
  • Transfer from last hotel back to the start or the program
  • Bus or train tickets
  • Bike rental:
    • Mountain or hybryd bike: €195EUR per person
    • Hybrid e-bike: €195EUR per person
    • E-mountain bike: €395EUR per person

Frequenty Asked Questions about Camino Primitivo MTB Tour

How hard is Camino Primitivo MTB Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You’ll be biking around 50 km daily with one long day of 71km. The terrain is a mix of gravel and paved paths and with some small to medium ascents. Although the trail is not technical, those without the biking experience might find the distances challenging.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on Camino Primitivo MTB Tour?

7 hearty breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover biking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Oviedo to start this tour?

If you are flying to Asturias airport-Ranon (OVD), there’s a regular shuttle bus service to Oviedo city centre. Departures every hour on the hour. Travel time is 45min and a single ticket costs approx 8,00€. If you are flying to another airport (Santander-SDR, Bilbao-BIO or Valladolid-VLL), there are good bus connections to Oviedo from those cities. For timetables and reservations, go to www.alsa.es. You can also book your bus tickets in advance through S-cape Travel. Direct taxi transfers can be booked in advance through S-cape Travel. Prices on request.

Where does Camino Primitivo MTB Tour end?

The tour ends in Santiago de Compostela. If you’re travelling back to Asturias airport (OVD), Santander (SDR) or Bilbao (BIO), there’s a morning bus from Santiago that takes you to Oviedo, Santander or Bilbao. The trip to Oviedo takes about 8h30min, to Santander 9h30min and to Bilbao 11h30min.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, make sure your bike is suitable for the route demands during the booking process.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, make sure your bike suitable for the route demands during the booking process.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $550USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You’ll be biking around 50 km daily with one long day of 71km. The terrain is a mix of gravel and paved paths and with some small to medium ascents. Although the trail is not technical, those without the biking experience might find the distances challenging.


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