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Cycling the Last Week of the Camino Frances

7 days

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Spend 7 days cycling the last 200 km of the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela

Make like a “bicigrino” and cycle the last 200 km of the French Way on this rewarding 7-day bicycle pilgrimage. The Camino Frances is the main pilgrimage route to Compostela, and doing it on a bike is a perfect way to cover more distance then on foot.

This self-guided tour takes in the last week of the Camino Frances. You’ll gear up and ride out from the medieval town of Ponferrada in northwest Spain to complete the last 200 km of the Camino Francés (French Way), where you’ll receive the much-sought-after Compostelana (your pilgrimage certificate).

Along the way, you’ll overnight in quaint villages like O Cebreiro, Sarria, and Portomarín, dine on local cuisine, make lasting memories with fellow pilgrims, and ride through stunning Galician countryside. Schedule your Cycling the French Way tour today for your own rewarding adventure!

Highlights Of Cycling the Last Week of the Camino Frances Tour

Get your Pilgrim’s Passport stamped from charming pastoral locales en route to Santiago de Compostela.
Soak in the Spanish countryside of bucolic Galicia from medieval hamlets and wooded glens to the peaks of the Sierra de Ligonde.
Spend time sampling regional fare, including Melide’s pulpo a feira (octopus!) and Arzúa’s local cheeses.
Celebrate your pilgrimage with fellow “bicigrinos” in Santiago de Compostela’s famous Praza do Obradoiro.

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Self-guided Cycling the Last Week of the Camino Frances Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Ponferrada

Welcome to Spain! Arrive in the medieval town of Ponferrada and check into your hotel before venturing out to explore your surroundings. The start of the last 200 km of the Camino Frances or “French Way,” you’ll likely see a lot of bicigrinos, pilgrims who choose to cycle the Camino.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Ponferrada
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Cycle to O Cebreiro

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll gear up and set out to begin the last 200 km of the French Way, considered one of the most challenging sections of the Camino. Be ready for the strenuous incline toward O Cebreiro, though there is the option to split the day into two where you can overnight in Villafranca del Bierzo.
Overnight Location: Hotel in O Cebreiro
Distance: 52 km
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Cycle to Sarria

Saying farewell to O Cebreiro, you’ll continue along the Camino through the mountains of Galicia, stopping as you like to take in the sweeping vistas of the rugged landscape. En route, stop at the Monasterio de Samos, one of the jewels of the French Way.
From here, pedal on to Sarria, the starting point for many pilgrims who choose to walk the Camino de Santiago. Sarria marks the beginning of the last 100 km of the French Way
Overnight Location: Hotel in Sarria
Distance: 40 km
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Cycle to Portomarín

Rest the legs today with a shorter ride as you share the path with walking pilgrims, passing by small woods, hamlets, and the rural Galician countryside. Finally, you will arrive in Portomarín, one of the most popular spots of the French Way for its underwater ruins of a medieval town it overlooks.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Portomarín
Distance: 23 km
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Cycle from to Melide

Most walking pilgrims will complete the section from Portomarín to Palas de Rei, but if you’re on a bike, you’ll have the pleasure of riding to Melide! This portion of the route will lead you through the Sierra de Ligonde, where you’ll get a chance to climb a series of hills and mountains. Once in Melide, be sure to try the traditional dish: pulpo a feira (octopus).
Overnight Location: Hotel in Melide
Distance: 38 km
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Cycle to Santiago de Compostela

Leaving Melide behind, you’ll pedal alongside quiet wooded areas and quaint pastoral villages to Arzúa. Spend a little time here to taste the local cheese before completing the last leg of the French Way to arrive at your final destination of Santiago de Compostela.

Celebrate with strangers and friends alike in Praza do Obradoiro—where pilgrims commemorate the end of their expedition—and pick up your Compostelana (certificate of completing the pilgrimage).
Depending on your travel plans, other notable stops worth your time include the 18th-century chapel in Santa Irena (near the Atlantic coast), as well as the hamlets of A Rúa (south of O Cebreiro) and O Amenal (just east of Santiago de Compostela)
Overnight Location: Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 55 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Depart

Take the morning to enjoy your last day in Santiago de Compostela before it’s time to check out and continue your journey home.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Self-guided Cycling the Last Week of the Camino Frances Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour to Santiago de Compostela is always run as a private tour for your group only. The price always depends on the number of people sharing a room.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in single room: $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room: $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room: $775 USD
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Accommodation on Cycling the Last Week of the Camino Frances Tour

This tour is based in 2 and 3-star hotels and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.
In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You book a single room. To find prices check the Dates & Prices tab. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Alda Centro in Ponferrada ★★

Stay in the heart of Ponferrada, less than 1 km away from the popular Ponferrada Castle, and enjoy modern conveniences that satisfy every peregrino.

Hotel Venta Celta in O Cebreiro

Centrally located in O Cebreiro, Hotel Venta Celta offers quiet rooms in a peaceful location with an adjoining restaurant complete with hearty meals for road-weary travelers.

Hotel DP Cristal in Sarria

A budget-friendly hotel, DP Cristal rests on the outskirts of Sarria directly off the Camino and is walking distance to notable attractions.

Hotel Pensión Mar in Portomarín

Feel at home in Portomarín and enjoy 5-star service that includes welcoming staff and coffee, tea, and snacks available 24 hours.

Hotel Carlos 96 in Melide

Make friends in Hotel Carlos 96’ buzzing bar and restaurant and sleep in comfortable, spacious rooms complete with modern amenities.

Hospedería San Martín Pinario in Santiago

Perfectly located near Praza do Obradoiro and other notable attractions, as well as a host of restaurants, enjoy your stay in this historic building.

What’s included in the Cycling the Last Week of the Camino Frances Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included.

Accommodations

The accommodation for 6 days along the tour is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes luggage transfers only.

Also Included

  • Bike rental
  • Saddlebags and helmet rental
  • Luggage transfer
  • 24/7 phone assistance
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Walking notes and maps
  • Extra accommodation charge for arriving to Santiago one night before St. James Day (July 25th)

Not included

  • Anything not listed as included
  • Guide services
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Ponferrada before the tour
  • Extra night in Santiago de Compostela after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Pilgrim massage in Santiago de Compostela

Frequently Asked Questions about Cycling the Last Week of the Camino Frances

Galiwonders is a specialist tour operator, focusing on pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal as well as the Via Francigena in Italy. They offer adaptable tours to suit a variety of client needs and focus on truly taking care of their guests.

The tour guides are local experts, living and working right along the Camino. They have visited each hotel and restaurant they recommend, ensuring each is up to standard.

Galiwonders offers constant contact with their guests, ensuring all concerns or questions are addressed immediately so you can relax and enjoy your trip.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour 3/5. You will be biking up to 55 km daily. In the peak of summer, the days can be quite hot and this distance can feel longer due to the heat.

Local Guide

Margot, Galiwonders
Margot
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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