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Roncesvalles - Santiago "By bicycle"

ITINERARY: RONCESVALLES - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Duration of the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles: 14 days/13 nights.

Total Distance to cycle 790 Kilometres/ 490 miles

Lodgings: Hotels/Galician rural manors/Guesthouses

Meal option: Half board basis (Breakfast and dinner) or Breakfast

Dates: Free choice. You can choose the day you want to star. We customise your trip specially for you, your family or your group or friends. Only one person is require to do the Camino.

1255€/person (Double room with Breakfast)

1455€/person (Double room with Breakfast and dinner. Santiago de Compostela only Breakfast)

Roncesvalles is the gateway to Spain for the "French Way", once you pass the pyrinees.

Roncesvalles is considered with O Cebreiro, mythical places of the Camino of Santiago. This Navarre village is really well known because the "Chanson de Roland"

 

Route Itinerary

 

Day
1
 ARRIVAL IN RONCESVALLES.

You spend the night in Roncesvalles and the next day you start the first stage of the journey. 

Day
2
STAGE RONCESVALLES-PUENTE LA REINA (66,7 KMS - 41,35 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

Roncesvalles is the gateway to Spain for the "French Way" with the Royal Colegiata. To reach Pamplona, the pilgrim will find numerous villages, of great beauty.

This stage passes through an area of low mountains and the shadow of many forests of oak and rainfed fields. The only difficulties in this stage are the peaks of Erro, before you reach Zubiri, and the Alto del perdon (forgiveness peak) between Pamplona and Puente La reina.

In this stage you can see some important cities: Zubiri, Pamplona, Obanos and Puente La reina and its Incredible medieval bridge, and the chapel of our lady of Eunate.

Arrival to Puente La Reina. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
3
STAGE PUENTE LA REINA-LOGROÑO (71 KMS - 44 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

The profile of this stage, running through clay soil, no difficulties.

Trough Puente La reinas’ bridge you reach Mañeru and Cirauqui, where you can see the Romanesque Church of San Roman (which crowns the rocky hill in which Cirauqui stands) and segment of and old roman road.

You pass the villages of Lorca and Villatuerta and reach Estella, where you can see the Palace of the Kings of Navarre, San Pedro de La rua, Monastery of Irache and San Miguel church.

Special mention to the city of Torres del Rio, where you can see the Church of El Santo Sepulcro, a small Spanish Romanesque masterpiece, was built a few years later. The church has an octagonal layout is crowned with an also octagonal lantern, and has a semicircular apse and small circular tower attached.

Up head you will be able to make out Viana, where you can find the church of Santa Maria and San Pedro.

Arrival to Logroño. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
4
STAGE LOGROÑO-SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA (50 KMS - 31 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

The Camino de Santiago in La Rioja does not represent many miles of the Camino de Santiago, but along this area you have important places with a great Jacobean tradition.

This is a stage of vineyards and farmland.

In Logroño you can visit the Imperial Church of Santa María de PalacioChurch of Santiago el Real and the Catedral de Santa Maria la Redonda.

Nájera, with the Monastery of Santa Maria la Real. Closet to Najera are the Yusho and Suso Monasteries, cradle of Basque and Spanish lyrics.

Finally, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, with its Cathedral and Casa del Santo, which gives name to the village. 

Arrival to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. End of the stage.Lodging.

Day
5
STAGE SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA-BURGOS (75 KMS - 46,5 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

We leave "La Rioja" and we enter in Castilla. The Mounts of Oca will be the first obstacle during this stage.

The main cities of Today’s stage are:

Redecilla del Camino with its "Jurisdictional Roll" and its Romanesque Baptismal Font.

Belorado, Villafranca Montes de Oca, Montes de Oca, The monastery of San Juan The Ortega (One of the most important places in the Camino, special mention to the chapiter of the Annunciation)

Burgos is presented with its spectacular Gothic Cathredal, Huelgas Reales’ Monastery and the Arc of Santa María.

Arrival to Burgos. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
6
STAGE BURGOS-FROMISTA (65 KMS - 40,3 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

You enter in the Castilian plateau, strewn with hills, meadows and valleys. Austere villages with great Jacobean tradition.

Flat stage with successive hills and watchtowers. The only difficulty is the peak of Mostelares, when you leave Castrojeriz.

Plotting of great artistic and cultural interest, including populations of CastrojerizBoadilla del Camino, Fromista and its Church of San Martin (Spanish Romanesque jewel)

Arrival to Fromista. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
7
STAGE FROMISTA-SAHAGUN (59,5 KMS - 37 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

Grain fields and orographic straights without any difficulty. Typical Castilian villages with few shadows mark the route.

Villalcazar with its fabulous Church of Santa María la Blanca, Carrión de los Condes and Sahagún, with some of the best-Mudejar Romanesque monuments such as the Churches of San Tirso and the San Lorenzo.

Arrival to Sahagún. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
8
STAGE SAHAGUN-LEON (57 KMS - 35,34 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

You enter in the moor of the province of León. Flat stage with not too many landforms and urban towns.

In Mansilla de las Mulas, you can contemplate its well-preserved wall. In León, it is a must the visit to the exceptional Cathedral, the Parador Hostal de San Marcos and the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro.

Arrival to León. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
9
STAGE LEON-RABANAL (69,8 KMS - 43,27 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

You continue walking through the moor of the province of León. Flat stage that runs along well-marked trails.

Astorga is sometimes considered the capital of Maragatería. A detour of less than one kilometre from the Road to Santiago will take you to Castrillo de los Polvazares, which is considered the most representative of the Maragatan spirit.

In Hospital de órbigo , the bridge called "Paso honorable", famous for the feat of the Knight of Suero de Quiñones in 1434. At the entrance of Astorga, you can see the Cross of Santo Toribio. In Astorga special mention to the Cathedral, the Archiepiscopal Palace of Gaudi and the Plaza Mayor.

Arrival to Rabanal del Camino. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
10
STAGE RABANAL DEL CAMINO-VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO (55,7 KMS - 34,53 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

You leave Irago and start the ascent to Mount Irago, with Foncebadon in the top. Through the mythical Cruz del Ferro (Maximum altitude of the Camino) you descend to Molinaseca with its incredieble medieval bridge and Ponferrada (Bierzo’s capital). Through vineyards and paths you arrive to Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo.

Special mention in this stage to the views from Mount Irago, the templar castle in Ponferrada, and the Romanesque church of Santiago in Villafranca del Bierzo.

Arrival to Villafranca del Bierzo End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
11
STAGE VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO-SAMOS (60 KMS - 37,2 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

The stage is in the vicinity of the old National Road VI and the valley of the river Valcarce.

You have to ascent to O Cebreiro, which is the beginning of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. In this town, located 1300 meters above sea level, we will see "Las Pallozas" (constructions of stone and hay) presumably of Celtic origin. Stone houses that remind us of the past are also the main constructions of this mountainous area.

O Cebreiro is a mythical and symbolic village which include The sanctuary of Santa Maria a Real do Cebreiro.

From the mountain pass at O Poio (1,337 m) the highest point on the French Way in Galicia, the route begins its gentle descent towards

Fonfría, and from here, it arrives at the town of Triacastela.

On leaving Triacastela the Way forks. It is possible to continue directly on to Sarria, passing through San Xil or however, we prefer to head south, seeking out the hospitality of the monks of the Benedictine Monastery of Samos, who still run the old inn kilometers to Santiago.

The stretch leading to the town of Samos offers not only the opportunity to admire the ancient monastery, but also the spectacular landscapes bathed by the Sarria river and of villages such as San Cristovo, Renche and San Martiño.

The Monastery of Samos is considered to be one of the oldest in the western world, with its origins dating back as far as the 6th century.

Arrival to Samos. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
12
STAGE SAMOS-PALAS DE REI (59 KMS - 36,58 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

From Samos you reach Sarria, you pass by the 100 Km marker of this ancient route (the minimum distance to be traveled on foot to receive the Compostela). Travelling through a continuous masses of chestnut and oak, meadows, and farmland.

The next important is Portomarín where it is necessary to cross the bridge over the Belesar reservoir, in the Miño river.

You leave Portomarin through the Belesar reservoir. You reach  the towns of Ligonde, Vilachá and Palas de Rei.

During this stage we can admire the Romanesque churches of Barbadelos and Ferreiros, Belesar Reservoir and the church-Fortress of St.Nicholas in Portomarin.

You can find many signs which indicate you are on pilgrimage area, including the famous “Cruceiros (Stone crosses)”. Special mention to the the Cruceiro of Lameiros and the Monastery of San Savador de Villar de Donas.

Arrival to Palas de Rei. End of the stage. Lodging.

Day
13
STAGE PALAS DE REI-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (66 KMS - 40,92 MILES)

Breakfast and Begining of the journey.

Today's stage you will cross the border that divides the provinces of Lugo and La Coruña through masses of eucaliptus and pine. You will pass throuhg numerous medieval bridges (Leboreiro, Furelos and Ribadiso do baixo). Another place to stop is the village of Melide, really well-known for the the octopus.

From Melide you arrive to Arzúa, where you can visit the beautiful chapel of "La Magdalena"  and enjoy the delicious cheese , given denomination of origin.

The way goes again through meadows, oak and eucalyptus trees.

In Boente, you can see the beautiful statue of Santiago the pilgrim (Santiago’s church)

The last step of your Camino de Santiago is the city of Santiago, your goal has double feeling: “I  did it, I am in Santiago!”, but “This in the end”. 

The way passes next to the airport and starts the gentle descent towards A Lavacolla. A Lavacolla is located very close from the Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), a hill from where the pilgrims catch their first glimpse of Santiago's cathedral.

Arrival to Santiago. End of the Camino. Lodging.

Day
14
BREAKFAST-END OF OUR SERVICES.

Accommodations Way of Saint James

The lodgings we offer to our customers are high quality and all rooms have private bathroom and the necessary services that will be useful after your daily steps. All the lodgings have been monitored by our team based on their comfort, facilities and excellent service from the owners.

The lodgings are located directly at the Way of Saint James or very near to it.

Our main goal is your peace of mind, rest, enjoy the Camino de Santiago, and make you feel more than at home.

Below are a selection of some of the accommodations in which you can stay, subject to availability.

Included Services

  • Accommodation in hotels, Typical Galician rural manors and Guesthouses (Double room with private bathroom)
  • Meal option to choose:
    • Half board basis (Breakfast and dinner). Santiago de Compostela only Breakfast.
    • Breakfast
  • Travel assistance insurance.
  • Van support, if you need it.
  • Telephone assistance during your trip.
  • Luggage transfer between stages
  • The Credential or Pilgrim’s Passport.
  • Brochure of the road.
  • VAT.

Optional Services

  • Rent a bike.
  • Supplement for single room: 325€
  • Extra night in Santiago:From 60€/person (Double room-B&B)
  • Option to extend the route to Finisterre.
  • Day trip to Finisterre (Costa da morte) and/or Rias Baixas.
  • Cancellation Insurance.

 

THE COST OF THESE OPTIONAL SERVICES WILL BE ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL PRICE.

Useful Information

Check How to get Roncesvalles, what to bring, route advices, training and everything you need to know to do the Camino de Santiago. More information

 

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