Cycling the Camino Frances
The French Way by Bike!
According to a survey in 2013 by the European Cyclists’ Federation, 200 million EU citizens cycle, 50 million of these every day. So it is no wonder that cycling holidays are growing in popularity.
We at Follow the Camino have been organising cycling holidays along the Camino since 2006 and the most popular route for cyclists has been the French Way. This Camino covers some of the most striking parts of Spain and Galicia, passing through historic places such as O’Cebreiro, Burgos and Pamplona. As well as reaching many very important pilgrimages towns such as Sarria and Arzua.
Ernest Hemingway once observed that ‘It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best’. With this in mind we have developed 3 pioneering routes along the French Way.
The first is from the small Camino village of Roncesvalles, on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, to Burgos in the heart of the province of Castilla-Leon and whose jewelling crown is its Cathedral, which is a World Heritage Site.
The second section then goes from Burgos through the mostly flat terrain of the Spanish Plains ending in the bustling city of Ponferrada which sits below the imposing castle built by the Knights Templar.
The final section then leaves from Ponferrada crossing the glorious O Cebreiro Mountains welcoming you to the lush green hills of Galicia before arriving at the final destination of the Camino, Santiago de Compostela.
These 3 manageable sections over 7 days allow cyclists to experience a variety of landscapes whilst staying in carefully selected and assessed authentic accommodation such as genuine casa rurales, family owned hotels and pensiones. You will also have the opportunity to experience the cultural and social scene along the way accompanied by some of the finest local food and drink!
Included in the cycling tours is your bike rental of an easy self-assemble bike that is delivered to your first hotel and when you finish your tour you will be given instructions on where to return your bike to. We also provide, free with the bike hire, a helmet, gel saddle, water bottle holder, panier rack and bag and repair kit. For your convenience and reassurance we also include Bike Breakdown Third Party Insurance.
The cycling holiday on the Camino (last 280 k) was wonderful. The bicycles provided were sturdy. The repair kits provided were substantial and the literature was accurate and very helpful. Our luggage was transferred onto our next destinations intact and on time.
The cycling sections we did were a well organised and most enjoyable experience. Follow the Camino provided all that was promised and to a high standard. I would recommend this company to all who want a trouble free adventure.
Frank, New Zealand