French Way by bike from León
This is the perfect route if you are cycling the Camino de Santiago for the first time. The excellent infrastructure and the large number of services will allow you to cycle through the regions of Maragatería and Bierzo, visiting emblematic places such as the Cruz de Ferro or O Cebreiro. The exuberant nature of the area will accompany you all the way to your destination in Santiago de Compostela.
- Accommodation in hotels and rural houses
- Rooms with private bathroom
- Travel insurance
- Welcome Pack with Credential
- 24 hour assistance
- Complete route itinerary
- Vehicle available for emergencies
- Free cancellation up to 15 days before
- Luggage transport
- Bicycle rental
- Electric bike rental
- Airport transfer
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Night at León
For many centuries, León has been a stopping point for pilgrims along the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela. Once here, we recommend you visit its historic quarter and the Cathedral of Santa María de Regla de Léon. Of course, you should not miss a stroll through the famous Barrio Húmedo (wet quarter), where you can enjoy some good tapas.
From León to Astorga
Night at Astorga
5 - 6 h
You will start your stage towards Hospital de Órbigo, a perfect alternative if you want to avoid the national road and cycle quietly through fields.
You will leave behind the plain road that was predominant in the previous stages to enter more mountainous landscapes. The end of this stage is in Astorga, a town famous for its modernist architecture, where you can visit the Episcopal Palace, designed by Antoni Gaudí himself.
From Astorga to Ponferrada
Night at Ponferrada
5 - 6 h
Once we arrive in the city of Ponferrada, we will have the opportunity to visit its beautiful old town, visit the Castle of the Templars and delight in the local gastronomy offered by the local mountains such as botillo and some of the best meats in Spain.
From Ponferrada to O Cebreiro
Night at O Cebreiro / Herrerías
6 - 7 horas
From O Cebreiro we pass through the 'Serra de Rañadoiro' (Rañadoiro Mountains) and, after crossing the Alto do Poio we descend to the village of Triacastela.
From O Cebreiro to Portomarín
Night at Portomarín
7 - 8 horas
It is advisable to visit the Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo. If you want to make your walk much shorter, we offer you to divide this route into two stages and spend the night in the beautiful village of Ferreiros.
From Portomarín to Arzúa
Night at Arzúa
6 - 7 horas
In this stage of the Camino de Santiago you will start walking downhill and then pass through beautiful forests, quiet villages and several streams throughout the day.
When you are in A Calle de Ferreiros you should take an exit to the right and cross the village of Boavista.
From Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela
Night at Santiago de Compostela
4 - 5 horas
This stage of the Way begins with a descent that runs through magical forests and streams that make up an idyllic landscape. This is an easy stretch where you can visit the chapel of Santa Irene or the church of Santa Eulalia de O Pedrouzo. You will head towards the end of your journey via Lavacolla, passing Monte do Gozo, where you will be able to make out the towers of the cathedral on the horizon. You will arrive in Santiago through the San Lázaro neighbourhood and go down towards the historic quarter, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, until you reach Obradoiro square, where you will finally see Santiago Cathedral. If you wish and you have started your walk early, you can attend the pilgrim's mass, celebrated at 12 noon.