French Way by bike from Ponferrada
From the capital of El Bierzo, Ponferrada, you can complete the last 200 kilometres by bike, the minimum distance required to obtain the Compostela.
Through fertile landscapes, you will climb to the emblematic village of O Cebreiro, one of the jewels of this route.
After pallozas, monasteries, legends and mysteries, the centuries-old forests will take you to your goal 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 Ponferrada
Ponferrada is 200 km from Santiago de Compostela, which makes it an ideal place for many pilgrims to begin their journey. In this city you cannot miss the Castle of the Templars, declared a National Historic and Artistic Monument in 1924. We also recommend a visit to the Basílica de la Encina, the Church of Santiago de Peñalba and its numerous museums.
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.