The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Camino Frances or Way of St James) is among the world's most famous pilgrimages: Christian pilgrims have travelled to the shrine of St James in Santiago, northern Spain, since the ninth century. This guide provides all the information you need to successfully cycle the Camino.
The Camino Frances is the most popular variant of the Camino, linking St Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French-Spanish border with Santiago via Pamplona, Burgos and Leon. The guide presents the journey in 18 stages. Two versions of the route are described, the first (770km) based closely on the walkers' route and suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes; the second (798km) a 'road route' for road and touring cycles. It can be cycled in around 10-14 days and is very well provisioned. Clear route description and mapping are accompanied by notes on local points of interest, as well as background information on Spanish history and the history of the Camino. The practicalities are also thoroughly covered, including travel to and from the route, accommodation, facilities, kit and how to qualify for and obtain your Compostela (pilgrims' certificate).
Whether you're seeking a spiritual journey, a physical challenge or just a holiday, the Camino promises an unforgettable experience - from the beautiful landscapes, historic towns and rich culture of northern Spain to the famed camaraderie with other wayfarers. Blending information with inspiration, this guide is an ideal companion to cycling this UNESCO-listed route.
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3rd Revised edition
15 March 2019
Map key Overview map Route summary table Introduction History The Camino The routes Natural environment Preparation Pilgrim credentials and information Getting there and back Navigation Accommodation Food and drink Amenities and services What to take Safety and emergencies About this guide The route Navarre and La Rioja Stage 1 St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles Stage 2 Roncesvalles to Pamplona Stage 3 Pamplona to Estella Stage 4 Estella to Logrono Stage 5 Logrono to Santo Domingo de la Calzada Leon y Castile Stage 6 Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Villafranca Montes de Oca Stage 7 Villafranca Montes de Oca to Burgos Stage 8 Burgos to Castrojeriz Stage 9 Castrojeriz to Carrion de los Condes Stage 10 Carrion de los Condes to Sahagun Stage 11 Sahagun to Leon Stage 12 Leon to Astorga Stage 13 Astorga to Ponferrada Stage 14 Ponferrada to O Cebreiro Galicia Stage 15 O Cebreiro to Sarria Stage 16 Sarria to Palas de Rei Stage 17 Palas de Rei to Arzua Stage 18 Arzua to Santiago de Compostela Appendix A Facilities summary table Appendix B Tourist information offices Appendix C Cycle shops Appendix D Pilgrim information Appendix E Useful contacts Appendix F Language glossary Appendix G Spanish architectural styles
Mike Wells has been a keen long-distance walker and cyclist for over 20 years. He has cycled the C2C route across northern England as well as the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de Compostela. He has completed an end to end traverse of Cuba, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape.