Everything you need for the tour will be ready at your hotel: your touring bike with all accessories, detailed documentation with maps and a road book.
Founded in 884 AD, León has abundant gastronomic and architectural riches - dinner is best enjoyed by having tapas in the atmospheric bars located along the narrow streets of the Barrio Húmedo. The cathedral is a gem from the Gothic period. Accomodation in the magnificent Parador de León.
Today's route takes us through classic Castilian landscapes, complete with holm oaks, golden wheatfields and gentle ups and downs. The landscape in the first half of the route is relatively dry, but gets greener the further west you get; you'll cross fields full of diverse crops, such as wheat, corn, hops and wine grapes. You will see geckoes, birds of prey and lot of dairy cows! Astorga is home to three national monuments and one of the best Romanesque facades. Accommodation in the Hotel Vía de la Plata Spa. 49 - 31 miles
From Astorga, the Camino starts to climb gently until it meets the first mountain on the way. Once you've reached the top of Foncebadón, take it easy and enjoy the sweeping downhill ride and the gorgeous views on the ride through wine country to Villafranca. The town of Villafranca del Bierzo is a historical and artistic monument, was created to give refuge and sanctuary to the pilgrims before initiating the most difficult part of their pilgrimage. The monastery cloister is a Renaissance jewel. Accommodation is in the Parador de Villafranca del Bierzo. 75 - 47 miles
The most challenging day. From Villafranca you ride slowly towards the mythical O'Cebreiro pass, the most demanding peak along the western section of the Camino. With a little patience it's more than possible to reach the top, but in any case a taxi is available for those who wish to avoid it. Then it's downhill all the way to Sarria, and onward via a rolling route to Portomarín. The older neighbourhoods of Portomarín once belonged to the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, but now lie submerged, covered by the waters of the Miño River dam. Accommodation is in the Hotel Posada de Portomarín. 85 - 53 miles (30 less if taking the taxi transfer option)
This day provides a lovely alternative to the previous day's hard work. Several easy and long uphills and downhills go through rolling terrain, giving cyclists a view of Galicia's rural landscape. Accommodation in Hotel Casa Teodora. 51 - 32 miles
Today we reach our goal - the Pórtico de la Gloria of the Cathedral of Santiago. After taking a breather (and celebrating with others arriving by foot and on horseback!), you can visit the Pilgrims' Office where you can obtain the "Compostela" certificate which certifies you as an official pilgrim. Accommodation is centrally located, giving you the opportunity to explore the streets and bars of the atmospheric historic centre. This city, without any doubt, is the most important of the Christian Middle Ages. It has world-wide renown, and each year thousands of travellers come to visit its treasures. Accomodation in the Hotel Carrís Casa de la Troya. 38 - 21 miles
End of IberoCycle services. Depart from Santiago de Compostela.
We think cycle touring is the ideal way to travel in Europe and that is why we are very pleased to launch European Bike Adventures, as it allows us the opportunity to offer a whole new set of experiences to people we know will appreciate them.
Accordingly we have taken our time in selecting the portfolio of cycle tours you find listed here.
A selection of hand-picked bike trips in spectacular places throughout Europe that focus on fun with the same attention to detail and quality that hundreds of our very satisfied clients have been enjoying with Ibero Cycle Tours since 1999.
IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. On the Villanueva de la Franca to Portomarín route, a transfer is available for those cyclists who may find the climb a little daunting.
Bikes will generally be left waiting at the first hotel for you to collect on arrival.
Cyclists do not travel as part of a group or with a guide, although they may coincide with other cyclists on the same trip.
Guests are not transported to and from arrival / departure points, unless otherwise stated.
Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.
Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.
Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.
Clients on this tour are responsible for getting themselves to the first hotel in León.
We can organise a transfer from Madrid to León - 480 € (maximum 6 passengers)
IberoCycle services finish after breakfast on Day Seven in Santiago de Compostela.
Information will be added shortly for the bikes available on these tours.
|Self Guided / per person|
|Standard Camino de Santiago||Adult Double||€1420|
|Road bike rental||€130|