The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Camino FrancÃ©s 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 FrancÃ©s 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 LeÃ³n. 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.Â 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.