- Some of the most beautiful monasteries and cathedrals in Spain
- Ride this pilgrimage route at your own pace
- Time to enjoy Santiago de Compostela
This ride has been very successful as a group holiday, so we are very excited to now offer it as a self-guided option. With the freedom of cycling the route on your own you will be able to take in each stage of the pilgrimage at your own pace. This area offers a range of riding from the mountains through to open plains.
There are a couple of challenging climbs but these offer rewarding views and as you are your own leader you can tackle these at your pace. Travelling through small towns and villages on quiet lanes offers an ideal cycling environment. Your journey will undoubtedly become a very special experience as you feel the legacy of those that have gone before you and meet others en route. Each person will have their own story, whether it is seeking spiritual enlightenment, the time to think over a life decision, or simply a holiday in a spectacular location.
Whatever your reason for choosing this journey you are sure to experience some great cycling, friendly locals and fascinating culture. The journey is steeped in history with more than a 1000 years of pilgrimage having gone before. Also known as the 'Way of St James' the journey originated in Galicia where the tomb of the Apostle James the Great was discovered in the 9th Century.
People now start their pilgrimage from far away places, however, we have chosen to begin our own ride in Astorga. From here to Santiago we have chosen the section of the route which encompasses some of the most stunning cathedrals, mediaeval monasteries and spectacular countryside of the route.
Our journey will end in Santiago de Compostela with some time to explore the city and reflect on your journey.
What makes this trip responsible?
As a self-guided trip you will be pedalling under your own steam and at your own pace. You will not be part of a group so the impact of your visit on the landscape and communities you pass will be absolutely minimal. Our local operator works with local suppliers and hoteliers to ensure that we support the communities we visit, maximising the benefit to them and also our enjoyment of the region. We will stay in characterful, locally run hotels and the route notes will often give you hints and tips of local restaurants you can try, giving you a taste of the local cuisine while helping to support these establishments. Moreover, we encourage you to journey by train to minimise your carbon footprint.
Cycling the Camino de Santiago