The French Way (Camino Francés) by bike from Roncesvalles
The French way from Roncesvalles is the most classic and popular route of the Camino de Santiago. It is organized here in 17 days and 16 nights, in stages averaging around fifty kilometers per day (longer stages on some days and shorter on others)
Route and stages of the French way by bike from Roncesvalles.
We will leave Roncesvalles, a city of great Jacobean importance. It is the point at which the Caminos de Santiago, which began from Central Europe in the Middle Ages, converged. Roncesvalles is in the middle of the mountain and the first stage will be exactly downhill, with no greater difficulty than the slopes of Alto de Mezquiriz and Alto de Erro.
Navarre – La Rioja – Castilla León
We will cross the municipalities of Navarre where we will stop in the cities of Pamplona and Estella. In the land of wine par excellence, La Rioja, we will spend nights in the capital Logroño and in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The longest part of our route leads in Castilla y León over the Meseta with very flat stages between the cities of Atapuerca, Castrojeriz, Carrión del los Condes, El Burgo Ranero, León and Astorga. In this area of the plateau, however, we must take into account the climate, especially in midsummer, where very high temperatures are tolerated with few shady areas in the central hours of the day.
Castilla León and Galicia
In the last two stages of the municipality of Castilla y León, from Astorga to Ponferrada and from Ponferrada to O Cebreiro, the route becomes more mountainous. Finally, the endurance test will be the entrance to Galicia, with the climb to O Cebreiro and the mythical Cuesta de la Faba. The Camino restores the frequent bumps in Galician geography. Until then we have three stages to reach Compostela: O Cebreiro-Sarria; Sarria-Melide and finally Melide-Santiago.
The same route, which is divided into thirty-seven days, can also be covered on foot.