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St James Way Cycle Tour

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Homepage > Spain > St James Way Cycle Tour
  • Duration: 7 or 9 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily March to November
  • Location: Leon

Cycling the St James Way

Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling Holidays and our cycling holiday in Spain. This biking vacation in Spain will take you through northern Spain along the pilgrim route the Saint James Way, the famous Pilgrim route along to Santiago de Compostela. The cycle tour takes you from Leon in the east to Santiago de Compostela in the west. This cycling tour is available as a self-guided level 3 tour and is intermediate in difficulty. The route is part on-road and part off-road. The total distance for this 7-night tour is 190 miles, 304 km. We also have an easier 9-night tour – please see below the tour schedule for details.

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Price Includes

  • 7 or 9 Nights Bed Breakfast
  • Information Pack
  • Routes and Map
  • Luggage transfers

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • MTB rental cycle
  • Dinners
  • La Compostella
  • Private transfers from Santiago to tour start
Trip Info

The route from Leon to Santiago does have some easy days but some are challenging, with steep climbs and off-road. You should be in good physical condition.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1 Arrival in Leon

After arrival in Leon, pick up your bikes at your hotel and then explore this wonderful historic city. You can spend many hours walking around the small streets of between ancient buildings.

Day 2Leon to Astorga 30 miles 47 km

Today you cycle to Astorga, remember to keep looking behind you as there are many vantage points as you leave with great views over Leon. You will pass through the villages of La Virgen, San Miguel and Villadangos with a climb of around 120m, from here it is pretty flat. You should stop at Hospital de Orbigo and relax by the river before completing the last stretch to Astorga. Astorga has a Roman heritage with some wonderful buildings to see.

Day 3Astorga to Pontferrada 33 miles 52 km

Today you cycle with the climb up towards Cruz de Ferro from 870m to 1520m before dropping to 600m at Molinaseca. On this stage, you see some wonderful mountain scenery.

Day 4Pontferrada to O Cebreiro 32 miles 51 km

Today you roll out across the valley to Villafranca del Bierzo where it is wise to stop and take a look around at this lovely town. Take some lunch as afterwards you climb steadily by 700m in 28 km to your hotel. O Cebreiro is a little mountain town famous for its round stone houses with thatched roofs called pallozas and for its history of this Holy Grail. Here the church and cobbled streets take Pilgrims back to medieval times.

Day 5O Cebreiro to Portomarin 39 miles 62 km

You continue today at the altitude of 1300m for a few miles before descending to Triacastela. Along the way, you have 2 further shorter climbs of 300m before you reach Portarmarin. Here Portamarin has an association with Grappa or Orujo. The church San Nicholas has numbers on each of the stones as it was once moved from the old town to its current place due to flooding.

Day 6 Portomarin to Arzua 34 miles 53 km

A chance today for a general downhill day, only a climb as you leave of 400m!

Day 7Arzua to Santiago 24 miles 39 km

Today is the final cycling day, your Pilgrim along the St James Way is nearly complete. Just the last few climbs, not so high before your final descent into Santiago and your well-owned rest.

Day 8Departure

La Compostela, this is a certificate issued by the Catholic Church to all Pilgrims who have completed the cycle tour. You can buy a passport in Leon which needs to be stamped each day and then you can receive the certificate from the Cathedral before your departure.

We also have a 9-night tour available from Leon to Santiago. On the 9 night tour the Day 3 of the above schedule is split into Astorga – Rabanal del Camino, Rabanal del Camino – Ponferrada. Also, day 5 is also split O Cebreiro – Sarria, Sarria – Portomarín.


How to get there

By Plane – To Santiago, Madrid, Asturias airports and then by train/coach to Leon

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Cycling on the St James Way