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Cycle the Camino Frances from Burgos to Ponferrada

Cycle the Camino Frances from Burgos to Ponferrada map

Camino Frances 2/3 by Bike

This Cycling Holiday explores the second section of the Camino Frances / French Way by Bike, the most traditional of all the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally. The route, which was established in the late 11th century reaching the tomb of St James the Great, crosses the North of the Iberian Peninsula, through the Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon and Galicia regions of Spain. Nowadays, cycling on the Camino has become an incredibly popular way of enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Starting from Burgos, medieval city and home of a UNESCO World Heritage cathedral, this section of the French Way by Bike offers some of the best historical and cultural vestiges of the whole Camino Frances. It passes through Leon and the vast Castilian Plateau (Approx. alt. 900m) before reaching another medieval bastion – the buzzing city of Ponferrada. The mostly flat and gentle terrain makes it accessible to any cyclist with an average level of fitness.

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Trip Stats

305km

distance to walk

5

days of cycling

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Burgos
(Arrival)

Burgos still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendour and the city boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture: the Cathedral of Burgos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Aside from a visit to the historic quarter, you can take an interesting walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers.

Day 2
73km

Burgos
to
Fromista

All day long, you will notice the influence of the Camino de Santiago as there is not a single village we cross that does not have obvious references to it.

Day 3
67km

Fromista
to
Sahagun

During this stage, we have a good understanding of the popular meaning “Castilla es ancha” (castilla is wide). Crop fields give patches of beautiful colour to the agricultural landscape all year round. The first half of the day is mainly flat and it gets a bit more undulating on the second half to Sahagun.

Day 4
67km

Sahagun
to
Leon

Today we cycle through the colourful Castilian meseta or plateau. The landscape here seems endless as we pass over the flat terrain of the area, affording great views over the surrounding agricultural area. We finish the day in the vibrant city of Leon.

Day 5
44km

Leon
to
Astorga

This is probably one of the flattest cycling days of the entire Camino Frances, but as we are on a high plateau, it still offers some great views and you will see Astorga down in the valley long before reaching it! In Astorga, take some time to visit the Episcopal palace, the cathedral, and the old city walls.

Day 6
54km

Astorga
to
Ponferrada

The last day of this section is definitely the most difficult, but also, the most rewarding one! We can enjoy spectacular views as we climb up to 1500m above sea level to reach the famous Cruz del Hierro (the Iron Cross). The natural scenery and towns with rich history make this the best way to finish the section, before reaching Ponferrada: a city with a lively, and very pretty, medieval centre.

Day 7

Ponferrada

After breakfast we bid you farewell

Section 1

Burgos
to
Fromista

Burgos still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendour and the city boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture: the Cathedral of Burgos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Aside from a visit to the historic quarter, you can take an interesting walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers.

Section 2

Fromista
to
Sahagun

All day long, you will notice the influence of the Camino de Santiago as there is not a single village we cross that does not have obvious references to it.

Section 3

Sahagun
to
Leon

During this stage, we have a good understanding of the popular meaning “Castilla es ancha” (castilla is wide). Crop fields give patches of beautiful colour to the agricultural landscape all year round. The first half of the day is mainly flat and it gets a bit more undulating on the second half to Sahagun.

Section 4

Leon
to
Astorga

Today we cycle through the colourful Castilian meseta or plateau. The landscape here seems endless as we pass over the flat terrain of the area, affording great views over the surrounding agricultural area. We finish the day in the vibrant city of Leon.

Section 5

Astorga
to
Ponferrada

This is probably one of the flattest cycling days of the entire Camino Frances, but as we are on a high plateau, it still offers some great views and you will see Astorga down in the valley long before reaching it! In Astorga, take some time to visit the Episcopal palace, the cathedral, and the old city walls.

How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Bilbao
Bilbao airport with Aerlingus, Easyjet or British Airways.

Option 2 – Santander
Santander airport with Ryanair.

Option 3- Madrid
Virtually every company flies to Madrid
Spanish national company: www.iberia.com

Spanish Airport Website



Starting Point

There is no train from Santander to Burgos. The Bus journey approx 3 hrs info on https://www.alsa.es/en/home



Getting Home

Option 1 – Santiago de Compostela
Bus (takes 3h, 4 per day @11.45, 15.45. 18.45, 20.45)
Train (takes 3h, 2 per day)

Option 2- Madrid
Train takes 6h



What you get with us

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Bike Rental & Breakdown Insurance

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

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Package Details

Active

from €850

For active people of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging cycle

61km

per day (average)

7 days

(6 nights/5 walking days)

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